While action movies and raunchy comedy don’t generally feature introverts, there are a few that do.
Introverted protagonists who grow of age and learn to appreciate their own uniqueness are the focus of these 10 films.
1. “Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a staple for the quiet kids.
Charlie (Logan Lerman) is the protagonist of the 2012 film, which is based on Stephen Chbosky’s thrilling novel. T
With no one to turn to, he embarks on a series of “Rocky Horror Picture Show”-style shadow plays, mixtapes, and late-night journeys in search of companionship. However, when he makes new friends (Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman), Charlie grows greater self-confidence, but he never loses his ability to quietly observe others and grasp what most people overlook.
As relatable as it is heartwarming, Charlie’s narrative is expertly acted by a talented cast.
2. “Princess Cyd” shows the differences between introverts and extroverts.
Cyd (Jessie Pinnick), a 16-year-old Chicago suburbian, reaches a watershed moment when she is sent to live with her aunt in the middle of the summer. In contrast to Cyd’s extroversion, her aunt (Rebecca Spence) is a reticent novelist who prefers to lead a calm and simple existence.
Cyd and Miranda learn to deal with the inevitable conflicts and joys that arise when two people of such diametrically opposed personalities share a home. On top of that, Cyd falls in love with Malik (Malic White) and begins to speak up about his past traumas. “Princess Cyd” is a languid drama about a young girl’s relationship with her family and her own personal growth.
3. “Short Term 12” proves that introverts aren’t weak.
Brie Larson starred in the independent drama “Short Term 12” before winning an Oscar for her role in “Room.”
While working with children and teenagers who are at risk, Grace (Larson) offers support and guidance to a variety of children who are dealing with issues such as parental abandonment, self-harm, and violence in the home. Lakeith Stanfield plays Marcus, an adolescent with a quiet intensity, alongside Larson. Grace realizes how much she needs aid after assisting Marcus and others around her.
4. “Garden State” is another classic favorite.
For Zach Braff, who was director, writer, and star of “Garden State” when it released in 2004, the film was a surprise hit. Andrew (Braff) returns to New Jersey after the death of his mother.
Andrew returns from years of being over-medicated by his father to a community full of old friends, a new love interest (Natalie Portman), and pits that you can scream your heart out in.
Several plot lines have been dubbed “Manic Pixie Dream Girls” since the film’s release, including Portman’s character. However, there are many moments in the film that merit praise for the care with which it explores sorrow, mental illness, and the nature of one’s identity.
5. “The Way Way Back” is a story about being yourself.
Duncan, an awkward kid, visits his mother (Toni Collette) and her new boyfriend (Steve Carell) for the summer at a beach house. Duncan is frequently left to his own devices, unaware of what others want of him or what he can contribute.
Coworkers at a nearby water park help Duncan form a family of his own by accepting him for who he is. Small independent film “The Way Way Back” portrays an awkward and introverted protagonist as he remakes his world without changing himself to please others.
6. “Once” is a quiet film.
Musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová play in the film “Once” are pulled together by a shared love of the music they play. Their time together in Dublin allows them to heal their hurts and create new music, which they share with the audience and each other.
We get the impression that this is their story, and we’re just observers thanks to the documentary-style filmmaking and naturalistic acting. In fact, their names, “Guy” and “Girl,” make it difficult for spectators to get to know them personally, but the songs they sing convey an intensity of feeling and longing that reverberates throughout the entire film.
7. “Brick” shows the intensity of inner thought.
When Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levittex-girlfriend )’s goes missing, he launches his own investigation to find her by questioning classmates and neighbors.
From the gritty cinematography to the voice-over narrative, this dark indie is dripping with film noir references. In addition to launching Gordon-acting Levitt’s career, the picture launched the career of filmmaker Rian Johnson, who went on to create “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Levitt’s continual monologuing enhances the film’s somber tone and rhythmic pacing. As a reticent character is thrust into a violent world, the audience gains insight into Brendan’s inner thoughts thanks to this access.
8. “The To Do List” is relatable, but funny, for many introverts.
“Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza has also been in a number of independent films, notably “The To Do List,” which she is most known for. By the conclusion of the summer, Brandy (Plaza) has completed a list of sexual acts she wants to try before starting college.
Brandy goes through the list in a hurried manner, attempting to keep her emotions in check. However, as she becomes more sexually adventurous, she begins to delve deeper into her own desires and needs, which she had previously overlooked. Plaza stars in this quirky, underappreciated coming-of-age drama alongside a strong group of comedic actors (Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Alia Shawkat, and Donald Glover).
9. “The Edge of Seventeen” shows how you can find confidence, even as a loner.
Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), a vivacious youngster, is frequently overshadowed by her popular elder brother, Darian (Jonah Hill). When Nadine’s best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) starts seeing Darian, she feels betrayed and abandoned at the same time.
Nadine, who was left to her own devices at the start of the school year, began to develop a new appreciation for herself and a level of self-confidence that she had never had before. Female companionship and puberty’s perils are both explored in “The Edge of Seventeen.”
10. “Amelie” shows how quiet people can change the world.
Audrey Tautou plays the title role in this classic French film. Amelie, a quiet yet creative Parisian, helps everyone around her and falls in love in the process. The score and production design, which are both vibrant and whimsical, aid in bringing Amelie’s imaginative world to life.
It’s a fantastic depiction of how quiet people may have a profound impact on the world.