How do you define a hipster movie? Or simply put — what’s a ”cool” movie? In my opinion, hipster flicks are films that are about eccentric characters. Also, if the film is intellectually stimulating or weirdly funny, it is given that hipsters would love it. But here’s the most important criteria: the film should make them feel that it is “cool” to be “different” or “weird”. With that said, let’s jump right into the list of the coolest movies ever made. You can stream some of these best hipster movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
The whole idea of two stylish, sophisticated ancient vampire lovers trying to find their place in this world in itself is very cool. And Jim Jarmusch uses the idea to craft one of the coolest romances you’ll ever see on screen. Eve and Adam are outcasts, quite literally. They aren’t humans; they’re vampires who do not belong to this place or time. They struggle to fit themselves in the modern society and contemplate their own relationship. Like all of Jarmusch’s films, it has a bizarrely funny tone that may seem strange to you at first but gradually pulls you to the world he’s so beautifully created. Both Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are phenomenal in the lead roles and their onscreen chemistry gives the film that hipster touch.
11. Dead Man (1995)
To say that this film was bizarre and absurd would be an understatement. I’m still not sure why it remains so underrated among ”hipsters” and cinephiles in general. There is no ”cool” character in the film, but it’s the attitude and overall tone of the film that just takes the meaning of the word cool to a different level altogether. The movie is about a man who is on the run after murdering an accountant. Now what’s so special about this? You may ask. But the film is far more than its plot. Jim Jarmusch gives the film a different vibe, with the monochrome cinematography and eerily hilarious soundtrack adding to the eccentricity.
Johnny Depp does a wonderful job in the lead role, but for me, it is Gary Farmer’s portrayal of Nobody that stands out. As a kind, enigmatic North American man, Farmer is exceptional in the role, displaying a wide range of emotions in the subtlest of ways. Jarmusch would later go on to direct more ambitious and technically impressive films, but this is perhaps the one that remains closest to his heart.