Movies allow a story to be told in any time frame imaginable. A simple title slide scribed with “3 years later” is sometimes all you need. But in that same vein, some movies events all unfold over the course of one fateful day or night. Jess mentioned she loved movies that utilize this storytelling technique, so we put together our list of 14 Great Movies That Take Place in a Day (or Night)
Day/Night?: Last day of school
Why Watch it?: It’s a really neat slice of life movie with great quotes and memorable characters. Plus it’s miles better than everything Matthew McConaughey’s ever done. (With the exception of maybe Frailty and Tropic Thunder)
Day/Night?: Day off from school
Why Watch it?: It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Mathew Broderick as Ferris is so ridiculously likable and it’s hard to resist the supporting cast.
Day/Night?: Right in the title, training day
Why Watch it?: With great performances from both Denzel and Hawke, Training Day is undoubtedly an entertaining watch.
Day/Night?: Late night
Why Watch it?: This movie is a fun film from master director Martian Scorsese. Roger Ebert considers After Hours in his “greatest movies” reviews.
Day/Night?: School day
Why Watch it?:While this movie may not be for everyone, Gus Van Sant is able to craft a really unique film with a familiar subject. The slow and uneventful first half helps the viewer understand the gravity of the unthinkably scary last part of the film.
From Dusk Til Dawn /// Part gangster movie, part vampire flick. A group of people consisting of two ruthless criminals and their hostages, find themselves banding together to fight a horde of bloodthirsty vampires.
Day/Night?:From dusk til dawn baby.
Why Watch it?: Clooney is great, Keitel is cool as a cucumber, and Hayek is HOT. Also there are vampire strippers, Danny Trejo as the bartender, and Tom Savini is there. Enough said.
Day/Night?: Saturday Morning detention…say around Breakfast?
Why Watch it?: Let’s be honest, if you HAVEN’T seen The Breakfast Club, I’m sure you are already well aware that you need to check it out. This is John Hughes at his best, filled with touching, funny and honest moments.
Day/Night?: The day of – through the day after her 16th birthday
Why Watch it?: Sixteen Candles is as much of a cute teen romance as it is a comedy, and a damn good one at that. See it for the sexy Michael Schoeffling as Jake Ryan, or more importantly, the outstanding Anthony Michael Hall as The Geek.
Why Watch it?: It’s a really interesting and well put together story. It plays out from five different perspectives with each one revealing a little more of the twisting plotline. Also, solid performances all around. (Oh, and plus: Rachael Leigh Cook is in it, see the photo of her above in the mini skirt )
Day/Night?: Groundhog’s Day
Why Watch it?: Bill Murray.
Day/Night?: Friday, day and night
Why Watch it?: One of the few “hood” comedies that really worked. Friday has really fun characters and quotable lines. About as funny as Chris Tucker has ever been.
Day/Night?: Day into night
Why Watch it?: This movie is dim, ugly, and controversial. While it for sure WON’T be for everyone, I think most people should check it out. It’s a strong reminder of a lot of issues that exist and at the very least should be openly discussed more.
Day/Night?: Hot day to night
Why Watch it?: Spike Lee’s best. The movie does a fantastic job showcasing the way racial tensions effect a community and posed a real question to the viewer. What is the “Right” thing to do?
Day/Night?: party night
Why Watch it?: Because it’s awesome! Can’t Hardly Wait is a really fun and underrated teen comedy from the 90s. Ethan Embry as Preston is so likable, JLH is as cute/hot as ever, and the supporting cast of character’s (notably Seth Green who is always funny) make this movie so worth the watch.
So what are some of your favorite movies that take place in one day/night? Comment and let us know!