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.
- Obsessively punctual FedEx executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is en route to an assignment in Malaysia when his plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean during a storm. The sole survivor of the flight, ...more
- Robert Neville (Will Smith), a brilliant scientist, is a survivor of a man-made plague that transforms humans into bloodthirsty mutants. He wanders alone through New York City, calling out for other ...more
- Astronaut Sam Bell's (Sam Rockwell) three-year shift at a lunar mine is finally coming to an end, and he's looking forward to his reunion with his wife (Dominique McElligott) and young daughter. ...more
- A man's (Tom Hardy) life unravels after he leaves a construction site at a critical time and drives to London to be present for the birth of a child conceived during a one-night stand.
- While exploring a remote canyon in Utah, mountaineer and adventurer Aron Ralston (James Franco) becomes trapped when a boulder falls on his arm. Over the next five days, Ralston examines his life and ...more
- Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, ...more
- After deciding to sell their zoo in India and move to Canada, Santosh and Gita Patel board a freighter with their sons and a few remaining animals. Tragedy strikes when a terrible storm sinks the ...more
- Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to ...more
- A civilian truck driver in Iraq, Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) falls victim to a band of insurgents. An unknown length of time later, Paul awakes in a coffin, with little more than a lighter, a cell ...more
- During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner (Robert Redford) awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation ...more
- Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a ...more
- 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
- 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 Price. ...more
- After the end of all botanical life on Earth, ecologist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) maintains a greenhouse on a space station in order to preserve various plants for future generations. Assisted by ...more
- 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.
- A concert pianist who has stage fright finds a threatening note written on his sheet music just moments before a performance.
- In his New Jersey study, Richard Nixon (Philip Baker Hall) retraces the missteps of his political career, attempting to absolve himself of responsibility for Watergate and lambasting President Gerald ...more
- 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
- A federal agent (Stephen Dorff) is taken captive by terrorists who want to know the location of the U.S. president's secret bunker.
- Actor, performance artist and playwright Spalding Gray here adapts his successful one-man show for the big screen. Seated behind a desk with little more than a map as a prop, Gray focuses on a small ...more
- Lily Tomlin reprises roles from her 1985 Broadway hit for this feature film version of her comedic one-woman show. She revives the 12 unique characters from the performance, including Trudy, a bag ...more
- Sleep is a 2011 drama film directed by Sakaguchi Katsumi.
- 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 1, ...more
- 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
- When actor and monologist Spalding Gray discovers that he has developed an eye ailment, he finds out that the condition can be corrected by a surgical procedure. Intent on avoiding surgery and time ...more