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Top Independent Films of the 2020s: Uncovering Hidden Gems

The 2020s have been a remarkable decade for independent cinema, with an array of unique and compelling films emerging from the global film community. These films, often made outside of the major studio system, have garnered critical acclaim and captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. This article delves into a selection of top independent films from the 2020s, highlighting their diverse genres, captivating stories, and exceptional filmmaking talent. From poignant dramas to dark comedies, these films showcase the rich landscape of independent cinema in the new decade.

A Diverse Collection of Storytelling Masters

Each film on this list represents a distinct voice and vision, offering a variety of narratives that resonate with audiences of different tastes and interests. These films are not just movies; they are windows into different worlds and experiences, crafted with creativity, passion, and a deep understanding of the human condition. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most noteworthy independent films of the 2020s, exploring their themes, storytelling techniques, and their impact on contemporary cinema.

“Drive My Car” (2021)

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, and Masaki Okada

Synopsis: A story of a widowed theater director who forms an unexpected bond with his chauffeur, delving into themes of grief and human connection.

Available on: Max Amazon Channel, Max. It is also possible to buy “Drive My Car” on Amazon Video, Apple TV, or Vudu as a download or rent it on Amazon Video, Apple TV, or Vudu online.

“Funny Pages” (2022)

Director: Owen Kline

Cast: Daniel Zolghadri, Matthew Maher, and Miles Teller

Synopsis: An aspiring cartoonist forges an unusual mentorship with a washed-up comic artist, exploring the harsh realities of the artistic world.

Available on: Vudu, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, or buy it on Vudu, Apple TV, or Amazon Prime Video.

“Shiva Baby” (2020)

Director: Emma Seligman

Cast: Rachel Sennott, Polly Draper, and Molly Gordon

Synopsis: A young woman’s encounter with her ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend at a family shiva leads to comedic chaos.

Available on: Watch Shiva Baby with a subscription on Max, rent on Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, or buy on Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video.

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (2020)

Director: Eliza Hittman

Cast: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, and Théodore Pellerin

Synopsis: A teenage girl travels to New York City to seek an abortion, highlighting the challenges of adolescence and personal choice.

Available on: You are able to stream Never Rarely Sometimes Always by renting or purchasing on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu.

“Kajillionaire” (2020)

Director: Miranda July

Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, and Debra Winger

Synopsis: A family of con artists takes in a young woman and involves her in their schemes, leading to unexpected emotional bonds.

Available on: Rent Kajillionaire on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu, or buy it on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu.

“Host” (2020)

Director: Rob Savage

Cast: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb

Synopsis: A virtual séance among friends goes terribly wrong in this innovative horror film.

Available on: Watch it on Shudder, The Roku Channel, The Roku Channel, Prime Video, Vudu, Redbox, or Apple TV on your Roku device.

“Miss Juneteenth” (2020)

Director: Channing Godfrey Peoples

Cast: Nicole Beharie, Alexis Chikaeze, and Kendrick Sampson

Synopsis: A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the Miss Juneteenth pageant.

Available on: Right now, you can watch Miss Juneteenth on Netflix. You can stream Miss Juneteenth by renting or purchasing on Google Play or Vudu.

“American Utopia” (2020)

Director: Spike Lee

Cast: David Byrne, Janelle Monáe, and Steven Heller

Synopsis: David Byrne’s Broadway show is brought to life in this energetic and thought-provoking concert film.

Available on: Netflix

“Aftersun” (2022)

Director: Charlotte Wells

Cast: Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, and Celia Rowlson-Hall

Synopsis: A woman reminisces about a childhood vacation with her father, exploring the complexities of memory and family.

Available on: Currently, it is on Paramount Plus, SHOWTIME, The Roku Channel, Showtime Anytime, Vudu, Prime Video, or Apple TV on your Roku device.

“Promising Young Woman” (2020)

Director: Emerald Fennell

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, and Adam Brody

Synopsis: A young woman seeks to avenge the wrongs of her past, leading to a dark and powerful tale of retribution.

Available on: Rent Promising Young Woman on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu, or buy it on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu.

“Farewell, Amor” (2020)

Director: Ekwa Msangi

Cast: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, and Jayme Lawson

Synopsis: An immigrant couple’s reunion after 17 years poses challenges as they adjust to new realities in their relationship.

Available on: Hulu

“Relic” (2020)

Director: Natalie Erika James

Cast: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, and Bella Heathcote

Synopsis: A horror film that delves into the horrors of dementia and the decay of family relationships.

Available on: AMC+ Amazon Channel, AMC+, DIRECTV, Shudder, Shudder Amazon Channel

“Pig” (2021)

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, and Adam Arkin

Synopsis: A reclusive truffle hunter goes on a quest to find his beloved foraging pig after she is stolen.

Available on: Watch it on Hulu, Redbox, Prime Video, Vudu, ROW8, or Apple TV on your Roku device.

Each of these films offers a unique perspective on life, culture, and the human experience, making them must-watches for anyone interested in the depth and breadth of independent filmmaking.

David Roberts

Writer & Blogger

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