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ONE MAN MOVIES!! 10 Best Movies With Only One Actor

The concept of one actor carrying a movie has long been thought to be a stunt, an experiment – just to see how well the actor could act and how good everything else in production must be to counterbalance the lack of characters. This is the list of best 10 movies which portrayed a single character in lion's share of the movie.


Moon (2009)

Directed by Duncan Jones
With Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Buried (2010)

Directed by Rodrigo Cortés
With Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Man Push Cart (2005)

Directed by Ramin Bahrani
With Ahmad Razvi, Leticia Dolera, Charles Daniel Sandoval, Ali Reza

A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.

Cast Away (2000)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
With Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

127 Hours (2010)

Directed by Danny Boyle
With James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

The Man Who Sleeps (1974)

Directed by Bernard Queysanne
With Jacques Spiesser, Ludmila Mikaël

A 25-year-old male student in Paris becomes indifferent to the world around him, and subsequently feels a strong sense of alienation and hopelessness.

Locke (2013)

Directed by Steven Knight
With Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott

Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.

All Is Lost (2013)

Directed by J.C. Chandor
With Robert Redford

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

Silent Running (1972)

Directed by Douglas Trumbull
With Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Secret Honor (1984)

Directed by Robert Altman
With Philip Baker Hall

A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the 'true' reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.