If you’re like most people with a life you like watching movies but you don’t have time to dedicate two plus hours of your life to something that you know nothing about. Start thanking your lucky stars because, as it turns out, there are plenty of Netflix movies shorter than 90 minutes. The perfect length to fit a movie into while still fitting in the busy-ness of life. The films on Netflix that are less than 90 minutes cover all of your genre bases. Which means that the next time you’re either figuratively or literally Netflix and chilling, there will be a movie that both you and your bae are sure to enjoy.
The criteria that help determine the best short movies on Netflix are simple. Obviously the movies have to be less than 90 minutes long – a list about the best movies that are exactly 90 minutes will just have to wait, compadre – and they need to be good, so you’re not going to find any Z-grade schlock on here. These are just the finest films viewable in the span of two and three loads of laundry.
Of course, Netflix has great movies of every variety of length. But these hour and a half Netflix movies are the best for the film enthusiast on the run.
Hold onto your Jack Skellington beanies because this is going to blow your mind. The modern Christmas/Halloween classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas, isn't just under 90 minutes long, it's less than 80 minutes long. That barely makes it a feature film. It might seem like a short run time would be detrimental to the film, but it actually makes for a faster paced film than the usual animated holiday fare. Not to mention, for a "holiday" film on the darker, more goth side of the spectrum, short is, in this case, sweet.
Actors: Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman, Greg Proops, Glenn Shadix, + more
Initial Release: 1993
Directed by: Henry Selick
#26 on The Best Animated Films Ever
There are those emotional movies we know we loved the first time we saw them, but we put off a re-watch knowing we're going to cry...again. The Iron Giant may be one such film for viewers. But its time to suck it up. Not only is this movie under the 90-minute mark, it's a smooth 86 minutes. This gives a person plenty of time to wipe their tears before anyone can walk in on them.
Tears aside, the film is a beautiful mixture of classic Warner Brothers animation and neo-futurism. All of which make for a truly mesmerizing viewing experience. The Iron Giant is a must see for any fan of animation.
Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman, Harry Connick, Jr., + more
Initial Release: 1999
Directed by: Brad Bird
#24 on Movies Turning 20 in 2019
#9 on The Best Movies of 1999
The one thing that slasher movies and comedies have in common is that they're both friends of brevity. This combo slasher-comedy doesn't waste a moment barreling through its 88 minutes. Rather than try to reinvent the wheel, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil expects its audience to know the tropes it's going to play into, and then subverts them.
The film follows two rednecks who encounter a group of friends going on a camping trip who mistake them for murderous psychopaths. Hilarity ensues. Non-horror fans will enjoy and in less than an hour and a half.
Actors: Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons, Brandon Jay McLaren, Sasha Williams, + more
Initial Release: 2010
Directed by: Eli Craig
Who doesn't love a nice rom-com? Especially one pairing the hilarious Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. Man Up doesn't bother to jack up its run time by taking viewers through any of the usual romantic comedy beats. The story takes place in one night when a woman accidentally steals the blind date of a woman she met on a train and decides to go along with it rather than be honest. This is perfect for a night in, wearing pjs, and eating take-out.
Actors: Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Dean-Charles Chapman
Initial Release: 2015
Directed by: Ben Palmer