In recent times, the success of a film has genuine connections with its visual beauty and picturesque locations. Here are a few films which managed to break the stereotypical barrier and constructed majority of its plot around a single location yet blew the audience away. In fact, all of these films have made a mark in major film festivals around the globe.

7. 127 Hours (2011)


Danny Boyle gave his audience some serious goosebumps when he managed to capture the raw essence of a real-life survival tale. Aaron Ralston (James Franco), a mountaineer  while exploring a canyon in Utah, becomes immobilized by a boulder which crushed his arm.

The film got critical acclamation  worldwide, with multiple nominations at the Golden Globe Awards,  British Academy Film Awards,  83rd Academy Awards etc.

The majority of the movie is based inside the slot canon he fell in, hence making it to this list.


6. Coherence (2013)


James Ward Byrkit’s mind-winding debut  is based on an elegant middle-class dinner party in the Santa Monica suburbs.

Byrkit wanted to shoot a film without a crew, shockingly, even without a script. The majority of  Coherence was shot in his own house and developed the film’s science fiction aspect out of necessity.

Although a majority of the film was shot in a single location. It managed to grab the following awards.

  • Next Wave Best Screenplay at the Austin Fantastic Fest
  • Maria Award for Best Screenplay at the Sitges Film Festival
  • Carnet Jove Jury Award for best In Competition at the Sitges Film Festival
  • Black Tulip Award for Best Feature Debut at the Imagine Film Festival
  • Imagine Movie Zone Award, Special Mention at the Imagine Film Festival

    5. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)


Sydney Lumet’s heartening crime drama, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) is based off a real incident, the richly detailed story is riddled with absurdist humour, The film was shot majorly in a single location & riding on the strength of its the sensational performance of Al Pachino.

The film was credited well for its quality, it went on to win the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and was nominated for o`ther Oscars

  • Best Picture (Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand)
  • Best Director (Sidney Lumet)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Al Pacino)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chris Sarandon)
  • Best Film Editing (Dede Allen)

4. The Breakfast Club (1985)


John Hughes showed his class in The Breakfast Club. The film was set in an all-day Saturday detention at Shermer High School in suburban Illinois.  Hughes shot the movie in a single location to minimize production cost.

The Breakfast Club is known for being the “quintessential 1980s film” it is also considered as one of the best films of 1985.  The famous Empire magazine ranked it 369th on their The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time list.

3.Hard Candy (2005)


David Slade, in his feature-length debut, came out with all guns blazing in an eye-popping tale of vigilante violence.   The whole film consists of only two locations where the action takes place and only three actors with speaking parts.

The film went on to win three awards at the 2005 Sitges Film Festival and four awards at the 2006 Málaga Film Festival. It also won Overlooked Film of the Year at the 2006 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

2. Rear Window (1954)


Rear Window is a Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 American mystery thriller film  based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”. The entire picture was shot on one set, which required months of planning and construction.

It was among the first movies which were shot in a single set.  The film left behind a legacy receiving four Academy Award nominations: Best Director for Alfred Hitchcock, Best Screenplay for John Michael Hayes, Best Cinematography, Color for Robert Burks, Best Sound Recording for Loren L. Ryder, Paramount Pictures

1. Reservoir Dogs (1992)


The neo-noir crime caper was trying to build its base when Quentin Tarantino picked it up in his directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs. The film was with very limited budget cheap but dedicated cast. The budget constraint let the makers use one a single primary location.

The film was received well in the film fraternity. Reservoir Dogs is still seen as a  prominent film in terms of on-screen violence.



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