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The Best Short Movies on Free Services

Finding a good Short movie 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 of all time streaming on Free Services.

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1. The Snowman

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8.2/10
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77/100
Released: 1982Rated: G
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A young boy makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, which comes to life at midnight and takes the boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Ameba) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Flight of the Butterflies

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6.9/10
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69/100
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), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Day & Night

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8.1/10
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66/100
Released: 2010Rated: G
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other's unique qualities--and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world-the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. Heavy Metal Parking Lot

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7.4/10
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64/100
Released: 1986
Documentary, Musical

What it's about: Heavy Metal Parking Lot documents heavy metal music fans tailgating in the parking lot outside the Capital Centre (since demolished) in Landover, Maryland, on May 31, 1986, before a Judas Priest concert (with opening act Dokken).

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (SnagFilms & Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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5. A Dog's Life

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7.8/10
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59/100
Released: 1918
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (SnagFilms), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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6. Easy Street

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7.5/10
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56/100
Released: 1917
Comedy

What it's about: A derelict, huddled under the steps of a missionary church, feels enlightened by the sermon of a passionate preacher and infatuated by the beauty of the congregation's pianist, in such a way that he tries to improve his life of poverty by becoming a policeman. His first assignment will be to patrol along Easy Street, the turf of a vicious bully and his criminal gang.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (SnagFilms) & stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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7. Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man

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53/100
Released: 2000Rated: G
Drama, Family

What it's about: A child is born. We see underwater swimmers representing this. He is young, in a jungle setting, with two fanciful "instincts" guiding him as swooping bird-like acrobats initially menace, then delight. As an adolescent, he enters a desert, where a man spins a large cube of metal tubing. He leaves his instinct-guides behind, and enters a garden where two statues dance in a pond. As he watches their sensual acrobatics of love, he becomes a man. He is offered wealth (represented by a golden hat) by a devil figure. In a richly decorated room, a scruffy troupe of a dozen acrobats and a little girl reawaken the old man's youthful nature and love.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Sony Crackle) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. The Fall

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7.0/10
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51/100
Released: 2019
Horror

What it's about: A mob's punishment of a lone man proves cruel and unusual in this nightmarish short film.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Mubi).

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9. The Snowman and The Snowdog

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50/100
Released: 2012Rated: G
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Featuring the same charming animation style of the original, and new music by former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, this sequel was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Snowman (1982). A family, including young Billy and his elderly dog, is moving into the house from the original story, now in suburbia. As Christmas approaches, Billy stumbles across a box hidden by James, the boy from the original story. Night draws in, snow falls, Billy uses his new find, and a magical adventure begins...

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Ameba) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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10. The Railrodder

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48/100
Released: 1965
Comedy, Travel

What it's about: After literally swimming across the Atlantic Ocean, an Englishman takes a country trip across Canada on a railcar.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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11. Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate

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46/100
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 & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Night Fishing

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Released: 2011
Fantasy, Drama

What it's about: A man casually sets up for a fishing trip at the water's edge. Evening comes and a tug on his line presents him with the body of a woman.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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13. Galaxy of Horrors

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4.6/10
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43/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Trapped in a damaged cryogenic pod, a man is forced to watch a series of horrific science-fiction tales while his life support systems run out. Featuring eight intense stories of the unknown and other-worldly, equally wonderful and terrifying. Visit the GALAXY OF HORRORS, if you dare! Curated from Rue Morgue & Unstable Ground's Little Terrors Festival.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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14. Santa Pac's Merry Berry Day

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4.8/10
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42/100
Released: 2016Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: As Pacworlders excitedly decorate for Berry Day, Pac is saddened about missing his parents as he receives a picture ornament of them from his Aunt Spheria. The teens reminisce of their childhood Berry Day as they enjoy Christmas eggnog. Since Berry Day is one of the happiest days of the year, Betrayus launches a plan to get rid of the day by capturing Santa Pac and his Round Deer and to possess the gifts and Berry Day decorations. All Pac wants for Berry Day is to see his parents Sunny and Zac and is overjoyed when they arrive. But, his parents tell him they want to see the tree of life in the secret location which is forbidden. Are these Pac’s real parents or are they a trick from Betrayus and Dr. Slimestein? Let’s hope Berry Day can be merry after all.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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15. Steal This Film

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7.0/10
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41/100
Released: 2006
Documentary

What it's about: Steal This Film focuses on Pirate Bay founders Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde, prominent members of the Swedish filesharing community. The makers claimed that 'Old Media' documentary crews couldn't understand the internet culture that filesharers took part in, and that they saw peer-to-peer organization as a threat to their livelihoods. Because of that, they were determined to accurately represent the filesharing community from within. Notably, Steal This Film was released and distributed, free of charge, through the same filesharing networks that the film documents.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (ConTV).

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16. Minutes Past Midnight

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5.0/10
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40/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: As midnight falls, all manner of terror invades the Earth. demons, cannibals, killers, ghosts and monsters swarm the world in these tales of the supernatural, the fantastic, and the just plain horrific. Featuring nine stories of horror.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. Bill Hicks: Reflections

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39/100
Released: 2015
Documentary

What it's about: Comedy Dynamics sits down with Bill Hicks’ brother, Steve, who tells old stories, squashes old rumors and reveals the brother and son behind the late comedian. Told amidst old and rare footage, it’s a must watch for any fan.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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18. The Christmas Carol

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39/100
Released: 1949
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: A Christmas Carol was a 1949 low-budget, black and white television special narrated by Vincent Price.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $9.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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19. Gregory Go Boom

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37/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A paraplegic man leaves home for the first time only to discover that life on the outside is not like he had imagined it.

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

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20. Road to Emmaus

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35/100
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) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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21. If I Could Tell You

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35/100
Released: 2016
Drama

What it's about: After years of financially and emotionally draining fertility treatments, Abby Taylor is so desperate to get pregnant that she secretly turns to the online, underworld of natural insemination in order to create a miracle.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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22. Shave It

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33/100
Released: 2012
Fantasy

What it's about: In the wilderness of the forests where giant bulldozers are tearing apart the woods there is a monkey that accidentally finds a shaving machine and decides to use it. Spontaneously disguised as a human being, he moves out to the city and starts a career. After a stunning success in business, he understands the need of gaining political power. Not too long after, he becomes the president. Now he is ready to make a change.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (SnagFilms).

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23. Heaven Is Waiting

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Released: 2010
Drama

What it's about: After being smuggled into Israel for a suicide bombing, a Palestinian girl must convince her handler that, although she is a woman she is prepared to do it. Once on the team, strapped with a bomb, she realizes she might not be ready to die.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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24. Forever

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31/100
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 watch free online (SnagFilms) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).