Telephones?! - Don't You Ever Use Them!!

This list is about horror, thriller and sci-fi movies, in which telephones are featured prominently.
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1.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Whilst on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it. (89 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
2.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
 
3.
I Saw What You Did (1965)
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Teenagers Libby and Kit innocently spend an evening doing random crank calls. These calls lead to murderous consequences. (82 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
4.
Black Christmas (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
5.
Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In New York, a disco hostess is stalked by a sexual predator and she requests help from a vice squad detective who takes a personal interest in the case. (94 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cates
 
6.
Don't Hang Up (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
In this horror movie, a dutiful grand-daughter goes home to take care of her elderly grandmother. Once there, she finds herself trapped inside the house with a homicidal maniac. (90 mins.)
Director: S.F. Brownrigg
 
7.
The Caller (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young divorcee is getting her life back together by moving into an apartment. But what will she do when a strange person repeatedly calls her, and threatens to change her new life around? (92 mins.)
 
8.
Phone Booth (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. (81 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
9.
L'assassino... è al telefono (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A woman whose husband was murdered five years previously, is stalked by his killer, who wants to eliminate her as a potential witness... (105 mins.)
 
10.
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again. (97 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
 
11.
The Call (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life. (94 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
12.
When Michael Calls (1972 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A woman begins receiving ominous phone calls from a relative who died 15 years prior. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line? (73 mins.)
Director: Philip Leacock
 
13.
Black Sabbath (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an... (92 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
14.
Dial 1119 (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A former mental patient murders a bus driver, then takes refuge in a bar, where he holds the patrons hostage. (75 mins.)
Director: Gerald Mayer
 
15.
Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A reporter suspects a creepy neighbor, who lives in the high-rise building across from hers, is a serial killer terrorizing the Miami area. (84 mins.)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
 
16.
Midnight Lace (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In London, a newly-wed American woman's sanity comes into question, when she claims to be the victim of a stalker. (110 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
17.
When a Stranger Calls Back (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young babysitter, all alone in the house with two children asleep above, is bothered by a stranger. Unfortunately, the phone's dead... (94 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
 
18.
Out of the Dark (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Beautiful young women who work at the offices of a phone-sex company are being stalked by a psychotic killer. (89 mins.)
 
19.
Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A deeply disturbed Vietnam veteran terrorizes the young women of Los Angeles and taunts a radio psychologist with descriptions of his grisly crimes. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Hammer
 
20.
Are You in the House Alone? (1978 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's... (96 mins.)
Director: Walter Grauman
 
21.
Sorry, Right Number (2005 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Katie receives a distressing phone call from an unknown source that is abruptly disconnected. Fearing someone is in danger... (19 mins.)
Director: Brian Berkowitz
 
22.
Murder by Phone (1982)
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A disgruntled phone company employee develops a device whereby those answering a phone can be murdered, and it's up to Nat Bridger to stop the killer. (95 mins.)
 
23.
Tales from the Darkside (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Answer Me (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Commercial actress Joan Matlin is constantly annoyed by the sound of a ringing phone coming from the apartment next door. (30 mins.)
 
24.
976-EVIL (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Englund
 
25.
976-Evil II (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
A seemingly harmless telephone service endows an evil teacher with powers from beyond the grave (93 mins.)
Director: Jim Wynorski
 
26.
Pulse (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet. (118 mins.)
 
27.
Pulse (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world. (90 mins.)
Director: Jim Sonzero
“ American remake of "Kairo" - see above. ” - emertens
 
28.
The Ruins (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins. (90 mins.)
Director: Carter Smith
 
29.
Red (1993 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the true story of Louis "Red" Deutsch. A New Jersey bar-owner is plagued with prank phone calls that prompt him to flip into psychotic, profanity-laden rages. (35 mins.)
Director: Christian Gore
 
30.
After Midnight (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Horror anthology about a college professor (Zada) teaching a course called "The Psychology of Fear"... (90 mins.)
Director: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
 
31.
Ringu (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
32.
The Ring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
33.
Lisa (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Fourteen year-old Lisa is raised by her unmarried mother Katherine who overprotects her by forbidding her to date until she's sixteen... (95 mins.)
Director: Gary Sherman
 
34.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
35.
Cellular (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next. (94 mins.)
Director: David R. Ellis
 
36.
The Signal (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television. (103 mins.)
 
37.
Eagle Eye (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jerry and Rachel are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. (118 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
 
38.
Telefon (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Russian officer is sent to USA to try and stop sleeper agents who will mindlessly attack government entities when they hear certain coded words. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
39.
Handphone (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Talent manager Seung-min sees Yoon Jin Ah, a rising actress, as his one last hope to turn his life around... (137 mins.)
Director: Han-min Kim
 
40.
Phone (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number... (104 mins.)
Director: Byeong-ki Ahn
 
41.
Lady Beware (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Young and good looking Katya, a window dresser for a big department store in Pittsburgh, begins a love story with a journalist... (108 mins.)
Director: Karen Arthur
 
42.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Based on a famous play, follows a bedridden wife who overhears a murder plan on her phone. She tries to piece the puzzle together and prevent it. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Wharmby
 
43.
Smoothtalker (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A cop tracks down a serial killer who goes after women who work for a phone-sex company. (89 mins.)
Director: Tom Milo
 
44.
Are You Lonesome Tonight (1992 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A rich wife who is searching for her missing husband, seeks help from a private eye and her husband's call girl. (90 mins.)
Director: E.W. Swackhamer
 
45.
Dead Air (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A distraught disc jockey (Gregory Hines) seeks out a mystery caller (Debrah Farentino) who may be the killer of his girlfriend (Laura Harrington). (91 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
 
46.
99.9 (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Lara, the host of a radio call-in show dealing in psychic phenomena, discovers that her estranged lover has been found dead in a small Spanish village... (106 mins.)
 
47.
Party Line (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A rich brother and sister are crazed killers. She lures men into her bed, and he attacks them and murders them. A detective is assigned to find the killers and bring them in. (91 mins.)
Director: William Webb
 
48.
Pontypool (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town. (93 mins.)
Director: Bruce McDonald
 
49.
Dead Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Logan Burnhardt is the ego-king of the airwaves, but his unflappable persona is put to the test when a terrorist bio-attack unleashes a plague of flesh-ripping maniacs on Los Angeles. (90 mins.)
Director: Corbin Bernsen
 
50.
Dial: Help (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A psychic finds herself tapping into the "energy" of a deceased phone operator. She also finds that her friends soon begin dying mysteriously. An investigator determines to track down the cause. (94 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
 
51.
Dead Connection (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
After a series of murders in motel rooms are connected, a cop, Dickson, heads out on the trail to find a serial killer... (93 mins.)
Director: Nigel Dick
 
52.
Bug (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town... (99 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
53.
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The vengeful doctor rises again, seeking the Scrolls of Life in an attempt to resurrect his deceased wife. (89 mins.)
Director: Robert Fuest
 
54.
Wait Until Dark (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment. (108 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
55.
The Birds (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
 
56.
Don't Talk to Strange Men (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An innocent girl is "groomed" over the telephone, and nearly becomes the victim of the attacker only to put her younger sisters life in grave danger. (65 mins.)
Director: Pat Jackson
 
57.
When a Stranger Calls (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller. (87 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
58.
One Missed Call (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths. (112 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
59.
One Missed Call (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves - messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths. (87 mins.)
Director: Eric Valette
“ American remake of "Chakushin Ari" - see above. ” - emertens
 
60.
The Night Caller (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A woman goes to desperate measures to meet a successful radio psychologist, even if it means killing in order to do so. (91 mins.)
 
61.
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over. (91 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
 
62.
Call Me (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A journalist agrees to meet an obscene caller at a bar, and ends up witnessing a murder. (96 mins.)
 
63.
Disconnected (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Twin sisters are implicated in a series of slasher murders. The question is, did one of them do it, did both of them do it, or did neither of them do it? (82 mins.)
Director: Gorman Bechard
 
64.
88 Minutes (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
 
65.
Cavite (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Flying back to his home country, an American man is informed that his mother and sister have been kidnapped and will be killed if he doesn't comply with certain demands. (80 mins.)
 
66.
The President's Analyst (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When the overworked and stressed-out White House presidential shrink runs away, the CEA and the FBR scramble to retrieve him before he could be abducted by various competing foreign intelligence services. (103 mins.)
“ Not a horror film, but definitely a "Don't Use the Phone" item.
The end of this movie is terrific. ” - emertens
 
67.
The Phone Box (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him. (35 mins.)
Director: Antonio Mercero
 
68.
Liberty Stands Still (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The wife of a gun manufacturer is held hostage by a man seeking revenge for the death of his daughter in a high school shooting incident. (96 mins.)
Director: Kari Skogland
 
69.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
 
70.
Scanners (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
 
71.
I Saw What You Did (1988 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A group of pranksters unintentionally get the attention of a serial killer who soon starts targeting them. (93 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
 
72.
Long Distance (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A young woman accidentally dials the number of a serial killer who decides to make her his next victim. (90 mins.)
Director: Marcus Stern
 
73.
999-9999 (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Rainbow has just moved to an international school in Phuket, in Southern Thailand. She soon becomes the center of attention... (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Manus
 
74.
The Sweet Body of Deborah (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Deborah, a wealthy American, and her Italian husband, Marcel, are honeymooning in Geneva when they meet Marcel's friend Philip... (95 mins.)
 
75.
Dead Tone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Finals at the prestigious University of Dreyskill are finally over and it's time to party. "The Crew"... (100 mins.)
“ -aka- 'Dead Tone" ” - emertens
 
76.
Black Christmas (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. (84 mins.)
Director: Glen Morgan
 
77.
Shadows Run Black (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
A detective investigates a series of killings committed by a serial killer known as "The Black Angel." He begins to suspect that it might not be just a random group of murders. (88 mins.)
Director: Howard Heard
 
78.
Hellphone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A teenager feels an endless fascination for his cellular which will enable him to reach his aim: alluring... (98 mins.)
Director: James Huth