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9 great movies under 90 minutes long

It feels like movies are getting longer and longer. And longer. You can’t go to see a movie at the cinemas now without loosing your whole evening and some of the feeling in your bum.

Yes, sometimes an epic movie, or an ensemble with a massive cast, needs a bit of room to breathe, but not EVERYTHING has to be hours and hours long.

We refuse to believe that Michael Bay needed 149mins to tell the story in Transformers: The Last Knight. We enjoyed The Conjuring 2 very much, but it had no business being 134 minutes long.

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Here are 9 truly great movies which refuse to take the trendy train down to Longsville and deliver quality cinema in less time than it takes to watch an episode of Sherlock. You are welcome.

1. Stand by Me

Run time: 89 mins

Rob Reiner’s seminal coming-of-age story based on a short story by Stephen King is a heartbreaking character piece about four boys who take a trip to find a dead body.

The soundtrack is classic, the cast impeccable, the structure just perfect and it never outstays its welcome.

2. Toy Story

Run time: 81 mins

The length of the sequels crept up to 92 and 103 mins respectively, so it’s easy to forget how speedy and short of filler the original was.

The beloved story of a jealous cowboy and a delusional spaceman, Toy Story explores complex themes, weaves in heaps of characters and nails a whole range of gags in a jiffy.

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3. This is Spinal Tap

Run time: 82 mins

Classic comedy directed by Stand By Me man Rob Reiner, who clearly doesn’t like to hang around with his movies.

It’s the Daddy of all rock mockumentaries, hugely influential even now. They may have turn the amps up to 11 but fortunately not the run time.

4. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Run time: 83 mins

The Greatest Horror Movie Ever Made (arguably) is modest in length, and thank god. The whole thing is such a terrific ordeal that we’re not sure we could have take any more, with the last half-hour scored almost entirely by…

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