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The Best Mumblecore Movies

“What are the best Mumblecore movies ever made?” We looked at 120 of the top Mumblecore films and ranked them so we could answer that very question!

The top 23 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Mumblecore” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 90+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 23 Best Mumblecore Movies



23 .) Breaking Upwards (2009)

	Breaking Upwards (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Rain Dance
  • Rate Your Music
  • Vulture

Breaking Upwards’ explores a young, real-life New York couple who, four years in and battling codependency, decide to intricately strategize their own break up. Based on an actual experiment devised by director/actor Daryl Wein and actress Zoe Lister-Jones, the film loosely interprets a year in their lives exploring alternatives to monogamy, and the madness that ensues. An uncensored look at young love, lust, and the pangs of codependency, ‘Breaking Upwards’ follows its characters as they navigate each others’ emotions across the city they love. It begs the question: is it ever possible to grow apart together?



22 .) Frances Ha (2012)

	Frances Ha (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • Rain Dance
  • Ranker

An aspiring dancer moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.



21 .) Happy Christmas (2014)

	Happy Christmas (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Rain Dance
  • Ranker

After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son.



20 .) My Effortless Brilliance (2008)

	My Effortless Brilliance (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

Lynn Shelton’s “My Effortless Brilliance” is a study in the relationship between cocky, fussy, thoroughly-city-mouse author Eric (Sean Nelson) and his ex-best-friend, the tersely powerful journalist and wood-chopper Dylan (Basil Harris). Dylan, fed up with Eric’s self-involved antics, dumps him and disappears to live in a log cabin in the woods of Eastern Washington; two years later, Eric arrives (sporting a Prius, white sneakers, and a fear of spiders) to mend the friendship.



19 .) Quiet City (2007)

	Quiet City (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music

Jamie is 21. She’s from Atlanta. She’s come to Brooklyn to visit her friend Samantha, but she can’t find her. Jamie meets a stranger named Charlie on the subway and spends 24 hours hanging out with him.



18 .) Red Flag (2012)

	Red Flag (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • Rate Your Music
  • Vulture

Writer/director/star Alex Karpovsky, a familiar face to indie filmgoers, reveals his sterling comic chops in this close-to-the-bone comedy. Teasing the line between fiction and reality, he plays an indie filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky who, dumped by a longtime girlfriend fed up with his refusal to marry, takes to the road with a reluctant old pal for a misbegotten mini tour screening his movie on college campuses and independent cinemas.



17 .) Slacker (1991)

	Slacker (1991)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • MUBI
  • Rate Your Music

Austin, Texas, is an Eden for the young and unambitious, from the enthusiastically eccentric to the dangerously apathetic. Here, the nobly lazy can eschew responsibility in favor of nursing their esoteric obsessions. The locals include a backseat philosopher who passionately expounds on his dream theories to a seemingly comatose cabbie, a young woman who tries to hawk Madonna’s Pap test to anyone who will listen and a kindly old anarchist looking for recruits.



16 .) Team Picture (2007)

	Team Picture (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

A realistic character study of a young man in his early 20s negotiating a disintegrating relationship with an ambitious artist/photographer girlfriend and an ascending fling with an adventurous floater, as well as pressures from his family and society to go to college/make steps toward success, all the while becoming increasingly interested in the questionably viable life of playing guitar.



15 .) The Color Wheel (2011)

	The Color Wheel (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music

JR has broken up with her professor. She enlists her nervous and obnoxious younger brother Colin to take a short road trip in order to help move out her belongings. They bicker and fight, with one another and pretty much anybody they encounter, before being brought to a place of togetherness and understanding as a result of being pushed away by everybody in their lives except one another.



14 .) Uncle Kent (2011)

	Uncle Kent (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

A pothead kid’s show cartoonist in Los Angeles spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest – a woman from New York who he met on Chatroulette.



13 .) Cyrus (2010)

	Cyrus (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music
  • Vulture

With John’s social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcée finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life – her son. Before long, the two are locked in a battle of wits for the woman they both love-and it appears only one man can be left standing when it’s over.



12 .) In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)

	In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

Broke and alone on New Year’s Eve, Wilson just wants to spend the rest of a very bad year in bed. But, when his best friend convinces him to post a personal ad, he meets a woman bent on finding the right guy to be with at midnight.



11 .) LOL (2006)

	LOL (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

The relationships of three men are examined through their use of technology.



10 .) Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

	Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • MUBI
  • Rate Your Music
  • Vulture

Waking from a one-night stand that neither remembers, Micah and Joanne find themselves wandering the streets of San Francisco, sharing coffee and conversation and searching for a deeper connection.



9 .) Nights and Weekends (2008)

	Nights and Weekends (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

A man and woman must face the tension that builds between them during a long-distance relationship.



8 .) Silver Bullets (2011)

	Silver Bullets (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music

An actress and her filmmaker boyfriend experience turbulence in their relationship when she accepts a role in a werewolf film.



7 .) Humpday (2009)

	Humpday (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Decider
  • MUBI
  • Rain Dance
  • Rate Your Music

Imagine your life is somewhat complete with a house, job, and wife but then your best friend from college comes knocking at your door at 2 AM. During a pot-induced hedonistic party, a plan is hatched between the two friends to create an Art Film of “two really straight men having sex.” If they only knew how much this would affect all of their lives.



6 .) Tiny Furniture (2010)

	Tiny Furniture (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • MUBI
  • Rain Dance
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music

After graduating from film school, Aura returns to New York to live with her photographer mother, Siri, and her sister, Nadine, who has just finished high school. Aura is directionless and wonders where to go next in her career and her life. She takes a job in a restaurant and tries unsuccessfully to develop relationships with men, including Keith, a chef where she works, and cult Internet star Jed.



5 .) Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

	Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Rain Dance
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music
  • Vulture

Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family’s island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack’s drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris’ sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.



4 .) Funny Ha Ha (2002)

	Funny Ha Ha (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Indie Ethos
  • MUBI
  • Rain Dance
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

Unsure of what to do next, 23-year-old Marnie tries her best to navigate life after college in this romantic comedy. Still partying like there’s no tomorrow, Marnie drags herself out of bed for her miserable temp job and can’t decide whether she’s wasting her time going after best buddy Alex, who doesn’t seem to be interested.



3 .) Mutual Appreciation (2005)

	Mutual Appreciation (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • Indie Ethos
  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

Alan is a musician who leaves a busted-up band for New York, and a new musical voyage. He tries to stay focused and fends off all manner of distractions, including the attraction to his good friend’s girlfriend. Film of the “Mumblecore” genre.



2 .) The Puffy Chair (2005)

	The Puffy Chair (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Decider
  • MUBI
  • Rain Dance
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music

Josh’s life is pretty much in the toilet. He’s a failed NYC indie rocker, and a failing booking agent. But he finds the potential of a small victory in a really bad idea. He decides to purchase a 1985 Lazy Boy on eBay, just like the one his dad had when Josh was a kid. He’ll drive cross-country for the chair, staying with Emily at his brother’s house on the way, and deliver it to his father as a surprise birthday gift. But when Rhett ends up coming along for the ride, it’s three people and a giant purple puffy chair in a too-small van… and one of them has to go before the trip’s end.



1 .) Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

	Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Decider
  • Indie Ethos
  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Rate Your Music
  • The Cinemaholic

Hannah is a recent college graduate interning at a Chicago production company. She is crushing on two writers at work, Matt and Paul, who share an office and keep her entertained. Will a relationship with one of them disrupt the delicate balance of their friendship?




The 90+ Additional Best Mumblecore Movies



# Movies Lists
24 Alexander the Last (2009) MUBI
Rate Your Music
25 Art History (2011) BFI
Rate Your Music
26 Baghead (2008) MUBI
Rate Your Music
27 Bass Ackwards (2010) MUBI
Rate Your Music
28 Beeswax (2009) MUBI
Rate Your Music
29 Cold Weather (2010) MUBI
Rate Your Music
30 Daddy Longlegs [Go Get Some Rosemary] (2009) MUBI
Rate Your Music
31 Dance Party, USA (2006) MUBI
Rate Your Music
32 Drinking Buddies Ranker
Vulture
33 Frownland (2007) MUBI
Rate Your Music
34 Harmony and Me (2009) MUBI
Rate Your Music
35 Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011) MUBI
Rate Your Music
36 Kissing on the Mouth (2005) MUBI
Rate Your Music
37 Lovers of Hate (2010) MUBI
Rate Your Music
38 Luke and Brie Are on a First Date (2008) MUBI
Rate Your Music
39 Open Five (2010) Rate Your Music
Vulture
40 Shadows (1959) Decider
Rate Your Music
41 Sorry, Thanks (2009) Rate Your Music
The Cinemaholic
42 The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) Indie Ethos
Rate Your Music
43 The Exploding Girl (2009) Rate Your Music
The Cinemaholic
44 The Freebie (2010) MUBI
Rate Your Music
45 The GoodTimesKid (2005) MUBI
Rate Your Music
46 The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) MUBI
Rate Your Music
47 The Zone (2011) BFI
Rate Your Music
48 Yeast (2008) MUBI
Rate Your Music
49 You Won’t Miss Me (2009) MUBI
Rate Your Music
50 All the Light in the Sky (2012) Rate Your Music
51 All the Real Girls Ranker
52 Audrey the Trainwreck (2010) Rate Your Music
53 Autoerotic (2011) Rate Your Music
54 Bad Fever (2012) Rate Your Music
55 Be Good (2012) Rate Your Music
56 Caitlin Plays Herself (2011) Rate Your Music
57 Carter (2009) Rate Your Music
58 Creative Nonfiction (2009) Rate Your Music
59 Damsels in Distress MUBI
60 Empire Builder (2012) Rate Your Music
61 Everyone Else MUBI
62 Everyone Says I Look Just Like Her (2010) Rate Your Music
63 Everything Must Go (2010) The Cinemaholic
64 Exit Elena (2012) Rate Your Music
65 Festen [The Celebration] (1998) Rate Your Music
66 Four Eyed Monsters (2005) Rate Your Music
67 Gabi on the Roof in July (2010) Rate Your Music
68 George Washington (2000) Rate Your Music
69 Green (2011) Rate Your Music
70 Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench MUBI
71 Hamilton (2006) Rate Your Music
72 Helena From the Wedding (2010) Rate Your Music
73 Hohokam (2007) Rate Your Music
74 Holy Land (2010) Rate Your Music
75 I Am Not a Hipster (2012) Rate Your Music
76 Impolex (2009) Rate Your Music
77 It Was Great, But I Was Ready To Come Home. (2009) Rate Your Music
78 Littlerock (2010) Rate Your Music
79 Lola Versus (2012) Rate Your Music
80 Marriage Material (2012) Rate Your Music
81 MDMA (2011) Rate Your Music
82 Momma’s Man (2008) Rate Your Music
83 Mumblecore (2011) Rate Your Music
84 Nancy, Please (2012) Rate Your Music
85 Nashville (1975) Rate Your Music
86 New Jerusalem (2011) Rate Your Music
87 No Matter What (2011) Rate Your Music
88 Nobody Walks (2012) Rate Your Music
89 Northeast (2011) Rate Your Music
90 Oh! My Dear Desire (2003) Rate Your Music
91 Open Five 2 (2012) Rate Your Music
92 Orphans (2007) Rate Your Music
93 Pickpocket (1959) Rate Your Music
94 Present Company (2008) Rate Your Music
95 Putty Hill (2010) Rate Your Music
96 Quietly on By (2005) Rate Your Music
97 Registered Sex Offender MUBI
98 RSO [Registered Sex Offender] (2008) Rate Your Music
99 Safety Not Guaranteed MUBI
100 Some Days Are Better Than Others (2010) Rate Your Music
101 Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012) Rate Your Music
102 Stranger Than Paradise (1984) Rate Your Music
103 Sun Don’t Shine (2012) Rate Your Music
104 Supporting Characters (2012) Rate Your Music
105 Terri (2011) Rate Your Music
106 The Builder (2010) Rate Your Music
107 The Comedy (2012) Rate Your Music
108 The Forest for the Trees MUBI
109 The Hole Story (2006) Rate Your Music
110 The House of the Devil (2009) Decider
111 The Human War (2011) Rate Your Music
112 The Lie (2011) Rate Your Music
113 The Mountain, the River and the Road (2009) Rate Your Music
114 The Off Hours (2011) Rate Your Music
115 This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Rate Your Music
116 Tiger Tail in Blue (2012) Rate Your Music
117 Uptown (2009) Rate Your Music
118 Wah Do Dem MUBI
119 Wanda (1970) Rate Your Music
120 Woodpecker (2008) Rate Your Music


9 Best Mumblecore Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
BFI Where to begin with mumblecore
Decider Decider Essentials: Top 10 Mumblecore Films To Stream
Indie Ethos An Essential Guide to Mumblecore
MUBI We Need to Talk… Comprehensive Mumblecore
Rain Dance Mumblecore Movies From The Low Budget Genre: 8 Essentials
Ranker Best Mumblecore Movies | Top Low Budget Indie Films
Rate Your Music A Guide to “Mumblecore” Cinema: 2002-2012
The Cinemaholic Mumblecore Movies | 12 Best Mumblecore Films of All Time
Vulture 8 Mumblecore Films to Scratch Your Rom-Com Itch

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