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90 Minute Masterworks

by Silent-Freak

Created 01/17/13

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Films that I enjoy that are 90 minutes or less. In order of favorites, not in terms of "greatness".

  • This film is a character driven narrative, more concerned with its themes as well as the Tramp and the Gamin. It is very moving and very funny. Never laughed so hard in my life.

  • One of Chaplin's best. He is able to tell a complete epic about the Alaskan gold rush with several compelling characters. Emotional and very comical, Chaplin's film does have two versions. Watch the 25' version with the score conducted by Timothy Brock.

  • Charles Laughton is so giddy as the sadistic Dr. Moreau in one of the best non-Universal Horror fares of the 1930's. Great production value, and like The Most Dangerous Game, moves quickly.

  • Like the filmmakers' more famous jungle outing, this film never slows down and is very exciting. Joel McCrea gives a fine performance, but Leslie Banks steals the show here.

  • Probably Kurosawa's first masterpiece, This intriguing and complex narrative is able to get across 4 points of view within its 88 minute running time. Mifune is so awesome.

  • The definitive start to Hitchcock's career. Look at this film and one sees the formulas and scenarios that Hitchcock would use for the rest of his career. Leslie Banks turns in a fine male lead performance as Peter Lorre excels in his first English role as the evil but sophisticated Abbott. He just steals every scene he is in.

  • A film with apes that questions society and isn't Planet of the Apes? Always an interesting experience on the rights of animals and language.

  • Very "cool" film with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. Makes use of then new cinematic techniques that still are impressive today.

  • Both of these films feel long, but in a way that works for the story. It makes the suffering of the characters even worse, and even more tragic.

  • Gets an "11".

  • A charming musical with misunderstandings, accidents, and romance.

  • Makes this list not just because of the running time, and Charters and Caldicott. Still, a good film that is a product of its time.

  • Nolan's first film is a very good film with an intriguing narrative that he would later implement on his masterpiece, Memento.

33 comments

  • By VseslavBotkin
    January 18, 2013
    03:34 PM

    No Winter Light? The 39 Steps? Trouble in Paradise? The Killing? Paths of Glory? L'ATALANTE??
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    • By Silent-Freak
      January 18, 2013
      05:28 PM

      Okay, I probably should have included the two Kybrick titles,because they are both awesome. 39 Steps IMHO is an overated but still great Hitchcock title. Probably my favorite aspect about it was Robert Donat.
  • By Craig J. Clark
    January 18, 2013
    03:53 PM

    If you haven't already, you should take a look at Paul Bartel's Eating Raoul. And Věra Chytilová's Daisies.
    Reply
  • By solace9
    January 18, 2013
    03:58 PM

    No Bresson?!
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  • By ukforever
    January 18, 2013
    04:31 PM

    I agree it should include some Bergman. Cool list.
    Reply
  • By saguarogeetar
    January 18, 2013
    05:40 PM

    Wonderful list!
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  • By arktos
    January 18, 2013
    06:26 PM

    Awesome list. Simon of the Desert definitely deserves a place on it, though!
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  • By Jarrett Leahy
    January 19, 2013
    09:17 PM

    La Jetee is an amazing 28 minute sci-fi short film that Criterion has
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  • By Reeniop5
    January 19, 2013
    11:06 PM

    Just watched Following tonight and it's a GEM! Will try the Linear edit as well.
    Reply
  • By JustinDW
    January 20, 2013
    10:27 AM

    I have to wait until my wife and daughter go to bed to watch movies usually, and fall asleep on the couch at least half the time. This list provides me with some go to titles, thank you!
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    • By Silent-Freak
      January 20, 2013
      04:35 PM

      I'm glad the list helps!
  • By Ulac
    January 22, 2013
    12:51 AM

    Days of Heaven and La Haine...so many other good ones not available on Criterion, such as Run Lola Run
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  • By Colin Morgan
    January 27, 2013
    05:34 PM

    Stranger Than Paradise deserves a spot here, but great list nonetheless.
    Reply
  • By Alexander
    February 14, 2013
    02:00 AM

    Symbiopsychotaxiplasm is only 75 minutes and totally awesome!
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    • By Alexander
      February 14, 2013
      02:02 AM

      Oh also Koyaanisqatsi is 87 minutes and totally awesome.
  • By Kafka0622
    February 26, 2013
    12:57 PM

    Nice List but I would add M. Hulot's Holiday which is 87 minutes of Heaven.
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    • By Silent-Freak
      February 27, 2013
      12:08 PM

      That's a good film.
  • By Eric Levy
    March 12, 2013
    03:06 PM

    Not especially easy to sit through, but Resnais's NIGHT AND FOG is a very powerful 31 minutes. Great list!
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    • By thenoah
      April 07, 2013
      12:35 PM

      Yes, Night and Fog should DEFINITELY be in here!
  • By high-by-noon
    March 30, 2013
    07:42 AM

    Glad you included 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'. Many Hitchcock fans ignore his early British films. Ulac mentions 'Run Lola Run'. Thoughts of that film always bring a smile to my face. FYI Ingmar Bergman and Woody Allen occupy the most space on my shelves. Bergman you've already been chastised about. IMHO there is at least one good idea/scene/observation in every Allen flick, and his target is 80 minutes for every film....great list, by the way.
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  • By futurestar
    April 02, 2013
    05:55 PM

    I'm not crazy about Le Million as a musical and have not seen the Koko story, but other than those two this is a rock solid offering that deserves support and acknowledgement. it's the all of us the makes for a wonderful and amazing whole drawing from the volumes of the ever expanding Criterion. thanks for your recommendations.
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  • By thenoah
    April 07, 2013
    12:35 PM

    How about The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Third Man? P.S. They have to make Memento a Criterion edition!
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    • By Silent-Freak
      May 16, 2013
      01:55 PM

      I didn't include them because each film's listed running time is slightly over 90 minutes. Otherwise, they'd be on the list.
  • By Nick
    July 19, 2013
    07:15 PM

    Trouble in Paradise
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  • By High_and_Low
    December 31, 2013
    07:23 PM

    Brilliant idea for a list, I love it. I'd recommend checking out "Safety Last!" if you haven't already. -- -- If you find the time check out some of my lists.
    Reply
  • By Julian G.
    October 16, 2014
    08:09 PM

    Beauty and the Beast!
    Reply