Best Movie Phone Scenes

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Rock Hudson and Doris Day's characters in the Oscar-winning 1959 romcom Pillow Talk famously got together through them sharing a telephone line, known at the time as a "party line".

To celebrate the film's Blu-ray release we've put together a list of our other favourite movie phone scenes from, from Pillow Talk's split-screen phone chats over the now obsolete party line, to Bill and Ted's phone booth adventures and Keanu Reeves' frantic calls over a giant cellphone in early 90s thriller Speed.

Let us know your favourite phone scene, or any we've missed out, on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Words: Anna Pollitt. Pictures: Rex Features

  • Pillow Talk

    Jan (Doris Day) was not amused by her neighbour Brad (Rock Hudson) calling his many girlfriends on their shared phone line, but their crossed wires turn into a romantic entanglement when Brad finally saw Jan and fell in love at first sight.

  • Mean Girls

    The split-screen device used in Pillow Talk is repeated in Mean Girls when the "Plastics" get involved in a four-way chat.

  • Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Bill and Ted (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves) travelled through time in their silver phone booth in this 1989 Sci-fi classic. Bodacious.

  • The Birds

    Luckily for Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hendren), a phone booth was on hand when a particularly fierce feathered creature headed her way in this 1963 horror flick.

  • Cellular

    This tense 2004 thriller saw kidnap victim Jessica (Kim Basinger) mend a broken telephone and make a connection to a random mobile owned by man called Ryan (Chris Evans) who she persuaded to rescue her.

  • Dial 'M' For Murder

    An 11pm telephone call was to be the cue for an adulterous Margot (Grace Kelly) to become = the victim of a hitman hired by her husband in this classic 1954 thriller.

  • The Da Vinci Code

    Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tatou) casually stride by a red telephone box in London as they go about their sleuthing.

  • Die Hard With A Vengeance

    Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis shared a receiver on several public pay phones in New York in this 1995 film as baddie bomber Simon (Jeremy Irons) called them with riddles they need to solve to thwart his next attack.

  • When Harry Met Sally

    Sally (Meg Ryan) clutches her phone during one of many late night conversations with Harry (Billy Crystal).

  • Clockwise

    The brilliant John Cleese, playing headmaster Brian Stimpson, stressed out like only he can when he found all the phone boxes he wanted to use were broken in this 1986 classic.

  • Phone Booth

    As its title suggests, phones feature heavily in this tense 2002 thriller. Slick publicist Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) is trapped in a phone booth by a sniper (Kiefer Sutherland) who says he will shoot to kill if Stu hangs up.

  • Scream

    Who could forget the blood curdling scream let our by Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) after her phone chat with the "What's your favorite scary movie?" killer turns nasty?

  • Scream II

    The film reopeated the Drew Barrymore telephone scene with Cici (Sarah Michelle Gellar) - who really shouldn't have gone to investiagte that strange sound coming from upstairs.

  • Jumpin' Jack Flash

    In a super-funny scene from this 1986 spy comedy film, Terry (Whoopi Goldberg) is trapped in a phone booth by the KGB and dragged around New York.

  • Speed

    Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves) listens intently on his hefty 90s mobile as Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) reveals that he has strapped explosives to a bus in this 1994 thriller.

  • Anchorman

    The fabulous Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is in what he calls "a glass case of emotion" when he calls fellow reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) from a phone booth in this hit 2004 comedy.

  • Superman

    Christopher Reeve's Clark Kent used many a phone booth for a quick change into the Man of Steel. He's pictured rushing out of a wooden interior kind, below.

  • Dumb And Dumber

    He only wanted to use the phone booth but Fred Stoller gets punched by Joe "Mental" Mentaliano (Mike Starr) in a hilarious scene from the hit 1994 comedy.

  • Nightmare On Elm Street

    The scariest telephone in the world comes curtesy of Nightmare On Elm Street's infamous tongue-phone.

  • Sleepless In Seattle

    Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) has his young son Jonah's (Ross Malinger) telephone skills to thanks for his long distance relationship with Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) in this 1993 romcom.

  • Wild Things

    Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell) and Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards) try to look cool as they share the news coming from this massive portable phone.

  • Ransom!

    David G. 'Dave' Stannard (Glenn Ford) prepares for a tense phonecall with his son's kidnapper's in this 1956 drama, remade in 1996 with Mel Gibson.

  • Hard Day's Night

    John Lennon and the other Beatles hid from their adoring fans in a train station's phone booths in the opening scenes to their 1964 film.

  • Goodfellas

    Morrie Kessler's phonecall gets cut short when Jimmy "The Gent" Conway (Robert De Niro) puts him in a stranglehold.

  • The Hurt Locker

    In an incredibly tense scene from Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning war film a deadly bomb is set off by this man's mobile, below.

  • Bridget Jones's Diary

    Must remind self not to multi-task during ironing.

    A frizzy-haired Bridget (Renee Zellweger) tries to hold it together in one of her many frantic phonecalls.

  • How To Steal A Million

    Nicole (Audrey Hepburn) keeps her cool as she packs metal and hangs on the telephone in this 1966 romantic caper.

  • Girl Can't Help It

    Jerri Jordan (Jayne Mansfield) looks like she's afraid the reciever might mess up her hair in this 1956 musical comedy.

  • The Matrix

    Trinity (Carrie Anne Moss) makes a futile attempt to halt the oncoming truck from inside her phone booth in this Sci-Fi classic

  • Leon The Professional

    The Fatman (Frank Senger) has not idea he has Leon's knife at his neck during this tense telephone scene.

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