Minimal Dialogue Movies

Movies with minimal dialogue to tell a story (no silent movies, well maybe one or two for very good reasons.) I'm sure there are more movies out there but I can't think of them at the moment. (Listed alphabetically.)
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1.
Alice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ Surreal piece from the master of live-animation. ” - mifunesamurai
 
2.
Alaska (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A slaughterhouse worker appears to be romantically involved with his boss's wife. They plan to leave the country together... (45 mins.)
Director: Mike van Diem
“ A little gem with hardly any dialogue. ” - mifunesamurai
 
3.
All Is Lost (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
“ Silence in the great wide ocean... (thanks for the pick Marcus Mansukhani) ” - mifunesamurai
 
4.
Ariel (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed... (73 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ Aki Kaurismäki is a director who doesn't like his characters talking too much. ” - mifunesamurai
 
5.
Atlantis (1991 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Atmospheric soundtrack follows this compilation of nature footage that focuses on the Atlantic ocean and various life forms that live, mate and die in it. (78 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Besson underwater. ” - mifunesamurai
 
6.
Badlands (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Somehow Malick's films do have plenty of dialogue, but they seem to be minimal because his style of shooting lends itself to the long landscape shots his characters are caught up in. ” - mifunesamurai
 
7.
The Bear (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters. (96 mins.)
“ No talking animals here (thanks for pick, Rick Baer). ” - mifunesamurai
 
8.
The Black Stallion (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... (118 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
“ Ballard understands nature and the language of silence it speaks. ” - mifunesamurai
 
9.
The Brown Bunny (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Professional motorcycle racer Bud Clay heads from New Hampshire to California to race again. Along the way he meets various needy women who provide him with the cure to his own loneliness, but only a certain woman from his past will truly satisfy him. (93 mins.)
Director: Vincent Gallo
“ Gallo doesn't need to say much. ” - mifunesamurai
 
10.
Cast Away (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island. (143 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Hanks in a silent world of survival. Thanks junaidmeo189. ” - mifunesamurai
 
11.
Cyclo (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals... (123 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ Anh Hung Tran is a master in telling his stories with stunning images. ” - mifunesamurai
 
12.
Un Flic (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Bank robbery in small town ends with one of the robbers being wounded. The loot from the robbery is just an asset for the even more spectacular heist... (98 mins.)
“ The silent heist. Melville is the king of minimal dialogue. ” - mifunesamurai
 
13.
Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins... (105 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
“ Great use of dialogue without being too obvious in the underlying art of emotional suppression of love & lust! ” - mifunesamurai
 
14.
Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the post-apocalyptic future, only a few humans are left. No one is able to speak; the film contains no dialogue... (92 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Amazing debut from Besson. ” - mifunesamurai
 
15.
$ (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany. (121 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ Caper films are perfect for minimal dialogue and Brooks has fun with this. ” - mifunesamurai
 
16.
Elephant (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. (81 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ The kids are not alright (thanks for the pick Evita Geradts). ” - mifunesamurai
 
17.
Floating Life (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An aging Hong Kong couple move to Australia with their two youngest sons. They stay with a daughter who has already begun a successful career... (96 mins.)
Director: Clara Law
“ It has some dialogue but a string of strong images are constructed to tell a powerful story of searching for a place to call home; hence the title. ” - mifunesamurai
 
18.
I Fidanzati (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department... (77 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
“ Another human observational classic from Olmi. ” - mifunesamurai
 
19.
Gerry (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A friendship between two young men is tested when they go for a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them. (103 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ The desert is a silent world. (Thanks for the reminder phil-253.) ” - mifunesamurai
 
20.
Gone with the Train (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After his father's death, a young man (Gregor Bakovic) uses the black mourning flag and sews himself a pair of trousers... (76 mins.)
Director: Igor Sterk
“ Delightful piece of cinema story telling. ” - mifunesamurai
 
21.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ It's all about the stares. (thanks featherwind) ” - mifunesamurai
 
22.
Ida (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation. (82 mins.)
“ Brilliant use of black and white in a creative 4:3 frame, and the story itself is also unique without having to use too many words... ” - mifunesamurai
 
23.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine. (201 mins.)
“ As picked by Listener Canon Hernandez... ” - mifunesamurai
 
24.
Ju Dou (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with... (95 mins.)
“ Erotic images. ” - mifunesamurai
 
25.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. (86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
“ Okay, it's just music, but with 90 minutes of pure intense images of beauty and destruction. ” - mifunesamurai
 
26.
The Last Laugh (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ Classic silent movie but without those dialogue cards! ” - mifunesamurai
 
27.
The Long Day Closes (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old "Bud." A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days... (85 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
“ Terence Davis knows how to tell a story without being too loud. ” - mifunesamurai
 
28.
Los Muertos (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Vargas, a 54 year old man, gets out of jail in the prvince of Corrientes, Argentina. Once released, he wants to find his now adult daughter... (78 mins.)
Director: Lisandro Alonso
“ Another pick from Lucas Vinicius... ” - mifunesamurai
 
29.
A Man Escaped (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Captured French Resistance fighter Andre Devigny awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison... (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ Bresson, the master cinema story teller. ” - mifunesamurai
 
30.
Meek's Cutoff (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. (104 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
“ As recommended by phil-253 and worth the viewing... ” - mifunesamurai
 
31.
Moebius (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy. (89 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Cheeky non-dialouge film from Kim Ki-duk (thanks for the pick kdp90125) ” - mifunesamurai
 
32.
Mon Oncle (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings. (117 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ I can't put all of Jacques Tati films, but this is at the top of my list. ” - mifunesamurai
 
33.
The Naked Island (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops. (94 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
“ A Shindo classic with no dialogue (thanks for the pick @Ivan Pančetović) ” - mifunesamurai
 
34.
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species. (105 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
“ Superb observation on human verses nature. ” - mifunesamurai
 
35.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Just the opening scene is a classic. ” - mifunesamurai
 
36.
Il Posto (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation. (93 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
“ The life of a young simple postman beautifully captured by Olmi. ” - mifunesamurai
 
37.
Quest for Fire (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This story takes place in prehistoric time when three prehistoric tribesmen search for a new fire source. (100 mins.)
“ Nice to see that there was no dialogue used in this, cause there really wasn't any back then. ” - mifunesamurai
 
38.
Red Sorghum (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby... (91 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Zhang Yimou at his finest. ” - mifunesamurai
 
39.
The Runner (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until... (94 mins.)
Director: Amir Naderi
“ The life of an Iranian street kid caught by the visual beauty of storytelling. ” - mifunesamurai
 
40.
Samson & Delilah (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy... (100 mins.)
“ Powerful, depressing but rewarding... ” - mifunesamurai
 
41.
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab and must find a way back to his father... (60 mins.)
Director: Dave Borthwick
“ A dark silent world. ” - mifunesamurai
 
42.
Sidewalk Stories (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Nearly silent comedy filmed in black and white follows a street artist (Charles Lane), who rescues a baby after her father was murdered... (97 mins.)
Director: Charles Lane
“ A homage to Chaplin. ” - mifunesamurai
 
43.
The Silence (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two sisters and 13-year old boy travel in a fictitious foreign country. The older sister gets sick and the three move into a hotel. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Bergman does just that. ” - mifunesamurai
 
44.
Silent Movie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years. (87 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Yes, its a silent movie, but made during the talkies, and made by Mel Brooks. ” - mifunesamurai
 
45.
Sofie (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
From 1886 to 1907 in the life of Sofie, a Jew in Copenhagen who is nearly 29, with no marital prospects... (151 mins.)
Director: Liv Ullmann
“ Ulmann follows in the steps of master filmmaker Bergman. ” - mifunesamurai
 
46.
Solaris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
“ Images are enough. ” - mifunesamurai
 
47.
Somewhere (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ There is some dialogue, but not for plot purposes. All the emotions are emoted through the strong images. ” - mifunesamurai
 
48.
Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Brother and sister endure alone together in a post-apocalyptic Outback until the sudden arrival of a stranger. (93 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ Proyas' dark silent world in outback Australia... ” - mifunesamurai
 
49.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd. (83 mins.)
“ Interesting pick by @Mounir Maged Youssef. ” - mifunesamurai
 
50.
The Tale of Ruby Rose (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In the 20's, Ruby Rose lives alone with her husband Henry and their stepson Gem in the cold mountains of in Tasmania... (100 mins.)
Director: Roger Scholes
“ In the amazing haunting mind of Ruby Rose. ” - mifunesamurai
 
51.
Themroc (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Made without proper language, just gibberish and grunts, this is an absurdist comedy about a man who rejects every facet of normal bourgeois life and turns his apartment into a virtual cave. (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Faraldo
“ Brilliant social satire with more grunting than dialogue. ” - mifunesamurai
 
52.
Three Monkeys (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to get through their hardships. (109 mins.)
“ Very slow moving but effective with some brilliant cinematic moments... ” - mifunesamurai
 
53.
The Tribe (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A deaf mute boy joins a boarding school for similar children. Confronted by the violent and criminal antics of some of the other boys and girls, he struggles to conform and join the 'tribe'. (126 mins.)
“ A silent and harsh world for our deaf mute (thanks for the pick Lucas Vinicius)... ” - mifunesamurai
 
54.
The Turin Horse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse. (146 mins.)
“ Chosen by @Ivan Pančetović. ” - mifunesamurai
 
55.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick challenges the mind. ” - mifunesamurai
 
56.
Under the Skin (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery. (108 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ A wonderful strange trip, but thanks for the pick @Marko Konfic... ” - mifunesamurai
 
57.
Walkabout (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. (100 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ Roeg's stunning photography of the barren Aussie landscape ” - mifunesamurai
 
58.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ The perfect example of modern day filmmaking without too much words. (Thanks for the pick, Caldlow.) ” - mifunesamurai
 
59.
Youchai (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Jianjun He
“ Chinese filmmaker's are masters of minimal dialogue. ” - mifunesamurai