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Great movies under 90 minutes running length

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#1 of 49 OFFLINE   Stevan Lay

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Posted January 01 2004 - 09:23 AM

It seems like a rarity these days that a story can be told in under one and a half hours and an apparent school of thought that in order to captivate and enthrall the audience, film-makers/studios need to design a film that is over 120 minutes long.

So which (considered) great movies are there that has a running time length that is less than 90 minutes?

And what is the qualification for a featured film as oppose to short films?

#2 of 49 OFFLINE   Peter Apruzzese

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Posted January 01 2004 - 10:29 AM

I've always considered 60 minutes and above to be a feature.

Some great sub-90 minute films:

The Killing
Paths of Glory
Dr. Strangelove
The Bride of Frankenstein
The Kid (Chaplin)
The Circus
City Lights
Duck Soup

Many, many more...
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#3 of 49 OFFLINE   Stevan Lay

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Posted January 01 2004 - 10:38 AM

Not that I'm knocking the older great movies but are there anything of recent years?

Just thought of one: Run Lola Run

#4 of 49 OFFLINE   Joseph Byrne

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Posted January 01 2004 - 10:50 AM

The Lady from Shanghai (87 min)

#5 of 49 OFFLINE   Richard Kim

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Posted January 01 2004 - 12:05 PM

Not that I'm knocking the older great movies but are there anything of recent years?

Just thought of one: Run Lola Run

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (:89)
Stand By Me (:88)
The Iron Giant (:87)
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#6 of 49 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted January 01 2004 - 12:56 PM

Not mentioned yet:

Nothing Sacred
Cause for Alarm
The Lavender Hill Mob
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Trouble in Paradise
The Mouse that Roared
Buck Privates
High Noon
Take the Money and Run
The 39 Steps
Play It Again, Sam
Modern Times
Mr. Hulot's Holiday
A Hard Day's Night
Sorry, Wrong Number
Road to Utopia
The Big Heat
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

and tons of Disney classics

Sleeping Beauty
Lady & the Tramp
Peter Pan
The Jungle Book
101 Dalmatians
Toy Story
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
The Little Mermaid
Old Yeller
Lilo & Stitch
The Lion King
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Posted January 01 2004 - 01:36 PM

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#8 of 49 OFFLINE   Ray H

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Posted January 01 2004 - 02:02 PM

While not a classic, I was watching the animated Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas earlier today. It's a good movie and clocks in at about 87 minutes.
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#9 of 49 OFFLINE   Alan Erceg

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Posted January 01 2004 - 03:06 PM

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I think that clocked in at about an hour and twelve minutes...
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#10 of 49 OFFLINE   MartinTeller



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Posted January 01 2004 - 05:35 PM

Comedies generally tend to be 90 minutes or less. Many great Bergman films are in the neighborhood of 90 minutes. Rashomon is 88.

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Posted January 02 2004 - 02:10 AM

Wong Kar Wai is a renowned director who generally makes his films +/- 90 minutes in length (while taking up to 2 years to make and edit them).

Check out: In the Mood for Love, Ashes of Time, Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, Days of Being Wild.

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Posted January 02 2004 - 02:24 AM

You'll also find a lot of animated features that are under 90 minutes, partially because it is more expensive to animate longer films, and partially the kiddie audience most of these are directed to have a short attention span.

"Totoro" is a fine example, at 86 minutes.


#13 of 49 OFFLINE   Sean Cauley

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Posted January 02 2004 - 03:41 AM

Rushmore runs about 90 minutes, for an example of a recent, highly-regarded film.

#14 of 49 OFFLINE   Bill Huelbig

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Posted January 02 2004 - 05:18 AM

MARTY (1955) is 91 minutes, but it's so great we can let it slide in under the wire. I believe it's the shortest Best Picture Oscar winner, as well as one of the lowest-budgeted ones. More proof that money can't always buy quality.


#15 of 49 OFFLINE   Brian Thibodeau

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Posted January 02 2004 - 05:47 AM

Hell, just about EVERYTHING out of Hong Kong clocks in at 90 minutes or so. Maximum entertainment value, minimum slow spots. These things MOVE, whether they're action films, comedies, love stories, etc.

One thing I've always loved about HK action films from the 70's onward is the fact that when the villain gets his comeuppance, the credits roll. And they roll quick. No post-climax wrap-up. No repetitive explanations of everything you just saw. No treacly wrap-up of the romantic subplot (if anything, the girl and the hero are often DEAD by the end of the film). The villain's dead. The hero's (sometimes) dead. Time to go home.

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Posted January 02 2004 - 09:43 AM

There's tons of great movies that clock in around 90 minutes--give or take a minute or two. My most recent favorite is Chicken Run.
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#17 of 49 OFFLINE   Dave Kalloch

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Posted January 02 2004 - 09:54 AM

The Limey - 89 Mins.

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Posted January 02 2004 - 10:10 AM

Orange County (82m)

#19 of 49 OFFLINE   David C Lin

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Posted January 02 2004 - 10:41 AM

Run Lola Run 80min
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#20 of 49 OFFLINE   Chris Lynch

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Posted January 02 2004 - 11:11 AM

I believe Phone Booth clocks in around 80 Minutes. Yeah, it's Schumaker, but I thought it was pretty good.

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