Best Indie Movies

August 3, 2015 - An independent film (or indie film) is a film initially produced without financing or distribution from a major movie studio. Often, films that receive less than 50% of their budget from major studio are also considered "independent." This list is a collection of the greatest Indie films of all time. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

how can you not like juno?


Love ellen page in this film as well as Michael cera (love his voice) great film.
Laugh out loud indie movies SUCK! Except for Juno

2Requiem For A Dream
Devastatingly true-to-life portrayal of the extremes of desire for the common man... It is capable of providing to inception of terror in the minds of most of the young public that passes of getting high as a culture.
This movie is amazing in every way. I watched it first when I was younger, around 10 and I wasn't really sure about it but now that I am older and I have found it I love it and appreciate it very much. Its very truthful about the affects of drugs not just to the body but to the mind. #1 in my book.
Saw it really Great acting, really GREAT movie, must see!
[Newest]Juice by Sarah! Juice by Sarah!

3Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! / The world forgetting, by the world forgot / Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! / Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd. " -Alexander Pope. Need I say more?
This is absolutely my favorite movie in the entire world. I had to watch it in a film appreciation class my sophomore year of college and It was amazing.
I thought this movie was just so amazing, it was a side of Jim Carrey I had not yet seen that pleasantly suprised me. It was just so great. It makes you think, makes you laugh, makes you cry, just an amazing emotional roller coaster.
[Newest]Really beautiful, interesting movie. I totally could relate to the guy in this one.

4Little Miss Sunshine
Such a beautiful, well-written script, and contains one of the best scenes in film history, delivered by Paul Dano
I love this movie! My favorite part is at the end when they're all dancing... Best movie ever!
It's one of my favourite movies of all time. Funny without being silly, and well acted. Great.
[Newest]My absolute favorite movie. I could watch it a million times

5Garden State
since I met the love of my life, the movie has become our lifeline. we can both relate to it in every possible way. zach braff is the most amazing human being on this planet. this is ultimately number two best movie of all time. first being the wizard of oz
Simply amazing! The actors are great, the music is splendid, the photography is wonderful, and the scenario and dialogue are perfect. I've never seen a movie I love that much.
Heart warming, charming and beautiful Nathalie Portman combined with the best soundtrack a movie could have. I loved it the first time and every time I watch it again.
[Newest]One of the best movies ever made. Just perfection!

6Reservoir Dogs

7Mean Streets

8(500) Days of Summer
The "Expectations vs Reality" scene with the split-screen is honestly the best scene I have ever watched.
Beautiful movie! One of the best I've ever seen! Could make a person feel so many emotions, was hilarious, romantic and just amazing!
Its my favorite movie ever! The pair has great chemistry, and the film consists of really good music and really relatable quotes. "I love us."

9Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction is one the grestest films ever made.
Quentin Tarantino is one of the best screenwriter/directors.
There's no way Pulp Fiction isn't top 10.
Considering this may be the best film ever made, it definitely is an insult that it isn't in the top 10.

10Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

The Contenders


12Good Will Hunting
It makes me a little surprised to see Saló above this masterpiece. Sure, Saló is a masterpiece too, but this film had a lot more meaning and feeling put into it. It's not all disturbing stuff (Unlike Human Centipede two.).


A true masterpiece. It's as compelling as it is entertaining. As an university professor, I had a student like the one in this film.

13The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

14The Royal Tennenbaums
Best movie in this list. Not the most commercial one, but with the unique Wes Anderson style that makes this movie great.
Great Wes anderson movie! You got to love his style. Great acting by Mr. Wilson, and a good storyline. What would you expect more from a movie?

omg... pitch black comedy... at its best!!!

16The Passion of the Christ
So deeply passionate that it actually hurt to watch at times but is a must see. Very moving - unforgettable

17Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

18Ichi the Killer
I loved this film. This is one of the Foreign films that got me hooked on this Genre!
Genius and Brutal Film by Takashi Miike, maybe not his Best Work, but really good.


Amazing performances by all and a storyline to tear your heart out. Definitely a "must see! "

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