5. Goodfellas (1990)
In this gut-wrenching scene from Martin Scorsese’s 1990 Mafia epic Goodfellas, Robert De Niro’s character Jimmy Conway calls to ask about his best friend Tommy DeVito (played by Joe Pesci), who was scheduled to become a “made man” – a fully initiated Mafioso. As Jimmy discovers, though, Tommy has been whacked as payback for the murder of Billy Batts, himself a made man within the Gambino crime family. Scorsese intercut Jimmy’s phone booth scene with Tommy’s murder scene, alerting the audience to Tommy’s death before Jimmy hears the news himself. Interestingly, if you look closely at the scene, the camera’s reflection can be spotted in the booth’s glass.
4. The Graduate (1967)
1967’s The Graduate sees Dustin Hoffman play the extremely nervous Benjamin Braddock, who at one point tries to set up a tryst with Anne Bancroft’s Mrs. Robinson from a hotel lobby phone booth. Although Mrs. Robinson is sat just a few feet away at the bar, the awkward Braddock sees the call as a means to avoid drawing attention to their illicit liaison. The scene grows funnier by the moment; just as Braddock is about to end the conversation, Mrs. Robinson asks, “Isn’t there something you want to tell me?” “Well I want you to know how much I appreciate this, really,” Braddock responds. “The room number, Benjamin, I think you ought to tell me that,” Mrs. Robinson clarifies.