BURIED, Ryan Reynolds, 2010. ©Lionsgate/courtesy Everett CollectionEverett

This weekend, Robert Redford boards a ship destined for destruction in the new man-vs-nature movie "All Is Lost." From director J.C. Chandor, who made his debut with the financial thriller "Margin Call," the film strips down the backstory and manufactured emotion to tell a story of problem solving mechanics. There's little dialogue, it's entirely set on Redford's boat, and each scene is basically tackling a different issue plaguing the actor's character. If he's going to survive, he has to think on his feet. Despite its simplicity, it's absolutely riveting.

Where does "All Is Lost" fit in the best one-man movies of all time? There haven't been many -- and tragically, even less with women, whose single-character entries have been committed to telemovies. But Hollywood has taken enough chances on the challenging format to see a spectrum of end products. Here are our picks, from "good" to "impossibly great."

'All Is Lost' Premieres At New York Film Fest
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