Top 20 Short Films

Since I don’t write reviews for shorts, I thought I should at least share my 20 favorite. Though please keep in mind the films on this list go into the 300s in terms of overall ranking, so they mostly don’t hold a candle to my 20 favorite feature length films.

1. Autumn Fire (Herman G. Weinberg, 1931)

2. Le Temps Perdu (Michel Brault, 1964)

3. Brumes d’automne (Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1929)

4. Geneviève (Michel Brault, 1964)

5. La Jetee (Chris Marker, 1962)

6. Mirror of Holland (Bert Haanstra, 1950)

7. Rain (Joris Ivens & Mannus Franken, 1929)

8. Vivian (Bruce Conner, 1965)

9. Aimless Walk (Alexander Hammid, 1930)

10. The Scarecrow (Buster Keaton, 1920)

11. The House is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad, 1963)

12. The Wrong Trousers (Nick Park, 1993)
wrong trousers

13. Small Deaths (Lynne Ramsay, 1996)

14. Hedgehog in the Fog (Yuriy Norshteyn, 1975)

15. Swimmer (Lynne Ramsay, 2012)

16. Sari’s Mother (James Longley, 2006)

17. The Skeleton Dance (Walt Disney, 1929)

18. The Machine of Eden (Stan Brakhage, 1970)

machine of eden

19. Pacific 231 (Jean Mitry, 1949)

20. The Land Beyond the Sunset (Harold M. Shaw, 1912)


3 Responses to “Top 20 Short Films”

  1. Afonso Marmelo Says:


    I’m so glad I’ve finally found someone that appreciates a masterpiece like Geneviève by Michel Brault, almost as much as me. I’ve seen that movie only once, and since then I’ve been trying by all means to rewatch it, but so far, I’ve failed miserably.
    Please, instead of breaking my poor heart, go ahead an comfort my soul, by telling me that it will al be alright, and that you can find a way to transfer me the movie.

    Special Thanks from a cinephile from Portugal,
    Afonso Marmelo

    • chrisfilm Says:

      I can get it to you as well as Brault’s other short Le Temps Purdu, if interested.

      • Afonso Marmelo Says:

        You can? Really, that would be great. Can we have a private chat?

        Thanks so much in advance!

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