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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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    Taxi Driver
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Joker
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    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Cast Away
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Psycho
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Drive
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    Drive

    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling

    Released2011

    Directed byNicolas Winding

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    American Psycho
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

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    Into the Wild
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    Into the Wild

    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn

    Released2007

    Directed bySean Penn

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    Cool Hand Luke
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    Cool Hand Luke

    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1967

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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    Rebel Without a Cause
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    Rebel Without a Cause

    Natalie Wood, James Dean

    Released1955

    Directed byNicholas Ray

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    Birdman of Alcatraz
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    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    The Machinist
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    The Machinist

    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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    Nightcrawler
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    Nightcrawler

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

    Released2014

    Directed byDan Gilroy

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    The Hunt
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    The Hunt

    Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport

    Released2012

    Directed byThomas Vinterberg

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    Gran Torino
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    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    The Station Agent
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    The Station Agent

    Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage

    Released2003

    Directed byThomas McCarthy

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    Pi
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    Pi

    Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu

    Released1998

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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    Grizzly Man
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    Grizzly Man

    Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard

    Released2005

    Directed byWerner Herzog

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    One Hour Photo
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    One Hour Photo

    Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Romanek

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    Inside Llewyn Davis
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    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan

    Released2013

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Mr. Holmes
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    Mr. Holmes

    Ian McKellen, Laura Linney
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    My Best Friend's Wedding
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    My Best Friend's Wedding

    Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney

    Released1997

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

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    Papagajka
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    Papagajka

    Susanna Cappellaro, Adnan Omerovic

    Released2016

    Directed byEmma Rozanski

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    Citizen Kane
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    Citizen Kane

    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd

    Released1941

    Directed byOrson Welles

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    Nell
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    Nell

    Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson

    Released1994

    Directed byMichael Apted

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