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The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix

Updated February 19, 2020 278 votes 380 voters 24.1k views43 items

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 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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    Blue Is the Warmest Color
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    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2013

    Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche

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    Creep
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    Creep

    Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

    Released2014

    Directed byPatrick Kack-Brice

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    Beasts of No Nation
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    Beasts of No Nation

    Idris Elba, Abraham Attah

    Released2015

    Directed byCary Fukunaga

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    Frances Ha
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    Frances Ha

    Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver

    Released2012

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

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    Roma
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    Roma

    Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

    Released2018

    Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón delivers a vivid, emotional portrait of a domestic worker's journey set against domestic and political turmoil in 1970s Mexico.

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    The Fundamentals of Caring
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    The Fundamentals of Caring

    Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts

    Directed byRob Burnett

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    6 Years
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    6 Years

    Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield

    Released2015

    Directed byHannah Fidell

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    Under the Skin
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    Under the Skin

    Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek

    Released2013

    Directed byJonathan Glazer

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    The Spectacular Now
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    The Spectacular Now

    Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Ponsoldt

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    To and From New York
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    To and From New York

    David Crane, Shaana Diya

    Released2006

    Directed bySorin Dan Mihalcescu

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    Blue Valentine
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    Blue Valentine

    Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byDerek Cianfrance

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    The Place Beyond the Pines
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    The Place Beyond the Pines

    Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper

    Released2012

    Directed byDerek Cianfrance

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    While We're Young
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    While We're Young

    Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts

    Released2014

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

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    Advantageous
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    Advantageous

    James Urbaniak, Jacqueline Kim

    Released2012

    Directed byJennifer Phang

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    The Chosen Ones
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    The Chosen Ones

    Nancy Talamantes, Óscar Torres

    Released2015

    Directed byDavid Pablos

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    Bottom of the World
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    Bottom of the World

    Jena Malone, Ted Levine

    Released2017

    Directed byRichard Sears

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    Unicorn Store
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    Unicorn Store

    Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2019

    Directed byBrie Larson

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    Manson Family Vacation

    Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips

    Released2015

    Directed byJ. Davis

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    Blue Jay
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    Blue Jay

    Sara Lindsey, James Landry Hébert

    Directed byMichael Ciulla

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    American Honey
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    American Honey

    Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2016

    Directed byAndrea Arnold

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    King Jack
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    King Jack

    Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols

    Released2015

    Directed byFelix Thompson

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    Band of Robbers
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    Band of Robbers

    Kyle Gallner, Adam Nee

    Released2015

    Directed byAaron Nee, Adam Nee

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    Birthmarked
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    Birthmarked

    Matthew Goode, Toni Collette

    Released2018

    Directed byEmanuel Hoss-Desmarais

    Birthmarked is a 2018 comedy film directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais. Two scientists, Ben...
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    20th Century Women
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    20th Century Women

    Annette Bening, Elle Fanning

    Released2016

    Directed byMike Mills

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    Other People
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    Other People

    Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon

    Directed byChris Kelly

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