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The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix  

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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 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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Creep 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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Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky
Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh. French teenager Adèle ...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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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese
Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in a West ...more
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Princess Cyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Princess Cyd
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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
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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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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Roma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Roma Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

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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Private Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
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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The Fundamentals of Caring is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez
The Fundamentals of Caring is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Rob Burnett, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jonathan Evison and stars Paul Rudd, Craig ...more
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Happy as Lazzaro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Happy as Lazzaro Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani

Purehearted teen Lazzaro is content living as a sharecropper in rural Italy, but an unlikely friendship with the marquise's son will change his world.

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6 Years is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield, Lindsay Burdge
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Miss Stevens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Miss Stevens Lily Rabe, Timothée Chalamet, Lili Reinhart
Miss Stevens is a 2016 American drama film directed by Julia Hart. Rachel Stevens (Lily Rabe) is a 29-year-old high school English teacher who volunteers to take three of her students to a drama ...more
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King Jack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
King Jack Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen
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Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver
While We're Young is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Noah Baumbach. A New York-based documentary filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) develop a friendship with a couple in ...more
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Room is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Room

Kidnapped, confined to a tiny room and raped, a young woman gives birth to a son. When he reaches his fifth birthday, she begins plotting an escape.

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Tramps is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Callum Turner, Grace Van Patten, Michal Vondel
Tramps is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Adam Leon. A young man (Callum Turner) and woman (Grace Van Patten) find love in an unlikely place while carrying out a shady deal.
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Tallulah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard
Tallulah is a 2016 comedy-drama film written and directed by Sian Heder. A dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife tired of caring for her toddler hires a stranger to baby-sit.
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The Incredible Jessica James is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Jessica Williams, Chris O'Dowd, Noël Wells
The Incredible Jessica James is a 2017 American comedy film written and directed by James C. Strouse. An aspiring playwright in New York, fresh from a break up, strikes up a new relationship ...more
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Super Dark Times is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino
Super Dark Times is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Kevin Phillips. After covering up a gruesome accident, best friends Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) struggle to ...more
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Mr. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower
Mr. Roosevelt is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Noël Wells. Struggling comedian Emily Martin (Noël Wells) returns to her hometown, attempts to come to terms with her past, and ...more
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Paddleton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Mark Duplass, Ray Romano, Ravi Patel
Paddleton is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Alex Lehmann. An unlikely bromance between two misfit neighbors (Mark Duplass and Ray Romano) becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when ...more
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Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling
The Place Beyond the Pines is a 2012 drama film directed by Derek Cianfrance. In 1997, Luke Glanton (Gosling) is a motorcycle stuntman. In Schenectady, New York, Luke reunites with his ex-lover ...more
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Other People is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Other People Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford
Other People is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Chris Kelly and is a semi-autobiographical look at Kelly's family. David (Jesse Plemons), a 29-year-old gay man, moves ...more
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Little Sister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Little Sister Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy