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250 movies

This list is a ranked list of the top 250 shorts as compiled by the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They website as a companion to their Top 1000 films. This follows a project originally started and abandoned in 2009 to do the same, the preliminary list for which was the original source of this list.

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188 149 5

13 +172

Skazka skazok (1979)

A.k.a. Tale of Tales · 29 min · Directed by Yu. Norshteyn · In 5 official lists

A.k.a. Tale of Tales · In 5 official lists Animation

1.4K 140 11

17 new

Vremena goda (1975)

A.k.a. Four Seasons · 29 min · Directed by Artavazd Peleshian · In 4 official lists

A.k.a. Four Seasons · In 4 official lists Documentary

442 35 3

41 +11

Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (1974)

A.k.a. The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner · 45 min · Directed by Werner Herzog · In 3 official lists

A.k.a. The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner · In 3 official lists Biography · Sport · Documentary

674 73 4

82 new

Par desmit minutem vecaks (1978)

A.k.a. Ten Minutes Older · 10 min · Directed by Herz Frank · In 2 official lists

A.k.a. Ten Minutes Older · In 2 official lists Documentary · Short

335 23 4

158 new

Agarrando pueblo (1977)

A.k.a. The Vampires of Poverty · 28 min · Directed by Luis Ospina, Carlos Mayolo · In 2 official lists

A.k.a. The Vampires of Poverty · In 2 official lists Comedy

234 12 1

181 new
185 new

Einleitung zu Arnold Schoenbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene (1973)

A.k.a. Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene · 17 min · Directed by Jean-Marie Straub · In 1 official list

A.k.a. Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene · In 1 official list Documentary · Short

104 1 4

217 new

Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei (1971)

A.k.a. Emperor Tomato Ketchup · 72 min · Directed by Shuuji Terayama · In 2 official lists

A.k.a. Emperor Tomato Ketchup · In 2 official lists Drama

182 8 12

Updated Feb 20, 2017 · Source

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For those wondering about the new update after all these years, the source is now official. There's an excel sheet on the TSPDT website for this list:, the last link in the Resources section. Hopefully it will be updated yearly from now on.

1 year ago


the youtube links people are posting in pages for these shorts are much appreciated. Keep em coming!

8 years ago


My theory is that they have no interest in this list so they just checked them all off instead of actually watching them. I agree, there are at least 20 that are almost impossible to find. I really like the competitive aspect of this site but I really wish everyone would be honest in their checking.

8 years ago


Yeah, when questioned, someone's actually admitted to me they haven't seen any of the films on a certain list because they hate those type of movies (even though they checked every film). Oh well...I won't name names. I don't see the point of lying though.

8 years ago


I don't get it though. If you're not interested in watching the movies, why even bother checking them all? So you're number on a list?

8 years ago


Fun fact - just noticed someone who has checked every single movie on every list in the Prizes category. I wonder why I smell something fishy here...

8 years ago