50 Overlooked Indie Movies You Must Stream on Netflix
From low-budget American gems to foreign masterpieces, these independent films are worth the click.
Netflix adds new movies almost every day, which only makes it harder to find ones worth watching. That’s where IndieWire comes in. From low-budget American gems to foreign film masterpieces, these are the overlooked independent movies you’ve got to make time for on Netflix.
“6 Years” (2015)
“6 Years” provides a moving snapshot of a troubled relationship. The movie follows a young couple facing the titular anniversary as their future is challenged by various spats and infidelities. With an improvisatory style and two heartbreaking performances from Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield, “6 Years” imbues its traditional narrative with a fiery edge.
“A Woman, A Part“ (2016)
In her feature directorial debut, Elisabeth Subrin confronts industry-wide sexism head on, making it clear that her protagonist’s experiences are not unique and dismantling any romantic notions about how Hollywood operates. “A Woman, A Part” is a film for the current state of Hollywood, bolstered by a strong lead turn by Maggie Siff as a TV star who has grown disenfranchised with the work afforded to her by her industry.
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” (2015)
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch” comes from absurdist filmmaker Roy Andersson (“Songs From the Second Floor”), crafter of brilliantly odd films for nearly half a century. His latest weaves between the banal and the surreal and explores the human condition with a satirical eye.
Jennifer Phang’s indie science-fiction movie is set in the near future where technology allows people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. When a woman gets fired from her company for being too old, she has to decide whether or not to undergo the procedure herself to salvage her career and support her family.
“Alex of Venice” (2015)
In the directorial debut from Chris Messina, Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives a terrifically vulnerable performance as an environmental attorney who finds her workaholic lifestyle thrown into flux when her husband, George (Messina), asks for a break.
Kleber Mendonça Filho’s absorbing drama “Aquarius” is dominated by a towering performance from the great Sonia Braga. The actress delivers extraordinary work as the resident of an old apartment building who stands her ground in the face of developers looking to kick her to the curb.
“Blue Caprice” (2013)
The 2002 Beltway sniper attacks inspired fear across the nation as 17 people were murdered and 10 were injured. Alexandre Moors’ harrowing drama presents the events from the point of view of the two snipers, John Allen Muhammad and his 17-year-old protege Lee Boyd Malvo, tracking the development of their relationship as Muhammed subversively trains Malvo into becoming his willing co-assassin.