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The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked

Updated May 12, 2020 3.0k votes 465 voters 36.2k views62 items

List RulesVote up your favorite comedy movies released by indie film studios.

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
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    What We Do in the Shadows

    Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

    Released2014

    Directed byTaika Waititi, Jemaine Clement

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    The Big Lebowski
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    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Little Miss Sunshine
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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    Napoleon Dynamite
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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Released2004

    Directed byJared Hess

    Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Juno
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    Clerks
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    Clerks

    Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

    Released1994

    Directed byKevin Smith

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    Rushmore
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    Rushmore

    Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel

    Released1998

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Moonrise Kingdom
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

    Released2012

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Dazed and Confused
    52
    15

    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    (500) Days of Summer
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    31

    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

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    Heathers
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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Royal Tenenbaums
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    25

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2001

    Directed byWes Anderson

    The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Being John Malkovich
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    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt

    Released1999

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Mean Girls
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    37

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Adventureland
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    20

    Adventureland

    Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2009

    Directed byGreg Mottola

    Adventureland is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greg Mottola,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Raising Arizona
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    Raising Arizona

    Nicolas Cage, John Goodman

    Released1987

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Lars and the Real Girl
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    Lars and the Real Girl

    Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer

    Released2007

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

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    Safety Not Guaranteed
    39
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    Safety Not Guaranteed

    Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza

    Released2012

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

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    Cyrus
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    Cyrus

    Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill

    Released2010

    Directed byMark Duplass, Jay Duplass

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    Annie Hall
    47
    22

    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1977

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Sideways
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    Sideways

    Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Submarine
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    Submarine

    Ben Stiller, Paddy Constantine

    Released2010

    Directed byRichard Ayoade

    Submarine is a 2010 coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel of the same... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Bottle Rocket
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    Bottle Rocket

    Owen Wilson, James Caan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Ghost World
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    Ghost World

    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi

    Released2001

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

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    Welcome to Me
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    Welcome to Me

    Kristen Wiig, James Marsden

    Released2013

    Directed byShira Piven

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