Classic films that take place entirely in one day

“12 Angry Men,” a classic Sidney Lumet legal drama, might more aptly be titled “11 Angry Men and One Chill Dude,” because it all hinges on Henry Fonda’s weighted performance. Fonda plays the lone member of a jury who opposes the imposition of a guilty sentence in a murder case, urging his compatriots to reconsider the evidence. As they spend an entire day debating the facts of the case, various biases come to light and, one by one, they are made to rethink what constitutes “reasonable doubt.”

Tensions rise steadily as the titular 12 men spend hours arguing with varying degrees of impatience and rage. Based on a play, “12 Angry Men” portrays a somewhat naively optimistic view of the justice system, and it also severely compresses the timeline (a capital murder case should probably take more than a day of deliberation no matter what). arrived). It’s also worth acknowledging that due to legal and Hollywood standards at the time, every character in the film is a white male. That said, “12 Angry Men” takes a simple premise and turns it into a tense, engrossing, and compelling drama. To this day, it is still widely regarded as one of the best films of all time.