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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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Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also appears in the film as Silent Bob. Starring Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson ...more

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Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple Mr. Nobody is a 2009 science fiction drama film. It was written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, produced by Philippe Godeau, and starred Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, ...more

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James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell Filth is a 2013 British crime comedy-drama film written and directed by Jon S. Baird, based on Irvine Welsh's novel Filth. The film was released on 27 September 2013 in Scotland, 4 October 2013 ...more

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Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more

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Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson Frank is a 2014 comedy-drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the title character. The film premiered ...more

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micah-stewart added Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more

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Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice Creep is a 2014 comedy horror film directed by Patrick Brice, based on a script written by Brice and Mark Duplass. The movie, which is Brice's directorial debut, had its world premiere on March ...more

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V/H/S is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial V/H/S is a 2012 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts written and directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the ...more

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more

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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American war drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in the ...more

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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater The Nymphoniac Part 2 is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier.

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Private Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Kayli Carter Private Life is a 2018 American drama film directed by Tamara Jenkins. An author (Kathryn Hahn) is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her ...more

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Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The ...more

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Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on Michel Faber's 2000 novel. A mysterious young woman (Scarlett Johansson) seduces lonely men in the ...more

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Tamzin Merchant, Gethin Anthony, Baard Owe Copenhagen is an independent US-Canadian coming-of-age adventure film. It had its world premiere as the opening narrative feature at the 20th anniversary edition of the Slamdance Film Festival ...more

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Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman, Rosie O'Donnell Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Beautiful Girls is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Ted Demme from a screenplay written by Scott Rosenberg, starring Matt Dillon, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Rosie ...more

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Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jason Sudeikis Drinking Buddies is a 2013 American film written and directed by Joe Swanberg, and starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. The film is about two co-workers at a ...more

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Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen Frances Ha is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by Noah Baumbach and written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. Gerwig also plays the title role. The film premiered at the Telluride Film ...more

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Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel Adore is a 2013 Australian-French drama film directed by Anne Fontaine. The film is based on a novella by British writer Doris Lessing called The Grandmothers. The original title of the film was ...more

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James Urbaniak, Jacqueline Kim, Yasmin Kazi Imagining tomorrow’s America today, FUTURESTATES is a series of independent mini-features — short narrative films created by veteran filmmakers and emerging talents transforming today’s complex ...more

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To and From New York is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
To and From New York David Crane, Shaana Diya, Jesse Barton To and from New York is a 2006 drama and romance film written by Sorin Dan Mihalcescu and Raluca Pencu and directed by Sorin Dan Mihalcescu.