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36 Movies About Loneliness

Loneliness may seem an unusual topic for film: it doesn't sound very dramatic or, for that matter, enticing. A universal theme, loneliness is crucial to the feeling of numerous films, from existentialist arthouse cinema to more commercially minded romances or comedies. It takes in psychotic loners, elderly widowers, confused teenagers and everyone else besides. As David Lean said: "I think loneliness is in all of us; it is a more common emotion than love, but we speak less about it.''
Filmmakers often use similar strategies to portray the emotion: people eating or drinking alone, isolating framing devices, use of a diminishing long shot and empty spaces, and a dragging out of narrative time. Taxi Driver uses a number of these methods. In a film driven by loneliness, Travis's separation from society, his inability to make connections.
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
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Joker (2019)
Joker (2019)
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Into the Wild (2007)
Into the Wild (2007)
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Paris, Texas (1984)
Paris, Texas (1984)
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Chungking Express (1994)
Chungking Express (1994)
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In the Mood for Love (2000)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
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Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
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Amélie (2001)
Amélie (2001)
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Moon (2009)
Moon (2009)
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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Late Spring (1949)
Late Spring (1949)
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Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai Du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai Du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
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Summertime (1955)
Summertime (1955)
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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
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The Apartment (1960)
The Apartment (1960)
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The Green Ray (1986)
The Green Ray (1986)
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Distant (2002)
Distant (2002)
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Christine (2016)
Christine (2016)
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Tony Takitani (2004)
Tony Takitani (2004)
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Lights in the Dusk (2006)
Lights in the Dusk (2006)
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Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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Mystery Train (1989)
Mystery Train (1989)
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Fish Tank (2009)
Fish Tank (2009)
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Three Colors: Red (1994)
Three Colors: Red (1994)
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Three Colors: Blue (1993)
Three Colors: Blue (1993)
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Magnolia (1999)
Magnolia (1999)
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Night on Earth (1991)
Night on Earth (1991)
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Yi Yi (2000)
Yi Yi (2000)
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The 400 Blows (1959)
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Solaris (1972)
Solaris (1972)
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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
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Stromboli (1950)
Stromboli (1950)
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Wild Strawberries (1957)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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Scenes From a Marriage (1973)
Scenes From a Marriage (1973)
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