Here is a list of 27 great indie romantic-comedies from the last ten years.
(Quick logistical side note: I didn't include movies that made over million, as I presumed they were not in need of singling out.
Ironically, she seems more alive in this role than any she's yet played. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)In the brain of Miranda July (who writes, directs, and stars in the movie), this is what a romantic comedy looks like.
She and Stiller make an unusual and at times unlikeable pair. The only problem is that the woman in this scenario is not real. In it, Radnor plays a character who returns to his old college and falls for a wise-beyond-her-years 19-year-old student, played by the exceedingly charming Elizabeth Olsen.
(Her character's name, sadly, is Zibby.) Before you get into a huff about their age difference, the grossness of it is the whole point.
Ceremony (2011)Ceremony is what it would look like if Wes Anderson made Wedding Crashers.
Written and directed by Max Winkler (Henry's son), it tells the story of a young children's-book author (Michael Angarano) who crashes the wedding weekend of an older woman (Uma Thurman) he's had an intimate letter-writing relationship with.
Sorry, Enough Said, Silver Linings Playbook, 500 Days of Summer, Adventureland, and Moonrise Kingdom. Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)Many romantic comedies, especially on this list, are about the relationships that aren't "the one," but the one you need to get past to meet the one.
I also didn't include foreign films or films from Vulture's best mumblecore rom-com list.) Some were not marketed as romantic comedies, but I believe all of these can be viewed as such. Celeste and Jesse Forever is explicitly about that, telling the story of two best friends (Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg) who decide to get divorced.
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is a one-man show about Birbiglia's own relationship to love and marriage, set against the backdrop of his meeting his now-wife.
So, yes, this is not a romantic comedy in the strictest sense, but it has all the narrative expectations and humor you'd hope for in one. Obvious Child (2014)It's a romantic comedy about abortion!
Though the irreverence of the concept is enough to get at least some attention on its own, Obvious Child is also a terrific freaking movie.
Thanks to Jenny Slate being one of the most hilarious people around, Obvious Child is arguably the funniest film on this list.
Still, despite how high the concept is, the decisions their characters have to make are still rooted in something genuine. In the 2 Days movies, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, she is at her Delpiest.