Best 6-10 Minute Long Films

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1. The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

As the clock strikes twelve, a weary astronomer attempts to answer the impertinent enquiries of his young students by scrutinising an impending lunar eclipse, as an effeminate and delicate moon caresses the mighty sun's hungry cosmic rays.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Mlle. Bodson, Manuel, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,032

2. Darkness Light Darkness (1989)

Not Rated | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually, after much experimentation, sort out which part goes where.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 4,005

3. The Amputee (1974)

9 min | Short, Comedy

A double leg amputated woman sits and writes a long meandering letter while her ineffective nurse attempts to attend to her stumps.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Catherine E. Coulson, David Lynch

Votes: 4,018

4. She Was an Acrobat's Daughter (1937)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

An evening at the local movie theater, including a sing-along led by Maestro Stickoutski at he Mighty "Fertilizer" organ, a "Goofy-Tone" newsreel, and the feature, "Petrified Florist," a ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Dave Barry, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc

Votes: 337

5. Chage & Aska: On Your Mark (1995 Video)

7 min | Animation, Short, Music

Set in the future: Two men learn that a mysterious winged girl has been taken prisoner, and then decide that they must free her at any cost.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Votes: 3,448

6. The Devilish Tenant (1909)

6 min | Short, Comedy

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Charles Claudel, Octavie Huvier, François Lallement, André Méliès

Votes: 1,467

7. Rejected (2000)

Unrated | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A hilarious collection of animated television commercials that were rejected because of their creator's failing grip on sanity.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt | Stars: Robert May, Jennifer Nyholm, Don Hertzfeldt

Votes: 7,559

8. Storytime (1968)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A bizarre comedy short by Terry Gilliam telling various absurdly comic stories.

Director: Terry Gilliam

Votes: 777

9. Quasi at the Quackadero (1976)

10 min | Animation, Short

A short film which follows two ducks and a robot who spend their day at an amusement park.

Director: Sally Cruikshank | Stars: Sally Cruikshank, Kim Deitch

Votes: 599

10. Make Me Psychic (1978)

8 min | Animation, Short

Anita the duck buys a psychic device at a novelty store in an alternate universe and creates mayhem at a crazy party.

Director: Sally Cruikshank | Stars: Sally Cruikshank, Kim Deitch

Votes: 47

11. The Heart of the World (2000)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short

A scientist chooses a wealthy man over her two lovers but must heal the earth's core to save humanity.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Leslie Bais, Caelum Vatnsdal, Shaun Balbar, Greg Klymkiw

Votes: 3,038

12. The Masquerader (I) (1914)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Comedy

Charlie is an actor in a film studio. He messes up several scenes and is tossed out. Returning dressed as a lady, he charms the director. Even so, Charlie never makes it into film, winding up at the bottom of a well.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Chester Conklin, Charles Murray

Votes: 1,114

13. The Pink Phink (1964)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

A house painter uses blue as his color of choice, while the Pink Panther has a different selection in mind.

Directors: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt

Votes: 988

14. Blow Me Down! (1933)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short, Family

Popeye sails into Mexico, where Olive is a dancer and Bluto is a bandit.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: William Costello, William Pennell, Bonnie Poe

Votes: 308

15. The Key to Reserva (2007)

10 min | Short

Finding an unfinished script written by Alfred Hitchcock himself, Martin Scorsese attempts to recreate it himself as Hitchcock would have.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Simon Baker, Kelli O'Hara, Michael Stuhlbarg, Christopher Denham

Votes: 2,760

16. Popeye the Sailor (1933)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Musical

Popeye begins his movie career by singing his theme song, demonstrating his strength at a carnival, dancing the hula with Betty Boop, pummeling Bluto, eating his spinach and saving Olive Oyl from certain doom on the railroad tracks.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: William Costello, William Pennell, Bonnie Poe

Votes: 1,465

17. Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928)

6 min | Short

Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine.

Director: Hans Richter | Stars: Werner Graeff, Walter Gronostay, Paul Hindemith, Darius Milhaud

Votes: 1,363

18. Rabbit Fire (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Daffy Duck and Bugs argue back and forth whether it is duck season or rabbit season. The object of their arguments is hunter Elmer Fudd.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 3,362

19. Rendezvous (1976)

9 min | Short, Action

A high-speed drive through the streets of Paris.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Gunilla Friden, Claude Lelouch

Votes: 3,152

20. Milk (1998)

10 min | Short, Drama

From the get-go, Arnold was fascinated by the careless, seemingly simple choices people make in their day-to-day lives that lead to unintended, complicated consequences.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Stephen McGann, Lee Oakes, Lynda Steadman

Votes: 268

21. There's Only One Sun (2007)

9 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A woman is haunted by memories of a dangerous mission she undertook while working as a secret agent.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Amélie Daure, Gianpaolo Lupori, Stefan Morawietz

Votes: 540

22. I Love to Singa (1936)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A spoof of Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer", a strict piano teaching owl is cursed with a son who "loves to singa", but only jazz.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Tommy Bond, Johnnie Davis, Joe Dougherty

Votes: 1,612

23. Billy's Balloon (1998)

Unrated | 6 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

A balloon wraps itself around a young child's hand, bringing him higher and higher, much to the child's delight... but...

Director: Don Hertzfeldt

Votes: 2,498

24. Fast and Furry-ous (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

The Coyote is chasing the Roadrunner using a rather ingenious invention combining a fridge, a meat grinder, ice cubes, and skis.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian

Votes: 1,738

25. I've Got to Sing a Torch Song (1933)

TV-G | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

A series of celebrity sketches set at a radio station. Some unorthodox calisthenics (including corset tightening, cradle rocking, and stock ticker reading) start the action. Bing Crosby (OK... See full summary »

Directors: Friz Freleng, Tom Palmer | Star: Sara Berner

Votes: 248

26. Duck Amuck (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 7,558

27. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Animation

Space hero Daffy battles Marvin the Martian for control of Planet X.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 5,351

28. One Froggy Evening (1955)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A man futilely struggles to make his fortune with a frog that sings and dances, but only when it is alone with the owner.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: William Roberts

Votes: 5,001

29. The Frogs Who Wanted a King (1922)

Not Rated | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The frogs are bored with their lot, and ask God to give them a king - but God, irritated with their inability to govern themselves, quickly makes them change their minds.

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz

Votes: 491

30. Rabbit Seasoning (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Daffy Duck tricks Elmer Fudd into believing it's rabbit season; but Bugs Bunny uses a female disguise and faulty pronouns to fight back.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 3,739

31. The Sandman (1991)

10 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Upstairs, in the moonlit and empty room, a little boy scared of the dancing shadows, encounters a figment of his vivid imagination: the horrible Sandman.

Director: Paul Berry

Votes: 1,141

32. Going! Going! Gosh! (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

In his attempt to catch the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote tries the old cartoon trick of putting up a painting of a continuing road where a bridge has in fact gone out. It doesn't work, nor ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Paul Julian

Votes: 707

33. Wild Elephinks (1933)

6 min | Comedy, Animation, Short

Floating on a raft, Popeye and Olive Oyl land on a jungle island and immediately battle wild elephants, gorillas, and other animals.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: William Costello, William Pennell, Bonnie Poe

Votes: 210

34. Hair-Raising Hare (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A sneaker-wearing, hairy monster chases Bugs through a castle belonging to an evil scientist.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 2,256

35. Northwest Hounded Police (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

A wolf convict makes his escape, but is pursued by a diminutive Mountie who seems to be everywhere.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Bill Thompson, Frank Graham

Votes: 1,005

36. The Old Mill (1937)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A variety of animals find a shelter in the old mill during a fierce storm.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Marie Arbuckle, Jean MacMurray, Louise Myers, Clarence Nash

Votes: 3,195

37. Three Little Pigs (1933)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When a hungry wolf starts blowing down some pigs' houses, they take refuge in their sensible brother's brick house.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Dorothy Compton, Mary Moder

Votes: 4,555 | Gross: $0.25M

38. Der Fuehrer's Face (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Short, War

Donald Duck has a nightmare that he lives in Germany slaving under the Nazi regime.

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Clarence Nash

Votes: 3,717

39. Beep, Beep (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

The Coyote chases the Road Runner through a maze of mine shafts, with their positions made visible only by the lamps on their helmets.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Paul Julian

Votes: 1,267

40. Peace on Earth (1939)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war.

Director: Hugh Harman | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen, The Hollywood Choir Boys

Votes: 1,232

41. What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1992)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A writer named Algernon (but called Harry by his friends) buys a picture of a boat on a lake, and his obsession with it renders normal life impossible. He attempts to function again by ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Zeph Michaelis, Mimi Stark, Sarah Braveman, Fred Sica

Votes: 1,372

42. The Case of the Stuttering Pig (1937)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Horror, Animation

One dark and stormy night, Porky, Petunia and their brothers learn from Lawyer Goodwill that they inherit a fortune from their late Uncle Solomon. But if something happens to the siblings, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 359

43. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair (2009)

7 min | Short

A woman sent is sent to an electric chair that reads the images of her mind.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Darcy Fehr, Brent Neale, David Evans

Votes: 169

44. The Battle of Kerzhenets (1971)

10 min | Animation, Short, War

The film is set to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and uses Russian frescoes and paintings from the 14th-16th centuries.

Directors: Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Yuri Norstein

Votes: 470

45. You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to quit the cartoon biz and try his luck in the features. Porky's adventures begin when he tries to enter the studio.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Leon Schlesinger, Henry Binder, Gerry Chiniquy

Votes: 1,368

46. Suspense (1913)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »

Directors: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber | Stars: Lois Weber, Val Paul, Douglas Gerrard, Sam Kaufman

Votes: 1,138

47. The Separation (2003)

9 min | Animation, Short, Horror

The separation of conjoined twins and its extraordinary consequences.

Director: Robert Morgan

Votes: 540

48. Steamboat Willie (1928)

TV-Y7 | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck.

Directors: Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 6,415