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The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017

Updated May 12, 2020 6.2k votes 1.2k voters 70.6k views51 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

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    Wind River is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

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    The Big Sick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    The Big Sick

    Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan

    Directed byMichael Showalter

    The Big Sick is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Showalter, from a... more on Wikipedia
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    Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Lady Bird

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

    Released2017

    Directed byGreta Gerwig

    Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a... more on Wikipedia

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    The Florida Project is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    The Florida Project

    Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince

    Directed bySean Baker

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    I Don't Feel at Home in This W is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood

    Directed byMacon Blair

    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (often stylized i don't feel at home in this world... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Good Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Good Time

    Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi

    Directed byBen Safdie, Josh Safdie

    Good Time is a 2017 American crime-drama film directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Little Hours is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    The Little Hours

    Alison Brie, Dave Franco

    Directed byJeff Baena

    The Little Hours is an American comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. A young... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Patti Cake$ is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Patti Cake$

    Danielle Macdonald, McCaul Lombardi

    Directed byGeremy Jasper

    Patti Cake$ is a 2017 American drama film directed by Geremy Jasper. Patti Cake$ is a story of... more on Wikipedia
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    A Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    A Ghost Story

    Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara

    Directed byDavid Lowery

    A Ghost Story is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by David Lowery. The movie... more on Wikipedia
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    What Happened to Monday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    What Happened to Monday

    Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe

    Directed byTommy Wirkola

    What Happened to Monday is a 2017 dystopian science fiction thriller film directed by Tommy... more on Wikipedia

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    Ingrid Goes West is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Ingrid Goes West

    Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen

    Directed byMatt Spicer

    Ingrid Goes West is an American comedy-drama film directed by Matt Spicer. It won the Waldo... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Killing of a Sacred Deer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a 2017 psychological horror-thriller film directed by Yorgos... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Girl With All The Gifts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    The Girl With All The Gifts

    Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine

    Directed byColm McCarthy

    The Girl with All the Gifts is a 2016 British post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama film... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Shot Caller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Shot Caller

    Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal

    Directed byRic Roman Waugh

    A good man by the stroke of bad luck gets put into one of the worst prisons in the US and have to adapt to his surroundings, because here you're either the prey or the predator.

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    Brigsby Bear is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Brigsby Bear

    Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes

    Directed byDave McCary

    Brigsby Bear is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Dave McCary. James Pope (Kyle... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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    Raw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Raw

    Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf

    Released2016

    Directed byJulia Ducournau

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    The Lost City of Z is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    The Lost City of Z

    Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Gray

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    Wonderstruck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Wonderstruck

    Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore

    Directed byTodd Haynes

    Wonderstruck is a 2017 American drama film directed by Todd Haynes. Based on the 2011 novel,... more on Wikipedia
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    Thank You for Your Service is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Thank You for Your Service

    Miles Teller, Haley Bennett

    Directed byJason Hall

    Thank You for Your Service is a 2017 American biographical war drama film directed by Jason... more on Wikipedia
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    The Incredible Jessica James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    The Incredible Jessica James

    Jessica Williams, Chris O'Dowd

    Directed byJames C. Strouse

    The Incredible Jessica James is a 2017 American comedy film written and directed by James C.... more on Wikipedia

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    The Survivalist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    The Survivalist

    Martin McCann, Mia Goth

    Released2015

    Directed byStephen Fingleton

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    It Comes at Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    It Comes at Night

    Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough

    Directed byTrey Edward Shults

    It Comes at Night is a 2017 American psychological horror film written and directed by Trey... more on Wikipedia
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    Colossal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017
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    Colossal

    Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis

    Directed byNacho Vigalondo

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