Indie The Best Mumblecore Movies  

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List Rules Movies in the independent film subgenre of mumblecore only (featuring low budgets, naturalism in dialogue and performance, and often amateur actors).

This list ranks the best mumblecore movies, as voted on by independent film fans and supporters like you. These are the all-time top movies in the mumblecore subgenre, with trailers. When Hollywood won't shell out the big bucks, filmmakers go out on their own, making great independent movies like these. But what is mumblecore exactly? And what are the best Mumblecore movies of all time?

The independent film subgenre of mumblecore is generally characterized by films that have extremely low budgets, are often shot digitally, feature non-professional amateur actors (well, usually), and feature naturalism - both in the actors' performance and the written dialogue. Mumblecore film often makes use of improvisation at times. This all works to make mumblecore movies more realistic.

Major players in the mumblecore film world include Jay and Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski, Lynn Shelton, Joe Swanberg, and Aaron Katz. Even the now-famous Lena Dunham got her start in mumblecore with her 2010 indie film Tiny Furniture.

This list features the most popular and top mumblecore movies including The Puffy Chair, Funny Ha Ha, Drinking Buddies, Frances Ha, and In Search of a Midnight Kiss. Don't see all the good mumblecore films below? Add them and be sure to vote for all the mumblecore films you think are the best of the genre.
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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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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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Emily Blunt, Mike Birbiglia, Rosemarie DeWitt Your Sister's Sister is a 2011 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lynn Shelton and starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Mark Duplass. The film is about a woman who invites ...more

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Ry Russo-Young, Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil The Color Wheel is a 2011 family comedy, romance film directed by Alex Ross Perry and co-written with Carlen Altman .

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Funny Ha Ha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Funny Ha Ha Christian Rudder, Andrew Bujalski, Kate Dollenmayer Funny Ha Ha, considered the first mumblecore film, follows the exploits of recently graduated protagonist Marnie as she tries to find a temporary job and win the attention of a college friend ...more

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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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Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, Melanie Lynskey Happy Christmas is a 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by Joe Swanberg.

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Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Amy Seimetz Tiny Furniture is a 2010 American independent comedy-drama written by, directed by, and starring Lena Dunham. It premiered at South by Southwest, where it won Best Narrative Feature, screened at ...more

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Greta Gerwig, Lynn Shelton, Joe Swanberg Nights and Weekends is a 2008 American mumblecore film directed by and starring Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig. The film follows a long-distance relationship and its aftermath. It premiered at ...more

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Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Green

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Silver Bullets is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Jane Adams, Amy Seimetz, Larry Fessenden Silver Bullets is a 2011 horror film written and directed by Joe Swanberg.

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Zooey Deschanel, Patricia Clarkson, Danny McBride All the Real Girls is a 2003 American romantic drama film written and directed by David Gordon Green and is about the romance between a young, small-town womanizer and his best friend’s sexually ...more

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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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Bill Morrison, Andrew Bujalski, Justin Rice Mutual Appreciation is a 2005 independent film by Andrew Bujalski who previously directed Funny Ha Ha. The script is primarily dialogue between a group of young people as they try to determine ...more

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Greta Gerwig, Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski Hannah Takes the Stairs is a 2007 American independent mumblecore film by Joe Swanberg.

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Daddy Longlegs Lee Ranaldo, Abel Ferrara, Ronald Bronstein "With Daddy Longlegs (formerly known as Go Get Some Rosemary), Josh and Benny Safdie have crafted a realistic fairy tale that captures the magic of parenthood, invoking memories of their ...more

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I Want Your Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
I Want Your Love

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Orphans

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Scoot McNairy, Twink Caplan, Bret Roberts In Search of a Midnight Kiss is a 2007 American independent romantic comedy film written and directed by Alex Holdridge. It is listed on the National Board of Review's Top 10 Independent Films ...more

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The Do-Deca-Pentathlon Elton LeBlanc, Noël Wells, Terry Lee Smith The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is a 2012 film directed by brothers Jay and Mark Duplass. The film is about two brothers in their mid-30s whose lifelong rivalry compels them to secretly complete an ...more

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Joe Swanberg, Keegan DeWitt, C. Mason Wells Quiet City is a 2007 film directed by Aaron Katz that premiered at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival in the Emerging Visions category. Subsequently it played at film festivals around the ...more

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Beeswax Alex Karpovsky, Bob Byington, Kyle Henry Beeswax is a 2009 American mumblecore film written and directed by Andrew Bujalski. The film examines a few days in the life of twins, played by real-life sisters Tilly and Maggie Hatcher. It ...more

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Entrance Bennett Jones, Patrick McPheron, Karen Gorham Entrance is a 2012 drama, horror and thriller film written by Karen Gorham, Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath and Michelle Margolis, and directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick

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LOL is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg, C. Mason Wells LOL is a 2006 independent mumblecore film by Joe Swanberg that examines the impact of technology on social relations.

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All the Light in the Sky Jane Adams, Larry Fessenden, Susan Traylor All the Light in the Sky is a 2012 drama film written by Jane Adams and Joe Swanberg; directed by Joe Swanberg.

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The Mean of Green Matt Heron-Duranti, Michael Barra, Sari Gagnon

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Trieste Kelly Dunn, Raúl Castillo, Barry Seltzer "A former forensic science major and avid reader of detective fiction, who, after making a mess of his life in Chicago, returns to his hometown of Portland, Oregon. There, he, his sister ...more

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Sun Don't Shine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
A. J. Bowen, Kate Lyn Sheil, Mark Reeb Sun Don't Shine is a 2012 independent thriller film written and directed by Amy Seimetz. It first premiered on March 10, 2012 at the South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won a special jury ...more

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The Exploding Girl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Zoe Kazan, Mark Rendall, Maryann Urbano The Exploding Girl is a 2009 American independent film written and directed by Bradley Rust Gray, starring Zoe Kazan as Ivy, an epileptic college student returning home to Brooklyn on break. ...more

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Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins Medicine for Melancholy is a 2008 film directed by Barry Jenkins.

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Team Picture Timothy Morton, Amanda Harris, Kentucker Audley Team Picture is a 2007 mumblecore drama film written and directed by filmmaker Kentucker Audley. The movie is as a character study of a young man and his relationship with an ambitious ...more

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Momma's Man Cole Mohr, Richard Edson, Ken Jacobs Momma's Man is a 2008 film directed by Azazel Jacobs.

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Breaking Upwards is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Olivia Thirlby, Andrea Martin, Pablo Schreiber Breaking Upwards is a 2009 American romance film by Daryl Wein with Zoe Lister-Jones, Peter Duchan and Sheena Lister. It explores a young, real-life New York couple battling codependency who ...more

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Sorry, Thanks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Andrew Bujalski, Wiley Wiggins, Derek Fagerstrom Sorry, Thanks is an independent feature film by filmmaker Dia Sokol, who previously produced Mutual Appreciation and the MTV reality series 16 and Pregnant. Sorry, Thanks premiered at the 2009 ...more

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Chad Hartigan, Brendan Mcfadden, Sarah Bing Dance Party USA is a 2006 film written and directed by Aaron Katz. It stars Cole Pensinger and Anna Kavan.The film and director have also been mentioned by the media as an important part of the ...more

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Kissing on the Mouth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Kissing on The Mouth Joe Swanberg, Kris Williams, Kate Winterich Kissing on the Mouth is a 2005 American film directed by Joe Swanberg

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The Pleasure of Being Robbed Batman, Ariel Schulman, Eléonore Hendricks "A curious and lost Eléonore looks for something everywhere, even in the bags of strangers who find themselves sadly smiling only well after she's left their lives. They owe her ...more

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Nobody Walks Jane Levy, John Krasinski, Dylan McDermott Nobody Walks is a 2012 American independent drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young. The film premiered in Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won a special Jury Prize. The film ...more

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Hohokam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Hohokam

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Greta Gerwig, Steve Zissis, Dan Eggleston Baghead is a 2008 comedy horror film directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass. Its limited release began on 25 July 2008. The film stars Ross Partridge, Elise Muller, Greta Gerwig, and Steve

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Yeast Greta Gerwig, Benny Safdie, Mary Bronstein

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You Wont Miss Me Aaron Katz, David Anzuelo, Gina Abatemarco "Director Ry Russo-Young creates an engrossing character portrait in this deceptively compact, but exquisitely layered, feature. Stella Schnabel portrays Shelly, the daughter of an ...more

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Mark Duplass, Lynn Shelton, Joshua Leonard Humpday is a 2009 American comedy film starring Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, and Alycia Delmore; and directed, produced, and written by Lynn Shelton. It premiered at the 2009 Sundance film ...more

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Gabi on The Roof In July Lena Dunham, Amy Seimetz, Louis Cancelmi Gabi on the Roof in July is a 2010 comedy film directed by Lawrence Michael Levine. "Sam, an ambitious painter on the verge of a big break, struggles in the post-collegiate world of finding ...more

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Art History is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Joe Swanberg, Kris Williams, Josephine Decker Art History is a 2011 film directed by Joe Swanberg.

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Open Five Amy Seimetz, Kentucker Audley, Genevieve Angelson

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Jess Weixler, Jane Adams, Amy Seimetz "Smart, playful and inquisitive, Alexander the Last is the latest from Joe Swanberg, a prolific and challenging filmmaker who is developing a body of work that is both fascinating and ...more

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Autoerotic Amy Seimetz, Lane Hughes, Megan Mercier

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Joe Swanberg, Josephine Decker, Kent Osborne "Joe Swanberg makes microbudget, DIY movies with a network of talented friends. A prolific filmmaker, he’s made five feature films and a web series. We’re thrilled to present Uncle Kent, ...more