Movies That Take Place Over 24 Hours #WriteBravely

by - June 30, 2018

As the title suggests, I set out to make a list of movies that take place over 24 hours. Turns out there were a lot more than I thought. So I am going to limit this list down to some of the better ones, okay? Okay.
Here goes.

24/7. In this case, that means 7 genres of movies that take place over just 24 hours. Enjoy the list


Die Hard - In addition to being one of the most awesome action movies of all time even 30 years after its release, this movie makes this list too as we follow officer John McClane try to save his wife and other hostages from the evil Hans Gruber at the Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas eve.

A franchise making movie that made movie stars out of Bruce Willis and the late Alan Rickman.

Related Viewing: Die Hard 2 and Die Hard with a Vengeance. Both good movies and set over a span of 24 hours.

Another movie I loved was The Negotiator featuring two top police negotiators in Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacey, only one of them is now the hostage taker.

More violent but equally effective is Training Day featuring Denzel Washington.


Reservoir DogsA classic by director Quentin Tarantino, a group of thieves begin to suspect one of the gang is an undercover cop after a robbery goes horribly wrong.

Let us not forget the amazingly picturized Gravity following astronauts stuck in space after debris damages their space shuttle.

Panic Room, where a mother and her diabetic daughter are forced to hide in their panic room after burglars enter their house, searching for something.


CloverfieldOne of the most well-made 'found footage' horror movies, if you ask me. Directed by Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes), we follow a group of friends seeking to rescue another friend after something goes terribly wrong in New York and a huge monster appears.

Related to found footage movies, I will also recommend REC (Spanish), where a television reporter follows a fire fighting crew to cover an incident in an apartment building only for the crew to realize that something is not right with the tenants.

Don't BreatheStill with horror, a bunch of thieves break into the house of an old blind man to rob him. Big mistake.

I also love Trick r Treat, an anthology format movie based around Halloween night.


Before Sunrise is the first of the amazingly beautiful trilogy, with a young man deciding to spend his last day in Europe with a woman he has just met. This combination of director Richard Linkwater and the lead couple Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy would return for the sequels Before Sunset and Before Midnight. All wonderful films.


AirplaneOne of the funniest spoof comedies of all time, everything that can go wrong does go wrong with hilarious consequences after a plane filled with an eccentric crew and passengers takes off.

Also in the spoof category, Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb.

Harold and Kumar go to White CastleA hilarious guilty pleasure movie where two stoned men end up having a series of misadventures after going out to buy a burger.

Also in the guilty pleasure list, The Breakfast Club, the classic which follows a bunch of high school students who learn quite a few valuable lessons while stuck in detention and Ferris Buellers' Day Off where a high school kid bunks school and has a whole lot of fun.

And don't forget the evergreen hit Baby's Day Out with the most adorable baby, three bumpkin kidnappers and one very famous gorilla scene!


Twelve Angry Men - Another classic, this deals with an extremely tense courtroom scenario where one out of a jury of 12 men tries to prevent the others from giving the wrong verdict in a murder trial.

Rebel Without a Cause where a teenager joins a new school and well, does a lot of 'rebel stuff without a cause!'

Rope, where two friends kill an old classmate and then host a party with the body still in the apartment to see if they can carry out the perfect crime.

Movies Based on Books

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Book better than the movie, though.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Again, book better than movie.

You should also consider the 1974 version of Morton Freedgood's The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three where hostages take over a subway train.

Authors note:

This is also my take on the image prompt set by WriteTribe for Day 7 of their Festival of Words June 2018.  

This was the actual image but I wanted to have a movie-themed post to end this series. So I took it as a 24/7 sign and then went with 7 genres of '24 hour event themed movies'

This is my take on the Picture Prompt provided for Day 2 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words June 2018.
You can see entries by other bloggers for the prompts of Day 7 here.

My other entries for this festival are:
In My Defense (Short Story)

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  1. Nice take on the prompt I've seen a few of these - Taking of Pelham 123 was a nail biter and 12 Angry men too. Both good movies.

  2. Wow that is an amazing collection. Thanks doc for the compiled list. Do you really get some time off to watch maovies? Congrats for completing the #WTFOW

  3. That's an unusual take on the prompt but nonetheless very interesting..i haven't watched die hard yet but enjoyed baby's day out, before sunrise

  4. Some fantastic movies here. Some I haven't seen for years. Now I'm keen to check them out again. Such a great take on the prompt. Thanks for writing this.

  5. That was quite a unusual compilation and I haven't seen most movies but will check them out..

  6. Such a mix of all genres. I had lived Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Yet to watch the third one. Dan Brown's movie adaptations were good too.

    Thrillers all noted.

  7. Such an unusual take. what an awesome collection of different genres. I have not seen most I think I have got a fun filled project for the weekend.

  8. I havn't seen most of these movies. But thanks for taking this up as an excellent connect to the prompt.

  9. That is such a unique take on the prompts. Also you have put up a great collection here. Congratulations on completing this challenge successfully.

  10. Agree with the comments above, a very unusual take on the prompt and a great compilation. Congratulations for completing the fest Doc 🙂

  11. Die hard and twelve angry men are my favourites from the list.Great twist to prompt.

  12. A very well researched list covering all genres. My personal favorite are Don't Breathe and Rebel without a cause.I should check out other movies too.

  13. I haven't seen so many of those films. Some I'd watched but not realised it happens in a day like the Da Vinci Code. Such a fabulous concept - both the idea of a movie about events that happen in 24 hours as also your take.

  14. Movies that have a time frame are usually more interesting to watch. I've seen many out of the ones you've mentioned. Angels and Demons being my favourite.

  15. What a fantastic list. I have a 'To Watch' list now.

  16. This is such an awesome and novel take on the prompt, Roshan. Loved it!
    I am bookmarking this post and adding some of the movies in my must watch list and hoping to check them out soon. Thanks for sharing!

  17. SO now that's a different outlook on the given prompt. Die hard is a watch I'm a die hard fan off. I wish to see the Before Sunrise Trilogy soon.

  18. Something difgediff to read on this propmt. I haven't watched any of these. Thanks for the compiled list.congrats dor completing #WriteTribe

  19. This is great take on the prompt. I did not realise it while watching few films on this list. Saving this list to watch the others.

  20. I like thrillers more than horror now. I liked Panic Room a lot. I have also watched DaVinci Code but I liked the book much more.

  21. I loved cloverfield. (did you see the sequel?) and Ethan Hawke in the sunrise series>>> love!
    12 angry men is one of a kind. Need to catch up on rest :)

  22. Nice take on the prompt. I love stories that happen within a short duration so making note of a few.

  23. Lovely list of movies, I like Die-hard (1 to 4) You could have also included taken in it. I think that was a great suspense thriller.

    Thanks for sharing, have a good day. :)

  24. Unique thought, will surely check out these movies. Thanks for the compiled list as well as the genre.


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