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List Rules Vote up the best movies that focus on a single character and barely feature any other people at all.

This list contains information on the best movies with only one actor, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best one person films come in many forms. Some good single character films are about socially awkward loners while other good films about one person feature characters lost at sea. Many of the best movies about single characters star Oscar-winning actors and actresses.

What films will you find on this top single actor movies list? Castaway has to be near the top. Tom Hanks stars as Chuck Noland, a FedEx employee who finds himself marooned on an island, in this 2000 Robert Zemeckis film. Hanks appears alone in much of the movie with his primary co-star being a volleyball named Wilson. Other good films with one character featured on this list include Gravity, 127 Hours, All Is Lost, and The Shallows.

Which one actor film is your favorite? Give the best movies a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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127 Hours is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
127 Hours James Franco 127 Hours is a 2010 British-American biographical survival drama film directed, co-written and produced by Danny Boyle. The film stars James Franco as real-life canyoneer Aron Ralston, who ...more

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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
I Am Legend Will Smith I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more

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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Gravity Sandra Bullock Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Cast Away Tom Hanks Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in ...more

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Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Moon Sam Rockwell Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more

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Locke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Locke Tom Hardy Locke is a 2013 British drama film written and directed by Steven Knight. The film stars Tom Hardy, with Tom Holland, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson, Ben Daniels, and Alice Lowe ...more

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All Is Lost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
All Is Lost Robert Redford All Is Lost is a 2013 survival drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. Redford is the only cast member, and the film has very few ...more

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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Life of Pi Suraj Sharma Life of Pi is a 2012 adventure film written by David Magee and directed by Ang Lee.

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
The Machinist Christian Bale The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John ...more

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Wild is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Wild Reese Witherspoon Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific ...more

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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
The Omega Man Charlton Heston The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston. It was written by John William Corrington and Joyce Corrington, based on the 1954 ...more

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Buried is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Buried Ryan Reynolds Buried is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Rodrigo Cortés. It stars Ryan Reynolds and was written by Chris Sparling. The story is about Iraq-based American civilian truck driver ...more

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The Telephone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
The Telephone Whoopi Goldberg The Telephone is a 1988 comedy-drama film starring Whoopi Goldberg as an out-of-work actress who starts doing some prank phone calls which created a chain of events. Actor Rip Torn makes his ...more

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Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Silent Running Bruce Dern Silent Running is a 1972 environmentally-themed American science fiction film starring Bruce Dern, featuring Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin and Jesse Vint. It was directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had ...more

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Swimming to Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Swimming to Cambodia Spalding Gray Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia is a 1987 Jonathan Demme-directed performance film. The film is a performance of Spalding Gray's monologue which centered on such themes as his trip to ...more

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The Search for Signs of Intell... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe Lily Tomlin The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe is the filmed version of the one-woman stage show written by Jane Wagner and starring Lily Tomlin, which won the Drama Desk Award for ...more

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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Sleep Aimi Kobayashi, Mariko Hirano, Miyuki Komagata Sleep is a 2011 drama film directed by Sakaguchi Katsumi.

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Flipped is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Flipped Stella Maeve Flipped (also known as Blood Rush) is a 2015 thriller film directed by Harris Demel. A famous model (Stella Maeve), trapped inside a crashed upside-down car, reaches a mysterious stranger ...more

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The Shallows is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
The Shallows Blake Lively

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Mine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Mine Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen Mine is a 2016 psychological thriller film directed by Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro. After a failed assassination attempt, a soldier (Armie Hammer) finds himself stranded in the desert, ...more

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Secret Honor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Secret Honor Philip Baker Hall Secret Honor is a 1984 film written by Donald Freed and Arnold M. Stone, directed by Robert Altman and starring Philip Baker Hall as former president Richard M. Nixon, a fictional account ...more

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Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Wakefield Bryan Cranston Wakefield is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Robin Swicord, based on the short story of same name by E. L. Doctorow. Howard Wakefield vanishes. But he is actually hiding in ...more

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Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Nightingale David Oyelowo Nightingale is a 2014 American drama film directed by Elliott Lester. Lonely war veteran Peter Snowden (David Oyelowo) psychologically unravels while waiting an old friend to visit.

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Wrecked is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Wrecked Adrien Brody, Caroline Dhavernas, Adrian Holmes Wrecked is a Canadian thriller film, directed by Michael Greenspan, written by Christopher Dodd, produced by Kyle Mann and starring Adrien Brody. It was released by IFC Midnight Films on April ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
The Last Man on Earth Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more

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The Noah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
The Noah Sally Kirkland, Geoffrey Holder, James Keach The Noah is a post-apocalyptic fiction film written and directed by Daniel Bourla, starring Robert Strauss in his final film performance. Noah is the sole survivor on our planet after a nuclear ...more

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Grand Piano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Grand Piano Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Tamsin Egerton Grand Piano is a 2013 English-language Spanish thriller film starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack. The film is about a once promising pianist returning for a comeback performance, only to be the ...more

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Gray's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Gray's Anatomy Spalding Gray, Tommy Staub, Melissa Robertson Gray's Anatomy is an 80-minute film directed by Steven Soderbergh in 1996 involving a dramatized monologue by actor/writer Spalding Gray. The title is taken from the classic human anatomy ...more

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Brake is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)
Brake Tom Berenger, Chyler Leigh, Stephen Dorff Brake is an 2012 American thriller film directed by Gabe Torres, written by Timothy Mannion, and starring Stephen Dorff.