Entertainment The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant  

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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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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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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 4 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 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 on Netflix Instant
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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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Roma is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
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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6 Years is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield, Lindsay Burdge
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Private Life is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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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The Land of Steady Habits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, Thomas Mann
The Land of Steady Habits is a 2018 American film directed by Nicole Holofcener, based on the novel by Ted Thompson. Into his mid fifties and newly retired, Anders Hill (Ben Mendelsohn) decides ...more
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6 Balloons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Charlotte Carel
6 Balloons is a 2018 American drama film directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan. Over the course of one night, a woman (Abbi Jacobson) drives across LA with her heroin addict brother (Dave Franco) in ...more
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Little Sister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Little Sister Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy
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Happy as Lazzaro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
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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Burn Burn Burn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Burn Burn Burn Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie

For 20-something pals Seph and Alex, a winding road trip to spread their dead friend's ashes morphs into an emotional journey of self-discovery.

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The Clapper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan
The Clapper is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Dito Montiel, based on the novel Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper. Eddie (Ed Helms), a professional paid audience member for informercials, ...more
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Mr. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
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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Tallulah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
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 Fundamentals of Caring is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
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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King Jack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
King Jack Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen
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Miss Stevens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
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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Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane
Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. ...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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To and From New York is listed (or ranked) 25 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.