American Neorealism

I'd like to think that we are in the midst of a defining film movement within our independent American cinema. It feels to have a lot in common with the Italian Neoreallism of the 40s and 50s.

Today's stories are set amongst a social media cold war of post 9/11 fear, the mid-2000's financial crisis, and political distrust and corruption and its effect on the disenfranchised and middle class within the United States.

The content of the movement surrounds outsiders, namely the youth (Generation Y, Millenials) living within difficult economic, cultural, and moral conditions. Conditions that include poverty, oppression, injustice, desperation, and frequently commenting on modern racial, gender and sexual identity.

Many of these films feature the significant works of artists such as Sean Baker, Kelly Reichardt, Josh & Benny Safdie as well as a large number of female directors.

I'd like to get feedback on more movies that you think belong (or don't belong) on this list.

  • The Florida Project
  • The Rider
  • Good Time
  • American Honey
  • Hell or High Water
  • Moonlight
  • Certain Women
  • Tangerine
  • Krisha
  • The Fits
  • Heaven Knows What
  • Frances Ha
  • Pariah
  • Blue Valentine
  • Winter's Bone
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • Ballast
  • Frozen River
  • Chop Shop
  • Half Nelson
  • Wassup Rockers
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Leave No Trace
  • Nomadland