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The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves

Updated August 28, 2020 1.8k votes 133 voters 9.2k views60 items

List RulesVote up the best movies about women an girls who go through life as loners.

This list contains information on the best movies about single women who keep to themselves, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best loner women films come in many forms. Some good single women films are about socially awkward loners while other good films about loner women feature criminal plots. Many of the best movies about single women starred Oscar-winning actresses.

What films will you find on this top loner women movies list? Misery has to be near the top. Kathy Bates became a breakout star after appearing in this 1980 movie – based on Stephen King's book of the same name. As the psychopathic Annie Wilkes, Bates tormented and tortured James Caan who played the author, Paul Sheldon. Muriel's Wedding is another great movie about a loner woman. Reese Witherspoon ventured out into the great outdoors for a solo 1,100 mile trek as the lead actress in the 2014 film, Wild. Other good movies featured on this best single women films list include Carrie, Welcome to the Dollhouse, and Year of the Dog.

How will we ever determine which movie about a loner woman is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up.

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    Last Holiday

    Queen Latifah, LL Cool J

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Wang

    Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang. Latifah plays a humble store assistant, Georgia, who is told that she has a rare brain condition, and...  more
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    The Matrix Reloaded

    Aaliyah, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byJoel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The Matrix, and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy, written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers....  more
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    The Social Network

    Aaliyah, Tom Anderson

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Fincher, Trent Reznor, Thomas Anderson

    The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A...  more
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    Saint Frances

    Kelly O'Sullivan, Charin Alvarez

    Released2020

    Directed byAlex Thompson

    Saint Frances is a 2020 American comedy drama film directed by Alex Thompson. A deadbeat nanny forms an unlikely friendship with a six-year-old she must protect....  more
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    Now, Voyager

    Bette Davis, Claude Rains

    Released1942

    Directed byIrving Rapper

    Now, Voyager is a 1942 American drama film starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains, and directed by Irving Rapper. The screenplay by Casey Robinson is based on the 1941 novel of the same...  more
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    Honey

    Aaliyah, Dr. Missy Elliott

    Released2003

    Directed byBille Woodruff

    Honey is a 2003 dance film released by Universal Pictures. Featuring music produced by Rodney Jerkins, the film stars Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Lil' Romeo, Joy Bryant, David Moscow and features...  more
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    The Rest Of Us

    Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse

    Released2020

    Directed byAisling Chin-Yee

    The Rest of Us is a 2020 American drama film directed by Aisling Chin-Yee. Two mother-daughter duos must contend with their grief and complicated relationships with one another when the person who...  more
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    Stupid Teenagers Must Die!

    Ashanti, Christina DeRosa

    Released2007

    Directed byRashaad Haughton, Jeff C. Smith

    Stupid Teenagers Must Die! is a 2006 spoof film directed by Jeff C. Smith and written by Smith and Curtis Andersen. During production and initial festival screenings, the film was titled Blood &...  more
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    Queen of the Damned

    Aaliyah, Korn

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Rymer, Johnathan Davis, Trent Reznor

    Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many plot...  more
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    The August Virgin

    Itsaso Arana, Vito Sanz

    Released2020

    Directed byJonás Trueba

    The August Virgin (a.k.a. La virgen de agosto) is a 2020 Spanish drama film directed by Jonás Trueba. Eva is about to turn 33 and decides to go to Madrid on whim where she is able to help others...  more
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    The Lady in the Van

    Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper

    Released2016

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    The Lady in the Van is a 2015 British comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner....  more
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    Hello, My Name Is Doris

    Sally Field, Max Greenfield

    Released2016

    Directed byMichael Showalter

    Hello, My Name Is Doris is a 2016 US romantic comedy-drama film directed by Michael Showalter. A woman (Sally Field) in her 60s tries to act on her attraction to a younger co-worker (Max Greenfield)....  more
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    Horse Girl

    Alison Brie, Robin Tunney

    Released2020

    Directed byJeff Baena

    Horse Girl is a 2020 American drama film directed by Jeff Baena. A socially awkward woman (Alison Brie) finds that her lucid dreams are becoming a part of her reality....  more
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    Young Adult

    Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt

    Released2011

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Young Adult is a 2011 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman, from a screenplay written by Diablo Cody, and starring Charlize Theron. Reitman and Cody worked together previously on...  more
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    Rachel Getting Married

    Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger

    Released2008

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Rachel Getting Married is a 2008 drama film directed by Jonathan Demme, and starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin and Debra Winger. The film was released in the U.S. to select theaters...  more
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    Year of the Dog

    Laura Dern, John C. Reilly

    Released2007

    Directed byMike White

    Year of the Dog is a 2007 comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike White, and starring Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Regina King, Tom McCarthy, Josh Pais, John C. Reilly and Peter Sarsgaard. The...  more
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    May

    Anna Faris, Nora Zehetner

    Released2002

    Directed byLucky McKee

    May is a 2002 American horror film written and directed by Lucky McKee in his directorial debut. Starring Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, and James Duval, the film follows a lonely young...  more
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    Gang of Roses

    Lil' Kim, Lisaraye

    Released2003

    Directed byJean-Claude La Marre

    Gang of Roses is a 2003 Western action drama film written and directed by Jean-Claude La Marre. It starred Monica Calhoun, Lil' Kim, Lisa Raye, Charity Hill, Bobby Brown, Stacy Dash, and Marie...  more
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    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

    Uma Thurman, Heather Graham

    Released1994

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1993 American comedy-drama-romance film based on Tom Robbins' 1976 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant and starred an ensemble cast led by...  more
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    Vera Drake

    Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton

    Released2004

    Directed byMike Leigh

    Vera Drake is a 2004 British drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh, telling the story of a working-class woman in London in 1950 who performs illegal abortions. It won the Golden Lion at the...  more
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    Rosetta

    Olivier Gourmet, Fabrizio Rongione

    Released1999

    Directed byJean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

    Rosetta is a 1999 French-Belgian film written and directed by the Dardenne brothers. It is about a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in a trailer park with her alcoholic mother. Trying to survive and...  more
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    Castaway on the Moon

    Jung Ryeo-won, Jung Jae-young

    Released2009

    Directed byLee Hae-jun

    "Accomplished and original, Castaway on the Moon is a fascinating love story by one of South Korea's most promising young filmmakers. Lee Hey-jun made his debut in 2006 as co-director of the hit...  more
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    Romeo Must Die

    Aaliyah, DMX

    Released2000

    Directed byJoel Silver, Andrzej Bartkowiak

    This film is a 2000 American martial arts action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak in his directorial debut, and also fight choreography by Corey Yuen, and starring Jet Li and Aaliyah. The film's...  more
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    Elle

    Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte

    Released2016

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Elle is a 2016 French psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian. A businesswoman, Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert), is raped in her home by...  more
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    The Princess and the Warrior

    Franka Potente, Ludger Pistor

    Released2000

    Directed byTom Tykwer

    The Princess and the Warrior is a 2000 German drama film written and directed by Tom Tykwer with Franka Potente, star of his previous movie Run Lola Run, in a leading role. It follows the life of...  more