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The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked 

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Updated May 12, 2020 2.2k votes 424 voters 32.1k views 62 items

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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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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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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What We Do in the Shadow... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh

Released: 2014

Directed by: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement

What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror film directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Vampire roommates Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and ...more

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jason Reitman

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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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

Released: 2006

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jared Hess

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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Clerks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier

Released: 1994

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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) 7 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
ChloeFletcher added Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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) 8 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox

Released: 1998

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
ChloeFletcher added Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray

Released: 2001

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

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

Released: 1999

Directed by: Spike Jonze

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

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marc Webb

(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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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

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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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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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Raising Arizona is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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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Lars and the Real Girl ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Craig Gillespie

Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but socially awkward young man (Ryan Gosling) develops a romantic yet platonic relationship with a doll.

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alexander Payne

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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Adventureland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2009

Directed by: Greg Mottola

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Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr

Released: 2001

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
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Released: 1977

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Safety Not Guaranteed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Garlin

Released: 2012

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

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Submarine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
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Released: 2010

Directed by: Richard Ayoade

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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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Shainberg

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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Bottle Rocket is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Comedy Movies, Ranked
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Released: 1996

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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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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

Released: 2005

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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