Best Movies You Can Stream in Under 90 Minutes

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5. Stand by Me (1986)
> Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman
> Directed by: Rob Reiner
> Runtime: 89 min
> Available on: Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Vudu, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video

Rob Reiner’s Oscar-nominated film about a group of young boys traveling together in search of a dead body (while not a horror film, the movie is based on a novel by Stephen King) has a 91% Freshness rating from critics and a 94% score from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Widely described as “nostalgic,” the classic coming-of-age tale features impressive performances from child actors River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, and Wil Wheaton.

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4. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
> Starring: Edward Asner, Pat Benatar, Jerry Brown
> Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
> Runtime: 86 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Pluto TV, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Hoopla

This unconventional documentary that explores the relationship between nature and humanity — named for the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance” — matches absorbing visuals with an exceptional score by Philip Glass to create a cinematic experience that impressed 90% of critics and 91% of audience members on Rotten Tomatoes. Though the movie’s abnormal construction may not appeal to all viewers, those with more adventurous tastes may find it extremely rewarding.

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3. The Lion King (1994)
> Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones
> Directed by: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
> Runtime: 88 min
> Available on: Vudu, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Eros Now, Microsoft Store, Google Play Movies, YouTube, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW, Disney Plus

“The Lion King” was a major success hit for Disney and the second highest grossing movie of 1994 behind only “Forrest Gump.” The 88-minute film, about a young lion who is heir to the throne of the animal kingdom, has become a family classic because of its moving storyline and exceptional music, for which it won two Oscars. The movie has a 93% approval rating among critics and audiences alike on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.5 rating out of 10 among more than 900,000 IMDb users.

Other popular animated films from Disney that clock in at under 90 minutes and are available to stream include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

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2. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
> Starring: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest
> Directed by: Rob Reiner
> Runtime: 82 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Redbox

“This Is Spinal Tap” is Rob Reiner’s mockumentary about a British heavy metal group’s attempt to resurrect their career. Geoff Andrew of Time Out said, “Reiner’s brilliantly inventive script and smart visuals avoid all the obvious pitfalls, making this one of the funniest ever films about the music business.” The sharply directed and highly quotable film, running just 82 minutes, holds a 95% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 92% rating among audiences.

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1. Paths of Glory (1957)
> Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou
> Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
> Runtime: 88 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW

“Paths of Glory,” directed by Stanley Kubrick, is in the pantheon of anti-war films. Kirk Douglas plays an officer in the French army during WWI who confronts a mutiny among his troops, while his superiors seek glory regardless of the carnage. The classic is one of the shorter films Kubrick ever made at 88 minutes. It has a 95% rating among critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes and holds an 8.4 out of 10 rating among more than 170,000 IMDb users.