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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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller Trainspotting is a 1996 British crime comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Moonrise Kingdom Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Described as an "eccentric pubescent love story", it features newcomers Jared ...more

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel ...more

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Mr. Nobody 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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Clerks 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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bruno added The Royal Tenenbaums Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...more

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Filth 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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The Station Agent Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Station Agent is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas McCarthy. McCarthy's script about a man who seeks solitude in an abandoned train station in the Newfoundland ...more

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Adventureland Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Adventureland is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greg Mottola, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and co-starring Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Martin Starr, and ...more

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The Babadook 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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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Boogie Nights Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher, Eddie Adams, ...more

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micah-stewart added Moon 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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Bernie Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine Bernie is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. It is ...more

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Punch-Drunk Love Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis ...more

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Frank 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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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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Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film ...more

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Primer Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel. The film was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth, who ...more

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Fish Tank Michael Fassbender, Harry Treadaway, Anthony Geary Fish Tank is a 2009 British drama film written and directed by Andrea Arnold. The film is about Mia Williams, a volatile and socially isolated 15-year-old who lives with her single mother, ...more

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V/H/S is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
V/H/S 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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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Beasts of No Nation 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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The Kids Are All Right Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. A hit at 2010 Sundance, it opened in limited release on ...more

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Valhalla Rising Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis "Visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn's brutal and highly metaphorical early medieval epic. One-Eye (Mads Mikkelsen), a mute warrior of formidable strength, has been held prisoner by the ...more

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How I Live Now Saoirse Ronan, Anna Chancellor, George MacKay How I Live Now is a 2013 British drama film based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Meg Rosoff, directed by Kevin Macdonald and script written by Tony Grisoni, Jeremy Brock and Penelope ...more

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Dead Man Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt Dead Man is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, John Hurt, Michael Wincott, Lance ...more

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The Master Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of ...more

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Byzantium Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller Byzantium is a 2012 drama, fantasy and thriller film written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan.

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Teacher of the Year Teacher of the Year is a comedy film directed by Jason Strouse.

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Election Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein Election is a 1999 American comedy film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by him and Jim Taylor from Tom Perrotta's 1998 novel of the same title. The plot revolves around a ...more

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Four Rooms Madonna, Salma Hayek, Bruce Willis Four Rooms is a 1995 anthology comedy film directed by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino, each directing one segment of the film that in its entirety is ...more

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Monsters Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Annalee Jefferies Monsters is a 2010 British science fiction monster film written and directed by Gareth Edwards in his feature film directorial debut. Edwards also served as the cinematographer, production ...more

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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Nymphomaniac: Volume II 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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The One I Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
The One I Love Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen The One I Love is a 2014 American romantic dramedy film, directed by Charlie McDowell and starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. The film had its world premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival ...more

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Bad Milo! Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Mary Kay Place Bad Milo! is a 2013 horror-comedy film written by Jacob Vaughan and Benjamin Hayes and directed by Jacob Vaughan. The film stars Ken Marino and was released in theaters October 4, 2013.

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Upstream Color Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Brina Palencia Upstream Color is a 2013 film written and directed by Shane Carruth.

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Philomena Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley, Steve Coogan Philomena is a 2013 drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, it tells the ...more

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Chef Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo Chef is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Jon Favreau. After a public altercation with a food critic, a professional chef (Jon Favreau) quits his job at a popular Los Angeles ...more

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Holy Motors Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli, Denis Lavant Holy Motors is a 2012 Franco-German fantasy drama film written and directed by Leos Carax, starring Denis Lavant and Édith Scob. Lavant plays Mr. Oscar, a man not unlike an actor who ...more

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Melancholia Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt Melancholia is a 2011 Danish art film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Spurr, and Kiefer Sutherland. The ...more

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Delete Brad William Henke, Keith Stanfield, Adam Shapiro "A film about kids and the grown-ups who hit them." Quoting the description from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant
Blue Is the Warmest Colour 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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Following Emma Thomas, Barbara Stepansky, John Nolan Following is a 1998 British neo-noir drama thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It tells the story of a young man who follows strangers around the streets of London and is ...more

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Wet Hot American Summer Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, ...more

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TiMER JoBeth Williams, Michelle Borth, Emma Caulfield TiMER is a 2009 film directed by Jac Schaeffer. "In the near future, Internet dating sites are a thing of the past thanks to TiMER, a small digital counter implanted on the wrist. It ...more

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Frances Ha 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