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The Best Short Movies on Kanopy

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 Kanopy.

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1. One Week

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8.2/10
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62/100
Released: 1920Rated: G
Family, Comedy

What it's about: The story involves two newlyweds, Keaton and Seely, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in "one week." A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton's struggle to assemble the house according to this new "arrangement."

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

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2. The Great Train Robbery

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7.3/10
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62/100
Released: 1903Rated: G
Crime

What it's about: The clerk at the train station is assaulted and left tied by four men, then they rob the train threatening the operator. (They) take all the money and shoot a passenger when trying to run away. A little girl discovers the clerk tied and gives notice to the sheriff, who at once goes along with his men hunting the bandits.

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

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3. Tales of the Night

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6.9/10
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53/100
Released: 2011
Animation, Fantasy

What it's about: Tales of the Night is renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur & Asmar)'s first foray into 3D animation. A hit at the Berlin Film Festival, the film extends the earlier shadow puppet style of Ocelot’s Princes and Princesses, with black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns – the subtle use of 3D creating a diorama-like effect. The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees - and each fable ends with its own ironic twist.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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4. Weekends

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7.2/10
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59/100
Released: 2021Rated: R
Family, Drama

What it's about: Set in 1980s Toronto, a young boy shuffles between the homes of his recently divorced parents.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.90 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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5. Nimic

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6.7/10
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55/100
Released: 2019
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: A professional cellist has an encounter with a stranger on the subway which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Mubi & Kanopy).

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6. Coda

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7.2/10
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53/100
Released: 2013
Drama, Animation

What it's about: A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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7. Bill Hicks: Reflections

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6.8/10
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46/100
Released: 2015
Animation, 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 & PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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8. Passing

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7.7/10
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42/100
Released: 2015
Documentary, LGBTQ

What it's about: A documentary short about the lives of three Black trans men.

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

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9. The Phone Call

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7.3/10
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56/100
Released: 2013
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Heather is a shy lady who works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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10. Daughter

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6.5/10
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50/100
Released: 2019
Drama, Animation

What it's about: The bond between a father and a daughter is imperilled by matters that go unspoken and hurts that are slow to heal.

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

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11. Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

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7.2/10
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55/100
Released: 1988
Animation, Documentary

What it's about: A short documentary in which directors Werner Herzog and Errol Morris make a bet which results in Herzog being forced to eat his own shoe.

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

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12. The Silent Child

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7.7/10
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73/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.

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

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13. Mr Hublot

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7.2/10
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60/100
Released: 2013
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: Mr Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet's arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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14. Stutterer

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7.7/10
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60/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear.

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

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15. Feral

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6.5/10
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50/100
Released: 2012
Fantasy, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

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

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16. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

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6.8/10
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45/100
Released: 2005
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: One of the most exciting and memorable stories in the history of the World Trade Towers is that of Philippe Petit, a French man who walked a tightrope between the massive monuments in 1974. Narrated by Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, this is an animated adaptation of the lyrical Caldecott Award-winning book by Mordecai Gerstein. Directed and animated by Michael Sporn, with music by Michael Bacon (of the Bacon Brothers).

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

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17. Curfew

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7.9/10
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58/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG
Animation, Drama

What it's about: At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

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

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18. Behind the Screen

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7.0/10
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52/100
Released: 1916Rated: G
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: During the troubled shooting of several movies, David, the prop man's assistant, meets an aspiring actress who tries to find work in the studio. Things get messy when the stagehands decide to go on strike.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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19. Hunger

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6.9/10
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48/100
Released: 1974
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: In this animated short, director Peter Foldès depicts one man’s descent into greed and gluttony. Rapidly dissolving and ever-evolving images create a contrast between abundance and want. One of the first films to use computer animation, this satire serves as a cautionary tale against self-indulgence in a world still plagued by hunger and poverty.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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20. I Want My Hat Back

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7.6/10
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38/100
Released: 2013
Comedy, 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 subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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21. Counterfeit Kunkoo

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7.3/10
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41/100
Released: 2018
Animation, Drama

What it's about: In a city overflowing with buildings and slums, Smita must find herself a house to rent. She is hard-working, honest and respectful - the ideal tenant - except for one glaring flaw. She is a middle-class Indian woman without a husband. An intimate perspective on the identity of the 'Ideal Indian Female' in urban India of today.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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22. Your Face

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7.0/10
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50/100
Released: 1987
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: A tenor, in suit and tie, with a receding hairline, sings a ballad to his love, “Your Face Is Like a Song,” to simple piano accompaniment.

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

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23. The Bravest, the Boldest

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7.9/10
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43/100
Released: 2014
Drama

What it's about: A young mother in a Harlem housing project realizes the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can't bring herself to accept.

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

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24. Helium

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7.3/10
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57/100
Released: 2014
Family, Drama

What it's about: A young boy, Alfred, is dying, but through the stories about Helium, a magical fantasy world, told by the hospital's eccentric janitor, Enzo, Alfred regains the joy and happiness of his life, and finds a safe haven away from daily life.

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

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25. Piglets

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5.5/10
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39/100
Released: 1999
Comedy, LGBTQ

What it's about: Two men are on the verge of making love, but an old neighbor does everything she can to ruin their adventure.

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

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26. Sacrilège

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7.6/10
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41/100
Released: 2017
Animation, Drama

What it's about: The money has gone missing in the mosque of Saint-Etienne. Saoud, the gang leader is suspected.

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

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27. Zing

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6.3/10
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43/100
Released: 2011
Fantasy, Animation

What it's about: Day in, day out, Mr. Grimm is busy with his job as the Reaper, harvesting people's lives. One day, his monotonous existence is interrupted by the door bell. It's a little girl. She wants her cat back. Little does she know that she's the next life on Mr. Grimm's list.

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

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28. The Count

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6.6/10
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50/100
Released: 1916
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A tailor's apprentice burns Count Broko's clothes while ironing them and the tailor fires him. Later, the tailor discovers a note explaining that the count cannot attend a dance party, so he dresses as such to take his place; but the apprentice has also gone to the mansion where the party is celebrated and bumps into the tailor in disguise…

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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29. Bacon & God's Wrath

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7.3/10
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40/100
Released: 2015
Documentary, Animation

What it's about: A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

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

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30. The Frozen North

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6.5/10
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49/100
Released: 1922
Comedy

What it's about: This satirical parody of William S. Hart's melodramatic films finds Buster in the frozen north, "last stop on the subway." He uses a wanted poster as his partner in robbing a gambling house. When he thinks he spies his wife making love to another man he shoots them both only to learn it isn't his cabin after all.

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

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31. A Drop of Gold

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6.8/10
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41/100
Released: 2013
Fantasy, Animation

What it's about: As a pirate enters the Kingdom of the Dead he encounters its beautiful Queen. She captures his heart, but hers is not so easily won.

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

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32. The Pawnshop

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7.1/10
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52/100
Released: 1916Rated: G
Family, Comedy

What it's about: A pawnbroker's assistant deals with his grumpy boss, his annoying co-worker and some eccentric customers as he flirts with the pawnbroker's daughter, until a perfidious crook with bad intentions arrives at the pawnshop.

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

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33. Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty

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6.4/10
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44/100
Released: 2008
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: Granny O'Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, loses the plot as she tells her version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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34. Lipsett Diaries

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7.2/10
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43/100
Released: 2010
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: A descent into the maelstrom of anguish that tormented Arthur Lipsett, a famed Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at 49. A diary transmuted into a clash of images and sounds charting a prodigious frenzy of creation, a tableau depicting an artist’s dizzying descent into depression and madness: with LIPSETT DIARIES, Theodore Ushev renews his filmmaking aesthetic and explores what happens when genius is on a first-name basis with madness.

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

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35. A World for Raúl

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6.3/10
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39/100
Released: 2012
Animation, Drama

What it's about: When thirteen-year-old Raúl is asked to entertain the local landowner's son, a game of power and pride starts between the two boys.

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

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36. Stick and Stone

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10/100
Released: 2017
Family, Animation

What it's about: When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor? With a subtle anti-bullying message even the young will understand, Stick and Stone have energy, emotion, and personality to spare and share a story of kindness and friendship that all will enjoy.

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

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37. Shuteye Hotel

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6.5/10
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33/100
Released: 2007
Mystery, Animation

What it's about: A film-noir murder mystery that takes place in a sleazy hotel. As cops investigate the gruesome murders, they become victims of this evil force.

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

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38. Discipline

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7.6/10
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44/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: In a moment of anger in a grocery store in Lausanne, a father loses patience and disciplines his disobedient child. A shocked customer immediately intervenes to express her concern. Other customers join the conversation and the discussion soon turns into a debate that gradually gets out of hand.

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

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39. Love Is More Than I Can Handle

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6.6/10
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38/100
Released: 2014
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Samuel is ten years old and is madly in love with Lucía, who is twelve years old and has a master plan to get rid of the only obstacle left in her life to get what she wants: to be a writer, film critic and rich.

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

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40. Fig

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6.9/10
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37/100
Released: 2011
Animation, Drama

What it's about: In South Los Angeles, a young mother's love for her daughter is put to the test.

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

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41. Super Sex

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6.4/10
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35/100
Released: 2016Rated: G
Family, Comedy

What it's about: It's always hard to find something for a dad who has everything. He says he just wants to be loved. So, his children provide it in a way they never before imagined—Super Sex!

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

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42. Cowboy Dave

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6.8/10
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36/100
Released: 2017
Animation, Drama

What it's about: An English folktale set in the suburbs of Manchester that charts the coming together of a drifter, a war party, and a hustler.

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

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43. Boogaloo and Graham

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7.3/10
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45/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: In 1970's Belfast two young boys discover the facts of life aided by the help of their pet chickens.

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

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44. The Gift

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7.2/10
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42/100
Released: 2015
Biography

What it's about: To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift - little knowing that his choice will change the world.

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

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45. Hi, Neighbor

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Released: 2011
Documentary, Family

What it's about: This experimental short film is about a little girl who lost her home to urban renewal, and asks her wealthy neighbor, "why?" The film is a prequel to Andrade-Watkins' documentary trilogy about the Cape Verdean community in Fox Point. "Hi, Neighbor" had its world premiere at the 2011 Cape Verdean International Film Festival and was awarded Jury Selection (first prize), in the 2012 Black Maria Film Festival.

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

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46. The Dead

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7.3/10
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60/100
Released: 1987Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: After a convivial holiday dinner party, things begin to unravel when a husband and wife address some prickly issues concerning their marriage.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.60 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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