The best films are the ones that resonate to audiences, leaving them feeling connected to the characters and pondering on the central message that the movie conveys. The films you will find on this list dig into the human emotion that hits us every once in a while: loneliness.
Whether this be the general feeling of being isolated from society or being stranded on an island, one common theme that the films in this list capture is loneliness. So find out if your pick made it to the list below.
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5. Amelie (2001)
Despite the warm and fuzzy feelings this movie gives out, it really has an underlying theme of loneliness. The titular character (played by the effortlessly charming Audrey Tautou) had been homeschooled her whole life, so she finds it difficult to connect with others. But as soon as Amerlie breaks out of her shell by helping people find their own sense of happiness, she discovers that she too is benefiting from the warmth of her own actions.
4. Cast Away (2000)
As one of the most iconic isolation films in history, Cast Away does not only project the physical changes of being isolated in a deserted island, it also shows the psychological torture living alone can cause to a man.
Oscar winner Tom Hanks stars as Chuck Noland, a FedEx analyst who has shunned his personal life to focus purely on his work. Things take a turn for the worse when Chuck’s plane crashes and he finds himself alone on an island left to fend for himself. His journey is documented in a series of flashbacks and humorous scenes involving Wilson, a volleyball that Chuck named during his stay in the island. Overall, Cast Away is a moving film that teaches audiences to appreciate the life we often take for granted.
3. Into the Wild (2007)
Into the Wild tells the real-life story of Chris McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch in the film), a young college graduate who embarked on a trek around North America. Unfortunately, McCandless succumbed to starvation after digesting poison berries in September 1992.
In the film, Hirsch flawlessly captured the picture of a young man who leaves everything behind to search for the things he felt were missing in his life.
2. Lost in Translation (2003)
Among all the movies on this list, Lost in Translation perfectly relates to most people nowadays. At some point in our lives, everyone is bound to feel an overwhelming sense of loneliness, so we decide to seek refuge from others who feel the same way.
In this film directed by Sofia Coppola, both Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson find each other in city of Tokyo. The movie does not shy away from highlighting solitude, in fact it take center stage all throughout. It’s sad and melancholic and is set against the back drop of the alluring city of Tokyo, making it even more beautiful.
1. Max and Mary (2009)
This underrated stop motion film tells the story of an 8-year-old Australian girl named Mary and her unconventional friendship with Max, a 44-year-old man living in New York. Both share one thing in common: loneliness. Mary is often bullied at school while Max finds it difficult to connect with others due to his Asperger’s syndrome. Everything about the movie is somber, from the brown and gray color scheme to the thought-provoking narration by Barry Humphries. This beautiful film definitely deserves more attention.