Top Ten Pay Phone Scenes in Movies

Categories: Film and TV

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In a way, there's nothing sadder than obsolescence, a thing no longer useful left to fall into misuse and disrepair -- and there's maybe no better example of that than the pay phone. That's why, for the past couple of weeks, we've been highlighting one Sad Payphone of the Week, and also why today we're bringing you a nostalgic look back on the payphone's heyday.

This list is based on famous movie moments involving a pay phones that stand out above all the other "ordinary" pay phone scenes.

10. Tie: Get Smart and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Both of these movies use a phone booth as an elevator to travel underground. In Get Smart, Maxwell Smart uses the telephone booth to get to HQ. In Harry Potter, Harry and Mr. Weasley use a London pay phone to access the Ministry of Magic.

9. Dirty Harry
Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is a San Francisco Police Department inspector who fights his way across town to try to prevent the murder of a young girl who is being held for ransom. He receives clues from a serial killer that lead him from pay phone to pay phone.

8. Jumpin' Jack Flash

In this spy comedy, there is a funny scene where Whoopi Goldberg answers a pay phone and ends up getting dragged through New York by a tow truck while still inside pleading for help.

7. Goodfellas

There is a great scene where Jimmy (Robert De Niro) hears the news that his partner in crime, Tommy (Joe Pesci), was murdered. When he hears the news over the pay phone, he proceeds to knock the phone booth over out of anger for his friend.

6. Die Hard With a Vengeance

In the third film in the Die Hard series, John McClane (Bruce Willis) and Zeus Carber (Samuel L. Jackson) must race around New York City from one pay phone to the next, trying to sabotage a terrorist's bomb plot. The bomber calls them on pay phones all over the city, giving them clues as to where each explosion will be.

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How can you NOT have Superman changing in a phone booth as one of the top ten??? It's the first one I thought of when I saw the article's title!


Some nice picks but at least one major omission - where would Superman be without a phone booth?

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