The 10 Best Escape Room Movies That’ll Make You Think

If you can never get enough escape room fun, these movies will scratch a similar itch!

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Do you love the mystery and problem-solving of escape rooms? Wish you could get even more escape room action in your daily life? But you’re stuck at home?

Not many movies feature actual escape rooms, but there are several that share the same themes as escape rooms: trapped in an isolated location, lost in mysterious circumstances, with a death clock that spells doom if it reaches zero.

That problem-solving thrill is ultimately why we love escape rooms, isn’t it? Here are some of the best movies to watch if you’re an escape room fan!

1. SAW

Saw (2004) Official Trailer #1 - James Wan Movie

Each of the SAW movies is filled with murderous puzzles, but the original is the most like an escape room, with two characters trapped in a room filled with puzzles that they’ll need to solve to escape (and survive).

Ultimately, the solutions to the puzzles are a lot less pleasant than the fun escape rooms we enjoy playing. If you’re into gruesome horror and escape rooms, SAW is the perfect movie for you!

2. Escape Room

ESCAPE ROOM Official Trailer (2019) Horror Movie HD

This movie is literally called Escape Room. If you’re still not sure whether this film is to your tastes, just check out the plot synopsis: “Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms, and must use their wits to survive.”

If that doesn’t sound like a plot that takes real-life escape rooms to the next level, I’m not sure what does.

3. Cube

Cube (1997) - Trailer

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Cube is a cult classic about a bunch of strangers who are placed in an endless maze filled with traps that just so happen to be extremely deadly. Long before escape rooms became a popular hobby, Cube took moviegoers by storm.

4. Exam

Exam Trailer - Exam Movie Trailer

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This is one of those movies where you look at the plot and wonder how they manage to make a full film out of it. A bunch of candidates for a job are locked in a room where they have to complete a test with a single question.

Obviously, it’s not as simple as it seems, and just like an escape room, things develop and become more interesting as the movie goes along.

5. Panic Room

Panic Room (2002) Official Trailer 1 - Jodie Foster Movie

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In this interesting thriller, a woman and her daughter take refuge in their new home’s safe room as their house is invaded.

The film has pretty solid reviews overall, and plot of two people trapped in a room should definitely appeal to fans of escape rooms.

6. Breathing Room

Breathing Room Trailer

The plot of this movie is actually quite similar to SAW. While it’s not super highly-reviewed, the plot definitely should be interesting to fans of escape rooms, as it’s all about a deadly game where participants need to escape their fate by solving puzzles.

As members of the room die, new clues emerge, which makes for a pretty interesting movie as long as you can get past the flaws.

7. The Killing Room

The Killing Room (2009) - OFFICIAL TRAILER

In this twisted movie, four participants are paid $250 to take part in some psychological tests.

Of course, it’s not as easy as it seems, and they become part of a brutal government program that’ll push them to their limits. They’re given questions and clues, and they need to try to survive the test.

8. Devil

Devil (2010) - Official Trailer [HD]

This M. Night Shyamalan film is about a group of people who are trapped in an elevator. While trapped, they realize that one among them is the devil.

As you might expect, they aren’t fans of being trapped in the elevator, and they need to escape. You’ll want to watch it just to find out what the Shyamalan twist is…

9. Nine Dead


Every ten minutes, one of the nine strangers who are trapped together is going to die until they figure out how they’re all connected and why they’re trapped in the room together.

While it’s less about puzzles and more about reasoning, it still has a very escape room feel that’ll entertain and thrill!

10. Identity

Identity - Trailer

Ten strangers are stranded in a Nevada hotel during an intense storm, and they’re being killed one-by-one. This film features an escape room vibe and an all-star cast featuring names like John Cusack, Ray Liotta, and Amanda Peet.

More Great Movies to Think About

There’s only so many escape rooms within a reasonable distance, and once you run out, you need another way to feed your love of puzzles and escaping. These movies will scratch the itch!

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