In terms of movies and TV shows, Netflix has acquired and put up on its website nearly every format. For this reason, it comes as no surprise that they have a sizable selection of short films, which are shorter than the conventional feature-length movies and documentaries. As such, if you’re in the mood for a brief and great movie, these are the ones for you. The following is a list of Netflix’s most popular short films. YouTube, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are also good places to view some of these best short films.
20. All in my Family (2019)
Hao Wu wrote, directed, and produced the film, which tells the narrative of his family’s acceptance of his same-sex marriage and the birth of his own children. It was difficult for Hao Wu, a Chinese-American filmmaker, to open up to his family about his life in the United States because of his family’s traditionalism. During the course of this 40-minute short film, he takes us along on this specific path. It is difficult to remove oneself from the constraints imposed by long-held beliefs and practices. It’s a long and arduous journey to fully accept and rationalize the need for change after the initial shock of truth. He takes us through all of these stages as he introduces his American family, replete with children, to his Chinese one.
19. The Claudia Kishi Club (2020)
‘Baby-Sitters Club’ author Ann M. Martin created Claudia Kishi as a character in the series. Claudia Kishi may be considered one of the earliest portrayals of an Asian-American character in popular culture. Few of these characters were ever observed without their preconceptions at the moment. Many girls from Eastern cultures could relate to her character and were inspired to see themselves in a new way by her story and her character. People who read the “Baby-Sitters Club” books as children are interviewed in this video about how the character Claudia Kishi shaped their life.
18. ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff?
It is a new Netflix documentary series that tells the story of a musician’s life through his or her greatest moments. As a pioneer of reggae and one of the world’s best-selling artists, Bob Marley is the subject of this episode. The 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley is the focus of the film. Edward Seaga’s Jamaica Labour Party and Michael Manley’s social-democratic People’s National Party were feuding at the time. Seaga and the CIA may have been involved in the assassination attempt on Bob Marley, who escaped with minor injuries to his arm and chest.
17. Ram Dass, Going Home (2018)
In Derek Peck’s film, Baba Ram Dass, an American spiritual guru nearing the end of his life, is introduced. Making peace with one’s own inevitable demise takes a lot of time and patience, which is why this documentary is well worth your time and attention. Peck depicts Ram Dass in a loving and respectful light, rather than making him appear larger than life. His life in Maui, where he stayed after a stroke twenty years earlier, is the topic of this short film. In his latter years, Ram Dass talks about the importance of love and strengthens his spiritual practice by meditating.
16. ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (2019)
Robert Johnson, one of the 27 Club’s most enigmatic and secretive members, had a profound impact on a generation of musicians. People speculated that the blues artist had sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his musical talents because of his out-of-this-world talent. 29 songs were all that he ever wrote in his short 27-year existence, and yet he is often considered to be the greatest guitarist of all time. New insights about Johnson’s personality and artistic path are the goal of this film.
15. End Game (2018)
The film sheds a unique light on what it means to live well. Filmed at a palliative care hospital, the documentary follows three medical professionals as they promote a shift in our understanding of life and death. The goal is to provide the best possible quality of life for the persons in their care for as long as feasible. This does not mean that they or their patients don’t have to make difficult decisions about their treatment or how they want to live. As Dr. Miller points out at documentary’s conclusion, death is “purely human,” which makes the film’s humanization of the subject even more stunning.
14. Lorena, Light-Footed Woman (2019)
Long-distance runner Lorena Ramirez is the subject of this Mexican documentary made by Juan Carlos Rulfo. Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, Lorena is a Raramuri woman who excels at long-distance running, a tradition in her family. Raramuri means “light-footed” and that is what the community is most proud of. Lorena’s incredible ability to run marathons of up to 100 kilometers in her traditional floral skirt and sandals is what truly amazes me. The half-hour-long video is a fascinating portrayal of a female athlete who honors her indigenous roots and the community from which she originates as she competes in the Olympics.
13. The Trader (2018)
Suppose you happen upon a region where the sole means of exchange is potatoes. What if potatoes weren’t worth as much as money? Even while it may sound like a joke, the Sundance jury prize for nonfiction winner is anything but. It depicts the plight of Georgia, a country wracked by poverty and desperation. People are starving, without work, and without enough money to survive on, and there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel for them. For some time, you’ll be in a deep hole of hollowness after reading this heartbreaking narrative.
12. ReMastered: Tricky Dick & the Man in Black (2018)
During one of America’s most turbulent moments, this short film depicts the relationship between President Richard Nixon and country music star Johnny Cash. A documentary about Johnny Cash’s performance at the White House nearly reaches an hour in length. Although Nixon discovers a common thread between the two of them and their life journeys, we watch how Cash begins to move in the opposite direction. Documentary reveals how music and politics are intertwined in the real world; this sheds light on the significance of art. In the setting of the Vietnam War and the confrontations between the establishment and the counterculture, the film’s most striking feature is its depiction of the polarized public opinion on the war.
11. The Garden Of Words (2013)
Well, this anime isn’t quite a short film, but it’s still short enough to be included in this list of the best short films. The duration is just under an hour, and you’ll be treated to a tranquil and restful experience during that time. This film is a must-see for fans of rain and Japanese poetry. We have a young man who is passionate about shoemaking, and an older woman who has the same outlook on life and enjoys the rainy season with him in this tale. They meet in a lovely green park, where their frequent encounters begin, and their individual seclusion brings them together. There’s an emotional breakdown and personal struggle to be seen when the rainy season ends, and it’s because to the wonderful tanka (a style of Japanese poetry). You’ll be captivated into this love story by the songs, music, and stunning visuals.
10. Fire in Paradise (2019)
In 2018, California’s town of Paradise was devastated by the state’s deadliest wildfire ever. Through interviews with survivors and first-hand footage, Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper explore the incident from the perspective of the victims and first responders. Eighty-five people were murdered in the fire, and the town of Paradise was completely destroyed, making it the worst fire in California in the last century. The Hamptons International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Short Film made this film a strong contender for the Oscars.
9. Extremis (2016)
It’s as close to the truth as you can get in a short film. It tells the families of patients who are on the verge of death what they can and cannot do. When it comes to conveying the anguish of letting go of loved ones, this film succeeds in doing so since it’s a true-life documentary. It’s a sad experience to see the inner struggles of medical professionals including doctors, nurses, and other support personnel, as well as the different ways that terminally ill patients’ rights to die with dignity are being carried out.
8. Zion (2018)
In addition to Zion, there are two other newcomers. Zion Clark, who was born with no legs and grew up in foster care, has an inspiring story to tell. For the majority of his life, he was subjected to a life of abuse and neglect by the people he came into contact with because of his mother’s abandonment. He didn’t let that deter him from making the most of the opportunities that came his way. In under 11 minutes, the story packs a blow and Zion’s emotional strength is something to be admired.
7. Resurface (2017)
Veteran soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are the focus of director Josh Izenberg’s heartfelt film. It tells the narrative of Iraq War veteran Bobby Lane, now suffering from severe depression and suicide thoughts after being discharged from the service. Prior to ending his own life, he wants to accomplish one final goal on his to-do list: surfing. His outlook on life and mental health were profoundly altered, though, by surfing as fate would have it. Much is due to surfing’s therapeutic qualities and to its tranquil surroundings in the huge ocean itself. Both the research-based facts and the emotional connection to these traumatized combat heroes are there in this short.
6. Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017)
While browsing Netflix’s ever-expanding repertoire, this is one documentary you should not miss. One Hong Kong teenager, Joshua Wong, 14, took on China’s communist government in the documentary “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower. In 1997, the Chinese seized Hong Kong, promising independence in the near future. When pro-Communist lessons were introduced in Hong Kong schools, the promise dwindled away and threatened complete obliteration. It’s at this point when Josh comes into play! For him and those who shared his views, forming a coalition to overturn outdated propaganda and reassert Chinese nationalism was a necessary first step. Moving and interesting film exploring the nature of opposition to a Leviathan-like structure.
5. Long Shot (2017)
Even though its title may give away some significant plot points, this narrative doesn’t shy away from pointing out the uncertainties and ‘what-ifs’ of our existence. This is an uplifting and astonishing story that was directed by Jacob LaMendola. In order to avoid the death penalty, Juan Catalán must prove his innocence in the case of a 16-year-old girl’s murder. To prove Catalan’s innocence, he and his attorney resort to an odd source: an episode of the hit HBO sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” This is a wonderful story of a long shot, wrapped up in a solid crime novel.
4. Heroin(e) (2017)
It’s a story about the opioid crisis, which is a current problem in American society that has the potential to have far-reaching consequences for the country’s social fabric in the future. More than any other community in the United States, Huntington, West Virginia, has been hard-hit by the rise in opioid overdoses, with a rate over 10 times higher than the national average. The name honors three brave ladies in the community who are doing everything they can to combat this growing issue. It’s a powerful piece of work that puts light on a pressing issue in the United States today.
3. The White Helmets (2016)
Almost everyone is aware of the misery of war-torn Syria thanks to the wonders of the internet and the world’s media. This confidence in humanity is restored when we realize the scale of human destruction, but it is also repaired by the actions of ordinary citizens. In Aleppo, Syria, the brave men and women who wore white helmets risked their lives every day to rescue people from the wreckage. documentary of the destruction and humanitarian activities of those trapped in a war zone where they were unable to escape.
2. Period. End of Sentence. (2019)
Arunachalam Muruganantham, a pioneer in India’s menstrual hygiene movement, is the inspiration for this Oscar-winning documentary. Hapur, an Indian village in the north, is the subject of this film because it lacks access to menstrual hygiene supplies for women. Many adolescent girls drop out of school due to a lack of access to basics and the stigma associated with menstruation. It all changes in the village when a sanitary pad vending machine is installed and the women discover how to manufacture and market the pads they have been making. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and produced by Guneet Monga, who reimagined this inspirational story.
1. The Speed Cubers (2020)
It’s a heartwarming account of the friendship and mutual admiration that develops between two speedcubers named Max Park and Feliks Zemdegs as they face obstacles and achieve personal goals. It wasn’t only a hobby for Max Park, a person with autism, to solve the Rubik’s cube as a child. Speedcubing championships helped him to meet new people and hone his social abilities. Feliks was the first person he ever requested for an autograph, and he clearly admires him throughout the film. Feliks is protective of Mark and admires him, despite the fact that Mark has broken nearly all of Feliks’ records. Filmmaker Sue Kim’s 40-minute documentary is a must-see.