101 films dealing with the themes of solitude, loneliness, and isolation


101 films dealing loneliness, solitude, isolation, film collage


It has taken me quite some time to compile this list. I must thank all my readers for their valuable suggestions without which compiling this list would have been impossible. 

Actually, it all started a few weeks back when a friend on facebook prompted me to suggest my favorite films dealing with solitude, loneliness, and isolation. And, with nothing but my own inchoate thoughts and savory vestiges of all things cinema, I started working on it. Voila! In a matter of minutes, I came up with a list of 51 films which I thought were quite relevant to the themes of solitude and detachment. 
As soon as I shared the same on my facebook timeline, the responses started pouring in from all sides. It didn't take me long to realize that I needed to come up with a more exhaustive list to placate one and all. 

After a lot of contemplation, I have come up with a compilation of 100 films from across the globe. Now, it may not satisfy everyone (after all, we all have different tastes and besides, I have so many more movies to watch) and so I hope that each and everyone of you assess it with utmost candor. If you have any movie recommendations then please do share the same in the comment box below.

So, without any further ado, I present to you my list of 101 favorite films revolving around the theme of loneliness:


1. Nights of Cabiria ( 1957) .. Federico Fellini
2. The Conversation (1974) .. Francis Ford Coppola
3. Solyaris (1972) .. Andrei Tarkovsky
4. Barry Lyndon (1975) .. Stanley Kubrick
5. Blow-Up (1966) .. Michelangelo Antonioni
6. City Lights (1931) .. Charles Chaplin
7. La Dolce Vita (1960) .. Federico Fellini
8. Dead Ringers (1988) .. David Cronenberg
9. The Mirror (1975) .. Andrei Tarkovsky
10. Winter Light (1962) .. Ingmar Bergman
11. Viridiana (1961) .. Luis Buñuel
12. The Consequences of Love (2004) .. Paolo Sorrentino
13. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) .. Philip Kaufman
14. Three Colors: Red (1994) .. Krzysztof Kieślowski
15. Scent of a Woman (1992) .. Martin Brest
16. The Remains of the Day (1993) .. James Ivory
17. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) .. Andrew Dominik
18. The Legend of 1900 (1988) .. Giuseppe Tornatore
19. Persona (1966) .. Ingmar Bergman
20. Belle de Jour (1967) .. Luis Buñuel
21. In a Lonely Palace (1950) .. Nicholas Ray
22. There Will Be Blood (2007) .. Paul Thomas Anderson
23. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) ... John Huston
24. The Shining (1980) .. Stanley Kubrick
25. Novecento (1976) .. Bernardo Bertolucci
26. Last Tango in Paris (1972) .. Bernardo Bertolucci
27. The Petrified Forest (1936) .. Archie Mayo
28. La Strada (1954) .. Federico Fellini
29. The Hustler (1961) .. Robert Rossen
30. El (1953) .. Luis Buñuel
31. Apocalypse Now (1979) .. Francis Ford Coppola
32. The Story of Adele H (1975) .. François Truffaut
33. Mera Naam Joker (1970) .. Raj Kapoor
34. Blade Runner (1982) .. Ridley Scott
35. The King of Comedy (1982) .. Martin Scorsese
36. Nymphomaniac (2013) .. Lars von Trier
37. Taxi Driver (1976) .. Martin Scorsese
38. Raging Bull (1980) .. Martin Scorsese
39. Wild Strawberries (1957) .. Ingmar Bergman
40. Taste of Cherry (1997) .. Abbas Kiarostami
41. The Great Beauty (2013) .. Paolo Sorrentino
42. Rear Window (1954) .. Alfred Hitchcock
43. The Lives of Others (2006) .. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
44. The Turin Horse (2011) .. Béla Tarr
45. Three Colors: Blue (1993) .. Krzysztof Kieślowski
46. Death in Venice (1971) .. Luchino Visconti
47. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) .. Nuri Bilge Ceylan
48. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) .. Guru Dutt
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) .. Ang Lee
50. The Garden of Finzi-Continis (1970) .. Vittorio de Sica
51. Le Passe (2013) .. Asghar Farhadi 
52. Umberto D. (1952) .. Vittorio De Sica 
53. The Passenger (1975) .. Michelangelo Antonioni
54. L'Avventura (1960) .. Michelangelo Antonioni
55. Cast Away (2000) .. Robert Zemeckis
56. 3-Iron (2004) .. Ki-duk Kim
57. Charulata (1964) .. Satyajit Ray
58. Kanchenjungha (1962) .. Satyajit Ray
59. Jalsaghar (1958) .. Satyajit Ray
60. Leaving Las Vegas (1995) .. Mike Figgis
61. Lost in Translation (2003) .. Sofia Coppola
62. Citizen Kane (1941) .. Orson Welles 
63. 2046 (2004) .. Wong Kar-wai
64. In the Mood for Love (2000) .. Wong Kar-wai.
65. My Blueberry Nights (2007) .. Wong Kar-wai.
66. Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai (1999) .. Jim Jarmusch
67. Dead Man (1995) .. Jim Jarmusch
68. Le Samourai (1967) .. Jean-Pierre Melville
70. The Night of the Iguana (1964) .. John Huston
71. Magnolia .. Paul Thomas Anderson
72. Unforgiven (1992) .. Clint Eastwood 
73. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia .. Sam Peckinpah
74. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) .. Jim Jarmusch
75. Lord Jim (1965) .. Richard Brooks
76. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) .. Martin Scorsese
77. The Element of Crime (1984) .. Lars von Trier 
78. Moon (2009) .. Duncan Jones 
79. The Rules of the Game (1939) .. Jean Renoir
80. The Pledge (2001) .. Sean Penn
81. Into the Wild (2007) .. Sean Penn
82. A Passage to India .. David Lean
83. The Banishment (2007) .. Andrey Zvyagintsev 
84. Metropolis (1927) .. Fritz Lang
85. M (1931) .. Fritz Lang
86. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) .. Robert Altman
87. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) .. Raoul Ruiz
88. Cries & Whispers (1972) .. Ingmar Bergman
89. Scarface (1983) .. Brian De Palma
90. Amadeus (1984) .. Miloš Forman
91. Crash (1996) .. David Cronenberg
92. Frenzy (1972) .. Alfred Hitchcock
93. The Wild Bunch .. Sam Peckinpah
94. The Graduate (1967) .. Mike Nichols
95. Lust, Caution (2007) .. Ang Lee
96. The Name of the Rose (1986) .. Jean-Jacques Annaud
97. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) .. Peter Weir
98. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) .. Steven Spielberg
99. Last Year at Marienbad (1961) .. Alain Resnais
100. The Sheltering Sky .. Bernardo Bertolucci
101 Alphaville .. Jean-Luc Godard

Note: For the list of author's all-time favorite films, click here

Readers, please feel free to share your views/opinions in the comment box below . As always your feedback is highly appreciated! 

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11 comments:

  1. Missed Silent Running and Robinson Crusoe on Mars

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  2. Well, you see, it's difficult to include every relevant film in Top 100. Also there are so many films that I have yet to watch. Perhaps, one day, I will come up with a more exhaustive list! :-)

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  3. Nice Review. It would be nice if you review other Marathi films like Killa, Fandry, Astu, Elizabeth Ekadashi, Ek Hazaarachi Note. Marathi audience gives you that edge to make films based on different topics. Marathi films are not star driven, they are subject driven.

    Only the Marathi film industry seems to have understood that subtitles are the way to go. Every new Marathi release across India has words in English beaming below the visuals even in the most rundown multiplexes.

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  4. Glad you liked it! Thanks for recommending these Marathi films... I would certainly keep an eye out for these films... Marathi cinema is certainly on the march!

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  5. This is indeed a good list but I think you really missed Shawshank Redemption which should be in top ten

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  6. Wonderful review. I really liked this. Thank you Murtaza Ali

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  7. Thank you for sharing review. In fact I saw this movie last night and I was still wondering why few things happened but thanks to you for clearing my doubts. Mature writing.

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  8. I am so glad to hear that you benefitted by reading my analysis of Court!

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  9. Denial with Robin Wright. Best film that always gets left out. Not sure why such an amazing story did not get the attention it deserved.

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  10. This is what i was looking for. Thanks Mr Mutrtaza Ali for sharing the list.

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