Best ‘character study’ movies

  • Taxi Driver
  • Shame
  • The Sword of Doom
  • The Gambler
  • Nightcrawler
  • The Lacemaker
  • Memento
  • The Piano
  • Citizen Kane
  • First Reformed
  • Happy End
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • There Will Be Blood
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Raging Bull
  • Schindler's List
  • Le Samouraï
  • American Psycho
  • Affliction
  • Ordet
  • The Conversation
  • Heat
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Thief
  • Take Shelter
  • Rocky
  • The Pledge
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Hunger
  • Phantom Thread
  • Uncut Gems
  • The Master
  • American Beauty
  • The Godfather
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Elle
  • Caché
  • Her
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • La Strada
  • Carol
  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • Serpico
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Perfect Blue
  • A Single Man
  • Antichrist
  • Black Swan
  • Barry Lyndon
  • GoodFellas
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Paris, Texas
  • Joker
  • Naked
  • James White