8 Great Movies With Little To No Dialogue (And They Don't Need It)
They found a different way to touch audiences' souls on the big screen.
Great movies that have minimal or no dialogue at all are a testament to the power of visual storytelling and creative filmmaking. Here's a list of movies that chose cinematography, music, and expressive performances over words.
The Artist (2011)
This Oscar-winning silent film pays homage to the golden age of Hollywood. Set in the 1920s and featuring almost no dialogue, this masterpiece follows the story of a silent film actor struggling to adapt to the talkies.
Under The Skin (2013)
Known for its minimal dialogue and thought-provoking themes, this sci-fi thriller stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien who takes human form to prey on humans in Scotland. Johansson's beauty, her standout performance, and the film's unique style make it well worth your time.
Samsara is a visually stunning documentary that spans the globe and captures the fascinating landscapes, cultures, and human experiences of the world. Without a single spoken word, the film transcends the barriers of language and invites the audience to reflect on the beauty and complexity of the world.
Pixar's animated masterpiece, Wall-E, is the heartwarming story of a solitary robot left to clean up a deserted planet. Relying on visual storytelling and an adorable main character, the film brilliantly conveys emotions and themes of love, environmentalism, and humanity with minimal dialogue.
The Shallows (2016)
This thrilling shark attack movie follows the story of a medical student, played by Blake Lively, who gets stranded just 200 meters from the shore while being chased by a shark. With minimal dialogue, the film creates a tense and suspenseful atmosphere as we become witnesses to the main hero's struggle for survival.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Beloved by many, this post-apocalyptic movie introduces us to a world where creatures use sound to hunt, and a family that has to live in silence in order to survive. With limited dialogue, this suspenseful horror film still manages to create tension and fear only relying on ambient sounds and the characters' non-verbal communication.
All Is Lost (2013)
This survival drama stars Robert Redford as a sailor stranded at sea after a collision with a shipping container. The film has very little dialogue, relying on Redford's powerful and emotional performance to convey the character's struggle and determination for survival.
127 hours (2010)
Based on a true story, this biographical survival drama film uses only a minimal amount of dialogue to create an emotional connection with the audience. Despite the horrors Aron Ralston faces, viewers root for him to survive, making the movie enjoyable and rewarding to watch.