5. THE LIVES OF OTHERS (2006)

Interestingly enough, when Zack Morris used this tactic to hear his crush Kelly Kupowski’s innermost secrets on Saved By The Bell, it seemed like a stroke of teenage genius. In the award-winning German drama The Lives Of Others, however, it’s disturbingly invasive. The main character, a Stasi captain living in 1984 Germany, is assigned by his superior to bug a playwright’s home and listen in on every word uttered between the scribe and his live-in wifey. In this case, a militant Big Brother is listening to everything, whether it’s a telephone call or offhand living room chatter. The Firm’s “Phone Tap” sounds like a love ballad by comparison.