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Tribeca Shortlist

Finding a great movie should be easy. At Tribeca Shortlist, we only include high-quality movies that are recommended by industry insiders. Now, you can stop wasting time searching and start watching.

  • The Games We Play

    1 Season

  • Summer Bishil's "Cry Your Heart ...

    4 Videos

  • Danielle MacDonald's Authentic F...

    4 Videos

  • Derek Waters' "Twisted But Inspi...

    3 Videos

  • Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretso...

    4 Videos

  • Shortlisters

    47 Videos

  • Shortcuts

    15 Videos

  • Tiya Sircar: Imaginative Perform...

    4 Videos

  • Omar Dorsey’s “Guilty Pleasure” ...

    2 Videos

  • Fisher Stevens' Shortlist

    6 Videos

  • Top 5

    8 Videos

  • Christina Pazsitzky's "Cult Clas...

    4 Videos

  • Backstage Pass

    3 Videos

  • Kiersey Clemons' "Big City" Movies

    3 Videos

  • Alanna Ubach's Favorite Performa...

    3 Videos

  • Van Nuys Blvd.

    1 Video

  • Lovers of the Arctic Circle

    1 Video

  • The Conjugal Bed

    1 Video

  • Matthew Modine's Shortlist

    8 Videos

  • Only the Strong Survive

    1 Video

...and much more!


  1. The Games We Play

    1 Season

    Host Matthew Hoffman challenges celebrity guests with movie-themed games celebrating all that is thrilling about the movies we love. It is a test of will, cinematic knowledge and physical prowess as contestants race against the clock with hilarious results.

  2. Summer Bishil's "Cry Your Heart Out" ...

    4 Videos

    Summer Bishil first came to prominence for her roles as Jasira in the 2007 film 'Towelhead' and as Taslima in the 2009 film 'Crossing Over.' She is also known for her role as Margo Hanson on Syfy fantasy drama series, 'The Magicians.'

  3. Danielle MacDonald's Authentic Foreig...

    4 Videos

    Actor Danielle MacDonald recommends 'Death at a Funeral,' 'Life is Beautiful,' and 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'

  4. Derek Waters' "Twisted But Inspiring"...

    3 Videos

    Actor and comedian Derek Waters recommends 'Bad Santa,' 'Spaceballs,' and 'Carnal Knowledge'

  5. Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretson's "...

    4 Videos

    Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretson recommend ‘Flirting With Disaster,’ ‘Secretary,’ and ‘Harold & Maude’

  6. Shortlisters

    47 Videos

    Need help finding something to watch? Get movie recommendations from industry insiders who are passionate about the movie biz.

  7. Shortcuts

    15 Videos

    Everyone loves movies—even the people who star in them. Variety and Tribeca Shortlist present themed movie recommendations to fit your mood, straight from your favorite celebrities.

  8. Tiya Sircar: Imaginative Performances

    4 Videos

    Movie recommendations from Tiya Sircar, known for 'The Good Place' and '17 Again'

    Actor Tiya Sircar most recently appeared in season two of 'Master of None,' and has also appeared in 'The Good Place,' 'Hannah Montana,' and 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.' Film appearances include '17 Again' and 'The Internship.'

  9. Omar Dorsey’s “Guilty Pleasure” Movies

    2 Videos

    Movie recommendations from Omar Dorsey, known for 'Django Unchained' and 'Selma'

    Actor Omar Dorsey has appeared in dozens of films, including 'The Blind Side,' 'Django Unchained,' and 'Selma,' in which he plays James Orange. In 2016, Dorsey also scored a starring role on Oprah Winfrey Network drama series 'Queen Sugar' as Hollywood Desonier.

  10. Fisher Stevens' Shortlist

    6 Videos

    Fisher Stevens has a wide-spanning career in all areas of the industry, including an Academy Award® for producing social documentary ‘The Cove’ in 2010. Working in both narrative and documentary films as well as television for nearly 30 years, he is perhaps best known for playing sidekick to Steven Guttenberg’s character in ‘Short Circuit’ (1986). Stevens also appeared in Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ and is the producer/director behin...

  11. Top 5

    8 Videos

    Because talking about movies is almost as much fun as watching them, join our host Bethany as we count down our Top 5 Reasons Why we love our favorite movies on Tribeca Shortlist.

  12. Christina Pazsitzky's "Cult Classic" ...

    4 Videos

    Movie recommendations from comedian Christina Pazsitzky

    Christina Pazsitzky is a Canadian-American stand-up comedian, podcaster, writer, host and TV personality who is perhaps best known as a Round Table regular and writer for 'Chelsea Lately.' She also provides commentary on VH1's pop culture countdown shows, Tru TV's 'World's Dumbest,' TV Guide Channel and Syfy Channel. Christina is also a member of the Deathsquad Network of standup comedians.

  13. Backstage Pass

    3 Videos

    Go behind the scenes with a fascinating exclusive collection that examines the passion of performance.

    Explore stunning choreography from the world of color guard with David Byrne and 'Contemporary Color.'
    Get the inside scoop on the global sensation that redefined LGBTQ culture with 'Between a Frock & a Hard Place.'
    Peek behind the curtain to see how a script is transformed as it comes to stage with Cate Blanchett 'In The Company of Actors...

  14. Kiersey Clemons' "Big City" Movies

    3 Videos

    Movie recommendations from actor and singer Kiersey Clemons, known for 'Dope'

    Kiersey Clemons found her breakout role in the acclaimed 2015 comedic drama 'Dope,' in which she portrays Cassandra 'Diggy' Andrews. She has also had notable roles in 'Transparent' and 'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,' and is cast as Iris West in the DC Extended Universe. She has at least four projects upcoming in 2018, making her one of the most promising young actors w...

  15. Alanna Ubach's Favorite Performances

    3 Videos

    Movie recommendations from actress Alanna Ubach, known for 'Legally Blonde'

    Alanna Ubach has had a long and diverse career starring in over 100 theater, film, and television projects. Still best known for her role in ‘Legally Blonde,’ she currently stars in Pixar’s ‘Coco’ and can also be seen in the last two seasons of Bravo’s first-ever scripted series, ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.’

  16. Van Nuys Blvd.

    1 Video

    Intrigued by stories of the San Fernando Valley strip, young, car-obsessed Bobby hops in his van and leaves middle-of-nowhere, California behind for adventures on Los Angeles' Van Nuys Boulevard, where he meets gearheads, topless dancers, bikers, and ultimately falls in love with a drag racer whose souped-up van is a match for his own.

  17. Lovers of the Arctic Circle

    1 Video

    Young Ana and Otto first become friends as children when a chance encounter brought about by an innocuous paper airplane leads to the marriage of Ana's mother to Otto's father. As adolescents, the two step-siblings fall in love, but as time passes their parents divorce and Ana and Otto are separated - until destiny again conspires to bring them back together once more.

  18. The Conjugal Bed

    1 Video

    1963 • NR • Comedy, Drama, International

    An Italian sex-comedy from Marco Ferreri.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Marina Vlady took home the best actress award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival for her clever turn as the cool queen bee of domesticity.

    When middle aged car salesman Alfonso decides to marry, he chooses the young, beautiful Regina as his bride - only to discover that she is determined to have a child right away and keeps him in bed all th...

  19. Matthew Modine's Shortlist

    8 Videos

    Movie recommendations from actor Matthew Modine, known for 'Full Metal Jacket'

    Matthew Modine is an actor best known for playing Pvt. James T. “Joker” Davis in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket.' He has received Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominations for 'What the Deaf Man Heard' (1997) as well as HBO's Emmy® winning film, 'And the Band Played On' (1993). He most recently starred as Dr. Martin Brenner in the Netflix sensation, 'Stranger Th...

  20. Michael Showalter's "Movies that Made...

    3 Videos

    Movie recommendations from director and actor Michael Showalter, known for 'The Big Sick,' and 'Wet Hot American Summer'

    Michael Showalter is an American comedian, actor, director, writer and producer. He is a member of the sketch comedy trio Stella, and first came to television and film as a cast member on MTV's 'The State.' He co-wrote (with David Wain) and starred in 'Wet Hot American Summer' in 2001. His other credits include 'The Baxter,' '...

  21. Only the Strong Survive

    1 Video

    Journalist Roger Friedman teams with preeminent documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus to capture this reunion of some of the greatest soul singers of the 1960s and '70s. Performers include some of the brightest stars on the legendary Stax label's musical firmament: Wilson Pickett, Jerry Butler, Mary Wilson, the Chi-Lites, Sam Moore and Carla and Rufus Thomas.

  22. Natalie Morales' "More Than Meets the...

    3 Videos

    Movie recommendations from actor and director Natalie Morales, known for Fox's 'The Grinder'

    Natalie Morales is an American actress who has starred in ABC Family's 'The Middleman,' the first season of USA's 'White Collar,' and hit NBC sitcom, 'Parks and Recreation.' Morales also had a starring role in Fox's comedy series 'The Grinder,' and she most recently starred in 'Battle of the Sexes' alongside Emma Stone and Steve Carell.

  23. Lynn Whitfield - Boxcar Bertha

    1 Video

    Lynn Whitfield shares her video recommendation of "Boxcar Bertha," a handpicked film available on Tribeca Shortlist.

  24. Jason's Lyric

    1 Video

    1994 • R • Drama, Crimes & Thrillers, Romance

    Jada Pinkett Smith sparkles in this 1994 love story.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This family drama that also happens to be a genuinely warm love story with great performances to boot.

    Jason and Lyric are in love, and want to run away, but a tragic past and familial duty keeps Jason from abandoning his troubled brother. Director Doug McHenry leads his cast, including Forest Whitaker, through an honest an...

  25. Alec Baldwin - Eight Men Out

    1 Video

    Alec Baldwin shares his video recommendation of "Eight Men Out," a handpicked film available on Tribeca Shortlist.

  26. The Last Judgment

    1 Video

    1961 • NR • Comedy, International

    A voice from the heavens says the world is ending. At 6pm.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This unabashedly strange, episodic comedy of manners has great fun with the inevitable chaos that emerges in the midst of impending doom.

    On an otherwise normal morning in Naples, a disembodied voice that seems to come from the heavens announces that the final judgement will begin at 6pm that day. So commences a series of interco...

  27. The Day of the Dolphin

    1 Video

    1973 • PG • Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crimes & Thrillers

    Talking dolphins, trained to kill the president. Seriously.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Director Mike Nichols reteamed with 'The Graduate' screenwriter Buck Henry and a top-of-his-game George C. Scott to make this sci-fi thriller.

    Dr. Jake Terrell has been a dolphin trainer for many years and has done something astonishing; successfully taught a pair of dolphins to speak. However, thi...

  28. The Crater Lake Monster

    1 Video

    1977 • PG • Horror

    A meteor awakens a mysterious prehistoric creature.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This beautifully low-budget drive-in favorite finds cheesy fun in David Allen’s fantastic, lumbering stop-motion monster.

    When a meteor crashes into Crater Lake, heat from the falling rock hatches a dormant prehistoric egg and a giant aquatic dinosaur emerges from the depths to wreak havoc in the once peaceful small town, leading scientists and law en...

  29. Teen Wolf

    1 Video

    1985 • PG • Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy

    Michael J. Fox as the original high schooler-turned-werewolf.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This classic, sequel-spawning ‘80s teen flick still wins thanks to the easygoing charm of Fox at his ‘Back to the Future’ peak.

    Scott Howard is a small town high school nerd who can’t catch a break on the basketball court or with his dream girl when he suddenly begins to get very… hairy… and discovers that being a ...

  30. Teen Wolf Too

    1 Video

    1987 • PG • Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy

    This time, Jason Bateman goes wolf.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This ‘80s gem delightfully, shamelessly recycles the plot of the original to create a fantastic time capsule of pure silliness.

    Todd Howard, cousin of original Teen Wolf Scott, is an awkward science nerd whose family reputation landed him a boxing scholarship in spite of the fact that he’s never been good at sports. Until, of course, genet...

  31. Seven Days to Noon

    1 Video

    1950 • NR • Crimes & Thrillers, Drama, Award Winning

    London is (almost) falling.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This taut British doomsday drama maintains high levels of suspense from beginning to end.

    When Professor Willingdon, an idealistic English scientist working on atomic weapon development, becomes wary of the apocalyptic implications of his research, he steals a nuclear warhead and threatens to detonate it in central London in seven days unles...

  32. Permanent Midnight

    1 Video

    1998 • R • Biography, Drama, Romance

    Ben Stiller is a comedy writer addicted to heroin.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This unapologetic, intentionally unsettling story avoids addiction tropes thanks to its scorching sense of humor.

    Successful television writer Jerry Stahl once had a coveted job on a hit Hollywood sitcom – and a pesky $6000 a week heroin habit. Now approaching the end of a detox program, Stahl shacks up in a hotel room with fellow sur...

  33. My Favorite Season

    1 Video

    1993 • NR • Drama, Romance, International

    Troubled siblings reunite as their mother’s health declines.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This intricate French drama starring Catherine Deneuve nails the mysterious mix of happiness and melancholy within family relationships.

    When her health begins to fail, aging widow Berthe is forced to leave the French farmhouse she has resided in most of her life to live with her successful but distant daughter, Emili...

  34. Hang 'Em High

    1 Video

    1968 • PG-13 • Western, Drama

    Clint Eastwood’s first Hollywood Western.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: After making his mark in Italian westerns for Sergio Leone, Eastwood brought his cowboy persona home to the USA.

    Jed Cooper, an ex-lawman turned rancher, is forced to take up his Marshall badge again after a group of vigilantes, led by Captain Wilson, attempt to lynch him for a crime he didn’t commit. When he discovers the men who left him for dead a...

  35. Goddess of Love

    1 Video

    1988 • NR • Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

    An ancient goddess comes to Earth looking for a little love.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This campy ‘80s time capsule boasts the first and only movie performance of ‘Wheel of Fortune’-fixture Vanna White.

    When the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite – who prefers to be called ‘Venus’ – spurns an arranged marriage with the blacksmith god, Hephaetus, her angry father Zeus banishes her to Earth in the form of...

  36. Galaxina

    1 Video

    1980 • R • Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy

    When a man loves an intergalactic robot…

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This low-budget romp turned cult classic is both an homage to and parody of science fiction mainstays ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Star Trek,’ and ‘Alien.’

    Far in the fictional future of the 31st century, an interstellar police cruiser dubbed “the Infinity” is sent to recover a mysterious, mystical artifact called "The Blue Star." When the crew is put...

  37. Futureworld

    1 Video

    1976 • PG • Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crimes & Thrillers

    The over-the-top follow up to ‘Westworld.'

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This 1976 cult classic was the first film to use 3D Computer Generated Imagery (CGI).

    Two years after a disaster closed its doors, the new and improved Delos company theme park (now home to Roman World, Medieval World, Spa World, Future World and some very accommodating robots) has reopened, and reporters Chuck Browning a...

  38. Eight Men Out

    2 Videos

    1988 • PG • Sports, Drama, Biography

    Did you know the White Sox fixed the 1919 World Series?

    WHY WE PICKED IT: A fresh-faced John Cusack and Charlie Sheen star in this classic, compelling tale of baseball’s biggest scandal.

    In the aftermath of World War I and on the cusp of the roaring twenties, the underpaid Chicago White Sox are at odds with their team's stingy owner, Charles Comiskey, when a group of professional gamblers led by infamo...

  39. Cross Creek

    1 Video

    1983 • PG • Biography, Romance, Drama

    Inspiration can be found in the most fascinating places.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Director Martin Ritt is great with stories about strong, independent women - and this film’s offbeat heroine is no exception.

    Marjorie leaves a life in New York for a cabin in a Florida orange grove to write. When she sets pen to paper out comes “Jacob’s Ladder' and “The Yearling”. Mary Steenburgen stars as the author Marjorie ...

  40. Boxcar Bertha

    1 Video

    1972 • R • Crimes & Thrillers, Romance, Drama

    The story of an outlaw in love.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Under producer Roger Corman, a young Martin Scorsese elevates the exploitation film and paves the way for his incredible career.

    Female gangster Bertha is a train robber who takes up the railroad workers cause in Depression Era Southern America with her lover, “Big” Bill Shelly. Martin Scorsese’s second film shows signs of the director who woul...

  41. Bowling For Columbine

    1 Video

    2002 • R • Documentary, Award Winning

    Michael Moore investigates America’s problem with gun violence.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Agree or disagree, Moore makes a powerful - and never less than entertaining - argument against U.S. gun culture.

    A deep dive into America's gun obsession including interviews with 'South Park' co-creator Matt Stone, musician Marilyn Manson, and then-NRA president Charlton Heston, amongst many others. A commercial and cr...

  42. Birdman of Alcatraz

    1 Video

    1962 • G • Biography, Crimes & Thrillers, Drama

    Burt Lancaster as the surly murderer turned Birdman.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This compelling biopic breaks with the prison movie mold to tell a true story of transformation with both deep compassion and objectivity.

    When rebellious inmate Robert Stroud is sentenced to life in solitary confinement for killing a prison guard, he begins nursing a sickly sparrow back to health to break the monotony. ...

  43. Benny & Joon

    1 Video

    1993 • PG • Comedy, Drama, Romance

    Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson are misfits in love.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Young Depp is all idiosyncratic charisma in the unconventional love story that gifted us with the Proclaimers' ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).’

    Benny Pearl runs a small auto repair shop and cares for his mentally-ill sister, Juniper, a.k.a. Joon, when a lost bet forces him to take in Sam, the eccentric cousin of a friend who more oft...

  44. Battle for Terra

    1 Video

    2007 • PG • Animation, Action & Adventure

    An alien girl tries to save her planet from invaders.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This animated sci-fi story features an earnest environmental message and ridiculously packed all-star cast.

    The peaceful residents of Terra are facing an attack from outer space, as aliens in desperate search of a new home threaten to destroy all life on their planet to claim it as their own. But this time, the aliens are the...

  45. Morgan Spurlock's Shortlist

    6 Videos

    Movie recommendations from documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, known for 'Super Size Me'

    The director of the critically acclaimed and Oscar®-nominated documentary 'Super Size Me', Morgan Spurlock is an American humorist, television producer and political activist.

  46. An Ideal Husband

    1 Video

    1999 • PG-13 • Comedy, Romance, International

    Intrigue fights propriety in this sharp comedy of manners.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Featuring an all-star cast, this clever adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy will leave you laughing at every turn.

    Love and deception go hand-in-hand in this witty drawing room comedy about Sir Robert Chiltern, a respected politician with an adoring wife whose years of service mask a long-ago misdeed. When an o...

  47. Supervention

    1 Video

    2013 • NR • Documentary, Sports

    Extreme winter sports take center stage.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Designed to spark your wanderlust, this stunning documentary brings you to some of the most remote, incredible ski slopes on earth.

    Some of the world’s most talented skiers and snowboarders come together for unpredictable, adrenaline-filled trips to the mountains of Norway, Sweden, Canada, and the United States. Intermixing dramatic nature scenes wi...

  48. Death At A Funeral

    1 Video

    2007 • R • Comedy

    A dysfunctional family funeral gone [hilariously] wrong.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This irreverent ensemble comedy brilliantly embraces the absurd to create a near-flawless, laugh-out-loud, quintessentially British farce.

    When the patriarch of a large English family passes away, friends and relatives from near and far gather for his funeral. But the event – and the guests’ determination to maintain a stiff upper lip – quickly go...

  49. ...and much more!