The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017 

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Updated May 12, 2020 5.4k votes 1.2k voters 70.4k views 51 items

List Rules Only movies released in the US during 2017

Hidden among the superhero movies, franchise reboots, and studio blockbusters are the best indie movies of 2017. Many 2017 underrated films are even considered to be some of the best movies this year. Which 2017 underappreciated movies deserve more recognition? 

A growing number of Hollywood's biggest stars have been appearing in independent films and smaller projects, like Casey Affleck in A Ghost Story, Aubrey Plaza in Ingrid Goes West, and Mark Hamill in Brigsby Bear. Other 2017 underrated movies, such as indie horror film The Transfiguration, feature unknown actors. Several of the following good indie movies are also streaming on Netflix. 

Vote up the best underrated movies of 2017. Feel free to add any other 2017 overlooked movies missing from the list.

If you are looking for more, be sure to check out this list of underrated 2020 movies.

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Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2017

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

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Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter

Directed by: Michael Showalter

The Big Sick is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Showalter, from a screenplay by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. It is based on the real courtship of Nanjiani and ...more

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Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Released: 2017

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) living in Northern California for a year.

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Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

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Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Bria Vinaite

Directed by: Sean Baker

The Florida Project is a 2017 American drama film directed by Sean Baker. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) as she courts mischief and ...more
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I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow

Directed by: Macon Blair

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (often stylized i don't feel at home in this world anymore.) is a 2017 comedy crime thriller film written and directed by Macon Blair. A nurse, Ruth ...more

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson

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A Ghost Story Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham

Directed by: David Lowery

A Ghost Story is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by David Lowery. The movie follows a man as he dies, becomes a ghost, and witnesses many things before fading away.
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Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Directed by: Ben Safdie, Josh Safdie

Good Time is a 2017 American crime-drama film directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by Josh and Ronald Bronstein. Constantine "Connie" Nikas goes through a dangerous and ...more
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The Killing of a Sacred Deer Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a 2017 psychological horror-thriller film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. A surgeon (Colin Farrell) forms a familial bond with a sinister teenage boy (Barry ...more

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Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close

Directed by: Colm McCarthy

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Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Directed by: Matt Spicer

Ingrid Goes West is an American comedy-drama film directed by Matt Spicer. It won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is a ...more
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Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

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Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill

Directed by: Dave McCary

Brigsby Bear is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Dave McCary. James Pope (Kyle Mooney) was kidnapped as a baby and has known nothing about the world except Brigsby Bear, a character ...more
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Raw Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Laurent Lucas

Released: 2016

Directed by: Julia Ducournau

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Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller

Released: 2017

Directed by: James Gray

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Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens

Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo

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Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

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It Comes at Night Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott

Directed by: Trey Edward Shults

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Personal Shopper Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz

Released: 2016

Directed by: Olivier Assayas

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Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Kirsten Vangsness

Released: 2017

Directed by: Bill Watterson

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Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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