Entertainment Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo  

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Some people are loners by choice, while others are forced into a life of solitude by elements beyond their control. The top movies about loners feature insight into these intriguing and often overlooked characters. This is a list of the greatest movies about single people including everything from The Machinist to Citizen Kane to Cast Away.

What films will you find on this list of loner movies? In Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro stars as Travis Bickle, an overnight cabbie with dangerous ideas. Director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader utilize voiceover throughout the movie to share Bickle's troubling, troubled thoughts. Psycho is another one of the best movies about single men - though Norman Bates is never really without his mother. Into the Wild tells the true story of Chris McCandless and his solo journey into the Alaskan wilderness. Other good movies on this best loner movies list include Nell, Nightcrawler, and Up in the Air.

It's up to you to decide which loner movie deserves the top spot on this list. Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and please add any good films that are missing.

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth
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 accident ...more
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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese
Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more
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One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg
One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. ...more
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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood
Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more
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Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy
Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title ...more
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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more
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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis
Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on ...more
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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside
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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Inside Llewyn Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Inside Llewyn Davis is a 2013 American comedy-drama film edited, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan and Joel Coen. Set in 1961, the film stars ...more
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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe
American Psycho is a 2000 American psychological thriller comedy film co-written and directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel of the same name. It stars Christian Bale, ...more
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The Station Agent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson
The Station Agent is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas McCarthy. McCarthy's script about a man who seeks solitude in an abandoned train station in the Newfoundland ...more
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Drive is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan
Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. It is adapted from the ...more
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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis
Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more
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Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell
Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his directorial debut. The film earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at ...more
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Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal who starts shooting footage in Los Angeles and ...more
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The Hunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Thomas Bo Larsen
The Hunt is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The story is set in a small Danish village around Christmas, and follows a man who becomes the ...more
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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead
Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles's first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy ...more
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Nell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson
Nell is a 1994 American drama film starring Jodie Foster as a young woman who has to face other people for the first time after being raised by her mother in an isolated cabin. The film also ...more
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My Best Friend's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
RosanneFinn added Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti
My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.J. Hogan, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco, M. Emmet Walsh, ...more
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Rebel Without a Cause is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper
Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. The film stars James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Directed by Nicholas Ray, ...more
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Birdman of Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden
Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a largely fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate known ...more
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Papagajka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
mlerthf added Papagajka Susanna Cappellaro, Adnan Omerovic
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Grizzly Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog
Grizzly Man is a 2005 documentary film by German director Werner Herzog. It chronicles the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. The film includes some of Treadwell's own footage ...more
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Mr. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo
Mr. Holmes Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada