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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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
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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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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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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Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, Melanie Lynskey
Happy Christmas is a 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by Joe Swanberg.
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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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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, Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski
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
"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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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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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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Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins
Medicine for Melancholy is a 2008 film directed by Barry Jenkins.
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Jane Adams, Amy Seimetz, Larry Fessenden
Silver Bullets is a 2011 horror film written and directed by Joe Swanberg.
I Want Your Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mumblecore Movies
I Want Your Love
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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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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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The Mean of Green Matt Heron-Duranti, Michael Barra, Sari Gagnon
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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
LOL is listed (or ranked) 25 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.