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The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best indie drama movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best indie drama films come in many forms. Some indie drama movies are based on family conflicts while other good indie drama films feature mobsters, murderers, and mayhem. A few of the best indie dramas even won Academy Awards.

What films will you find on this top independent drama movies list? Reservoir Dogs has to be at the top. This 1992 movie introduced fans to writer-director, Quentin Tarantino. It is largely considered the best independent film of all-time and features an all-star cast including Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and more. Memento is also an unforgettable independent movie.

David Lynch's first feature, Eraserhead, was shot on a small budget and went on to be preserved in the National Film Registry. Other good independent dramas include Donnie Darko, Lost in Translation, and Boyhood.

Which indie drama do you think is the best? Take a look at this list and give your favorites a thumbs up to make sure that they end up in the top spot.

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris
This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more
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The Longest Ride is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Bruno Venucci added Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston
The Longest Ride is a 2015 American romantic drama film directed by George Tillman, Jr., based on Nicholas Sparks' 2013 novel of the same name. The lives of a professional bull rider, an art ...more
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Spanking the Monkey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Carla Gallo, Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson
Spanking the Monkey is a 1994 American black comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell. The title is a slang phrase for masturbation and is used in the film by one of the teenage ...more
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The Puffy Chair is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass, Rhett Wilkins
The Puffy Chair is a 2005 road movie written and directed by the brothers Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass. It was screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2005 ...more
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The Peanut Butter Falcon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
The Peanut Butter Falcon 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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Give Me Liberty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Drama 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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The Sound of Silence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori
The Sound of Silence is a 2019 American drama film directed by Michael Tyburski. Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) is a "house tuner" working in New York City helping his clients tune ...more
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What They Had is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster
What They Had is a 2018 American drama film directed by Elizabeth Chomko. When her Alzheimer's-suffering mother wanders into a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Bridget Ertz (Hilary Swank) travels back ...more
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The Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
The Nightingale is a 2018 Australian period thriller film directed by Jennifer Kent. In 1825 Tasmania, a young convict (Aisling Franciosi) seeks out revenge against the one who killed her
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The Art of Self-Defense is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 American dark comedy film, written and directed by Riley Stearns. A young man, Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg), who after a rough encounter on the street, ...more
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Sword of Trust is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indie Drama 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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Hannah Takes the Stairs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Greta Gerwig, Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski
Hannah Takes the Stairs is a 2007 American independent mumblecore film by Joe Swanberg.
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Skin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall
Skin is an American biographical drama film written and directed by Guy Nattiv. A notorious white supremacist decides to transform his life with the help of a black activist and the woman he ...more
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Kicking and Screaming is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Parker Posey, Elliott Gould, Eric Stoltz
Kicking and Screaming is a 1995 film by Noah Baumbach about a group of college graduates who refuse to move on with their lives, each in his own peculiar way. The film stars Josh Hamilton, Chris ...more
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Who's That Knocking at My Door is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indie Drama Movies, Ranked
Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel, Merissa Mathes
Who's That Knocking at My Door, originally titled I Call First, is a 1967 drama film, which marked Martin Scorsese's debut as a director and Harvey Keitel's debut as an actor. Exploring themes ...more