In a short while, I’ll name my top movies of 2018, but in the meantime, I wanted to spotlight a certain kind of 2018 movie — the small, unseen movies, movies that in many cases you probably haven’t even heard of.

Some of the following titles will make it into (and even at the top of) my best-of-2018 list, but some will not. In any case, I wanted to highlight them. These are the films you might have missed and that you should now check out, as they’re easily accessible on various streaming services.

Note: I’ve highlighted the subscription services where each movie is available to stream, but the majority of them are also available to rent on various video-on-demand storefronts (iTunes, Vudu, etc.)

“Cam” (Netflix) An inventive and unnerving psychological thriller about an online cam girl named Alice (an excellent Madeline Brewer, of “The Handmaid’s Tale”) whose account is taken over by a doppelganger. Alice 2.0 is a better and more popular version in every way, but Alice means to take back her persona. “Cam” is a tight and suspenseful movie that gives us a look behind the curtain of the cam-girl industry, while also offering some trenchant commentary on the Internet, social media, exploitation and the merging of physical and digital identities IRL.

“Crime + Punishment” (Hulu) An engrossing (and often infuriating) documentary about the black and Latino whistleblower cops who spoke out against the NYPD’s illegal arrest quota policies, which target young minorities. Much more than a talking-heads doc, “Crime + Punishment” embeds itself in the lives of these officers, showing not only what they’re fighting for, but what it’s cost them.

“Fighting in the Age of Loneliness” (SB Nation) SB Nation is, of course, not a streaming service, but a sports media brand. But there was at least one great movie it made this year. Mad genius Jon Bois and “Chapo Trap House” co-host Felix Biederman tell a five-part tale of the development of mixed martial arts, contextualizing it in a larger story of how neoliberalism has created a meaningless world, wherein punching and kicking a man in a cage is the best way to feel alive. Note: video contains profanity.

“First Reformed” (Amazon Prime) Ethan Hawke stars as a despairing reverend gradually pulled into an act of unspeakable violence. Asks and answers the question: What if “Taxi Driver” were set at a small church in upstate New York and the movie were really about climate change?

“Gemini” (Hulu) Steely and stylish L.A. noir in which the assistant (Lola Kirke) to a movie star (Zoe Kravitz) is falsely accused of murder and on the run. The story is good enough, but “Gemini” is all about letting the details of the plot pass on by as you bask in the neon glow of the film’s aesthetic.

“Lean on Pete” (Amazon Prime) Boy meets horse. Boy steals horse. Boy and horse set off on a heartbreaking quest to find a place to call home. Along the way, they’re met with indifference, exploitation and cruelty, but also just enough kindness to keep moving. Pummeling and beautiful.

“Mandy” (Shudder) If you’ve ever wanted to see a pantsless Nic Cage down a whole bottle of liquor while rage-crying in the bathroom. If you’ve ever wanted to see Nic Cage get into a chainsaw duel with a drug-addled cult freak. If you’ve ever wanted to see a righteously metal phantasmagoria whose opening title card doesn’t bleed across the screen until halfway through the movie, then “Mandy,” “Mandy,” “Mandy” ...

“Minding the Gap” (Hulu) In what was a great year for documentaries (which also included “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “RBG,” “Free Solo” and “Three Identical Strangers”), “Minding the Gap” was the best. Directed by Bing Liu, the movie follows several years in the life of his best friends, focusing on the family trauma they’ve endured and, in one case, are now perpetuating as they start their own families. It might’ve been too bleak to bear were it not for all the skateboarding. The segments of the movie are interspersed with the guys skating around town, and you can see the burdens of their lives lifted, however briefly. No movie this year so intimately captures the lives of everyday Americans struggling for a better life.

“The Night Comes for Us” (Netflix) In this Indonesian martial arts masterpiece ... an assassin uses a razor-wire yo-yo to flay flesh from bone. A Nordic-looking sociopath chops through a room full of heavies so gracefully it looks like she’s dancing. A big, nearly unkillable cokehead named White Boy Bobby finds horribly creative uses for everyday objects. A fight at a butcher’s shop employs meat hooks, table saws and the pointy end of a broken bone. And that’s just the first 30 minutes!

“The Rider” (Starz) In this lyrical drama that resides somewhere between documentary and Western, a young cowboy suffers a head injury that prevents him from doing rodeo, the only thing he knows. Now, he’ll decide: risk his life riding, or try to forge a new identity in the American heartland? Using unprofessional actors, writer/director Chloé Zhao tells a sensitive and moving story with a wallop of a third-act catharsis. This was, on reflection, a great year for horse movies.