indie The Best Movies No One Saw in 2017  

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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 deserves 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. 

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The Big Sick Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter 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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Lady Bird Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts 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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I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow 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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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. A woman (Frances McDormand) takes a stand against the police, using three billboards, in her Missouri ...more

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Good Time Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer Jason Leigh 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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Brawl in Cell Block 99 Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a 2017 American action thriller film directed by S. Craig Zahler. A former boxer-turned-drug runner (Vince Vaughn) lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets

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A Ghost Story Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham 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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Brigsby Bear Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill 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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The Killing of a Sacred Deer Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan 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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Raw Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Laurent Lucas Raw is a 2016 French-Belgian horror film written and directed by Julia Ducournau. When a young vegetarian (Garance Marillier) undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden ...more

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The Girl With All The Gifts Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close The Girl with All the Gifts is a 2016 British post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama film directed by Colm McCarthy and written by M.R. Carey adapted from his novel of the same name. The film ...more

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Personal Shopper Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz Personal Shopper is a 2016 English-language French psychological thriller film directed by Olivier Assayas. A personal shopper (Kristen Stewart) in Paris refuses to leave the city until she ...more

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Ingrid Goes West Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr. 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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Call Me by Your Name Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between a ...more

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The Florida Project Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Bria Vinaite 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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Colossal Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens Colossal is a 2016 science fiction comedy film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an unemployed writer struggling with alcoholism. After moving back to her ...more

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The Little Hours Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci The Little Hours is an American comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. A young servant (Dave Franco) flees from his master (Nick Offerman) and takes refuge at a convent full of nuns.

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Angela Robinson. The film examines the life of Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), his ...more

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Mayhem Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand Mayhem is a 2017 American action horror comedy film directed by Joe Lynch. A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.

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It Comes at Night Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott It Comes at Night is a 2017 American psychological horror film written and directed by Trey Edward Shults. As an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order established by ...more

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Patti Cake$ Danielle Macdonald, McCaul Lombardi, Bridget Everett Patti Cake$ is a 2017 American drama film directed by Geremy Jasper. Patti Cake$ is a story of a plus-sized white girl, Patricia "Dumbo" Dumbrowski, from Bergen County, New Jersey who ...more

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ShawnReynolds added Better Watch Out Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould Better Watch Out is a 2016 American comedy horror movie directed by Chris Peckover. Babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders ...more

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The Incredible Jessica James Jessica Williams, Chris O'Dowd, Noël Wells The Incredible Jessica James is a 2017 American comedy film written and directed by James C. Strouse. An aspiring playwright in New York, fresh from a break up, strikes up a new relationship ...more

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The Lost City of Z Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller The Lost City of Z is a 2016 American biographical adventure drama film directed by James Gray, based on the 2009 book by David Grann. A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. ...more

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Wonderstruck Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams Wonderstruck is a 2017 American drama film directed by Todd Haynes. Based on the 2011 novel, the film tells the story of a young boy (Oakes Fegley) simultaneously with a tale about a young girl ...more

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The Transfiguration Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Jelly Bean The Transfiguration is a 2016 American horror drama film written and directed by Michael O'Shea. When troubled teen Milo (Eric Ruffin), who is fascinated with vampires, meets the equally ...more

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Win It All Jake Johnson, Aislinn Derbez, Joe Lo Truglio Win It All is a 2017 American comedy film co-written and directed by Joe Swanberg. Gambling addict Eddie Garrett (Jake Johnson) agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance, but when he ...more

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Una Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed Una is an American-British-Canadian drama film directed by Benedict Andrews based upon the play Blackbird. A woman (Rooney Mara) confronts an older man (Ben Mendelsohn) to find out why he ...more

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Small Crimes Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gary Cole, Molly Parker Small Crimes is a 2017 crime-drama film directed by Evan Katz, adapted from the novel of the same name by Dave Zeltserman. The film stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Joe Denton, a former cop ...more

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The Survivalist Martin McCann, Mia Goth, Andrew Simpson

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Land of Mine Roland Møller, Mikkel Følsgaard

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Mr. Roosevelt Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower Mr. Roosevelt is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Noël Wells. Struggling comedian Emily Martin (Noël Wells) returns to her hometown, attempts to come to terms with her past, and ...more

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Killing Gunther Arnold Schwarzenegger, Taran Killam, Cobie Smulders Killing Gunther is a 2017 American action comedy film written and directed by Taran Killam. Professional assassins join forces to try and kill the world's best hit man (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

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Paint It Black Alia Shawkat, Janet McTeer, Alfred Molina Paint It Black is a 2016 American film directed by Amber Tamblyn and based on Janet Fitch's 2006 novel. After her boyfriend abruptly dies, Josie (Alia Shawkat) becomes closer to his pianist ...more

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Buster's Mal Heart Rami Malek, DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil Buster's Mal Heart is a 2016 surreal mystery film written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith. A family man's (Rami Malek) chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter (DJ Qualls) leaves ...more

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Last Flag Flying Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne Last Flag Flying is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater. Former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with his old buddies, Sal Nealon ...more

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Tramps Callum Turner, Grace Van Patten, Michal Vondel Tramps is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Adam Leon. A young man (Callum Turner) and woman (Grace Van Patten) find love in an unlikely place while carrying out a shady deal.

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Catfight Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone Catfight is an American action comedy film directed and written by Onur Tukel. Two bitter rivals pursue a grudge match that spans a lifetime.