101 Movies Based In One Room

by AnonymousCritic | created - 02 Sep 2014 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

As a film genre I am a fan of films based in one room. Simple concept which calls for good acting... they might not be the best films ever but they make you 'think outside the box'.

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1. Exam (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Mystery, Thriller

Eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a final test with just one question. It seems simple yet confusing that soon, tensions begin to unravel.

Director: Stuart Hazeldine | Stars: Adar Beck, Gemma Chan, Nathalie Cox, John Lloyd Fillingham

Votes: 95,760

8/10

2. Fermat's Room (2007)

Not Rated | 89 min | Mystery, Thriller

4 mathematicians are invited to solve an enigma. Once there, they're locked in a mechanically shrinking room and given 1 minute to solve each puzzle via cellphone while also figuring out why they're there.

Directors: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña | Stars: Alejo Sauras, Elena Ballesteros, Lluís Homar, Santi Millán

Votes: 17,693

8/10

3. 1408 (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 242,478 | Gross: $71.99M

8/10

4. Conspiracy (2001 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" can be best implemented.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Clare Bullus, Stanley Tucci, Simon Markey

Votes: 16,810

8/10 - Also see The Wannsee Conference (1992).

5. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 193,533 | Gross: $0.50M

8/10

6. Deterrence (1999)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Kevin Pollak, Timothy Hutton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Clotilde Courau

Votes: 2,463 | Gross: $0.14M

8/10

7. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 165,486 | Gross: $61.28M

8/10

8. Identity (2003)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes

Votes: 210,465 | Gross: $52.16M

8/10

9. 12 Angry Men (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 117 min | Crime, Drama

Twelve men must decide the fate of one when one juror objects to the jury's decision.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Hume Cronyn, Ossie Davis

Votes: 12,237

8/10 (I like this version better)

10. A Pure Formality (1994)

PG-13 | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski, Sergio Rubini, Nicola Di Pinto

Votes: 8,911 | Gross: $0.20M

11. Pontypool (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak

Votes: 26,990 | Gross: $0.00M

8/10

12. Inside No. 9 (2014– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Horror

Anthology series which mixes dark humor with genres like crime, horror or drama. The show invites viewers into some very different No.9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Rosie Cavaliero, Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Votes: 8,741

I tried not to include 'bottle episodes' in this list of films, but this series is a masterpiece, well worth a look...

13. Tunnel (2016)

TV-14 | 126 min | Action, Drama

68 Metascore

A man is on his way home when the poorly constructed tunnel he is driving through collapses, leaving him trapped.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Doona Bae, Dal-su Oh, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 5,589

8/10

14. The Interview (1998)

Unrated | 104 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

A duel between a suspected murderer and a detective pressed by people who want results. But whose skin is really wanted.

Director: Craig Monahan | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Tony Martin, Aaron Jeffery, Paul Sonkkila

Votes: 5,864

8/10

15. The Wall (II) (2017)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli

Votes: 20,619 | Gross: $1.80M

16. The Mist (2007)

R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher

Votes: 262,173 | Gross: $25.59M

7/10

17. Circle (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Held captive and faced with their imminent executions, fifty strangers are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live.

Directors: Aaron Hann, Mario Miscione | Stars: Allegra Masters, Aimee McKay, Ashley Key, Autumn Federici

Votes: 31,296

7/10

18. The Perfect Host (2010)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

48 Metascore

An on-the-run convict looking for temporary cover finds it at the house of a very colorful character.

Director: Nick Tomnay | Stars: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker, Tyrees Allen

Votes: 23,486 | Gross: $0.05M

7/10

19. Elevator (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

Racism collides with corporate greed when nine strangers - one of whom has a bomb - become trapped in a Wall Street elevator.

Director: Stig Svendsen | Stars: Christopher Backus, Anita Briem, John Getz, Shirley Knight

Votes: 5,353

7/10

20. After the Dark (2013)

R | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

37 Metascore

At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

Director: John Huddles | Stars: James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma

Votes: 20,098

7/10

21. Finder's Fee (2001)

R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

A man finds a wallet containing a winning lottery ticket worth $6 million.

Director: Jeff Probst | Stars: Erik Palladino, Ryan Reynolds, Dash Mihok, Carly Pope

Votes: 2,066

7/10 (Don't watch the last 3 minutes! trust me, just stop when he says I love you)

22. Last Passenger (2013)

R | 97 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

66 Metascore

A small group of everyday passengers on a speeding London commuter train battle their warped driver who has a dark plan for everyone on-board.

Director: Omid Nooshin | Stars: Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon, Iddo Goldberg, David Schofield

Votes: 5,560 | Gross: $0.01M

7/10

23. Locke (2013)

R | 85 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.

Director: Steven Knight | Stars: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott

Votes: 121,544 | Gross: $1.36M

7/10

24. The Killing Jar (2010)

R | 92 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

14 Metascore

A stranger armed with a shotgun takes seven patrons hostage in a remote roadside diner. But as the body count increases, the desperate survivors discover that one of the hostages may be even more dangerous than their captor.

Director: Mark Young | Stars: Michael Madsen, Harold Perrineau, Amber Benson, Jake Busey

Votes: 2,388

7/10

25. Freezer (2014)

R | 83 min | Action, Thriller

40 Metascore

Robert is an ordinary man who is faced with extraordinary circumstances. He is locked in a meat freezer by Russian thugs who believe that he owes them 8 million dollars. Robert, who is in ... See full summary »

Director: Mikael Salomon | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Yuliya Snigir, Peter Facinelli, Andrey Ivchenko

Votes: 3,082

7/10

26. Rope (1948)

PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Votes: 115,942

7/10

27. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 402,652 | Gross: $36.76M

7/10

28. Buried (2010)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 140,146 | Gross: $1.03M

7/10

29. Basic (2003)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

A D.E.A. Agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army Ranger Drill Sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen, Tim Daly

Votes: 56,255 | Gross: $26.54M

7/10

30. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 601,771 | Gross: $4.36M

7/10

31. Red Eye (2005)

PG-13 | 85 min | Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Laura Johnson

Votes: 105,850 | Gross: $57.89M

6/10

32. Shelter (III) (2015)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An ominous disaster forces five survivors to wait out nuclear winter in a secret underground bomb shelter. With limited supplies and nowhere else to go, they struggle against the clock, ... See full summary »

Directors: Wrion Bowling, Adam C. Caudill | Stars: Joyce Hshieh, Michael Patrick Lane, Sarah Street, Jeffrey Green

Votes: 433

6/10

33. The Hole (2001)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.

Director: Nick Hamm | Stars: Thora Birch, Desmond Harrington, Daniel Brocklebank, Laurence Fox

Votes: 42,367

6/10

34. Under Suspicion (2000)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. This will only take ten minutes, they say, but it turns out to be one ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Thomas Jane, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 20,899 | Gross: $0.26M

6/10

35. Devil (2010)

PG-13 | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.

Director: John Erick Dowdle | Stars: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green

Votes: 122,534 | Gross: $33.58M

6/10

36. The Vault (2011– )

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Vault is a reality television show set in the year 2016, where 150 contestants get more than they bargained for.

Stars: Shane Spalione, Adam Epelbaum, Alexia Dox, Carlo Maghirang

Votes: 658

...this is not really a tv series, it is a collection of youtube clips that you can watch to your heart content... watch them back to back to view as a film.

37. Deathtrap (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

54 Metascore

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's play.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth

Votes: 10,822 | Gross: $19.28M

6/10

38. Symbol (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

A man wakes up in a white room empty other than buttons on the walls, he must find out which button to push to get what he wants.

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto | Stars: Hitoshi Matsumoto, David Quintero, Luis Accinelli, Lilian Tapia

Votes: 3,023

6/10

39. Cube²: Hypercube (2002)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Eight strangers awaken with no memory, in a puzzling cube-shaped room where the laws of physics do not always apply.

Director: Andrzej Sekula | Stars: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace Lynn Kung, Matthew Ferguson

Votes: 58,677

6/10

40. Saw (2004)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung

Votes: 353,906 | Gross: $56.00M

6/10

41. Inhuman Resources (2012)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

Six captive office workers are literally chained to their desks by deranged former regional manager Thomas Reddmann (Redd). He assigns his 'human resources' the impossible task of proving his innocence or suffering gruesome consequences.

Director: Daniel Krige | Stars: Nicholas Hope, Kelly Paterniti, Sam Reid, Alan Dukes

Votes: 2,218

6/10

42. The Man from Earth (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford

Votes: 161,135

6/10

43. Panic Room (2002)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam

Votes: 238,406 | Gross: $96.40M

6/10

44. Lo (2009)

80 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

Love presents many challenges to couples...but none so daunting as the one Justin faces with his girlfriend April. Kidnapped by demons, April's mystery begins to unfold when he finds an ... See full summary »

Director: Travis Betz | Stars: Jeremiah Birkett, Sarah Lassez, Ward Roberts, Devin Barry

Votes: 2,401

7/10

45. Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Thriller

75 Metascore

A tennis player frames his unfaithful wife for first-degree murder after she inadvertently hinders his plan to kill her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Votes: 141,511 | Gross: $0.01M

6/10

46. Captivity (2007)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

24 Metascore

A man and a woman awaken to find themselves trapped in a cellar. As their kidnapper drives them mad, the truth about their horrific abduction is revealed.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Michael Harney

Votes: 21,987 | Gross: $2.63M

6/10

47. The Last Supper (I) (1995)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.

Director: Stacy Title | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Jonathan Penner

Votes: 13,518 | Gross: $0.44M

6/10

48. The Method (2005)

115 min | Drama

68 Metascore

7 Spanish top corporate job candidates are left in a room and informed on computer screens about their tasks and that one of them is an observer. Let the psyching begin.

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri, Eduard Fernández, Pablo Echarri

Votes: 9,555 | Gross: $0.01M

6/10