Introverts are known to have overly excited minds, but they tend to keep their thoughts to themselves when in public. Finding a relaxing medium is something that most introverts look forward to. Some may pick up a novel, and others catch a movie. Movies and novels feed the imagination of introverts by introducing characters that help us see the world through their eyes.
The movies you will find in this list are fit for introverts. They perfectly capture the feeling of being unintentionally drawn away from society. Extroverts may learn a thing or two from these movies as well, especially since a lot of them hold a certain stigma against introverts by assuming that they are rude. So for your viewing pleasure, check out the list of movies that perfectly capture what it is like to be an introvert.
Movies for Introverts
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
The movie centers around Charlie (Logan Lerman), an incoming freshman who was just discharged from a mental health facility. On his first few days of school, he finds it difficult to connect to his other classmates, but he eventually finds solace in two seniors Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller). The two introduce Charlie to different high-school experiences such as parties, complicated relationships, and even drugs.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower shows everyone, not just teens and introverts, how difficult it can be to deal with your personal issues and connect with others at the same time. Director and writer Stephen Chbosky truly brings to light all these topics, as well as other themes like sexual abuse and gender issues.
2. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Director Wes Anderson is known for creating eccentric and socially awkward characters, so it is no surprise that the cast of The Royal Tenenbaums perfectly captured his signature style.
The Tenenbaum siblings grew up as overachievers but ended up failing later in life after their father, Royal, left the family. The movie shows us how our experiences during childhood can sometimes affect the way we interact with other people in the future. Since the Tenenbaum children are too busy honing their individual expertise, they are often isolated from society and never really get to experience a normal childhood.
3. Lars and the Real Girl (2004)
Ryan Gosling stars as Lars, a lonely man who tries to cope with his feelings by purchasing a sex doll on the Internet. He soon develops a relationship with the doll, even going as far as naming it Bianca and giving it a back story. At the advise of Lars’s therapist, his brother and sister-in-law agree to go along with it for his own sake.
Lars and the Real Girl may have been branded as a comedy, but its underlying themes of love and loss make watching it worthwhile.
4. Simple Simon (2010)
Eighteen-year-old Simon (Bill Skaarsgard) has Asperger’s syndrome and has difficulty interacting with others. The only person he seems to trust is his brother Sam. So Simon’s parents make the decision to have the teen live with him and his girlfriend in an attempt to have him break out of his shell. Things go sour when Sam’s girlfriend ends their relationship, stating she can no longer handle Simon around. Simon, being a creature of habit, ventures out into the world to find his brother a new girlfriend while building his own relationships.
Simple Simon became a hit upon its release in Sweden and even went on to become the country’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film during the 83rd Academy Awards. This whimsical movie delivers a lot of heart and it also provides insight on how some people with Asperger’s can be quite introverted.
5. Amelie (2001)
A young French girl named Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is impulsively diagnosed with a heart cognition by her own parents causing her to be isolated from the world as she grows up. This causes Amelie to be lonely and curious, so by the time she turns 18, she finally leaves home. The outside world proves to be just as eccentric as Amelie’s own imagination, but as the story goes on, she discovers that there are more things in life than choosing to just live in the comfort of her own thoughts.
French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has successfully created a film that appeals to all, but Amelie serves as a love letter for introverts as it discusses the topic in an honest yet heartwarming way.