There’s actually a wealth of really terrific movies set over one long day or one long night (or both), you can call them One Day Wonder ! Even with cinema’s comparative youthfulness, the-art form has attained a clear stalemate in terms of prospective narrative constraints that may maintain viewers interested and also entertained. Nonetheless, whenever done correctly, the concept of decreasing  the movie plot to only twenty four hours is definitely an invigorating encounter. Thus, we’ve collected a random ordered list best films that most happen in a single day or night.

12 Angry Men (1957)

A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court. The whole movie take place not in a single day but within a single room. Its one of the best classic thriller drama starring Henry Fonda.

They have twelve scraps of paper… Twelve chances to kill!


Dr. Strangelove (1964)

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. The movie can be described as ‘hot line suspense comedy’. The movie is directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.


Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Starring Al Pacino, the movie about “The Most Bizarre Bank Siege Ever “ A man robs a bank to pay for his lover’s operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.It won an oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live T.V. 12 hours later, it was all history. And it’s all true.


Die Hard (1988)

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. This is one the best action thriller flick starring Bruce Willis.


Clerks. (1994)

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.


Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004)

Richard Linklater’s set of films examining star-crossed lovers Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Deply) are essentially an extended conversation between two people who are seemingly meant to be together. The two films manage to discuss deeply meaningful aspects of relationships set against a backdrop of two European cities.

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Another one for Richard Linklater, one of the best teen flicks and Texas movies of all time, is about how to tell a story that packs a ton of great characters and interesting story into a narrative that only runs from the end of the school day through the following dawn.

That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.


Collateral (2004)

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

Training Day (2001)

On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn’t what he appears.This is the film that pushed Ethan Hawke back into the limelight and also let Denzel Washington off the leash like never before.


Phonebooth (2002)

This movie is a suspense movie about a cocky publicist who is held hostage in a public phone booth, with a sniper aimed at him. The entire movie has setting of only one main location, viz., the phone booth.

You hear a phone ring and it could be anybody. But a ringing phone has to be answered, doesn’t it?


Vantage Point (2008)

This movie tries the cliched assassination attempt on the President of the United States, but with a different screenplay style- different sets of vantage points seen through the eyes of different characters. This makes for a very interesting watch and adds great suspense to an otherwise conventional plot.

These are just a bunch of movies but there are lot more one day wonder movies. We have minified this list by not considering movies including flashbacks. If you can name more movies like this, feel free to share in comments.