30 Indie Movies You Might Have Missed In 2016

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We all have that feeling once in a while — you realize there was a lot of pop culture you totally meant to experience but just didn't have time for. You were going to binge that show everyone was talking about. But it's not too late to catch up on 2016's best independent movies before awards show season is over.
Our indie flick checklist will allow you to experience the full film festival experience, minus the IRL hipsters. Dramedies abound, the bread and butter of indie cinema. But there are also plenty of love stories and weepy dramas without a laugh in sight. Catching up on these lesser-known hits is a sure way to dominate your office Oscars pool, with inside knowledge of the dark-horse nominees.
Click through for your perfect indie watch list.
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Green Room

A traveling band books a shady gig as a last-ditch resort. When they accidentally witness a violent act, the club's owner traps them backstage. Now the Ain't Rights have to face off with a club owner who will do anything to protect his shady ways.
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The Lobster

In this off-kilter dystopia, being single comes at a higher cost than not having plans on Valentine's Day. In The Lobster, people are expected to pair off with a monogamous partner by a certain age. If a person fails to achieve coupledom, like Colin Farrell's character, he's shipped off to a "single's resort" where people have a last-ditch chance for romance. What happens to the people who fail to find chemistry? They get turned into animals, and roam around forests surrounding cities and resorts.
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20th Century Woman
Set in the 1970s, this movie focuses on three California women experiencing love and change in California. Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning star in the A24 film, which was nominated for "Best Motion Picture" at the Golden Globes.
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King Cobra
Based on a true story, this look at a young star in the world of gay porn boasts some major '80s and '90s stars — James Franco, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald, and Christian Slater.
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This portrait of a woman returning to her family after battling addiction (possibly not so successfully) has earned its writer and its star, Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild, the LA Film Critics New Generation Award.
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Other People
Written by SNL staffer Chris Kelly, this film about a son returning home to help his mother as she battles cancer was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
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Everybody Wants Some!!
A kind of thematic follow-up to Dazed and Confused, this college comedy set in the '80s has all the tie-dye and weed of the classic high school film — with slightly shorter shorts.
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Naz & Maalik
This film focuses on two Muslim teenagers as they try to go about their lives and keep their romantic relationship a secret.
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American Honey
Shia LaBeouf's latest film about a magazine sales crew has been nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards.
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The Witch
If this year's Blair Witch Project reboot failed to terrify you, try The Witch, which is basically The Crucible with very real witchcraft that will haunt your dreams.
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The Fits
This unique coming of age story follows a girl as she joins a community dance team just as some of the members being to suffer from seizures. It has been nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature trophy.
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A Bigger Splash
Watch Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes deal with their angst as they lounge by the pool.
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Miles Ahead
Don Cheadle transforms into the famous jazz musician in this story of Davis' early, and much later career. Cheadle also directed the film.
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Before he was even known as Swift's summer BF, Tom Hiddleston starred in this dystopian drama about class warfare contained in a single apartment building.
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No Stranger Than Love
Just when you thought every strange and awkward follow up to the big "I love you," had been explored in film you get a movie that features the love-confessor falling into a sudden hole in his beloved's living room right after he says those three little words.
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The Little Prince
The classic children's book comes to life woven into a more familiar story of an overscheduled kid.
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Maggie's Plan
Reigning indie movie queen Greta Gerwig plays Maggie, a woman at the end of an affair who decides the kindest thing she could do for her about to be ex is reunite him with his estranged wife.
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Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart star in this dystopian film about a couple who dares to fall in love in a society that views emotions as a disease.
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Hello, My Name Is Doris
Watch Sally Field become the most endearing Brooklyn hipster ever.
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Before you see Jake Gyllenhaal in Nocturnal Animals, check out his indie flick about a grieving husband tackling his emotions in an unorthodox way.
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The Meddler
This sweet story of a widow trying to connect with her adult daughter, and quite a few strangers, has an amazing cast, from Susan Sarandon to Cecily Strong.
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This drama tells the real-life story of Christine Chubbuck, a TV journalist who committed suicide on air. It's one of two films based on Chubbuck's death that came out this year.
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Ellen Page and Allison Janney star as two women connected by a child. But as that connection grows stronger, a destructive truth about that baby comes out.
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With a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film is getting raves from virtually every critic.
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Sing Street
Fans of Camp and Pitch Perfect will love this adorable story of a teen who creates a band to get the girl, and ends up stumbling into something that makes him truly happy — and that could offer him a ticket out of his small town.
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Love & Friendship
Kate Beckinsale has already been nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for her performance in this witty adaptation of Jane Austen's Lady Susan.
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Witness 96 minutes of unbridled testosterone in this story of extreme frat hazing, starring Nick Jonas and featuring James Franco.
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The Intervention
The latest attempt at this generation's Big Chill was written and directed by Clea DuVall.
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Captain Fantastic
This film about a father raising his kids completely off the grid is a fascinating meditation on family and modern living.
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Don't Think Twice
On the surface, Don't Think Twice is a film about the NYC improv comedy scene and all it can lead to professionally. But even if you're not interested in improv, you'll be able to relate to the theme of the ever-moving start line of adulthood.
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The Family Fang
Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman star as siblings who grew up as a part of their parents' performance art pieces. As adults they want no part of their parents' art, but feel themselves dragged in when their mom and dad go missing.
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The Hollars
Watch Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski in this sweet family dramedy.
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