9 Best Movies On Loneliness [2020]

Best Movies On Loneliness

9 Best Movies depicting Loneliness Of All Time

Today we will be listing down “9 Best Movies On Loneliness”. The lockdown has forced many of us to live in solitude for an extended period of time. Loneliness is something very different to explain and can only be felt first hand. Every other person has a different definition of Loneliness as it is an astronomical feeling.

There are many movies describing some of the aspects of loneliness. We have chosen some of our favorite movies about loneliness to help you with your journey.

 

9Moon

Moon

With only three weeks left in his three-year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer assistant, GERTY.

The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plans. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction, but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess.

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When he has an accident, however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.

Year: 2009
Rated: R
Language: English, Spanish
Released: 10 July 2009
Runtime: 97 min
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Duncan Jones (story), Nathan Parker
Actors: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw
Metascore: 67
IMDB: 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

8Shame

Shame

Thirty-something Brandon Sullivan is a New York yuppie. He is also a sex addict who thinks about sex all the time when he’s not having sex. He surfs for porn on his work computer, masturbates often even in his office’s men’s room, and eyes strange women in whatever situation he’s in the hopes of having quick anonymous sex with them.

He hides his sex addiction from those few people in his life who he lets in an emotional sense, unlike his married boss, David Fisher, who is open about his marital infidelities to his male work colleagues.

And the act of sex holds no emotional connotation whatsoever for Brandon. The arrival back into his life and his apartment of his sister Sissy Sullivan, from whom he was estranged due to the emotional baggage associated, changes Brandon’s life, especially in what he can do in what used to be the privacy and sanctity of his apartment.

Sissy, unlike Brandon, sees sex and emotional attachment as one and the same. Brandon’s life begins to spiral out of control following Sissy’s arrival. He gains a better understanding, albeit an unpleasant one, of his life following an incident involving Sissy.

Year: 2011
Rated: NC-17
Language: English
Released: 13 January 2012
Runtime: 101 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: Steve McQueen, Abi Morgan, Harold Manning (french adaptation)
Actors: Michael Fassbender, Lucy Walters, Mari-Ange Ramirez, James Badge Dale
Metascore: 72
IMDB: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

7Anomalisa

Anomalisa

Michael Stone, who published a successful book about customer service, has traveled to Cincinnati to speak at a convention. Checking into the Fragoli Hotel, he begins to feel that life is meaningless, especially given that all the people around him sound the same.

As Michael prepares for an evening of mediocrity, he hears an unusual voice in the hallway; it belongs to Lisa. Despite Lisa’s shyness and inadequacy, Michael is drawn to her and wants to run away with her. But before anything can happen, Michael’s life takes an even more absurd and bizarre turn.

Year: 2015
Rated: R
Language: English, Italian, Japanese
Released: 11 March 2016
Runtime: 90 min
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman
Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Actors: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
Metascore: 88
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
IMDB: 7.3

 

6Chungking Express

Chungking Express

Wong Kar-Wai’s movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years.

He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever.

The second half shows Cop 663 dealing with his breakup with his flight attendant girlfriend. He talks to his apartment furnishings until he meets a new girl at a local lunch counter.

Year: 1994
Rated: PG-13
Language: Cantonese, English, Japanese, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi, Urdu
Released: 08 Mar 1996
Runtime: 102 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Writer: Kar-Wai Wong
Actors: Brigitte Lin, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Metascore: 77
IMDB: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

 

5Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

Dr. Isak Borg, now 78 years old, is traveling by car to Lund to receive an honorary degree at Lund cathedral. He’s traveling with his daughter-in-law Marianne, who is married to his son Evald. Isak now lives a lonely life which, by his own admission, is partly his own fault, having consciously withdrawn from most social interaction.

Along the way, he stops at his family’s summer home where he spent time during the first 20 years of his life. It’s the place where the wild strawberries grow and he recalls his beautiful cousin Sara to whom he was secretly engaged until his brother Sigfrid snatches her away.

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They gave a ride to several people along the way, including a girl – also named Sara – and her two friends along with a married couple who almost ran them off the road. Borg’s reminiscences and disturbing dreams add to his melancholy as he questions some of the decisions he has made in his life.

Year: 1957
Language: Swedish, Latin
Released: 22 June 1959
Runtime: 91 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Writer: Ingmar Bergman
Actors: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand
Metascore: 88
IMDB: 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

 

4In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love

Against the backdrop of a bustling 1962 Hong Kong, and a noisy, cramped apartment building, two neighbors, Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan, gradually realize that their spouses are having an affair.

Blemished by betrayal’s painful stain, the lithe Mrs. Chan and the morosely handsome Mr. Chow now struggle to understand–and keep at bay bottled-up emotions, repression, and loneliness; bound by their noble beliefs and their inflexible morality.

However, little by little, a silently passionate undercurrent of inexpressible affection starts to creep upon them, as both find themselves powerless before the catalytic force of love. Are man’s vows strong enough to suppress desire?

Year: 2000
Rated: PG
Language: Cantonese, Shanghainese, French, Spanish
Released: 09 Mar 2001
Runtime: 98 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Writer: Kar-Wai Wong
Actors: Maggie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho ‘Joe’ Cheung
Metascore: 85
IMDB: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

3Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

LOST IN TRANSLATION centers on American movie star Bob, who is in Tokyo to appear in whiskey ads, and Charlotte, an unemployed wife who is there with her photographer husband. Everything in Japan makes Bob and Charlotte feel out of place.

Neither can get to sleep, and their bleary disorientation contrasts with the sensory overload of Tokyo. But it’s not just their brains that are out of focus; it is their hearts and souls as well. Both have a lot of trouble connecting to others, both are in transition.

Bob and Charlotte connect in a way they don’t understand. But they do understand that it is precious to them to feel that way, or just to feel. And they treat that feeling with touching delicacy. She takes him to a karaoke club.

He takes her to the emergency room when she hurts her toe. They don’t exchange life stories, discover that they love the same poem, or have any of the usual movie indicators that they are soul-mates. They just understand each other a little and like each other a little more. And that is a very nice thing to observe.

Year: 2003
Rated: R
Language: English, Japanese, German, French
Released: 03 Oct 2003
Runtime: 102 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer: Sofia Coppola
Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Akiko Takeshita, Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe
Metascore: 89
IMDB: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

2Her

Her

Theodore Twombly works for a website that sends out handwritten letters for others; they don’t write the notes longhand; they’re generated by a computer. He’s a master at the form.

When he writes a letter, it’s passionate and heartfelt, and often plugs into the beating center of a relationship. His marriage, on the other hand, has suffered a fatal blow. His lawyer’s waiting for him to sign the divorce papers, and so is his wife, but Theodore is in no hurry.

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He’s bereft, isolated in his melancholy. An old friend can only jog him out of his funk once in a while, and she has her problems. All of that changes when he updates the operating system on his computer (in this distant future, it’s accessible with not just a desktop but an earpiece and a hand unit resembling an old-fashioned cigarette case), which comes alive with the voice of a woman who promptly names herself Samantha.

She’s no disembodied computer voice, however; she’s an evolving being, intelligent and flirtatious and easy to love. But is it love? And can it last?

Year: 2013
Rated: R
Language: English
Released: 10 January 2014
Runtime: 126 min
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director: Spike Jonze
Writer: Spike Jonze
Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Lynn Adrianna Freedman, Lisa Renee Pitts, Gabe Gomez
Metascore: 90
IMDB: 8.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

1Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Based on Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction best-seller Into the Wild, Sean Penn’s adaptation martyrs Christopher McCandless as an intelligent, idealistic, 24-year-old college graduate who gives his trust fund to Oxfam, burns the remainder of his cash and takes off on an extended journey into the wilderness.

Chris makes a life-changing impression on everyone he meets, including two hippies; a grain elevator foreman; a 16-year-old folk singer; and, most touchingly, a lonely elderly man.

Despite the seemingly deep human connections he fosters throughout his tramping days, Chris is single-mindedly focused on one goal: getting to Alaska and living off the land for a few months all by himself. In fact, he arrives there early in the film, camping out in a “magic” bus that had been parked long ago as a crude base camp; flashbacks fill in the two years leading up to that point.

The back-and-forth between Chris’ days in Alaska and his time as Alexander the hitchhiker is effective, poignantly reminding the viewer of the kind of big-hearted man he could have resumed being had he been able to walk back out of the wilderness.

Year: 2007
Rated: R
Language: English, Danish
Released: 19 October 2007
Runtime: 148 min
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Director: Sean Penn
Writer: Sean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)
Actors: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone
Metascore: 73
IMDB: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%


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That’s our pick for the list of Best Loneliness Movies ever created. Did you like our list? Do let us know in the comments below.

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