Great films with few characters

by guisreis | created - 26 Mar 2014 | updated - 24 Aug 2016 | Public

Only feature-length films. Movies with more characters but that most of the time had few have also been considered.

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1. Cast Away (2000)

PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White

Votes: 488,659 | Gross: $233.63M

Most of the time, only one (or two, if you consider Wilson). There are much more, but the single interpretation of Tom Hanks is amazing.

2. In Bed (2005)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama

Can strangers connect? Can casual sex become something else? In Santiago, Daniela and Bruno, both about 30, meet at a party, go to another and end up in a hotel. We join them there as ... See full summary »

Director: Matías Bize | Stars: Blanca Lewin, Gonzalo Valenzuela

Votes: 3,051

Just a couple. In the full movie!

3. O Perfume da Memória (2016)

73 min | Drama, Romance

The Scent of Memory, is the story of love between two women who think life in completely different ways . One knows a secret that can zoom out or both . A magical affinity, threatened by circumstances.

Director: Oswaldo Montenegro | Stars: Amandha Monteiro, Oswaldo Montenegro, Kamila Pistori, Janaína Salles

Votes: 151

Only two women. There are also two musicians, but they are not properly characters but only the usage of a narrative style technique.

4. Room in Rome (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso, Najwa Nimri

Votes: 21,085

Most of the time, just two women. There is also a man, who shows himself a few times.

5. Natimorto (2009)

92 min | Drama

A talent agent summons a young singer to Sao Paulo in order to present her to a renowned maestro. While they wait for the day of the audition, they stay in a hotel room where, over ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo Machline | Stars: Betty Gofman, Lourenço Mutarelli, Simone Spoladore

Votes: 144

In the whole movie only six characters appear (two of them waiters), among them only three are important and talk, and most of the time we can see only a man and a woman.

6. La serva Padrona (1999)

70 min | Musical, Comedy

Living in the house of Uberto as a child, Serpina is now a beautiful young woman who, seeing her master willing to marry, decides that it will be her and not any other woman. Adaptation of the Opera buffa La Serva Padrona.

Director: Carla Camurati | Stars: Thales Pan Chacon, Sylvia Klein, José Carlos Leal

Votes: 69

Three. Just like the opera.

7. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 940,516 | Gross: $223.81M

Many more characters appear in this amazing animated film. Though, in the first 44 minutes, there are only three: two robots and a cockroach (and not an anthropomorphic one).

8. Juventude (2008)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Three friends are re in the house of one of them, recall cases where the past and have fun.

Director: Domingos de Oliveira | Stars: Edward Boggiss, Edward Borges, Domingos de Oliveira, Aderbal Freire Filho

Votes: 49

Three developed characters (only seven people).

9. Feminices (2004)

72 min | Comedy

Four actresses in their mid-forties get together in the afternoon to write a play about their own experiences. But the director isn't satisfied with the outcome.

Director: Domingos de Oliveira | Stars: Dedina Bernardelli, Domingos de Oliveira, Cacá Mourthé, Clarice Niskier

Votes: 58

Five: the actor-director and four women.

10. Carnage (2011)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

Votes: 114,159 | Gross: $2.55M

Out of the phone, just six (only two couples for most of the time).

11. Barren Lives (1963)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Joffre Soares

Votes: 2,064

For most of the time, just a husband, a wife, two children and the bitch Baleia. May we consider just six characters? Other people almost do not appear.

12. Silent Running (1972)

G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 25,284

The film is centered in a single human character, although human characters which can be seen are four (besides two other whom we just listen his voices a few times). There are also three robot characters. There are, then, between four and nine characters.

13. Chamada a Cobrar (2012)

72 min | Drama, Thriller

A high class lady from Brazil falls into a fake kidnapping scam when she answers a stranger's phone call. Believing that one of her daughters has been kidnapped, she is guided by a ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Muylaert | Stars: Cida Almeida, Maria Manoella, Renan Monteiro, Lourenço Mutarelli

Votes: 49

Only five important characters. Besides extras, less than ten other characters appear.

Only nine characters appear and are heard (most of the time, only seven or eight). Though, the movie is not very good.

15. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 635,169 | Gross: $4.36M

Although we can see other people in the very beginning and in the last seconds of the film, there are only fourteen characters: the judge, the accused, and the 12 men whom the movie owes its title.

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