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The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix 

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Updated February 19, 2020 2.1k votes 375 voters 23.7k views 43 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 Colo... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

Released: 2013

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche

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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Creep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Creep Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

Released: 2014

Directed by: 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) 3 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese

Released: 2015

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga

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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Frances Ha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen

Released: 2012

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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) 5 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Roma Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

Released: 2018

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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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

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 Spectacular Now is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

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) 8 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
To and From New York David Crane, Shaana Diya, Jesse Barton

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sorin Dan Mihalcescu

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.
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Blue Valentine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel

Released: 2010

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

"Blue Valentine is the story of love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and ...more

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The Place Beyond the Pin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling

Released: 2012

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

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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While We're Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver

Released: 2014

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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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Advantageous is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
James Urbaniak, Jacqueline Kim, Yasmin Kazi

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jennifer Phang

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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The Chosen Ones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
The Chosen Ones Nancy Talamantes, Óscar Torres, Leidi Gutierrez

Released: 2015

Directed by: David Pablos

The Chosen Ones is a 2015 Mexican independent drama film directed by David Pablos. Teenagers Ulysis (Oscar Torres) and Sofia (Nancy Talamantes) are in a relationship but all is not as it seems ...more
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Bottom of the World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Bottom of the World Jena Malone, Ted Levine, Douglas Smith

Released: 2017

Directed by: Richard Sears

Bottom of the World is a 2017 Canadian-American drama film. It was directed by Richard Sears. A couple traveling along Route 66 toward Los Angeles stop at a hotel where Scarlett (Jena Malone) ...more
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Unicorn Store is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford

Released: 2019

Directed by: Brie Larson

Unicorn Store is a 2019 comedy film directed and co-produced by Brie Larson. Kit (Brie Larson) is a failed artist who moves back in with her parents and takes a job up as an office worker, then ...more
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Manson Family Vacation ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Manson Family Vacation Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts

Released: 2015

Directed by: J. Davis

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Blue Jay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Blue Jay Sara Lindsey, James Landry Hébert, Travis Aaron Wade

Directed by: Michael Ciulla

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American Honey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

Released: 2016

Directed by: Andrea Arnold

American Honey is a 2016 British drama road film directed by Andrea Arnold. A teenage girl (Sasha Lane) from a troubled home runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American ...more
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6 Years is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield, Lindsay Burdge

Released: 2015

Directed by: Hannah Fidell

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King Jack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
King Jack Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen

Released: 2015

Directed by: Felix Thompson

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Band of Robbers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Band of Robbers Kyle Gallner, Adam Nee, Matthew Gray Gubler

Released: 2015

Directed by: Aaron Nee, Adam Nee

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Birthmarked is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Birthmarked Matthew Goode, Toni Collette, Michael Smiley

Released: 2018

Directed by: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais

Birthmarked is a 2018 comedy film directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais. Two scientists, Ben (Matthew Goode) and Catherine (Toni Collette), raise three children contrarily to their genetic ...more
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20th Century Women is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig

Released: 2016

Directed by: Mike Mills

20th Century Women is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Mike Mills. Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), is a determined single mother who is trying her best to raise an ...more
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The Fundamentals of Cari... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
The Fundamentals of Caring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez

Directed by: Rob Burnett

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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Other People is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix
Other People Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford

Directed by: Chris Kelly

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