The best movies that take place entirely on the phone

Film producers and writers always try to offer something fresh and different to moviegoers. Several genres and film types have arisen because of this. One of them is the one-location approach where the main character stays in one main location for the entire movie. A subtype would be films that involves the lead actor/s and the telephone. If you find any of these movies too claustrophobic or too chilling, play slots with your phone to forget about the feeling of paranoia. Alright, without further ado, here is the list of movies that take place entirely on the phone.

Phone booth

Phone Booth is the most iconic when it comes to films involving a phone. From the screenplay of Larry Cohen and under the direction of Joel Schumacher, it stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, and Kiefer Sutherland. Stu Shepard (Farrell) is a two-timing publicist. He calls his girlfriend on a public phone. After placing such a call, the phone rings and his life turns upside down. If he tries to leave the phone booth, he dies, unless he confesses to his infidelity. The movie is a blockbuster hit earning USD 97.8 million, from a budget of USD 13 million.

The Guilty (Den Skylidge)

Written and directed by Gustav Moller, it features Asgar Holm in the title role. He plays Jakob Cedergren, a cop relegated to a desk job. He works as an emergency dispatcher, a job he thinks will bore him to death. One night, he receives a frantic call from a woman who was kidnapped. He uses all his skills and gut instinct to help find the woman and save her.

The Call

This psychological thriller is directed by Brad Anderson, from the screenplay of Richard D’Ovidio. Starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, it is about Jordan Turner (Berry), a 911 operator who receives a call from kidnapped Casey Welson (Breslin). She stays on the line to keep track of Casey and uses all the resources available to find Casey and bring her home. It was a commercial success, grossing USD 68 million from a USD 13 million budget. It also received acting nominations for Berry. The film was lauded for its suspense factor and Berry and Breslin’s performance.


Tom Hardy stars in this drama written and directed by Steven Knight. Hardy plays a construction foreman, Ivan Locke, in charge of a non-nuclear concrete pour in Birmingham. He is in the middle of a big pour when he receives a call that his one-night stand, Bethan, went on premature labor. He decided to be with Bethan for the delivery and had to make the difficult choice of revealing his infidelity to his wife. On his way to Bethan, he calls several people, including his wife and sons, and colleagues. Hardy was praised for his performance and won Best Actor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.