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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,  phone tap,  shot in the ear,  single location,  bullet hole,  wiretap,  single set production,  reference to oprah winfrey,  psychological manipulation,  ruse,  studio logo segues into film,  hidden truth,  revolving door,  cat and mouse,  intern,  real time,  main character shot,  times square manhattan new york city,  pizza delivery,  hitchcockian,  unsubtitled foreign language,  bullet wound,  mind game,  megaphone,  minimal cast,  yelling,  lasersight,  extortion,  wedding ring,  psycho thriller,  swat team,  tourist,  die hard scenario,  split screen,  tragic event,  product placement,  pay phone,  liar,  stalker,  throat slitting,  video camera,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  telephone,  television,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  murder,  flashback,  gun,  police,  death

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:pimp,  hostage,  prostitute
Story:sniper rifle,  telephone call,  unsubtitled foreign language,  bullet wound,  product placement,  pay phone,  stalker,  sniper,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  gun,  death,  murder

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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,  police

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,  police officer,  cell phone,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  police,  husband wife relationship,  death,  gun,  murder

Scanners (1981) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Scanners (1981)

Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:telephone booth,  telephone call,  revolving door,  bullet wound,  yelling,  phone booth,  product placement,  pay phone,  shot in the back,  telephone,  psychopath,  shotgun,  machine gun,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  independent film,  murder,  flashback,  death

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15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." This is why 15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Characters:hostage,  prostitute
Story:telephone call,  media circus,  times square manhattan new york city,  die hard scenario,  product placement,  pay phone,  video camera,  ambulance,  manhattan new york city,  psychopath,  shotgun,  cell phone,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  police

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:ripped pantyhose,  main character shot,  lasersight,  die hard scenario,  sniper,  shot in the back,  telephone,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  police,  death,  murder

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P2 (2007) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

P2 (2007)

The story centers on a corporate climber who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:psychopath,  telephone call,  single set production,  cat and mouse,  real time,  mind game,  yelling,  psycho thriller,  die hard scenario,  product placement,  stalker,  video camera,  ambulance,  manhattan new york city,  police officer,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  new york city,  independent film,  murder,  police,  death

Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  times square manhattan new york city,  die hard scenario,  product placement,  pay phone,  sniper,  ambulance,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  new york city,  independent film,  murder,  flashback,  death,  police

Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. This is why Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:sniper rifle,  main character shot,  lasersight,  swat team,  product placement,  sniper,  shot in the back,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  death,  murder

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Passenger 57 (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  telephone call,  swat team,  die hard scenario,  sniper,  throat slitting,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  police,  death

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:adultery
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  phone booth,  swat team,  die hard scenario,  product placement,  pay phone,  sniper,  shot in the back,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  surprise ending,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  police,  gun,  flashback,  death

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Characters:pimp,  hostage,  actor
Story:sniper rifle,  television,  police officer,  telephone call,  extortion,  swat team,  split screen,  product placement,  sniper,  video camera,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  police,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  murder,  death,  gun,  flashback

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

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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

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:telephone call,  product placement,  pay phone,  sniper,  shot in the back,  telephone,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  independent film,  police,  gun,  death,  murder

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage,  prostitute
Story:telephone call,  wedding ring,  product placement,  pay phone,  stalker,  sniper,  throat slitting,  shot in the back,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  gun,  death,  murder

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Money Monster (2016) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Money Monster (2016)

In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O'Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets. This is why Money Monster (2016) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  revolving door,  real time,  swat team,  die hard scenario,  sniper,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  death,  police,  gun

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  swat team,  tragic event,  product placement,  sniper,  ambulance,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  gun,  death,  murder

Source Code (2011)
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,  gun,  murder,  death

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Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  bullet wound,  swat team,  product placement,  sniper,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  psychopath,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  police,  flashback,  death,  murder

Brick Mansions (2014) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  swat team,  die hard scenario,  sniper,  ambulance,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  death,  police,  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. This is why Seven Psychopaths (2012) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

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

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War (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

War (2007)

After his partner Tom Lone and family are killed apparently by the infamous and elusive assassin Rogue, FBI agent John Crawford becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of his own, setting off a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang of the Triad's and Yakuza boss Shiro. When Jack and Rogue finally come face to face, the ultimate truth of their pasts will be revealed. (Read More)

Characters:prostitute
Story:sniper rifle,  villain escapes,  main character shot,  lasersight,  product placement,  sniper,  shot in the back,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  death

Chaos (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Chaos (2005)

In Seattle, detective Quentin Conners is unfairly suspended and his partner Jason York leaves the police force after a tragic shooting on Pearl Street Bridge, when the hostage and the criminal die. During a bank heist with a hostage situation, Conners is assigned in charge of the operation with the rookie Shane Dekker as his partner. The thieves, lead by Lorenz, apparently do not steal a penny from the bank. While chasing the gangsters, the police team disclose that they planted a virus in the system, stealing one billion dollars from the different accounts, using the principle of the Chaos Theory. Further, they find that Lorenz is killing his accomplices. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  villain escapes,  swat team,  die hard scenario,  sniper,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  police,  flashback,  death

Alex Cross (2012) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Alex Cross (2012)

Dr. Alex Cross is on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso, who's been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. Soon when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits to end this once and for all.

Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  lasersight,  swat team,  die hard scenario,  sniper,  shot in the back,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  police,  gun,  flashback,  death

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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. (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? This is why Vantage Point (2008) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (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

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Characters:hostage,  prostitute
Story:telephone call,  main character shot,  lasersight,  swat team,  throat slitting,  shot in the back,  manhattan new york city,  telephone,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  police,  gun,  flashback,  death,  murder

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The Interpreter (2005) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Interpreter (2005)

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of meaning, while Tobin is all about instinct, action and reading into the most primal human behaviors. Now, as the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows and Silvia's life hangs in the balance, Silvia and Tobin play out a gripping dance of evasion and revelation that keeps them both guessing as they race to stop a terrifying international crisis before it's too late. (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Mood:suspense
Story:sniper rifle,  telephone call,  hitchcockian,  unsubtitled foreign language,  pay phone,  liar,  sniper,  ambulance,  manhattan new york city,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  gun,  flashback,  death,  police,  murder

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  phone booth,  product placement,  pay phone,  stalker,  sniper,  throat slitting,  shot in the back,  telephone,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  police officer,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  gun,  flashback,  police

The Tournament (2009)
Action, Thriller

The Tournament (2009)

Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag.

Themes:redemption
Story:sniper rifle,  telephone booth,  telephone call,  lasersight,  wedding ring,  phone booth,  product placement,  sniper,  video camera,  shot in the back,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback,  death

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The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
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. This is why The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (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

Homefront (2013) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  swat team,  die hard scenario,  pay phone,  sniper,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death,  murder

Stolen (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stolen (2012)

In New Orleans, the notorious bank thief and family man Will Montgomery steals $10m with his partners Vincent, Riley Jeffers and Hoyt. However, he has an argument with Vincent in the runaway and Hoyt leaves Will behind. He tries to flee but the FBI agent Tim Harlend organizes a manhunt and Will is captured, but he burns the stolen money to get rid of the evidence against him. Eight years later, Will leaves the prison and he goes to the house of his teenage daughter Alison Loeb, who has issues against him. Alison leaves Will alone in a coffee shop and takes a cab to go to a session with her shrink. However, a couple of minutes later, Will receives a phone call from Vincent, who is presumed dead, telling that he has abducted Alison and will kill her unless he receives the $10m of the last robbery. Now Will has twelve hours to find a way to rescue his daughter from the hands of the psychopath Vincent. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  lasersight,  swat team,  die hard scenario,  sniper,  shot in the back,  psychopath,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  police,  flashback,  death,  murder

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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) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
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

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:humiliation
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage,  prostitute
Story:yelling,  tragic event,  ambulance,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  police,  murder,  gun,  flashback,  death

8mm (1999)
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

Dressed To Kill (1980)
Mystery, Thriller

Dressed To Kill (1980)

While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's killer as Detective Marino who's in charge of the case is uncooperative in the investigation. (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Characters:prostitute
Story:telephone call,  hitchcockian,  mind game,  wedding ring,  split screen,  stalker,  throat slitting,  telephone,  psychopath,  surprise ending,  new york city,  independent film,  murder,  death,  police

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Gone Girl (2014) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
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

Ride Along (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way. This is why Ride Along (2014) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002). (Read More)

Characters:hostage
Story:bullet wound,  lasersight,  product placement,  ambulance,  shot in the back,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  murder,  police,  death

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:sniper rifle,  unsubtitled foreign language,  pay phone,  sniper,  shot in the back,  telephone,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  cell phone,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  police,  flashback,  death,  murder

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Funny Games (2007)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Funny Games (2007)

In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood.

Themes:humiliation
Characters:hostage
Story:cat and mouse,  mind game,  product placement,  television,  psychopath,  shotgun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  murder,  death

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Phone Booth (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:humiliation
Story:product placement,  shot in the back,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  machine gun,  police officer,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  police,  gun,  flashback,  death,  murder

Nick Of Time (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Nick Of Time (1995)

Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones. Pretending to be cops, Smith and Jones kidnap Lynn and confront Gene with a simple choice -- kill California governor Eleanor Grant in 90 minutes or less, or Lynn will die. Watson is given a gun, six bullets, and a name tag, and he is told to go to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and kill Eleanor, who is giving an afternoon speech. While Jones is watching Lynn in a van, Smith watches Watson in order to prevent Watson from alerting the authorities. Watson must quickly find some way to get himself and Lynn out of this seemingly impossible situation. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:cat and mouse,  real time,  hitchcockian,  psycho thriller,  die hard scenario,  product placement,  pay phone,  stalker,  video camera,  shot in the back,  psychopath,  slow motion scene,  police officer,  surprise ending,  gun,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  murder,  death

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