25 Films that are set in a single location


25 Films that are set in a single location

To make a great film, you don’t always need to incorporate vast views or globe-trotting drama. Indeed, many of cinema’s best works take place in a single location or limited area. A chamber film is a word used in the business to describe such a film. Such masterpieces might delve into personal family drama (like estranged relationships in Autumn Sonata or grieving in Still Walking).

In more ominous circumstances, such as Jigsaw’s traps in Saw or the view from Jimmy Stewart’s apartment window in Rear Window, these settings can heighten tension as potential murder sites. In certain cases, though, limiting sites is just an issue of budgeting.

To honor this subgenre, Stacker combed through cinematic history and compiled a list of films spanning countries, decades, and genres that take place in a single location or a geographic area (like The Lighthouse’s island or Alex Garland’s twisting sci-fi picture Ex Machina’s secluded forest home). The films are listed in order of IMDb user rating, with ties broken by the number of votes received. A film needs to receive at least 5,000 votes to be eligible.

Continue reading to find out if any of your favorite stories made the list, as well as which single-location films are the best of the best.

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‘It was just one night in Miami…’ (Year 2020)

Regina King is the director.

User rating on IMDb: 7.1

83 on the Metascore scale

114-minute runtime

Acclaimed actress Regina King’s feature directorial debut is a fictionalized account of the Feb. 25, 1964 meeting of civil rights figures Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) at Miami’s Hampton house, following Ali’s defeat of fellow boxer Sonny Liston. Based on Kemp Powers’ 2013 play of the same name, King’s film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Odom Jr.

‘Tape’ (2001)

Director: Richard Linklater

IMDb user rating: 7.2

Metascore: 71

Runtime: 86 minutes

Adapted from Stephen Belber’s 1999 play, Tape unfolds within a hotel room as three former high school classmates (Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Robert Sean Leonard) meet and. This is a brief summary.


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