Best Movies with Phone Terror

by d_smojver | created - 25 Nov 2013 | updated - 07 May 2015 | Public

These titles are probably the greatest movies with phone terror ever made!

Some of them scared the sh*t out of me, mostly because of their atmosphere (Black Christmas, The Ring, Black Sabbath, The Caller (2011)...), some of them are very intelligent (Sorry, Wrong Number, Phone Booth, Voice of a Murderer, Midnight Lace...) and most of them are exciting and entertaining.

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1. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

While on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey

Votes: 8,189

A great mix of thriller, drama & film-noir!

2. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 55,672

What an eerie sound over the phone!

3. Speed (1994)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

78 Metascore

A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton

Votes: 286,786 | Gross: $121.25M

One of the most exciting movies of all time!

4. Phone Booth (2002)

R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 227,269 | Gross: $46.57M

Very good low budget movie with a great ending!

5. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 283,229 | Gross: $129.13M

6. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 25,097 | Gross: $4.05M

This is the movie with THE MOST FRIGHTENING PHONE CALLS EVER! Those phone calls include animal voices, screaming, sexual threats and much, much more. Check out this one and you will be scared to death.

7. Geu nom moksori (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

One day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran ... See full summary »

Director: Jin-pyo Park | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Nam-ju Kim, Dong-won Gang, Yeong-cheol Kim

Votes: 1,383

8. Telefon (1977)

PG | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, Donald Pleasence, Tyne Daly

Votes: 4,377

9. The Caller (2011)

R | 92 min | Thriller

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?

Director: Matthew Parkhill | Stars: Rachelle Lefevre, Stephen Moyer, Lorna Raver, Ed Quinn

Votes: 9,594

10. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 246,004 | Gross: $103.05M

11. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 8,274

Segment 1: The Telephone

12. Midnight Lace (1960)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In London, a newly-wed American woman's sanity comes into question when she claims to be the victim of a stalker.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy

Votes: 3,643 | Gross: $7.40M

13. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

58 Metascore

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 7,685 | Gross: $21.41M

This one contains one of the most frightening sentences in the whole movie history!

14. Eagle Eye (2008)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

43 Metascore

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.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis

Votes: 161,338 | Gross: $101.11M

15. Ransom (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

60 Metascore

When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte

Votes: 106,850 | Gross: $136.49M

16. The Call (II) (2013)

R | 94 min | Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

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.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

Votes: 98,778 | Gross: $51.87M

17. Cellular (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

60 Metascore

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.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham, William H. Macy

Votes: 84,337 | Gross: $32.00M

18. Haendeupon (2009)

Not Rated | 137 min | Thriller

Talent manager Seung-min sees Yoon Jin Ah, a rising actress, as his one last hope to turn his life around. Just as Jin-Ah is on the path to stardom, he receives a threat from her former ... See full summary »

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Yong-woo Park, Tae-woong Eom, Sol-mi Park, Bo-yeon Hwang

Votes: 403

19. One Missed Call (2003)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata

Votes: 15,263

You hear your own scream over the phone before your death, what's scarier than that?? Except Black Christmas, of course.

20. Pon (2002)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number. Her close friend Ho-jung and her husband ... See full summary »

Director: Byeong-ki Ahn | Stars: Ji-won Ha, Yu-mi Kim, Woo-jae Choi, Ji-yeon Choi

Votes: 4,502

21. Scream 4 (2011)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

52 Metascore

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Lucy Hale

Votes: 112,954 | Gross: $38.18M

22. Scream 2 (1997)

R | 120 min | Horror, Mystery

63 Metascore

Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 136,773 | Gross: $101.36M

23. The Caller (1987)

97 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

One night, unusual stranger in need asks a woman living alone in a house in the woods if he can use her phone. It soon becomes clear that they're playing a strange mind game and that there's something very wrong about the woods.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Madolyn Smith Osborne

Votes: 365

24. 88 Minutes (2007)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

17 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Ben McKenzie, Leelee Sobieski

Votes: 69,740 | Gross: $16.93M

25. Cavite (2005)

Not Rated | 80 min | Thriller

64 Metascore

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.

Directors: Neill Dela Llana, Ian Gamazon | Stars: Ian Gamazon, Edwin Lagda, Edgar Tancangco, Norma Tancangco

Votes: 601 | Gross: $0.07M

26. Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

26 Metascore

At first, the strange phone messages promised great wealth. Soon, though, government agents pursue the young engineer receiving them around the world.

Director: Greg Marcks | Stars: Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Pryce

Votes: 17,760 | Gross: $0.50M

27. Liberty Stands Still (2002)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Liberty, the wife of a gun manufacturer, is held hostage at a hot dog stand by a sniper seeking revenge.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Tanya Allen, Hart Bochner, Fulvio Cecere, Gregory Calpakis

Votes: 6,787

28. Scream 3 (2000)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery

56 Metascore

While Sidney and her friends visit the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the third film based on the Woodsboro murders, a new Ghostface begins to terrorize them once again.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 108,190 | Gross: $89.14M

29. Lady Beware (1987)

R | 108 min | Thriller

Young and good looking Katya, a window dresser for a big department store in Pittsburgh, begins a love story with a journalist, Mac Odell. She is however stalked by Jack, a married man who ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Diane Lane, Michael Woods, Cotter Smith, Tyra Ferrell

Votes: 746

30. Lisa (1989)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

14-year-old Lisa is raised by her unmarried mother Katherine who overprotects her by forbidding her to date until she's 16. In despair, Lisa and schoolmate Wendy make up a game that ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: Staci Keanan, Cheryl Ladd, D.W. Moffett, Tanya Fenmore

Votes: 1,132 | Gross: $4.35M

31. One Missed Call 2 (2005)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery

In Japan, the daycare teacher Kyoko Okudera is convinced by her colleague and friend Madoka to visit her boyfriend Naoto Sakurai in the restaurant where he works instead of studying as ... See full summary »

Director: Renpei Tsukamoto | Stars: Mimura, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Renji Ishibashi, Haruko Wanibuchi

Votes: 2,681

32. The Night Caller (1998)

R | 91 min | Thriller

A woman goes to desperate measures to meet a successful radio psychologist, even if it means killing in order to do so.

Director: Robert Malenfant | Stars: Shanna Reed, Tracy Nelson, Mary Crosby, Cyndi Pass

Votes: 330

33. Call Me (1988)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

A journalist agrees to meet an obscene caller at a bar, and ends up witnessing a murder.

Director: Sollace Mitchell | Stars: Patricia Charbonneau, Stephen McHattie, Boyd Gaines, Sam Freed

Votes: 444 | Gross: $0.25M