Silence is golden or so they say! There are times when words are not enough! It might be worthwhile to understand that the celebration of silence is as old as the human civilization. Like real life, the same adage holds true for reel life. Cinematic history has been replete with countless instances when the auteurs preferred silence over words. Akin to everything else, some such efforts bore fruits while some apparently didn’t. Our priority here at The Cinemaholic was to look at some of the successful ventures when filmmakers eloquently put across their intended message through the placement of silence.
It would help the readers to understand that silence in the current discourse doesn’t necessarily mean a conspicuous absence of dialogues. In fact at times, words complement silence and enrich it. To put it a little more philosophically, words might also constitute silence. If this conjecture seems a little too fuzzy, you might as well choose to ignore the rumbling and hit the list straightway, thereby paradoxically proving the validity of the conjecture. Some of our selections in the following list had more dialogues than the others. However, what binds all the movies in this list is the primacy of silence over dialogues, present as they might be. Now that we have tried our bit in explaining our stand, it might help to actually look at the list of top movies with almost no dialogue. You can stream some of these best dialogueless movies on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube or Amazon Prime.
10. Cast Away (2000)
Robert Zemeckis’ unique drama venture ‘Cast Away’ is as much about will force as it is about an unending struggle to survive. While being stuck at an unpopulated island in the South Pacific subject to a plane crash, FedEx systems engineer Chuck Noland learns to understand the values of life and relationships. Although it features some impassioned monologues and hardly any discursive dialogue, the movie is a careful account of how isolation and forced solitude could suck the nectar out of life. Although replete with countless logical flaws, ‘Cast Away’ would always be remembered for having been witness to one of the finest pieces of acting by the immensely talented Tom Hanks.
9. The Revenant (2015)