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Short Films to Watch if You Can't Afford to Go to the Movies 

Jacob Shelton
Updated September 30, 2019 1.6k votes 904 voters 77.4k views 22 items

List Rules Any film that is not long enough to be a feature film. Can be any genre except documentary. All films should be watchable on YouTube.

Have you been to the movies lately? Even if you’re attending a matinee, you can still end up shelling out about thirty bucks just to watch one movie. If you’re running low on funds but you still want to be entertained, do yourself a favor and watch a few short films online. It’s almost like going to the movies, but without having to park or endure the long lines at the concession stand. Nothing can replace the experience of sitting in a dark theater and watching a great film, but if you don’t feel like spending half your paycheck on a movie that might be just okay, watch a few of these short films that have been especially vetted for you. They’re perfect for an evening when you can’t afford to go to the theater.

This list of the best short films on YouTube covers everything from low budget science fiction to late '50s French cinema, and even some animation. After watching all the way through this best short film list you can consider yourself a bonafide film buff. If you’re on the fence about the pint-sized movies on this list, just remember that most of your favorite directors started out in short film. YouTube is the perfect place to house these miniscule movies. You can even create a playlist and watch them one after another. So pop some popcorn, turn down the lights and enjoy all of these short films to watch if you can’t afford to go to the movies.
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Bar Talk
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From the author of Bubba Ho-Tep comes this short film about a bar conversation between a Martian and a grizzled man at a bar. It's low budget sci-fi comedy at its best. 

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Paperman
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A Disney animated short about finding love in an increasingly corporate world, Paperman blends 2D and 3D animation to startlingly beautiful results. 
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So You’ve Grown Attached
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Growing up isn't easy on anyone. Not the parents, the kids, or their kids' imaginary friends. This short examines what it's like for an imaginary friend to be slowly forgotten as their buddy grows up and learns to rely on themselves.
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Grape Soda
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This heartbreaking film about a doomed marriage is played out in non-linear order by the memories held through grape soda. As silly as it sounds, this movie is not for the weak of heart. 
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