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The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best indie comedy movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best indie comedy films come in many forms. Some indie comedy movies find the hilarity in relationships while other good indie comedy films are coming of age comedies. A few of the best indie comedies even jumpstarted the careers of now-beloved filmmakers.

What films will you find on this top independent comedy movies list? Clerks has to be at the top. This 1994 movie introduced fans to writer-director Kevin Smith and his unique brand of slacker comedy. Fun Fact: Clerks was actually shot at the convenience and video store where Smith worked his day job. Juno is another hilarious indie comedy thanks in part to the snappy dialogue.

Movie-goers get to experience the day-to-day lives of vampires in
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows. Other funny indie comedies featured on this list include Napoleon Dynamite, Rushmore, and The Squid and the Whale.

Which indie comedy do you think is the funniest? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
ChloeFletcher added Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen and produced by Charles H. Joffe. The screenplay was written by Allen and Marshall Brickman. Allen co-stars as a ...more

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Bottle Rocket is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
ChloeFletcher added Owen Wilson, James Caan, Leslie Mann
Bottle Rocket is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Wes Anderson. It was co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson. In addition to being Wes Anderson's directorial debut, Bottle Rocket was the ...more

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Give Me Liberty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Anna Maltova, Arkady Basin, Chris Galust
Give Me Liberty is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky. A medical transport driver, Vic (Chris Galust) risks losing his job by driving a group of seniors and a Russian ...more
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Sword of Trust is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins
Sword of Trust is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Lynn Shelton. Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and Mary (Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, ...more
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Tangerine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian
Tangerine is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Sean Baker. A transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, who has just finished a 28-day prison sentence, tears through Tinseltown on ...more
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The Squid and the Whale ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney
The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in ...more

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Small Apartments is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Billy Crystal, James Caan, Rebel Wilson
Small Apartments is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Jonas Åkerlund. It tells the story of Franklin Franklin, played by Matt Lucas, who by mistake kills his landlord, Mr. Olivetti, ...more
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Me and You and Everyone ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
John Hawkes, Miranda July, Tracy Wright
Me and You and Everyone We Know is a 2005 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Miranda July and stars July, John Hawkes, Miles Thompson, Brandon Ratcliff, Natasha Slayton, ...more

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Flirting with Disaster ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Ben Stiller, Mary Tyler Moore, Téa Leoni
Flirting with Disaster is a 1996 American comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell about a young father's search for his biological parents. The film stars Ben Stiller, Patricia ...more

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Welcome to Me is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini
Welcome to Me is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Shira Piven and written by Eliot Laurence. The film stars Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini and Wes Bentley. The film is ...more
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Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly
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Wristcutters: A Love Sto... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Wristcutters: A Love Story Tom Waits, Leslie Bibb, Will Arnett
Wristcutters: A Love Story is a 2006 American black comedy romance road movie written and directed by Goran Dukić, starring Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, and Shannyn Sossamon. Its premise is set ...more
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Frances Ha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
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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The Overnight is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, R.J. Hermes
The Overnight is a 2015 American sex comedy film written and directed by Patrick Brice.
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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren
Secretary is a 2002 romance film directed by Steven Shainberg and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey. The film is based on a short story from Bad ...more

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The Peanut Butter Falcon... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottasgen
The Peanut Butter Falcon is a 2019 American adventure film directed and written by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. A young boy with Down syndrome runs away from his care home to fulfill his ...more
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Crystal Fairy & the ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Gepe
Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus is a 2013 Chilean adventure comedy film written and directed by Sebastián Silva. The film's full title, as shown onscreen, is Crystal Fairy & ...more
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Wet Hot American Summer ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
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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I Don't Feel at Home in ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow
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Ruby Sparks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Humphrey Bogart
Ruby Sparks is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Zoe Kazan. It stars Paul Dano as an anxious novelist whose fictional character, ...more

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It's a Disaster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, David Cross
It's a Disaster is a 2012 comedy film written and directed by Todd Berger.
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Life After Beth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly
Life After Beth is a 2014 American zombie comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, ...more
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The Intervention is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
The Intervention Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass, Steve Zissis
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Adult Life Skills is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Jodie Whittaker, Ozzy Myers, Brett Goldstein
Adult Life Skills is a 2016 British comedy film (2019 US theatrical release) written and directed by Rachel Tunnard. 29-year-old Anna (Jodie Wittaker) moves into her mum's shed and refuses to ...more
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Paper Heart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Demetri Martin
Paper Heart is a 2009 American romantic comedy film starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera as fictionalized versions of themselves based on their rumored relationship, though Yi has said they ...more