Comedies 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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What We Do in the Shadows is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror film about a group of vampires who live together in Wellington. Directed and written by Taika Waititi and Jemaine ...more

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles ...more

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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Raising Arizona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, ...more

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Clerks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier 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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Moonrise Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
ChloeFletcher added 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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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox Rushmore is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer, his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume, and their mutual love for ...more

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. It stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich ...more

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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz (500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his ...more

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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
ChloeFletcher added 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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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared. The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for ...more

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. A film adaptation from Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two ...more

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Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr Ghost World is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book of the same name by Daniel Clowes, with a screenplay cowritten by Daniel Clowes and Terry ...more

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Lars and the Real Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 American-Canadian comedy-drama film written by Nancy Oliver and directed by Craig Gillespie. It stars Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner ...more

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more

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Safety Not Guaranteed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Garlin Safety Not Guaranteed is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Colin Trevorrow and inspired by a 1997 Backwoods Home Magazine classified ad—itself written as a joke filler by Backwoods ...more

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Adventureland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig 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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Frances Ha is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Flirting with Disaster is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
ChloeFletcher added Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film stars Allen as ...more

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Submarine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
ChloeFletcher added Ben Stiller, Paddy Constantine, Sally Hawkins Submarine is a 2010 coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. The film was written and directed by Richard Ayoade, and starred Craig Roberts, ...more

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The Squid and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Welcome to Me is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
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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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Wristcutters: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
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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Me and You and Everyone We Kno... is listed (or ranked) 29 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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The Overnight is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, R.J. Hermes

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Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly "The Duplass brothers are back with their singular knack: treating us to a tingling, irresistible experience of utter discomfort—suffused with pathos, romance, irony, and a little dollop of ...more

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Tangerine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian

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Crystal Fairy & the Magical Ca... is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Small Apartments is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Paper Heart is listed (or ranked) 35 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

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Bottle Rocket is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren Secretary is a 2002 erotic 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 ...more

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Wet Hot American Summer is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Life After Beth is listed (or ranked) 39 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 Comedy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, Tim Heidecker The Comedy is a 2012 drama film directed and co-written by Rick Alverson, and starring Tim Heidecker. Supporting actors include Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, and Gregg Turkington. The film was ...more

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It's a Disaster is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Ruby Sparks is listed (or ranked) 42 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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The Intervention is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
The Intervention Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass, Steve Zissis The Intervention is a 2004 short film written by Mark Duplass and directed by Jay Duplass.

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I Don't Feel at Home in This W... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (often stylized i don't feel at home in this world anymore.) is a 2017 comedy crime thriller film written and directed by Macon Blair. A nurse, Ruth ...more

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Drinking Buddies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jason Sudeikis Drinking Buddies is a 2013 American film written and directed by Joe Swanberg, and starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. The film is about two co-workers at a ...more

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Catfight is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone Catfight is an American action comedy film directed and written by Onur Tukel. Two bitter rivals pursue a grudge match that spans a lifetime.

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The Last Time You Had Fun is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
The Last Time You Had Fun Eliza Coupe, Demetri Martin, Charlyne Yi The Last Time You Had Fun is a 2014 comedy drama film written by Hal Haberman and directed by Mo Perkins.