15 Great Movies That Take Place Mostly Within One Room

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7. Saw (2004)

Among the horror movies that were forced to rely on creativity due to monetary constraints, Saw is a crown jewel. When photographer Adam Stanheight and oncologist Lawrence Gordon wake up and find themselves trapped in a messy bathroom with an apparent corpse, they are put on a task to solve a perplexing puzzle within a limited time in order to escape.

Saw definitely had a shoestring budget but its success and creative concept gave birth to a hugely successful horror franchise and the Jigsaw Killer aka John Kramer’s games were merely beginning.


6. The Hateful Eight (2015)

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Set a few years after the Civil War in Wyoming, The Hateful Eight revolves around eight strangers stranded in a stagecoach during a snowy blizzard. The seemingly run-of-the-mill night swiftly turns into a gun battle when three of them unexpectedly turn out to be bandits.

The long-awaited Quentin Tarantino movie did not disappoint the fans as it was nominated for three Academy Awards and won one for Best Original Score as veteran composer Ennio Morricone walked home with his long overdue prize.


5. The Man from Earth (2007)

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In the midst of a farewell party arranged for a university professor, the festivities abruptly convert into a mystery as John Oldman reveals a secret to his colleagues that shocks them all.

Oldman claims that he is actually a cro-mangnon human who has been living for the past 1,400 years. Upon his revelation, his colleagues riddle him with questions that make everyone rethink about the historical narrative of the world.


4. Rope (1948)

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Best known for long takes and the steady rise of suspense, psychological crime movie Rope features two university students strangling their friend to the death with the aid of a rope and hide his body in an apartment.

In order to test how perfect their crime was, they invite people into the apartment for a party that includes their dead friend’s fiancée and their professor who inadvertently inspired them to commit the murder during one of his lectures.


3. Rear Window (1954)

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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the critically acclaimed film-maker elevates suspense in his movies to a much higher level by employing the simplest of settings. When Jeff Jefferies breaks his leg and recovers in his house while being confined to a wheelchair, he spends his time peeking on the neighbours from his window.

While spying on one of the neighbours, he apparently discovers a murder committed in their home. With the help of his girlfriend and nurse, Jeff ultimately decides to clandestinely solve the murder case.


2. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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When six dangerous criminals unknown to each other are hired by a mob boss to pull off a diamond heist, things only get complicated. The foolproof plan unexpectedly gets spoiled when the police rush to the crime scene.

Believing that one of the criminals must have been an informant for the police, they engage themselves in a heated argument at an empty warehouse to determine which one of them is the traitor. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs is a masterpiece of non-linear storytelling and is unquestionably the greatest independent movie ever made.


1. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Following the courtroom hearings of an 18-year-old boy accused of stabbing his father to death, twelve jurors are tasked to come up with the verdict. Despite the mounting evidence that signals towards him being guilty, one juror dares to think otherwise after thoroughly investigating the entire scenario.

As the twelve jurors agonizingly attempt to reach a unanimous decision, frenzied arguments ensue as every chilling dialogue steadily increases the suspense of the audience. With the fate of the defendant hanging in the balance, 12 Angry Men is without a shadow of a doubt the greatest movie to take place mostly within one room.


Honorable Mentions

  • Buried (2010)
  • Room (2015)


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