The number 22 is called the master builder in numerology. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. There are 22 cards in the Tarot major arcane. 22 caliber weapons are incredibly popular in films and I did not include mention of 22 caliber movies in this study.
The Abyss – Demarco states, “At 9:22 local time this morning, an American nuclear submarine, the USS Montana, with 156 men aboard, went down 22 miles from here.”
The American President – The Defense instructor states, “We’ve got 22 instructors”.
Attica – A dead snitch hanging from a railing in Attica, the prison, is wearing a sports jersey with the number 22.
Avengers – There is red London bus numbered 22.
The Breakfast Club – The clock in the library is 10:22.
Bringing Out the Dead – Dispatcher states, “respond to a 10-22”
Casablanca – A young gambler at Casablanca with sob story that touches Rick is allowed to win three times in a row by playing number 22 on the roulette table. I think the person who decided to use the number 22 probably knew something about numerology.
Catch-22 – The title says it all. There is no way an author picks a number for a title of a novel without doing some research as to the symbolic meaning of the number.
Cloverfield – The stamped date on the video filming the events of the day is May 22. This is driving me crazy. The number is all over the place but the number may just as well have been picked accidentally.
Dark Star – One the characters states “22 minutes to detonation” of a bomb.
Demolition Man – Garcia states, “Is there anything here which doesn’t violate contraband order 22”.
Frequency – A character states, “We are 22,000 miles away in geosynchronous orbit”.
Friday the 13th Part VIII – Sean states, “It’s supposed to be 22 stories tall”.
Ghostbusters – In 1984, Dana Barrett and Louis Tully both lived on the 22nd floor of 55 Central Park West, or Dana’s apartments, sometimes called “Spook Central”, is the super-conductive antenna and portal to our realm, created by the Cult of Gozer to bring forth their “divine” master Gozer himself in his Destructor Form. Dana lived in room number 2206.
Insomnia – Will’s digital clock displays 4:22.
Iron Man – An F-22 is on display in front of Stark Industries.
Kyle XY Season 3, Episode 6 – The License Plate in a room of in Kyle’s house is 52211. The fact I even pick a number within a number shows my desperation.
Last Samurai – July 22, 1876 is the heroes 20th day at sea.
Minority Report – There is an arrest on “April 22”. Hmmmm, two films with Tom Cruise that mention the number 22? What is the Scientology position on numerology?
Pitch Black – “22 hours weeks out”.
Platoon – The radio operator states, “122 wounded and still counting. Estimate 500 Victor Charlie KIA, 22 wounded and still counting”.
Red Planet – A character states “Lock out systems 17, 22 and 40”.
Space Jam – Bill Murray is wearing a number 22 basketball jersey on the court. Why are you teasing me like this Bill?
Star Trek the Motion Picture – “inertial lag will continue 22 point five”, clearly a number used as a number.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – “Coordinates 22/87/4”, another instance of a number just used as a number but second time in Star Trek but then again they use a lot numbers in Star Trek overall.
Suspect Zero – One of the victims is aged 22 and another victim disappeared “3-22-97”. Two 22s in one movie! But this is another dead end.
THX 1138 – A supervisor says some mumbo jumbo, “retract to 220”
Twilight Zone Season 2 Episode – A patient has nightmares about Room 22, the hospital morgue. Rod Serling, the man of all things weird surely knew the significance of 22 and I am adding it to the yes column.
Wall Street – Gekko states, “but don’t pay over $22”