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Phone Booth (2002)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Phone Booth (2002)

Stu Shepard is a fast talking and wise cracking New York City publicist who gets out of trouble and lies with his clever charm, connections, and charisma. Stu's greatest lie is to his wife Kelly, who he is cheating on with his girlfriend, Pam. Upon answering a call in a phone booth in belief it is Pam, Stu is on the line with a dangerous yet intelligent psychopath with a sniper rifle. When realizing it is not a joke, Stu is placed in a powerful mind game of wits and corruption. The New York City Police eventually arrive thereafter and demand Stu comes out of the phone booth- but how can he when if he hangs up or leaves the booth he will die? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, redemption, adultery, marriage
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage, pimp, actor, prostitute
Story:phone booth, publicist, sniper rifle, sniper, prank telephone call, telephone booth, television news, telephone call, alone against the odds, ripped pantyhose, traced call, cosmic zoom, villain escapes, rubber bullet, extortionist, containment, media circus, distorted voice, gun shot, toy robot

16 Blocks (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, telephone call, extortion, swat team, liar, sniper, ambulance, shot in the back, manhattan new york city, telephone, slow motion scene, cell phone, voice over narration, surprise ending, new york city, title spoken by character, gun, flashback, murder, death

Panic Room (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Panic Room (2002)

Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:alone against the odds, containment, single set production, psychological manipulation, hidden truth, cat and mouse, hitchcockian, mind game, minimal cast, extortion, psycho thriller, swat team, die hard scenario, product placement, video camera, ambulance, manhattan new york city, telephone, psychopath, slow motion scene

Non-stop (2014)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Non-stop (2014)

Bill Marks, a former cop dealing with his daughter's death by drinking, is now a federal air marshal. While on a flight from New York to London, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is transferred to an offshore account, someone will die every 20 minutes. Can he find the terrorist in time and save everyone? (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:containment, psychological manipulation, hidden truth, cat and mouse, hitchcockian, mind game, psycho thriller, die hard scenario, product placement, ambulance, slow motion scene, police officer, cell phone, surprise ending, new york city, title spoken by character, death, murder

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Mood:suspense
Story:sniper rifle, times square manhattan new york city, product placement, sniper, throat slitting, shot in the back, manhattan new york city, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, cell phone, surprise ending, new york city, gun, flashback, death, murder

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. This is why Xxx (2002) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Story:sniper rifle, gun shot, lasersight, swat team, product placement, sniper, video camera, shot in the back, telephone, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, cell phone, title spoken by character, police, gun, death, murder

The Negotiator (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Negotiator (1998)

In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expert negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, mind game, lasersight, swat team, die hard scenario, sniper, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, surprise ending, title spoken by character, murder, husband wife relationship, death, police, gun

Heat (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heat (1995)

Hunters and their prey--Neil and his professional criminal crew hunt to score big money targets (banks, vaults, armored cars) and are, in turn, hunted by Lt. Vincent Hanna and his team of cops in the Robbery/Homicide police division. A botched job puts Hanna onto their trail while they regroup and try to put together one last big 'retirement' score. Neil and Vincent are similar in many ways, including their troubled personal lives. At a crucial moment in his life, Neil disobeys the dictum taught to him long ago by his criminal mentor--'Never have anything in your life that you can't walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner'--as he falls in love. Thus the stage is set for the suspenseful ending.... (Read More)

Themes:adultery, marriage
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:sniper rifle, swat team, tragic event, pay phone, sniper, ambulance, telephone, television, psychopath, shotgun, machine gun, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, police, gun, murder, death

Source Code (2011) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Source Code (2011)

Army Captain Colter Stevens finds himself working on a special program where his consciousness can be inserted into another human being. The only catch is can only be there for 8 minutes at any given time. That morning, a bomb exploded on a commuter train just outside Chicago. He occupies the body of teacher going to work on that train and is confused as to what he is doing or why he is there as his last memory is of flying his helicopter on a combat mission in Afghanistan. Those in charge of the program explain to him that there is a bomb on the train, and that he must locate it. More importantly, he must identify the bomber as another bombing is expected later that day. He is also told however that he cannot change the past and can only gather information. As he develops a liking for his traveling companion Christina, he sets out to test that theory. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:containment, single set production, psychological manipulation, hidden truth, cat and mouse, hitchcockian, mind game, minimal cast, psycho thriller, swat team, die hard scenario, tragic event, video camera, psychopath, slow motion scene, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, flashback

Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Comedy, Crime

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu.

Characters:actor, prostitute
Story:telephone booth, telephone call, phone booth, throat slitting, shot in the back, psychopath, slow motion scene, police officer, voice over narration, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder, flashback, death

Hell Or High Water (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. This is why Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:sniper rifle, gun shot, bullet hole, bullet wound, product placement, sniper, shot in the back, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, independent film, gun, death, murder, police

Vantage Point (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Vantage Point (2008)

The President of the United States is in Salamanca, Spain, about to address the city in a public square. We see a plain-clothes cop, his girlfriend with another man, a mother and child, an American tourist with a video camera, and a Secret Service agent newly returned from medical leave. Shots ring out and the President falls; a few minutes later, we hear a distant explosion, then a bomb goes off in the square. Those minutes are retold, several times, emphasizing different characters' actions. Gradually, we discover who's behind the plot. Is the Secret Service one step ahead, or have the President's adversaries thought of everything? (Read More)

Characters:hostage
Story:tourist, sniper rifle, video camera, telephone call, sniper, ambulance, shot in the back, slow motion scene, machine gun, police officer, cell phone, voice over narration, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, police, murder, gun, flashback, death

The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, rubber bullet, psychological manipulation, times square manhattan new york city, yelling, swat team, product placement, sniper, shot in the back, manhattan new york city, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, cell phone, surprise ending, new york city, husband wife relationship, murder, flashback, death

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:pimp, hostage, prostitute
Story:extortion, wedding ring, die hard scenario, product placement, throat slitting, shot in the back, slow motion scene, machine gun, police officer, cell phone, flashback, death, murder

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:telephone call, containment, single set production, psychological manipulation, hidden truth, cat and mouse, hitchcockian, mind game, minimal cast, psycho thriller, die hard scenario, slow motion scene, cell phone, surprise ending, flashback, murder, death, gun

Moon (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Moon (2009)

Sam Bell has a three year contract to work for Lunar Industries. For the contract's entire duration, he is the sole employee based at their lunar station. His primary job responsibility is to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth. There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, so his only direct real-time interaction is with GERTY, the intelligent computer whose function is to attend to his day to day needs. With such little human contact and all of it indirect, he feels that three years is far too long to be so isolated; he knows he is beginning to hallucinate as the end of his three years approaches. All he wants is to return to Earth to be with his wife Tess and their infant daughter Eve, who was born just prior to his leaving for this job. With two weeks to go, he gets into an accident at one of the mechanical harvesters and is rendered unconscious. Injured, he awakens back at the station in the infirmary, he assumes assisted by GERTY. GERTY tells him that a rescue team named Eliza will come to the station to clean up the aftermath of the accident. After his recuperation, he takes an unauthorized trip back to the broken harvester, where he makes an unexpected discovery. Because of his find, he begins to doubt his sanity, then his true identity, then the company and GERTY's willingness to do what is best for him. Because of his resulting beliefs, his sole mission becomes how to get back to Earth on his own. This is why Moon (2009) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Mood:suspense
Story:telephone call, alone against the odds, containment, single location, single set production, psychological manipulation, hidden truth, real time, hitchcockian, mind game, minimal cast, wedding ring, die hard scenario, liar, voice over narration, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, independent film, flashback, death

8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:pimp, hostage, prostitute
Story:telephone call, psycho thriller, pay phone, throat slitting, ambulance, shot in the back, telephone, psychopath, cell phone, surprise ending, new york city, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, gun, death, murder

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:adultery, marriage
Story:telephone call, media circus, psychological manipulation, wedding ring, throat slitting, video camera, manhattan new york city, telephone, television, psychopath, police officer, cell phone, voice over narration, surprise ending, new york city, police, husband wife relationship, murder, flashback, death

Red (2010)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red (2010)

Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired, bored, and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally nondescript house. The only joy in Frank's life is his calls to the government pension processing center when he gets to talk to his case worker, Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and her spy novels as the only things fun in her life. When something in Frank's past forces Frank back into his old line of work and puts an unwitting Sarah in the middle of the intrigue, Frank and Sarah begin a journey into Frank's past and the people he used to work with. Like Frank they are all RED ... Retired Extremely Dangerous. (Read More)

Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, traced call, unsubtitled foreign language, bullet wound, lasersight, swat team, die hard scenario, pay phone, sniper, ambulance, shot in the back, machine gun, cell phone, surprise ending, new york city, title spoken by character, police, flashback, murder

Serbuan Maut (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Serbuan Maut (2011)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:swat team, sniper rifle, die hard scenario, throat slitting, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, surprise ending, police, husband wife relationship, murder, death, flashback

Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. This is why Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, lasersight, sniper, shot in the back, psychopath, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, surprise ending, title spoken by character, death, murder

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Over 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he's still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun... (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:telephone booth, telephone call, gun shot, bullet hole, bullet wound, lasersight, swat team, tragic event, product placement, pay phone, telephone, psychopath, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, voice over narration, husband wife relationship, police, gun

The Purge (2013)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge (2013)

In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:containment, single set production, cat and mouse, minimal cast, psycho thriller, die hard scenario, shot in the back, psychopath, shotgun, machine gun, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder, husband wife relationship, death, police

Buried (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Buried (2010)

Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there's not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource--himself. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:single set production, hitchcockian, minimal cast, yelling, wedding ring, psycho thriller, die hard scenario, tragic event, video camera, slow motion scene, machine gun, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, independent film, murder, death

Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Characters:hostage
Story:telephone booth, telephone call, shot in the ear, split screen, pay phone, liar, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, cell phone, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, murder, gun, flashback, death, police

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Story:telephone booth, telephone call, phone booth, split screen, pay phone, manhattan new york city, television, slow motion scene, cell phone, voice over narration, surprise ending, new york city, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, police, murder, flashback, death

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, redemption, marriage
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:shot in the back, psychopath, slow motion scene, police officer, cell phone, surprise ending, new york city, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, independent film, murder, gun, flashback, death, police

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, die hard scenario, sniper, ambulance, shot in the back, psychopath, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, cell phone, surprise ending, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, death, murder, police

Saw IV (2007) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Horror, Mystery

Saw IV (2007)

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences. (Read More)

Characters:pimp, hostage, prostitute
Story:mind game, lasersight, swat team, throat slitting, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, murder, police, flashback, death

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Characters:prostitute
Story:lasersight, phone booth, swat team, ambulance, shot in the back, slow motion scene, machine gun, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, police, flashback, death, murder

John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. This is why John Q (2002) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:hostage
Story:telephone call, swat team, die hard scenario, sniper, ambulance, surprise ending, title spoken by character, gun, police, death

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

After escaping from the emotional and physical pain he previously encountered. Jason Bourne and his girlfriend Marie begin a new life as far away as possible. But when an assassination attempt on Bourne goes horribly wrong, Bourne must re-enter the life he wanted to leave behind, in order to find out the truth why they are still after him. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:telephone call, hidden truth, swat team, die hard scenario, sniper, shot in the back, manhattan new york city, machine gun, surprise ending, new york city, gun, flashback, police, death

Ronin (1998) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Ronin (1998)

Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money. Dierdre (undoubtedly from Ireland) hires several Ronin to form a team in order to retrieve an important suitcase from a man who is about to sell it to the Russians. After the mission has been completed successfully, the suitcase immediately gets switched by a member of the team who seems to work into his own pocket. The complex net of everyone tricking everyone begins to surface slowly, and deadly... (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:sniper rifle, main character shot, tourist, sniper, throat slitting, shot in the back, machine gun, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, murder, gun, death, police

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Mood:suspense
Characters:prostitute
Story:psycho thriller, phone booth, pay phone, video camera, ambulance, manhattan new york city, telephone, psychopath, police officer, cell phone, voice over narration, surprise ending, new york city, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, independent film, gun, death, police, murder

The Gift (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Gift (2015)

Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Mood:suspense
Story:containment, single set production, psychological manipulation, hidden truth, cat and mouse, hitchcockian, mind game, minimal cast, psycho thriller, stalker, psychopath, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, flashback, police

Leon (1994)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Leon (1994)

After her father, mother, older sister and little brother are killed by her father's employers, the 12-year-old daughter of an abject drug dealer is forced to take refuge in the apartment of a professional hitman who at her request teaches her the methods of his job so she can take her revenge on the corrupt DEA agent who ruined her life by killing her beloved brother. This is why Leon (1994) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:sniper rifle, bullet wound, lasersight, swat team, die hard scenario, tragic event, sniper, throat slitting, shot in the back, manhattan new york city, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, new york city, title spoken by character, independent film, murder, police, flashback, death

Shoot 'em Up (2007) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Shoot 'em Up (2007)

Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance. (Read More)

Characters:prostitute
Story:sniper rifle, telephone call, shot in the ear, unsubtitled foreign language, die hard scenario, pay phone, shot in the back, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, cell phone, gun, husband wife relationship, death, murder

Die Hard (1988)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard (1988)

NYPD cop John McClane goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife Holly in Los Angeles where she works for the Nakatomi Corporation. While they are at the Nakatomi headquarters for a Christmas party, a group of bank robbers led by Hans Gruber take control of the building and hold everyone hostage, with the exception of John, while they plan to perform a lucrative heist. Unable to escape and with no immediate police response, John is forced to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, unsubtitled foreign language, swat team, die hard scenario, pay phone, sniper, television, slow motion scene, machine gun, surprise ending, death, police, gun, murder

World War Z (2013)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

World War Z (2013)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. (Read More)

Story:sniper rifle, telephone call, die hard scenario, product placement, sniper, shot in the back, shotgun, machine gun, cell phone, voice over narration, surprise ending, new york city, husband wife relationship, gun, flashback, death, murder

Training Day (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Story:main character shot, unsubtitled foreign language, wedding ring, die hard scenario, liar, ambulance, psychopath, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, independent film, murder, gun, police, death

The Expendables (2010) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. This is why The Expendables (2010) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, lasersight, die hard scenario, sniper, throat slitting, video camera, shot in the back, psychopath, shotgun, machine gun, surprise ending, independent film, murder

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:hostage, prostitute
Story:telephone call, unsubtitled foreign language, tourist, shot in the back, slow motion scene, machine gun, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, murder, flashback, death

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, psychological manipulation, mind game, lasersight, swat team, die hard scenario, sniper, ambulance, shot in the back, psychopath, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, police, husband wife relationship

The Game (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Game (1997)

Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad, who has gone long ago and surrendered to addictions of all kinds, suddenly returns and gives Nicholas a card giving him entry to unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Giving in to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Story:hitchcockian, mind game, phone booth, product placement, ambulance, cell phone, surprise ending, title spoken by character, gun

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, swat team, die hard scenario, tragic event, product placement, sniper, ambulance, shot in the back, psychopath, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, surprise ending, murder, police, flashback, death

Scream 2 (1997)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down. This is why Scream 2 (1997) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:product placement, pay phone, stalker, throat slitting, video camera, ambulance, telephone, television, psychopath, slow motion scene, police officer, cell phone, surprise ending, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder, death, police

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper, sniper rifle, unsubtitled foreign language, shot in the back, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, cell phone, husband wife relationship, flashback, death, murder

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:swat team, pay phone, ambulance, shot in the back, manhattan new york city, slow motion scene, machine gun, police officer, surprise ending, new york city, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, police, death, murder

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle, lasersight, tragic event, sniper, shot in the back, slow motion scene, shotgun, machine gun, surprise ending, husband wife relationship, death, flashback, murder

S.w.a.t. (2003)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

S.w.a.t. (2003)

Based off of a one time T.V. show, two Los Angeles S.W.A.T. officers Jim Street and Brian Gamble were sent in to foil an extremely violent bank robbery. Although they thwarted the robbery, they shot a hostage in the process. Street was suspended from S.W.A.T. while Gamble was fired altogether. After 6 months, a veteran S.W.A.T. officer, Daniel Harrelson or "Hondo", is told to assemble a S.W.A.T. team for his division. He chooses other S.W.A.T. officers as well as 3 rookies. However, after they pass the S.W.A.T. training, they receive a message that a French crime boss, known as Alex Montell is trying to escape from prison. This will not be easy to prevent, especially after Montell promises $100 Million to his rescuers. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:hostage
Story:swat team, sniper rifle, die hard scenario, product placement, sniper, throat slitting, shotgun, machine gun, police officer, surprise ending, title spoken by character, police, gun, death, murder

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