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In the mood for some offbeat cinema? These are best indie movies on Netflix, ranked by movie lovers like you. Independent movies often struggle to find an audience, but Netflix Instant provides an extensive collection of the most memorable indie films ever produced. This list of Netflix indie movies includes comedies, dramas, thrillers, and plenty more genres for you to enjoy. 

Independent movies streaming on Netflix include many familiar stars. Long before he was Frank Underwood in Netflix's hit series House of Cards, Kevin Spacey starred as the worst boss ever in the 1994 film Swimming with Sharks. Four Rooms, which can also be viewed on Netflix, finds four independent directors (Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell) joining forces for a four-part masterpiece.

Rosemarie DeWitt is the reigning queen of independent cinema. Her movies Touchy Feely, Your Sister's Sister, and Nobody Walks can all be found on Netflix. Christopher Nolan is best known for directing the Dark Knight series, but he started his career back in 1998 with the low-budget film Following.

Do you have a favorite independent movie to watch on Netflix? Vote up the best Netflix indie films to the top of this list and don't hesitate to add any independent films we may have missed.

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis Uma Thurman - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi Tim Roth - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy Frances McDormand

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle Jonny Lee Miller

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams Matt Damon - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds Paul Dano

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The Babadook Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall Adam Morgan

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Moonrise Kingdom Bruce Willis, Bill Murray Edward Norton

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The Royal Tenenbaums Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin Bill Murray

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Punch-Drunk Love Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman Emily Watson

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The Station Agent Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage Patricia Clarkson - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Moon Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore Kaya Scodelario

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Creep Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

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Melancholia Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland John Hurt

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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Nymphomaniac: Volume II Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf Christian Slater

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How I Live Now Saoirse Ronan, Anna Chancellor George MacKay

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Wet Hot American Summer Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks Amy Poehler

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Bernie Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black Shirley MacLaine

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Byzantium Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan Jonny Lee Miller

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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Beasts of No Nation Idris Elba, Ama K. Abebrese

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Valhalla Rising Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives Gary Lewis

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Clerks Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes Scott Mosier - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe Shia LaBeouf

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Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro Bradley Cooper

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Boogie Nights Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg Heather Graham

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Election Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick Chris Klein

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Fish Tank Michael Fassbender, Harry Treadaway Anthony Geary

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Short Term 12 Brad William Henke, Keith Stanfield Adam Shapiro

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Primer Shane Carruth, David Sullivan Keith Bradshaw

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Holy Motors Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli Denis Lavant

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Blue Is the Warmest Colour Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos Alma Jodorowsky

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Frank Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal Domhnall Gleeson

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Filth James McAvoy, Imogen Poots Jamie Bell

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The One I Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
The One I Love Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson Mary Steenburgen

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The Kids Are All Right Julianne Moore, Annette Bening Mark Ruffalo

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The Hunt Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport Thomas Bo Larsen

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Upstream Color Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth Brina Palencia

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Helen Mirren, Tim Roth Michael Gambon

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Time Lapse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Time Lapse Henry Rollins, Dina Meyer Roy Scheider

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Four Rooms Madonna, Salma Hayek Bruce Willis

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Adventureland Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds Kristen Wiig - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Beautiful Girls Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman Rosie O'Donnell - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Monsters Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able Annalee Jefferies

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Following Emma Thomas, Barbara Stepansky John Nolan

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Mr. Nobody Diane Kruger, Jared Leto Juno Temple

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The Comedy Eric Wareheim, James Murphy Tim Heidecker - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Five Minutes of Heaven Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt Anamaria Marinca

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TiMER JoBeth Williams, Michelle Borth Emma Caulfield