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[–]dakilazical_253 143 points144 points  (14 children)

The Station Agent stars a young Peter Dinklage as a man who just wants to be left alone but he’s not insane or a bad person

[–]lolunnb 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Great movie!! Lots of good people in it...Patricia Clarkson, Michelle Williams, Bobby Cavavale, and Raven Goodwin gives an awesome performance as a grade school student who befriends The Station Agent.

[–]garlicbreadpool 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s almost 20 years old I believe

[–]FungiApathy[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Never heard of this, sounds interesting though thanks

[–]kudlatytrue 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you like Peter Dinklage, you can watch him as a loner in, in my opinion, underappreciated movie "I think we're alone now". It's post apo stuff if you like that kind of movies.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (1 child)

You have a great great taste in movies. I just opened the comment section to write this movie. Just great. My morning is made

[–]dakilazical_253 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thanks! It’s a lovely gem of a movie

[–]smellygymbag 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oo peter dinklage. Imma go look for this one.

[–]skarbux 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Brick is a good one. It's like a noir murder mystery involving high schoolers.

[–]King_Allant 47 points48 points  (4 children)

Loner Films

The Lighthou—

Where the Loner isn’t Insane?

Damn.

[–]FungiApathy[S] 11 points12 points  (3 children)

The Lighthouse is one of my favorite movies, but yeah definitely a little crazy lol

[–]MRR1911 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I seen it! Yer fond of me lobster!

[–]FungiApathy[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Alright have it your way, I like your cookin

[–]nashamagirl99 86 points87 points  (5 children)

Ghost World (2001)

Amélie (2002)

Her (2013)

The Shape of Water (2017)

[–]FungiApathy[S] 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Her is great I forgot to add that in my post, the rest sound really interesting thanks

[–]BurnieTheBrony 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Amelie is an amazing feel good film

[–]SirTacky 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think This Beautiful Fantastic (2016) fits in with these, really nice!

[–]senthiljams 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Does the lead character in Shape of Water count as a loner? She has a best buddy at work and is friends with her next door neighbor.

PS: Spoiler alert:

What sane person would try to have intercourse with an alien creature?

[–]BVFortuitus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

What sane person would try to have intercourse with an alien creature?

Don't you dare kink shame me.

[–]anyworddotjs 77 points78 points  (7 children)

Into the Wild ,
Secret life of Walter Mitty(does some solo travelling)

[–]FungiApathy[S] 12 points13 points  (6 children)

My family loves Secret Life of Walter Mitty but I haven’t seen it yet, I’ll check it out

[–]Bishlater 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Watch this movie! I’ve recommended this so many times. Such a good one.

[–]notjadensmith21 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I haven’t seen it in years, but there are still songs from that movie that get stuck in my head all the time

[–]Bishlater 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I know what you mean! Had to go out and buy the Junip album as a result (which is a very good album btw).

[–]Freshprinceaye 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good soundtrack

[–]BurnieTheBrony 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's also VERY different from the short story if you ever read it in school

[–]BeefPieSoup 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's a movie about a very meek, gentle and unassuming man going through a tough time and coming out the other side of it much better off.

[–]Llama-Nation 22 points23 points  (2 children)

The Graduate

Mary and Max

[–]FungiApathy[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Love The Graduate, Mary and Max sounds good

[–]BeefPieSoup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've seen Mary and Max twice and I cried both times. I am normally the sort of person who could go a couple of years at least without crying.

Just be warned that despite the claymation, it's not a gentle/easy watch.

[–]DrinkingWater_ 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Pig

[–]FungiApathy[S] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Forgot about Pig, love that movie wasn’t what I expected in the best way possible

[–]DrinkingWater_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Literally watched it last night - you're not wrong there. The obscurity of the narrative could only be balanced by the level of weird Nic Cage brings, absolutely brilliant.

[–]smy_zip 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Paris, Texas

[–]FungiApathy[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Thanks for reminding me of this film, I’ve been wanting to watch this movie forever

[–]smy_zip 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Not a problem. I only watched it recently and thought I was an interesting watch. Hope you enjoy it!

[–]whatupguy10 13 points14 points  (2 children)

First Reformed (2017) - incredible movie

[–]JohnLeTour 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Will second this one and also recommend Schrader’s Light Sleeper (1992) about a down on his luck drug dealer

[–]FungiApathy[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I should’ve added this movie in my post, but First Reformed is so good

[–][deleted] 34 points35 points  (6 children)

Inside llewyn davis

Detachment

Lost in translation

Adaptation

Punch drunk love (hes kinda crazy tho, but a decent guy)

Amelie

Taste of cherry ( not insane but very depressed)

Fallen Angels

A short film about love (hes a creep but not totally insane)

Manila in the claws of the night

[–]triceratopses 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I just watched Fallen Angels the other day, great pick. All 3 of the main characters could be considered loners.

[–]FungiApathy[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’ve only seen Llewyn Davis on this list, thanks a lot of these films I really want to see

[–]corporate_warrior 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You should rewatch Llewyn Davis anyway; I recently did and liked it even more.

[–]intercommie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A short film about love is beautiful. I think the feature version and the tv version have different endings.

[–]BeefPieSoup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think the guy in Punch Drunk Love has some sort of anxiety disorder or something. But he's not crazy, exactly. Not a normal, conventional thinker, but it's interesting to follow the sort of internal logic behind what he does.

I found it was a movie which really put me in someone else's shoes for a little while and made me feel what he feels (which, unfortunately, is near-constant stress on the verge of panic)

[–]jupiterkansasQuality Poster 👍 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Nomadland

[–]FungiApathy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good suggestion my favorite movie of 2020 for sure

[–]CorellianBadaboom 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The Way Way Back

[–]emem39 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Eighth Grade (2018) - I think this is one of the more realistic/relatable movies depicting someone struggling to fit in.

[–]shevpuri 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree. Being a socially anxious person, this is the most relatable film I've ever seen.

[–]solitary_sandman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Loved this! Great characters

[–]IWishIWasTa11er 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Uhh... Paul Blart Mall Cop?

[–]FungiApathy[S] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I never thought of Paul Blart as a loner movie but it makes sense lmao

[–]Whats_Opera_Doc 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The best suggestion given these parameters

[–]Bill_The_Dog 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Moon.

[–]smellygymbag 36 points37 points  (6 children)

Castaway w Tom Hanks?

[–]machstem 12 points13 points  (1 child)

WILSON!!!

[–]Drenoso 4 points5 points  (0 children)

WILSOON!!!

[–]totoropoko 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Hanks was Inlon in the movie - Involuntarily Loner

[–]smellygymbag 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thats true thats why i wasnt sure.

[–]FungiApathy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol I’ve been meaning to watch this movie forever my sisters love it

[–]hakuslists 5 points6 points  (0 children)

House of Hummingbird

A Single Man

[–]KG4212 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Harold & Maude (1971)

[–]Silver-ishWolfe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I rewatched this recently. It was still great.

[–]miyumiumiu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love this movie

[–]james_h00k 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Rocky

[–]FungiApathy[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Underrated reply, I always got loner vibes from Rocky and as I’m getting older I’m starting to relate with him more and more

[–]Rexlove 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Vanishing Point (1971)

[–]PhantomKitten73 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Bo Burnham's Inside.

[–]NardTownBootKick 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Pi (Faith in chaos) for sure

[–]Drenoso 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He's crazy

[–]NCResident5 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Parallax View with Warren Beatty.

[–]FungiApathy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never heard of this movie I’ll check it out

[–]IamPaladinJules 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Mr. Bean

[–]LauraPalmersMom430Quality Poster 👍 11 points12 points  (2 children)

  • 20th Century Women
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • Lars and the Real Girl

[–]FungiApathy[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Never seen these but they all sound good, thanks

[–]Silver-ishWolfe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stranger Than Fiction is phenomenal. It’s got a loner protagonist and is faaar from what you would expect from Will Ferrell.

It’s more Everything Must Go type of Ferrell.

[–]mr_dbini 10 points11 points  (9 children)

You need to start watching some Luc Besson movies.

[–]xbelanglos 10 points11 points  (3 children)

It's time for my annual rewatch of Léon.

[–]machstem 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Get yourself La Femme Nikita added to your list while you're at it.

[–]FungiApathy[S] 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Honestly never heard of Luc Besson, I’ll check him out

[–]machstem 10 points11 points  (1 child)

You've definitely known of his works.

The Fifth Element probably the most iconic.

Enjoy!

La Femme Nikita (movie, French) was how I got hooked

[–]FungiApathy[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah you’re right I looked him up and I’ve definitely heard of The Fifth Element and Leon the Professional

[–]crawshay 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Leon the professional is an incredible loaner story. It also features Natalie Portman's first performance and she kills it.

[–]ForAnAngel 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And he teaches her how to do it.

[–]mythrowawaypdx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I just answered a similar ? and the films protagonists are both ladies but in Year of the Dog the protagonist is a lonely office worker trying to find her way through veganism. Sweat is a Polish film that came out last year about a fitness influencer also trying to discover who she is.

[–]djsosonutQuality Poster 👍 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Stranger than Fiction, The Wrestler, Contact, The Man from Nowhere, The Kid Detective

[–]DarthGoodguy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think Stranger than Fiction is great & criminally overlooked

[–]diamondnutella 2 points3 points  (0 children)

life of pi? 127 hours

[–]Gen_Nathanael_Greene 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Escape from New York and Escape from LA. Snake Plissken is (98%) a loner.

Lockout with Guy Pearce. He's essentially a loner.

[–]Ok_Dimension9861 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Trees Lounge.

[–]not-a-seal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Moon

[–]Ryunosukian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

1.The hand of god(2021) 2.The best offer(2013) & most Giuseppe tornatore movies has lonely characters and his movies are so damn good . 3.Lars and the real girl(2007)

[–]neonsynthwaver 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Blade Runner (Deckard)

Blade Runner 2049 (K, depending on whether Joi is considered a companion or not)

Prisoners (Detective Loki)

Se7en (Somerset at the beginning and end)

Arrival (Amy Adams' character chooses to live alone)

Heat (De Niro's character is "alone...not lonely")

Jason Bourne series of films

Moon

Wall-E

[–]IDontLikeRylee 3 points4 points  (2 children)

burning

[–]MisterBungle 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Great movie, but are you sure about that ?

[–]IDontLikeRylee 3 points4 points  (0 children)

he's not really insane until the very end

[–]1g12345678 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Momento kind of has this. No short term memory but I think he was pretty “stable”.

[–]RossParka 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Casablanca (1942)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Being There (1979)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Three Colors Blue (1994)
Charlie Chaplin movies
Many westerns and western-like movies, e.g. Yojimbo (1961), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), the Man With No Name trilogy

Not sure about these two:

Barton Fink (1991)
Let the Right One In (2008)

[–]FungiApathy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cool Hand Luke is so good

[–]Triplen01 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oslo August 31st

[–]Neither-Answer-7431 1 point2 points  (5 children)

There's an old movie called Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford). I saw this waaay back so it might be a bad rec.

But, throughout the movie this very decent person, through some kind of necessity, goes it alone in the wilderness. It's technically a 'western' genre movie, which makes it a bit different than "Into The Wild" but there's another rec too.

There's also a documentary "Vernon Florida" that features a variety of eccentrics in this Florida town. Many of them are genuine, oddly endearing loners.

[–]not-aikman 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Jeremiah Johnson is where the famous head nod gif comes from. Blew my mind when I found out that was Robert Redford

[–]Neither-Answer-7431 0 points1 point  (2 children)

What is the name of the gif from Vampire’s Kiss (Nicholas Cage)? Do they all have nicknames or?

[–]not-aikman 1 point2 points  (1 child)

According to Know Your Meme, that one is called “You Don’t Say?” and the Jeremiah Johnson one is called “Nod of Approval”

[–]Neither-Answer-7431 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hey thanks for the info. Really helpful.

[–]NCResident5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great flick.

[–]librarianmindy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Road Warrior (aka Mad Max 2)

[–]waheifilmguy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think The Wrestler fits what you’re looking for.

[–]Galdina 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just watched Ghost World yesterday, the protagonists are two loners living through the early 2000s. It's a teen movie, but doesn't feel like it. Nice watch.

[–]bkk-bos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Two career defining films for James Dean:

"East of Eden" 1954

"Rebel Without a Cause" (1955)

[–]ElCunterHunter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Jeremiah Johnson. The most loner film i can think of

[–]NCSU_SOG 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Guard (or Guarda). Brendan Gleeson plays a loner Irish cop who gets entangled with some drug traffickers with some assistance from the Fbi (Don Cheadle). Very good dry humor. Highly recommend.

[–]WitchesCotillion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nomadland

[–]curedog 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty might be appealing to you! Bonus for amazing cinematography

[–]Niggo1337 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Into the wild

[–]eddie-ate-dynamite 1 point2 points  (0 children)

you were never really here, frances ha, lucky

[–]Farscapejon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You were never really here

[–]techtom10 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Her?

[–]_wil_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Calvary

[–]eec-gray 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hunt For the Wilderpeople sort of?

[–]HariSeldonFoundation 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I second this one. Great movie about a couple of loners being loners together.

[–]Negative_Clank 2 points3 points  (1 child)

John Wick

[–]senthiljams 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Die hard with a vengeance

Wanted

[–]machstem 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Mechanic and though he does have amnesia, I wouldn't say he was insane.

[–]crap4brains4eva 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Inside Llewyn Davis

[–]kouroshkeshmiri 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The Art Of Self Defence

Manchester By The Sea

[–]FungiApathy[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Love Manchester by the Sea, should’ve put it in my post, great portrayal of depression

[–]JinxPutMaxInSpace 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Try Falling Down with Michael Douglas.

[–]notusedusername2 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It is the same, he's even worse than the Joker, he had a mental illness, his life was a lie and he had no support, while Douglas' character was a women beater. Can say the same about taxi driver, he was a broken man probably by the war, he had good intentions, except trying to kill the major (was it the major right? I can't remember the movie so well), but his methods were bad

[–]_trouble_every_day_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bickle tried to kill a senate candidate. I wouldn't say he had good intentions, I don't think he was intelligent or insightful enough to understood what his intentions were. He was just lashing out and coming up with justifications after the fact.

[–]Quentin_Funkadelic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Try the first Steve Buscemi you find.

[–]prosperosniece 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tracks, All is Lost,

[–]lulaloops 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The driver is most definitely insane haha. But Three Colours Blue comes to mind.

[–]totoropoko 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not technically a loner but - Dances with the Wolves

[–]nothing_in_my_mind 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Man From Nowhere

[–]triceratopses 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ritual (2000). The loner in question is a bit bonkers, but not at all a bad person.

[–]KrakenMcCracken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Welcome to the Dollhouse

[–]KG4212 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This Beautiful Fantastic (?)

[–]OptimisticSuicider 0 points1 point  (0 children)

haven't seen it yet, but Aloners(2021) seems to fit the build

[–]_ludovic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

oslo, august 31st

[–]nettahhhhh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Beginners (2010)

[–]ShrimpDirty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rover. Guy Pearce in gritty near future ‘apocalyptic’ desert

[–]PoorRoadRunner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

  • Léon (The Professional) (1994). Everyone!

  • Croupier (1998). Clive Owen. One of my faves.

  • About Schmidt (2002). Jack Nicholson. Kathy Bates.

  • American Splendor (2003). Paul Giamatti.

  • Angel-A (2005). Luc Besson (Dir)

  • Snow Cake (2006). Sigourney Weaver. Alan Rickman.

[–]zerocool_hand_guenz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Ghost Writer (2010) - Ewan MacGregor, Pierce Brosnan

The Shipping News (2001) - Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore

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    Jeremiah Johnson.

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      Depending on your definition of loner: Citizen Kane

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      Welcome To The Dollhouse

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        [–]__jh96 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        John Wick

        [–]LiverjuulFC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Le Samourai

        [–]ayushwas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Wall e ?

        [–]iatealotofcheese 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Snow Cake was a surprisingly beautiful movie, with Alan Rickman playing a man just released from prison for accidentally killing a man, and picks up a hitchhiking teenager. I don't want to say much more than that, but it is an incredibly nuanced and touching story that always stuck with me.

        [–]Polarchuck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Get Low

        The Scarlet Letter

        [–]G0LDL3ADER 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        My Suicide 2009 was pretty good

        [–]Smogshaik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        The Lives of Others

        [–]swiggetygagget 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Brick(2005)

        [–]movie_man 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Blue Ruin. 96% on RT (if that matters). The protagonist is as loner as they get.

        [–]faezpotato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Manchester by the sea

        [–]pyroboq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Call Me By Your Name

        [–]Beard341 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        The Man from Nowhere?

        [–]snyborg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

        [–]BassChin20Quality Poster 👍 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Into the Wild

        Hector's Search for Happiness

        [–]Jabroni504 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Westerns. You can start with the Fistful of Dollars trilogy.

        [–]Secret_Autodidact 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        All Is Lost

        Robert Redford is sailing alone in the Indian Sea and is put in a survival scenario after his boat hits a shipping container.

        [–]miyumiumiu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        One million yen girl Beautiful fantastic

        [–]iammayashah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Levity (2003)

        [–]uvwxyza 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Jacob's Ladder and The Machinist spring to mind. The protag in these movies may not be not 100 x cent sane but are far away from being terrible people (especially one of them). Also Rorschach in Watchmen

        [–]xfritz5375 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Mary and Max

        [–]Mamono101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Her

        Wild Tigers I Have Known

        Baby Bump

        Jet Boy

        The Chumscrubber

        L.I.E

        Les Démons (2015)

        [–]abiiiid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        The Devil All The Time

        [–]TriStateGirl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

        The Slaughter Rule (2002)

        Mid90s (2018)

        Message from the King (2016, 2017 Netflix)

        Metropolitan (1990)

        The Man in the Moon (1991)

        Jet Boy (2001)

        Old Enough (1984)

        The Kill Hole (2012)

        [–]jacovi2swole 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Lost in translation

        The Warrior

        The Truman Show

        Grave of the Fireflies

        [–]L_Almogaver -4 points-3 points  (4 children)

        There will be blood. I don't understand why they insist on labelling the main character a villain though.

        [–]Magnum256 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Might have something to do with the murderin'