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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

Released: 2012

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Joe Swanberg

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

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lynn Shelton

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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Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass, Rhett Wilkins

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

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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Funny Ha Ha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Funny Ha Ha Christian Rudder, Andrew Bujalski, Kate Dollenmayer

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Bujalski

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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Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, Melanie Lynskey

Released: 2014

Directed by: Joe Swanberg

Happy Christmas is a 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by Joe Swanberg.
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Ry Russo-Young, Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil

Released: 2011

Directed by: Alex Ross Perry

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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Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Amy Seimetz

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lena Dunham

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

Released: 2008

Directed by: Greta Gerwig, 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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Bill Morrison, Andrew Bujalski, Justin Rice

Released: 2006

Directed by: Andrew Bujalski

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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Zooey Deschanel, Patricia Clarkson, Danny McBride

Released: 2003

Directed by: David Gordon Green

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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Greta Gerwig, Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joe Swanberg

Hannah Takes the Stairs is a 2007 American independent mumblecore film by Joe Swanberg.
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Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

"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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Joe Swanberg, Keegan DeWitt, C. Mason Wells

Released: 2007

Directed by: Aaron Katz

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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Momma's Man Cole Mohr, Richard Edson, Ken Jacobs

Released: 2008

Directed by: Azazel Jacobs

Momma's Man is a 2008 film directed by Azazel Jacobs.
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Greta Gerwig, Steve Zissis, Dan Eggleston

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

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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Chad Hartigan, Brendan Mcfadden, Sarah Bing

Released: 2006

Directed by: Aaron Katz

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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LOL is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg, C. Mason Wells

Released: 2006

Directed by: Joe Swanberg

LOL is a 2006 independent mumblecore film by Joe Swanberg that examines the impact of technology on social relations.
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Scoot McNairy, Twink Caplan, Bret Roberts

Released: 2007

Directed by: Alex Holdridge

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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Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins

Released: 2008

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Medicine for Melancholy is a 2008 film directed by Barry Jenkins.
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The Exploding Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Zoe Kazan, Mark Rendall, Maryann Urbano

Released: 2009

Directed by: Bradley Rust Gray

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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Team Picture Timothy Morton, Amanda Harris, Kentucker Audley

Released: 2007

Directed by: 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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Jess Weixler, Jane Adams, Amy Seimetz

Released: 2009

Directed by: Joe Swanberg

"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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You Wont Miss Me Aaron Katz, David Anzuelo, Gina Abatemarco

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

"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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Breaking Upwards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
Olivia Thirlby, Andrea Martin, Pablo Schreiber

Released: 2009

Directed by: Daryl Wein

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