Films take the audience on journeys, delving into new stories and introducing viewers to riveting plots and storylines. Films broach multiple genres, including comedy, drama, and action, but one of the most compelling mediums to tell stories is through conversation. Here are ten films utilizing dialogue throughout the majority of the runtime.

1. Women Talking (2022)

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Women Talking,” a nominee for best picture in the previous year, centers on a community of women living in a fictional 2010 setting, reminiscent of Mennonite traditions. These women discover that the men in their colony exploit them while they are asleep, drugging and impregnating them. In response, the women unite and deliberate on their options, faced with the difficult decision of enduring the abuse or leaving behind the only home they have ever known to escape further harm.

2. Funny Games (2007)

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This cinematic experience delves into the chilling story of a family getaway gone awry. Upon their arrival at a lakefront retreat, this family finds themselves confronted by two individuals with sinister intentions. The plot unfolds through unsettling conversations between the aggressors and the family they have targeted, ultimately leading to a riveting climax. The satire asks, “why do we watch violence instead of preventing it?” 

3. The Guilty (2018)

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The original The Guilty is a 2018 Danish film following a phone call between a dispatcher and a woman in captivity. However, the phone call drops, and the dispatcher uses his office space and the technological tool to help solve the crime and free the kidnapped woman. 

4. Mass (2021)

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Mass is a heart-wrenching film revolving around a school shooting. The parents of the school shooter and the parents of one of the victims exchange conversations about the event and their lives following the tragedy.  

5. Coherence (2013)

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This 2013 film examines all the possibilities within multiple realities and the realities within those realities, and so on and so forth. The perplexing movie starts with a dinner gathering involving a family and their past romantic partners, adding a layer of suspense to the storyline. After a comet triggers unforeseen incidents, the friends engage in a series of investigations to uncover the truth.

6. Pontypool (2008)

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Pontypool offers a revitalized take on a virus movie: a superspreader through the English language. The plot follows a disc jockey determined to save the community. He utilizes his radio studio and warns the public of the increased risk of the virus. 

7. The Invitation (2015)

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The Invitation is perfect for anyone who likes films about cults and/or dinner parties. The film opens with a straight couple arriving at a dinner party for the husband’s ex-wife. Strange, right? Correct. The directing in this film leads the viewer to question the hosts’ intentions and the guests’ safety. And all major plot points occur through conversation.  

8. Malcolm and Marie (2021)

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Sam Levinson’s feature film received mixed reviews despite Euphoria, his Emmy-award-winning TV series gaining traction. Malcolm and Marie star Zendaya and John David Washington for a nearly two-hour argument between a couple navigating their wavering relationship. If you’re a fan of slow-paced noirs, this film is for you. 

9. My Dinner With Andre (1981)

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The title of this movie explains the plot. Andre invites an old friend to dinner to speak of his experience traveling the world while the other party (Wallace) remains in New York and resorts to a life of mediocrity. 

10. The Breakfast Club (1985)

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The Breakfast Club merch litters shirts in every mainstream retail store, and a Blu-ray copy of John Hughes’ archetypal exploration decorates the shelf of every emerging cinephile. One of the 1980s’ most memorable movies, The Breakfast Club showcases five people who find themselves in detention and spend an afternoon together.

We have the jock, the nerd, the goth, the straight-A student, and the burnout, who all come together to understand their differences during a lengthy Saturday detention. In the 80s, kids didn’t have a swath of electronic devices to entertain themselves with, so they did what every other person in the 80s did. They talked.

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