And... Cut! One-Take Movies

Some of these (mostly the newer ones) are actually shot in one take. Older ones are just intended to look like it. Did I miss any? I'll add titles as I find them and write some description after I watch them.

My interest is in the storytelling aspects not the cinematographical ones, so I don't care if there really are cuts as long as there "aren't supposed to be" from a story standpoint.

It is often difficult to confirm (especially now that we have CGI) that no real cuts occur, but I'll start making a note about that if I can find anything out.

I'll probably start a new list for long takes within conventionally edited films or movies made from long takes (like Kidnapped or Rope). Until then, I'll add them here with commentary.
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Running Time (1997)
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Running Time was filmed in black and white, in real time, and seemingly takes place in one continuous... (70 mins.)
Director: Josh Becker
Timecode (2000)
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Four frames of simultaneous action that alternately follow a smitten lesbian lover as she obsesses over her partner's dalliances and the tense goings-on of a Hollywood film production company. (97 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
Slashers (2001 Video)
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Japan's number one extreme reality show is having it's first all-American special! Six lucky contestants... (99 mins.)
Russian Ark (2002)
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A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years. (99 mins.)
Real Time (2002)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Fabrizio Prada
Sábado, una película en tiempo real (2003)
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"Mother" stands out on the front of her black t-shirt, "Fucker" on the back. And as angrily as these words sound when combined into a curse... (65 mins.)
Director: Matías Bize
The Circle (2005)
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A frantic young woman begs a stranger to help save her marked husband, not realizing that the stranger is the hit man hired to kill him. Experimental digital movie shot entirely in one take and in real time. (103 mins.)
Director: Yuri Zeltser
“ Not only do they apparently complete the movie in one take, they even work in a flashback by redressing a set on the fly. There is a scene in the middle where Bettis giggles, thinks she's blown the thing and says "sorry", but the other actors keep going and they soldier through to the end.

Dramatically, the technique lends itself to making the events seem dreamlike and unrelenting. Of course David Lynch did the same thing for years without that sort of gimmick. I also thought it tipped the ending really early in the game, though that probably makes the movie make more sense.

The story takes place in several locations (and by necessity, all points in between), which is a daring stunt on its own. The story takes place in the wee hours of the morning, so sunlight vs. artificial light doesn't seem to be a problem.

Was it worth it? As expected, it's more interesting than good. Form trumps function. Probably not recommended generally, but as a demonstration of some daring ” - ab-14
Infection (2005)
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On May 19, 2004, an unprecedented biological outbreak occurred in Lawton, California. A classified N.S.A.A. report detailed the carnage which ensued that night. This film is based on that top-secret report. (81 mins.)
Director: Albert Pyun
The Quietest Sound (2006)
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Two unseen detectives turn on a camcorder to record their conversation with Elizabeth (Catherine E. Johnson)... (75 mins.)
Director: James Vculek
Midnight (2006)
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Captures the parallel lives and intersection of two downhearted strangers staying at the same hotel on New Years eve. (86 mins.)
Adrenaline (2007)
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(90 mins.)
Still Orangutans (2007)
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The film tells the story of sixteen people in the hottest day of the year in the city of Porto Alegre. (81 mins.)
PVC-1 (2007)
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Shot in real time, PVC-1 is based on the true story of a woman who is turned into a human time bomb in a bizarre act of terrorism. (85 mins.)
One Shot (2008)
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(78 mins.)
Director: Linda Wendel
The Silent House (2010)
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The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura... (86 mins.)
“ I have mixed feelings about this. A girl spends time mostly alone in a dark house and gets the creeps. There's no camera in the story and the one we're watching from doesn't cut, and, although it mostly follows the lead, it's not always seeing things she can see. That makes it (and us) seem like objective observers. To avoid spoilers, I won't finish that thought, but you can probably connect the dots.

I'm curious if the remake changes the ending or any of the details that make this one iffy for me. I'll watch it soon and revise this when I do.

Overall, though, the movie is maximally creepy and suspenseful. Probably helps that I watch movies in a big dark room in an old house, but I found it effective and the continuous nature makes it more real, immediate, and inescapable. ” - ab-14
Cut (2010)
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Five friends return from a cocktail party to a cottage deep inside the English woods of the Peak District... (87 mins.)
“ I thought I was watching the wrong movie at first as the opening three minutes are seemingly full of cuts, but it's a trick. I'm guessing this was intended to contrast with the style of the rest of the movie, but it's scarier and more interesting than a lot of what follows.

The story takes place in and around a house in the country and the biggest logistical problems were probably going up and down the stairs so much and the number of actors that had to squeeze into one room along with the crew.

The intention was to make the action claustrophobic and inescapable. I'm not sure that always works because it sometimes just slows things down rather than increasing suspense. The story also ends up being less interesting than one would hope.

As usual, it's more interesting than good, but it is very interesting and I'd recommend it- especially for anyone considering making a similar movie themselves. ” - ab-14
Pig (2010)
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A deranged psychotic spends his summer day deciding how to deal with the three captives he has chained up on his land... (70 mins.)
Director: Adam Mason
Kidnapped (2010)
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Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards. (85 mins.)
“ This needs to be off this list and probably onto another one. It's not one take. It is a series of very long takes though. The cuts move us forward in time or to a new location (two of the things cuts were designed to do, of course). It is a highly effective film, putting you into a home invasion instead of just showing you one, but it's not continuous in action or time. ” - ab-14
Silent House (2011)
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A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences. (86 mins.)
“ I need to go back and watch the original again, I think. Other than maybe tipping its hand too early, this strikes me as much better than the original version. The continuous nature of the film makes sense and keeps a strong hold. ” - ab-14
Victims (2011)
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A camera rolls as the balaclavas are pulled securely over their faces. The van doors burst open and a man is bundled inside. They drive.... Why has this man been kidnapped? Where are they taking him? Who is the victim? (81 mins.)
Director: David Bryant
21 Brothers (2011)
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Set in W.W.1 the film follows the story of the Canada's 21st battalion as it prepares for the battle of Courcelette in September 1916. (96 mins.)
Director: Michael McGuire
The Forgotten King (2013)
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A mysterious story of crime that has connections with the sacred past of Sakartvelo. (110 mins.)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
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Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown. (119 mins.)
“ Other than some montage at the beginning and near the end, one shot that spans days of real-time and makes a few tricky changes of location. Suits the magical realism (or magical reality?) of the story and makes for engrossing viewing. ” - ab-14
Victoria (2015)
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A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. (138 mins.)