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10 Classic Movies in 10 Minutes

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No matter how big a movie fan you are, there simply isn’t enough time in the world to catch up on all the classics. And given that cinema has been around for more than a century, not even a lifetime of weekend binge watching would be enough to make a dent. But fear not cinephiles, the internet has your back.

Thanks to a huge array of condensed, spoilerific videos, viewers can watch any number of classic flicks in less time than it takes to wait through opening credits. So, sit back and enjoy 10 classic movies in 10 minutes (give or take). No need to thank us. Just be sure to do something productive with all your extra time, like catch up on missed TV instead. And, seriously, again….


1

'Citizen Kane'

 
 
 

'Citizen Kane,' the 1941 film directed by and starring Orson Welles, is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time. But why waste 119 minutes of your life if you don't have to? This one-minute animated video contains everything you need to know about main character Charles Foster Kane and his death as an embittered, lonely old man. Oh, and "Rosebud"? It's his childhood sled.

2

'Apocalypse Now'

 
 
 

Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic is undeniably a masterpiece, but we'll let you in on a little secret -- it's even better with puppets. Some might object that this one-minute parody trivializes the film's depiction of the horrors of war, but we say get over it. Besides, what's better than seeing Kermit the Frog descend into the heart of darkness?

3

'The Graduate'

 
 
 

'The Graduate,' the 1967 coming of age dramedy that put star Dustin Hoffman and director Mike Nichols on the map, is the story of wayward college graduate Benjamin Braddock's affair with an older woman and her daughter. The film's biggest moment comes at the end when Benjamin crashes Elaine's wedding and the two travel away together in a bus, slowly realizing the enormity of what they've done. You could, of course, watch the entire film for this iconic scene, but we recommend this abridged one-minute version for much the same effect.

4

'Star Wars'

 
 
 

Nobody loves 'Star Wars' more than us, but let's face facts -- the sci-fi classic is essentially more than two hours of space battles, gunfights, lightsaber duels and explosions. This one-minute version perfectly captures all of that faster than Han Solo making the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs.

5

'Pretty Woman'

 
 
 

'Pretty Woman,' Garry Marshall's 1990 romantic comedy, is considered one of the most popular films ever, but, man, it sure takes its sweet time telling the story of a corporate raider as he falls for a prostitute with a heart of gold. This one-minute recap dispenses with all the drama (and Jason Alexander's slimy character) and boils the rom-com down to its essential elements -- sex, shopping sprees and an eventual romantic kiss on the mouth.

6

'The Silence of the Lambs'

 
 
 

As this speedy recap of 'Silence of the Lambs' shows, Jonathan Demme's 1991 thriller would be nothing without the twisted relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling. In fact, that's the movie in a nutshell. So, watch this 22 second clip now and -- bam! -- you're done.

7

The Great Escape

 
 
 

With a title like 'The Great Escape,' we knew what to expect from John Sturges' 1963 film about Allied prisoners held in a German POW camp during World War II. What we couldn't predict was the eventual recapture or killing of many of the characters. If we'd seen this one-minute recap first, maybe we wouldn't have felt so cheated. The use of the 'Benny Hill' theme here makes us feel a little better, though.

8

'Titanic'

 
 
 

If you're one of the few people on the planet who hasn't seen 'Titanic,' which is the second-highest grossing movie of all time, don't bother. This reenactment starring children will teach you everything you need to know about the plot: Boy boards ill-fated ship. Boy meets girl. Ship hits iceberg. Boy drowns. Cue Celine Dion song. End of story.

9

'Jaws'

 
 
 

When we first saw Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic 'Jaws,' it scared us silly and made us afraid to go in the water for years. But this version, which clocks in at one minute and 31 seconds, dresses up the titular maneater's feeding frenzy with cutesy animation. Plus, it neatly whittles down the more than two-hour long fish tale into a bite-sized (pun!) chunk.

10

'Rocky'

 
 
 

If 'Rocky' lacked one thing, it was a sense of humor. But this video, which stars plush animals, has that in spades. Of course, this recap takes some liberties with the ending (Apollo Creed gets the girl instead of Rocky) but the training montage and countless yells of "Adrian!" more than make up for it.

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