The magic of the movies allows anyone to be anywhere at any time, so long as they have a convincing reason as to why things happened the way they did. Some movies are braver than that, as they choose to tell the events of a linear point in time. Films like these eschew the easy route, limiting themselves to a specific period of time – and in some cases, they focus the action in the confines of one specific area.

In honor of the release of Run All Night, we’d like to share with you some of the best examples of bottle storytelling -- those films that start and finish in a period that doesn’t exceed a day, and somehow manage to hit all of the notes other stories take days to tell. You know them, you love them, and in some cases you didn't even know they took place in the same 24-hour period; but all of the following 10 films on this list take place in a single day's worth of action, and they're all the better for that fact!

Crank
10. Crank
Neveldine and Taylor’s opus of guilty pleasures opens the proceedings while watching Jason Statham trying to keep his adrenaline glands pumping. It gives Crank the distinction of being so focused on this one goal that not only is the film brief, it’s also extremely close to, if not completely told, in real time. What also sets Crank apart from any other film on this list is the gleeful amount of fun it has putting Chev Chelios into compromising situations that keep his heart pumping. How they handle the public sex scene alone is worth the inclusion on this list, as it’s not played for perversion, but more or less the sort of dirty joke the directors would tell with a smile on their faces.

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