12 Great Movies That Take Place in 24 Hours or Less
24: Live Another Day premiered this past week. If you’re not aware, that’s the new comeback season of the TV series 24. I personally never watched 24, and I don’t plan to start, but I have always found its format — with one season taking place over the course of a single day — to be pretty interesting. And that got me thinking about other stories that get told over the course of one day, particularly movies.
It’s always really impressive to me when a movie can have a great plot with strong character development and tension without going past the 24-hour mark in story time. It can be really hard to make character relationships and conflict work in such a short period of time, but a lot of movies do it. In fact, there are a lot of examples that you might not have even realized used that format because it doesn’t feel like a gimmick. Here are just 12 examples of some really great, memorable films that take place in a single day: