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The Best Short Movies and TV Shows on Hoopla

Finding a good Short movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Short movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Hoopla.

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1. Paperman

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8.3/10
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68/100
Released: 2012Rated: G
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: An urban office worker finds that paper airplanes are instrumental in meeting a girl in ways he never expected.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. Flight of the Butterflies

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6.9/10
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68/100
Released: 2012Rated: G
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: It takes two or three generations for the monarch butterfly to reach the Canadian breeding grounds, but it is one "supergeneration" that makes the 2,000 mile return trip back south into central Mexico. The documentary film covers Dr Fred Urquhart's interest in monarch butterflies, with perspectives of Urquhart as a child wondering where the butterflies went, his years of research and study into their life and migration, to his time decades-later as a senior scientist looking back at his investigations and discoveries about the insect's life pattern.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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3. Mysteries of the Unseen World

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7.6/10
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63/100
Released: 2013
Documentary

What it's about: Mysteries of the Unseen World transports audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes. Mysteries of the Unseen World reveals phenomena that can't be seen with the naked eye, taking audiences into earthly worlds secreted away in different dimensions of time and scale. Viewers experience events that unfold too slowly for human perception

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. Coral Reef Adventure

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7.0/10
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60/100
Released: 2003
Documentary

What it's about: Coral Reef Adventure follows the real-life expedition of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall. Using large-format cameras, the Halls guide us to the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific to document the health and beauty of coral reefs. Featuring songs written and recorded by Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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5. Hurricane on the Bayou

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6.1/10
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57/100
Released: 2006
Documentary

What it's about: The film "Hurricane on the Bayou" is about the wetlands of Louisiana before and after Hurricane Katrina.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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6. Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk

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6.5/10
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52/100
Released: 2008
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A documentary about a 15-day river-rafting trip on the Colorado River aimed at highlighting water conservation issues.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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7. Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag

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6.8/10
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51/100
Released: 2004Rated: G
Documentary

What it's about: Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag follows American F-15 Eagle pilot John Stratton as he trains with some of the world’s best pilots. The movie depicts Stratton’s progression through the challenging and dangerous exercises of Operation Red Flag, the international training program for air forces of allied countries.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Google Play).

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8. Australia: Land Beyond Time

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7.5/10
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51/100
Released: 2002
Documentary

What it's about: Australia: Land Beyond Time takes viewers on a breathtaking journey back in time to witness the birth and evolution of a mysterious land that harbors remnants of Earth's earliest life and many of it's strangest creatures that exist nowhere else on the planet.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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9. The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case

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7.3/10
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47/100
Released: 1930
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: The boys think their days of fishing to feed themselves have come to an end, when Stan's rich uncle Ebenezer dies leaving a large estate. But they soon learn that Ebenezer was murdered and all the relatives, including Stan, are suspects. This is the first film where Oliver says "Here's Another 'Nice' Mess You've Gotten Me Into". The phrase is commonly misquoted as "Here's Another 'Fine' Mess You've Gotten Me Into" and has passed into everyday language usage.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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10. Helpmates

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7.8/10
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46/100
Released: 1932
Comedy

What it's about: Ollie's house is a mess after a wild party from the previous night. Ollie receives a telegram from his wife (who is on vacation in Chicago), which tells him that she is returning home in the afternoon. Fearing his wife's wrath he calls Stan over to help him clean up. Things go downhill and they make more mess not less.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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11. Cavedigger

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7.2/10
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44/100
Released: 2013Rated: G
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences. Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego all commissions to create his own Magnum Opus, a massive 10-year project.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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12. Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate

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7.2/10
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44/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Comedy, Stand-up & Talk

What it's about: Comedian Jim Norton tackles the twisted state of the 21st century, including how modern technology affects everything from free speech to hooking up.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Knife Skills

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7.1/10
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43/100
Released: 2017
Documentary

What it's about: Edwin’s Restaurant is determined to become one of America’s top French restaurants, with a staff unlike any other in the country. Brandon Edwin Chrostowski prepares to open his Cleveland, Ohio fine dining establishment with a staff composed nearly entirely of recently released prisoners in search of an opportunity to get their lives back on track. They sign up for a classical French food boot camp to learn the ins and outs of fine wine, sauces, and more. Inspiring and engaging, this documentary emphasizes the enriching and fundamental power of food to bring people together, regardless of circumstance or background.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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14. Greece: Secrets of the Past

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7.1/10
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41/100
Released: 2006
Documentary

What it's about: GREECE: SECRETS OF THE PAST, directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, is the stirring story of how a Greek archeologist of the 21st century is uncovering the secret history of his ancient ancestors who forged a society that continues to astound the world today with its ideas, inventions and achievements. Set against the breathtaking, azure vistas of the Greek Isles, the film merges a contemporary archeological “detective story” with some of the most advanced and painstaking digital re-creations ever undertaken for an IMAX® theatre film, with scenes that restore such centuries-old spectacles as the original Parthenon and the volcanic eruption that buried Santorini in 1646 BC.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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15. Journey to Space

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6.4/10
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40/100
Released: 2015
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A sweeping overview of humanity’s accomplishments in space, as well as our ongoing activities and future plans.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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16. Rescue

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6.5/10
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39/100
Released: 2011
Documentary

What it's about: Rescue plunges audiences into the hard, but inspiring work of saving lives in the face of a natural disaster. Behind the scenes, the film follows a Canadian naval commander, two pilots, and a volunteer rescue technician as they train for action. When an earthquake strikes Haiti, creating one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of the century, the audience is swept along, joining with the massive effort that brings military and civilian responders and hardware from around the world. Rescue is a journey of real-world disaster and emergency response captured (in 3D) with unprecedented scale and impact for the giant screen.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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17. I Want My Hat Back

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8.5/10
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39/100
Released: 2013
Animation

What it's about: Bear's hat is gone. None of the animals have seen it. He is starting to become despondent, until his memory is sparked by a deer who asks just the right question.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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18. Nina

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37/100
Released: 2019
Drama

What it's about: Nina, a 13-year-old pickpocket with a sharp and wise look, is checking the content of a man's wallet she has just stolen. She is staring at the unknown family pictures with curiosity and sadness - A little later, Nina is captured in her next attempt to steal. Surprisingly, the victim Yana refuses to surrender Nina to the police and decides to pay a little attention to the girl, taking her lunch.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Vudu & FandangoNOW).

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19. Emma

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37/100
Released: 2016
Drama

What it's about: 14-year-old Emma struggles to hide her alopecia, a condition of rapid, unpredictable hair loss.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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20. Person to Person

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7.0/10
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36/100
Released: 2014
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Waking up the morning after hosting a party, a man discovers a stranger passed out on his floor. He spends the rest of the day trying to convince her to leave.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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21. Arabia 3D

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6.2/10
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35/100
Released: 2011
Documentary

What it's about: From the Academy Award-nominated producers of Everest and Grand Canyon Adventure comes an all-new IMAX 3D Theatre experience—Arabia 3D—about the extraordinary culture, history and religion of Arabia.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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22. Road to Emmaus

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7.8/10
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33/100
Released: 2010
Drama

What it's about: It is a story that's captivated the imagination of many generations. Mourning the death of Jesus, two first-century travelers were joined by a mysterious stranger. Over the next few hours, the stranger revealed mysteries hidden in the ancient Scriptures. Soon, the purpose of Jesus' life became clear... and the travelers' sadness turned to great joy. Now you can learn what they learned. Discover the key to life on the Road to Emmaus.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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23. Coyote

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6.9/10
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33/100
Released: 2018
Animation

What it's about: A coyote loses its mate and pups in an attack by wolves. Plagued by human emotions, the coyote attempts to process what it has experienced.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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24. Sam

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6.8/10
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33/100
Released: 2016
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Centered around a soldier returning home from deployment to find his boyfriend diagnosed with stage three Leukemia.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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25. Legends of Flight

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6.0/10
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32/100
Released: 2010
Documentary

What it's about: A film that will not only delight and entertain the aviation enthusiast but also educate and inspired renewed interest in aviation by the traveling public.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Prime Video).

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26. Forever

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6.0/10
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30/100
Released: 2005
Comedy, Horror

What it's about: Anton, a slick and succesful creative at an ad agency, decides to get a tattoo to prove his girlfriend that he is still 'rock 'n' roll'. When Anton accidently hits Dr. Lee - the tattoo artist - with his car, Lee puts an old Chinese curse on him. Slowly but surely, the tattoo gets bigger and bigger, and Antons life starts to fall apart... Based on the comic by Uli Oesterle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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27. Creepy Carrots

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Released: 2013
Animation, Family

What it's about: In this hilarious picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).