Indie-Film Kid Starter Pack

AKA the "A24 Stan". For every teen/college-aged kid who loves cinema, with an extra focus on those atmospheric romances and coming of age films, ESPECIALLY newer releases. This is a collection of films that brings a younger audience deeper into the world of cinema: making the type of kid who wants to support independent cinema, but will still see the new Star Wars movie in theaters. They’re contradictory.

These are the kids drinking cold brew and tweeting film edits set to Lorde songs who want to be screenwriters. It’s hard to watch as many films as they’d like to with both their scheducle and their attention span, so they usually rewatch their favorites. Wes Anderson is God.

Sorted by color because of the aesthetic.
Recommendations are welcome and loved.

P.S. This is a self-parody, and is in NO WAY making fun of anyone. I love all these films, and I love when any film can make someone love the craft.

There are 84 dramatic films in this list.

  • Lady Bird
  • Skate Kitchen
  • Palo Alto
  • Hearts Beat Loud
  • Thoroughbreds
  • Love, Simon
  • Her
  • Climax
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Juno
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Magnolia
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Eighth Grade
  • Booksmart
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Short Term 12
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Chungking Express
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • Boyhood
  • Frank
  • American Honey
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Sing Street
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Swiss Army Man
  • The Florida Project
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Personal Shopper
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Moonlight
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • La La Land
  • Blue Valentine
  • Good Time
  • Frances Ha
  • Interstellar
  • Before Sunrise
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Mommy
  • 20th Century Women
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Ghost World
  • The Bling Ring
  • The Lobster
  • The Favourite
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Columbus
  • Carol
  • Nightcrawler
  • Lost in Translation
  • American Beauty
  • Trainspotting
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Anomalisa
  • A Star Is Born
  • An Education
  • Arrival
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Thelma
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Gone Girl
  • The Social Network
  • Phantom Thread
  • A Ghost Story
  • Heathers
  • Spring Breakers
  • Before Sunset
  • Drive
  • Paterson
  • Ex Machina
  • Prisoners
  • Under the Skin
  • First Reformed
  • Whiplash
  • Donnie Darko