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

Updated August 27, 2020 1.5k votes 315 voters 16.7k 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
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    I Am Legend
    99
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • 3
    Moon
    64
    25

    Moon

    Sam Rockwell

    Released2009

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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  • 4
    127 Hours
    65
    33

    127 Hours

    James Franco

    Released2010

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • 5
    Life of Pi
    61
    32

    Life of Pi

    Suraj Sharma

    Released2012

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Gravity
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • 7
    Locke
    45
    23

    Locke

    Tom Hardy

    Released2013

    Directed bySteven Knight

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  • 8
    The Machinist
    45
    29

    The Machinist

    Christian Bale

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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  • 9
    The Shallows
    41
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    The Shallows

    Blake Lively

    Released2016

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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  • 10
    Buried
    38
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    Buried

    Ryan Reynolds

    Released2010

    Directed byRodrigo Cortés

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    All Is Lost
    30
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    All Is Lost

    Robert Redford

    Released2013

    Directed byJ. C. Chandor

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  • 12
    The Noah
    18
    13

    The Noah

    Robert Strauss

    Released1975

    Directed byDaniel Bourla

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  • 13
    Wild
    27
    25

    Wild

    Reese Witherspoon

    Released2014

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

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  • 14
    The Last Man on Earth
    19
    15

    Released1964

    Directed bySidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona

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  • 15
    Grand Piano
    17
    16

    Grand Piano

    Elijah Wood

    Released2013

    Directed byEugenio Mira

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  • 16
    The Omega Man
    20
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    The Omega Man

    Charlton Heston

    Released1971

    Directed byBoris Sagal

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  • 17
    Nightingale
    15
    15

    Nightingale

    David Oyelowo

    Directed byElliott Lester

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  • 18
    Swimming to Cambodia
    14
    16

    Released1987

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 19
    Silent Running
    14
    17

    Silent Running

    Bruce Dern

    Released1972

    Directed byDouglas Trumbull

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  • 20
    The Telephone
    10
    14

    The Telephone

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1988

    Directed byRip Torn

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  • 21
    Brake
    10
    17

    Brake

    Stephen Dorff

    Released2012

    Directed byGabe Torres

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  • 22
    Sleep
    10
    16

    Sleep

    Aimi Kobayashi, Mariko Hirano

    Released2011

    Directed bySakaguchi Katsumi

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    Mine
    8
    14

    Mine

    Armie Hammer

    Directed byFabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro

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  • 24
    Gray's Anatomy
    5
    14

    Gray's Anatomy

    Spalding Gray

    Released1996

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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  • 25
    Flipped
    7
    22

    Flipped

    Stella Maeve

    Directed byHarris Demel

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