Tony Stark (The Iron-Man), Harry Potter or Deadpool might be your favorite characters for many reasons. But they are not the ones you would relate to because they talk just too much!
Here I made a list of movies for introverts, where the main characters are far less talkative, far more sensitive, withdrawn and sometimes even misfit. But the movies in my humble opinion are still great – deep psychology, exciting action, breathtaking imagery. Beautiful stories that would become impossible if the characters were more outgoing.
Art that surrounds us makes a huge influence on our thoughts, however, does it very subtly. That’s why we should surround us with positive, empowering art. I cannot assure you that movies are about introverts, but they are for introverts – to see the beauty not in the words of the characters, but rather in their minds.
Be prepared to discover movies you have never seen before. One-third of them are not made in Hollywood, some of them are less known, some of them are really old and maybe forgotten.
Let’s dive into the world of art.
Year: 2001, country: France, original title: Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
A beautiful movie depicting a story of a lonely woman, who is not great at having conversations, but she is probably the most inspiring introvert character of all. Because that is what she was doing in the movie – inspiring others and sharing good emotions. The movie is bright, colorful, positive and warm.
Amélie (played by french actress Audrey Tautou) is a very sensitive and very introverted character. His father, who is a doctor, discovered that her heartbeat is abnormal – but this is true only when someone approaches close to her, even her father. That is why her parents kept her inside house most of the time, and that is why her social skills remained at almost childish level.
She managed to change lives of other people, including her father, to find love, and live happily by the power of creativity, planning, and imagination. Why can’t you?
And she is also one of the inspirations to start this website too.
Year: 1990, country: USA, director: Tim Burton.
A surrealistic movie about a guy living in a beautiful castle all alone by himself. When he is discovered and brought back to town – a sad and beautiful story of love, fame and betrayal begins.
Edward Scissorhands (played by Johnny Depp) is an artificial creature, made by an old inventor who died and left Edward unfinished – he had scissors instead of hands. After the death of the inventor, he spent all his life living in a castle, making beautiful sculptures of ice in winter and bushes in summer. When brought to “normal” life in a town he feels like a total misfit unable to adapt mainly because of his scissor-hands.
The character despite being harsh in appearance with his sharp scissors instead of gentle hands is the most gentle in his heart. His creativity in making sculptures and haircuts was praised by the people of the town. The quiet guy is the creative one.
By the way:
Tim Burton also made a movie about incredible extrovert too (Big Fish).
3) Forrest Gump
Year: 1994, country: USA, director: Robert Zemeckis.
An epic movie about a guy who despite his mental disabilities is able to achieve many things in various fields – sports, business and even Vietnam war. The movie is aligned with many events of American history – presidents, wars, hippie movement and even the rise of Apple.
Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) is a guy with a slight mental disability, but a very brave heart. He is not afraid of starting a business, going to war and telling John F. Kennedy that he wants to pee. His mind might be not that well, but his heart is what makes him great.
Despite lacking one valuable quality – being smart, Forrest managed to live an interesting and fulfilling life. What valuable qualities do you lack? Maybe you don’t even need them.
Year: 1999, country: USA, director: M. Night Shyamalan.
A very unusual ghost movie about a boy who can see ghosts and a psychologist who is trying to help the boy. This movie is evolving slowly, letting the viewer be immersed in the friendship between a lonely boy and a lonely man.
Cole Sear (played by Haley Joel Osment) is a lonely boy, who is separated from the rest of society mainly due to his ability to see ghosts. He hides in church, or under a blanket at home. Seems like the psychologist and the mother are the only two people who are friendly with him.
At the end of the movie, Cole starts helping the ghosts. Your biggest obstacle might become your biggest opportunity. Ghosts are lonely too, scared too, misunderstood too, but who could help them if no one could see them?
Year: 1995, country: USA, director: Victor Salva.
A slowly evolving movie about a strange white skinned guy with unusual powers – extremely high IQ, extreme memory, telepathy and many others. A movie about how those powers can help people and how can they make the one who has them an outcast.
Jeremy Reed referred to as “Powder” (played by Sean Patrick Flannery) is a guy who lived all his life with grandparents in their farm, because his mother died while giving birth to him, and his father disowned him. He knows everything about the outer world only from books. After his grandfather dies, he finally enters the real world only to discover how different and how unique he is.
The quietest guy has the most special power.
Year: 1994, country: France, original title: Léon, director: Luc Besson.
First of all, it is a good action movie about a professional hitman, with great fighting scenes. It is also a drama about a girl whose family was killed and who is seeking for a revenge. And also about a friendship between the hitman and the girl.
Léon Montana (played by French actor by Jean Reno) is a mafia’s hitman. He does not have friends (except the plant he cares so much) and does not have many activities outside his home except killing. He always works alone and he is the best. However, the subtle side of his personality is revealed by friendship with outgoing rebellious cigarette smoking 12-year-old girl.
The quiet guy is the toughest one.
By the way:
The girl was played by Natalie Portman – now a famous actor.
Year: 1966, country: USSR, original title: Андрей Рублёв, director: Andrey Tarkovsky.
An epic movie about an exceptional character. It is worth seeing as a masterpiece of art about talent and a place of art in our society. This is a story about a real life person – 15th-century icon painter Andrey Rublev, who is a monk in a pravoslav monastery and contemplates about art a lot. After he decides to cease painting and takes a vow of silence, an overly outgoing young boy is hired by the ruler of the city to build a bell for the church. The boy with no considerable talent becomes an important figure in the city while working on the bell.
Andrey Rublev (played by Anatoly Solonitsyn) is a very talented painter. Since he is a monk he is quite separated from the rest of society and after taking the vow of silence, becomes separated even from the fellow monks in the monastery. The meaning of art for him is more important than beauty – one of his most famous paintings is positive and happy Last Judgment which he did like this because he did not want to scare people.
Being quiet does not mean you must hide your talent. Show it!
By the way:
Check the Stalker – another quiet and slow masterpiece of Andrey Tarkovsky.
Year: 2003, country: Canada, director: Guy Maddin.
This a strange surreal comedy shot in black and white. It tells a story about a beer company which arranges a contest of the saddest music in the world during the years of the great depression in order to increase sales. This becomes a competition of extremely outgoing and laid back American guy Chester (that is how Canadians see Americans) and sensitive, depressed Serbian/Canadian Gavrilo the Great. This is a movie of music, irony and sadness.
Gavrilo the Great (played by Ross McMillan) is a Canadian living in Serbia, who came back to participate in the contest of the saddest music. All his songs come deep from his heart. He is sad because his only son has died and he lost his wife Narcissa. However, Narcissa himself has forgotten her past and is engaged with Chester for whom this sadness thing is just a showbiz. While Chester is busy arranging exciting shows, Gavrilo sincerely plays the violin.
The quiet one is the sincere one. Others are doing showbiz.
9) The Big Blue
Year: 1988, country: France/Italy/USA, alternate title: Le Grand Bleu, director: Luc Besson (second time!).
A movie of stunning beauty telling a story about two free divers, their friendship, and competition. The views of the sea and other natural places are breathtaking, but even more breathtaking is the love story between one of the divers and a woman.
Jacques Mayol (played by Jean-Marc Barr) is a very quiet diver. “I’m not good at questions”: he describes himself. He is so obsessed with diving that it has become his all life. Seems like his mind is as deep as the depths of the sea. However, his friend Enzo Molinari has the opposite character and does not shut up for the whole movie (except when he is diving). Jacques meets a woman called Johana and falls in love with her, but seems that he loves the sea much more.
Exceptional people like Jacques are often exceptional in many ways. More talented, more skillful and quieter.
By the way:
Extroverted Enzo Molinari was played by Jean Reno – the actor who played introvert in the movie no 6.
Year: 2000, country: Denmark and others countries, title in Danish: Danser i mørket, director: Lars von Trier.
A magical but at the same time a realistic movie about a mother who is losing her sight and saving money for her only child’s operation to prevent him from getting blind too. This movie can be described as musical because many scenes suddenly become musical performances, they are tied into the plot as fantasies of the main character.
Selma Ježková (played by Icelandic singer Björk) is a poor immigrant woman struggling to save money for her son’s operation. The main feature of her is a habit of drifting into the world of imagination. Since she is almost blind, the world of sound means a lot to her and reality often becomes a stage for a musical performance as she is daydreaming.
She dedicated her life to prevent her son from getting blind. Despite being in disadvantage herself she did not give up her main goal until the end of the movie. What are you fighting for? Can you be as tough as this poor blind dreamer?
11) Silent Running
Year: 1972, country: USA, director: Douglas Trumbull.
A science fiction movie about a spaceship crew member who works on a ship carrying last living samples of a forest. After the order is given to abandon their cargo he rebels and … kills other crew members in order to save the forest, steals the whole ship and heads for a long journey with only some robots to accompany him on the way.
Freeman Lowell (played by Bruce Dern) is an introverted space botanist (I bet he could survive on Mars just as Mark Watney from The Martian). He likes spending time alone surrounded by nature at the times when nature is already extinct. Most of the movie he is the only living person in the whole spaceship and seems that he finds that quite comfortable, however, he compensates human interaction by playing cards with robots.
I find this character quite controversial because he killed other crew members. But anyway – a quiet guy fought against everyone to defend what he believes. Can you defend your beliefs too?
Year: 1974, country: Germany, original title: Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle, director: Werner Herzog.
The list would be incomplete without this strange movie. It is based on a true 19th-century story about a man who spent all his childhood locked in a cell, but later he was brought to the town and left there standing alone with a letter. He was found, taught to speak, write and behave, he was accepted by the society and even became a celebrity, his unique story attracted much interest from the general public and nobility. The movie tells the story of social integration and reveals how strange our society might seem for the one who is introduced to it at once.
Kaspar Hauser (played by Bruno Schleinstein) have spent all his childhood alone in a small cell with some wooden toys. Later, after he was taught to speak, write, draw, play music and become famous he was asked does he like his new life more than previous. And he said: “no”.
The guy experienced the ultimate solitude and seems like he enjoyed it more than the fame and society.
By the way:
The real Kaspar Hauser is believed to be a liar who invented his mysterious past.
13) The Green Mile
Year: 1999, country: USA, director: Frank Darabont.
A warm movie about a man who is imprisoned and condemned to death for a crime he did not commit. Slowly his magic powers of curing people are revealed to the guards of the prison. They become friends even though guards must execute him later.
John Coffey (played by Michael Clarke Duncan) is an extraordinary man. He is extremely tall and massive giant, but very gentle in his heart. He found two dead girls and unsuccessfully tried to resurrect them, but because of his massive appearance, he was quickly sentenced as a killer. However, the world seems too cruel for him so he actually wants to die.
The quiet guy has the magical power and the kindest heart.
By the way:
Tom Hanks from the movie no. 3 and David Morse from no. 10 are also here.
14) The Matrix (and it’s sequels)
Year: 1999, country: USA, directors: Wachowski brothers.
I guess you have seen this movie. It is an action movie with stunning fighting scenes that take place in virtual reality.
Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) is definitely an introvert. Curious, thinking before doing, doubting, questioning – all these qualities do not prevent him from being a hero in an action movie.
The thinking guy is the hero.
15) The Final Battle
Year: 1983, country: France, original title: Le Dernier Combat, director: Luc Besson (3rd time here).
A post-apocalyptic movie, where all the characters have lost the ability to speak. The adventurer, the professor, the brute and all the others – they keep silent all the time.
A good action and interesting story do not need words at all.
By the way:
We can see Jean Reno the 3rd time on this list together with Luc Besson.
Not a movie: Mr. Bean
There is no any particular movie when I think about Mr. Bean. It is all about this British character played by Rowan Atkinson. Most of the jokes Mr. Bean performs alone, and when he finally gets a company then it becomes even funnier because of his lack of proper social skills.
You don’t need to talk much to be entertaining and funny.
What is your favorite movie for introverts?
Please share it here in the comments, we are interested. Did I forget something? Did I skip something? Maybe there are more recent movies suitable for this list?
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