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The Best Movies That Have Only One Actor (Most of the Time)

Updated August 27, 2020 1.5k votes 322 voters 18.3k views29 items

List RulesVote 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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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Moon

    Sam Rockwell

    Released2009

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    127 Hours

    James Franco

    Released2010

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    127 Hours is a 2010 British-American biographical survival drama film directed, co-written and...  more

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    Life of Pi

    Suraj Sharma

    Released2012

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso...  more

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    Locke

    Tom Hardy

    Released2013

    Directed bySteven Knight

    Locke is a 2013 British drama film written and directed by Steven Knight. The film stars Tom...  more
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    The Machinist

    Christian Bale

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Anderson

    The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad...  more

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    Buried

    Ryan Reynolds

    Released2010

    Directed byRodrigo Cortés

    Buried is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Rodrigo Cortés. It stars Ryan Reynolds and...  more

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    The Shallows

    Blake Lively

    Released2016

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    All Is Lost

    Robert Redford

    Released2013

    Directed byJ. C. Chandor

    All Is Lost is a 2013 survival drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film...  more
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    Wild

    Reese Witherspoon

    Released2014

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

    Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick...  more
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    Released1964

    Directed bySidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona

    The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954...  more

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    The Noah

    Robert Strauss

    Released1975

    Directed byDaniel Bourla

    The Noah is a post-apocalyptic fiction film written and directed by Daniel Bourla, starring...  more
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    Grand Piano

    Elijah Wood

    Released2013

    Directed byEugenio Mira

    Grand Piano is a 2013 English-language Spanish thriller film starring Elijah Wood and John...  more
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    The Omega Man

    Charlton Heston

    Released1971

    Directed byBoris Sagal

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    Nightingale

    David Oyelowo

    Directed byElliott Lester

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    Released1987

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Silent Running

    Bruce Dern

    Released1972

    Directed byDouglas Trumbull

    Silent Running is a 1972 environmentally-themed American science fiction film starring Bruce...  more
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    Secret Honor

    Philip Baker Hall

    Released1984

    Directed byRobert Altman

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    The Telephone

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1988

    Directed byRip Torn

    The Telephone is a 1988 comedy-drama film starring Whoopi Goldberg as an out-of-work actress...  more
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    Brake

    Stephen Dorff

    Released2012

    Directed byGabe Torres

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    Sleep

    Aimi Kobayashi, Mariko Hirano

    Released2011

    Directed bySakaguchi Katsumi

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    Mine

    Armie Hammer

    Released2016

    Directed byFabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro

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    Gray's Anatomy

    Spalding Gray

    Released1996

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Gray's Anatomy is an 80-minute film directed by Steven Soderbergh in 1996 involving a...  more