Top 250 Most-Acclaimed Short Films of All Time

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I compiled this list from many different polls, lists, and awards, using a weighted point system to rank the shorts. I'm defining short as any film with a runtime of 45 minutes or less.

This list focuses more on animation than the Brief Encounters list. It includes many acclaimed animated shorts which are missing from Brief Encounters, most notably The Man Who Planted Trees and Ruka.

Missing from IMDb: The Magic Fox (1982) (it would've been ranked #132)

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    Sherlock Jr.

    1924, in 23 top lists Check
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    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. La Jetée, in 18 top lists Check
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    Un chien andalou

    1929 — a.k.a. Un Chien Andalou, in 22 top lists Check
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    Partie de campagne

    1946 — a.k.a. A Day in the Country, in 12 top lists Check
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    Meshes of the Afternoon

    1943, in 9 top lists Check
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    Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège

    1933 — a.k.a. Zero for Conduct, in 17 top lists Check
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    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
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    Skazka skazok

    1979 — a.k.a. The Little Grey Wolf Will Come, in 5 top lists Check
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    Duck Amuck

    1953, in 10 top lists Check
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    Listen to Britain

    1942, in 8 top lists Check
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    Scorpio Rising

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
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    L'homme qui plantait des arbres

    1987 — a.k.a. The Man Who Planted Trees, in 5 top lists Check
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    Wavelength

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
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    Le voyage dans la lune

    1902 — a.k.a. A Trip to the Moon, in 13 top lists Check
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    Moznosti dialogu

    1983 — a.k.a. Dimensions of Dialogue, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Wrong Trousers

    1993, in 4 top lists Check
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    Street of Crocodiles

    1986, in 4 top lists Check
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    Un chant d'amour

    1950 — a.k.a. A Song of Love, in 7 top lists Check
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    Las Hurdes

    1933 — a.k.a. Land Without Bread, in 12 top lists Check
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    What's Opera, Doc?

    1957, in 6 top lists Check
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    Flaming Creatures

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
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    Crac

    1980, in 1 top list Check
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    King-Size Canary

    1947, in 4 top lists Check
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    Ruka

    1965 — a.k.a. The Hand, in 6 top lists Check
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    Les maîtres fous

    1955 — a.k.a. The Mad Masters, in 6 top lists Check
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    Le sang des bêtes

    1949 — a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts, in 11 top lists Check
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    Gertie the Dinosaur

    1914, in 5 top lists Check
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    Yozhik v tumane

    1975 — a.k.a. Hedgehog in the Fog, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Street

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    Father and Daughter

    2000, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tango

    1981, in 3 top lists Check
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    Une nuit sur le mont chauve

    1933, in 1 top list Check
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    Pas de deux

    1968, in 4 top lists Check
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    Neighbours

    1952, in 4 top lists Check
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    Bad Luck Blackie

    1949, in 2 top lists Check
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    Harpya

    1979, in 1 top list Check
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    L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat

    1896 — a.k.a. The Arrival of a Train, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Old Mill

    1937, in 2 top lists Check
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    Red Hot Riding Hood

    1943, in 5 top lists Check
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    Blinkity Blank

    1955, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Band Concert

    1935, in 2 top lists Check
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    Dôjôji

    1976 — a.k.a. Dojoji Temple, in 1 top list Check
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    The Cat Concerto

    1947, in 4 top lists Check
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    When the Day Breaks

    1999, in 2 top lists Check
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    Rose Hobart

    1936, in 4 top lists Check
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    Le château de sable

    1977 — a.k.a. The Sand Castle, in 1 top list Check
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    Le ballon rouge

    1956 — a.k.a. The Red Balloon, in 9 top lists Check
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    Hold Me While I'm Naked

    1966, in 2 top lists Check
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    One Froggy Evening

    1955, in 4 top lists Check
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    Steamboat Willie

    1928, in 3 top lists Check
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