It isn’t news that a veritable fount of films becomes newly available to consumers each and every month. Between original movies on Netflix, the latest blockbusters fresh out of theaters, and other buzzy titles arriving across platforms, it can be overwhelming to sort through the myriad streamers to find the hidden gems you wouldn’t see otherwise.
But one of the best things about streaming is just that: It gives independent cinema a chance — no matter how small that chance may be! — to reach a wider audience long after a title’s release. Movies that had limited runs in theaters, or departed quickly after bombing at the box office, are now available at the tips of anyone’s fingers with the right subscription. From foreign features to obscure older classics, the Criterion Channel helps provide access to rare titles that prove difficult to chase down on DVD. While specialty sites like Shudder, the destination platform for horror, proudly round up the highs and lows of a given genre.
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In order to help viewers sort through the endless libraries of content, we’ve started a monthly guide to the old indie favorites new to streaming. Every month, IndieWire will be combing through new releases on various streamers to find the best independent titles from yesteryear newly available. In addition to looking at the big platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Paramount+, and Peacock, we’ll also spotlight interesting selections from specialty streamers. The movies selected won’t include anything premiered in the past year. But this running guide will spotlight older independent films that might go under the radar in a streaming space that prioritizes the new and the flashy but are must-watches for any film buff.
This September, some of the best movies new to streaming include two Kirsten Dunst classics, the 1999 teen drama “The Virgin Suicides” and 2011’s art-house apocalypse “Melancholia.” There’s also the underseen horror film “Relic,” Sean Baker’s 2015 comedy “Tangerine,” the 1989 dramedy “The Unbelievable Truth” from Hal Hartley, and Andrew Bujalski’s 2018 gem “Support the Girls,” featuring a never better Regina Hall.
Read on for our selections of the best independent films on streaming this month. Entries are listed in alphabetical order.
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