The last-minute scramble to share best-of-the-year lists while voters across guilds and other bodies fill out their own ballots means plenty of films will disappear into the ether. That’s especially true of indie films and especially indie films released earlier in the year. While indies like “TÁR,” “Aftersun,” “Bones and All,” “The Inspection,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” and “Women Talking” deservedly sit atop the awards conversation and continue to dominate with nominations among blocs like the Independent Spirit and Gothams voters, there are plenty, plenty more that are well worth your time.
Below, IndieWire has rounded up 15 great indies from throughout 2022 that are worth a first or second look, ranging from homegrown American micro-budget movies to documentaries and foreign films released in arthouse theaters and on streaming platforms. Many of these appeared on IndieWire’s list of the Best Films of 2022 So Far published at the year’s halfway point, but six months of more films meant that some of these didn’t make the cut for our 25 Best Movies of the Year published on December 1.
Nicholas Barber, Robert Daniels, Jude Dry, David Ehrlich, Kate Erbland, and Susannah Gruder contributed to this story.