Best Indie Movies

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

Mean Streets

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

3Requiem 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!

4Garden 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!

5Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

6Eternal 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.

7Good 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.).


8The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

9The Passion of the Christ

10Little 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

The Contenders

11Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

12Ichi 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.


14Reservoir Dogs

15Cannibal Holocaust

16Stranger Than Paradise

17The 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?

18Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko is one of the best cult classics of its time because well.. It was way before its time. The beauty of its meaning is ridiculing and interesting all the while giving you a familiar setting. There isn't one second of that movie that had me disinterested. Great acting and best of all, amazing movie.
Time travel at best. Donnie Darko is my favorite movie of all time. It has a shocking ending and keeps you wanting more. It is a must see if you enjoy a creepy mind thrill. You wont be able to watch it just once. Trust me.
One of the greatest movies I've ever seen. You go through the movie believing that Donnie is crazy and in the end everyone else is in the wrong. Must see.
[Newest]How is Donnie Darko not in the top 10's?

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

20Pink Flamingos

21Black Biscuit


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

I love the movie make me laugh and cry is just a good movie I can get tired of this trip of founding yourself amazing the fact that this happen in reality wow
Has to be one of the best movies I've seen because it's one of those films I can watch over and over again! Huffman and Zegers are very blievable in their roles and it portrays USA (the nature and the people) in a very real yet fascinating way. Makes me wanna go on a roadtrip of my own!

Dante Hicks has a bad day at work, and he’s not even supposed to be there today.
Talk about living the dream! Kevin Smith broke free of shiftwork drudgery by actually making a movie in his workplace.



27My Big Fat Greek Wedding

28(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."

29Easy Rider

30Dead Alive

31Shakespeare in Love

32Wristcutters - A Love Story
Seriously, one of my all time favorite movies! I love how unique it is. I love how they refer to suicide as offing themselves, and I love the slight hint of romance throughout the movie. Great ending, just when you think all hope is lost. Definitely one to see!
Such a wonderful movie. It made me feel so much and it's such a great story with great actors. One I'd would try to make everyone I know watch. I could watch it over and over again.
Did not like Wristcutters. A far superior film is 'The Troublesome Man' which covers much of the same territory in a much better way.
[Newest]I've this movie about 5 times. It's an odd and cute adventure. I love it.

33Slumdog Millionare
I am an Indian. I like the storyline of the movie. It simply represents the dark sides of slums in India.
This won the best picture award! Definitely one of the greatest, most inspiring masterpieces to every hit the big screen.


34The Blair Witch Project
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the experience after I watched this the first time (on Halloween night). I call it an "experience" because it was a new way of making a scary movie and it was done so well that I believed that it was real, like everyone else! This is the granddaddy of tons of movies like the Paranormal Activity series for instance.

35The Last Seduction

This movie was amazing, my favorite movie of all time. Its as sick and twisted as The Human Centipede, but with a much better story

So quirky, great soundtrack, interesting characters, and Bill Murray in one of his finest performances.
One of the best films, I've ever seen. And in my opinion Wes Andersons best one. Watch it!
Fantastic film about troubled a teen

38Third on a Match
One of the best Independent films to come along! Great acting!


Amazing story! Will bring a ear to any eye!


39The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
A bunch of kids unwisely investigate a creepy Texan homestead. Scooby Doo was never this scary.
The exploitation pic marketing for Tobe Hooper's landmark horror was effective enough - but the real coup was to make the on-screen violence blunt and bludgeoning.



One of the best movies I have ever seen. So honest. And the soundtrack was amazing, had to be, considering it starred two musicians. I would definitely rate it higher.
Once is a beautiful movie with real human emotion and spectacular music. It truly blew me away. Steven Spielberg said "A little movie named Once gave me enough inspiration for the rest of the year."

42The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
An amazing and underrated film. With a star studded lineup, witty dialogue, and genius situational comedy this movie could easily be your new favorite.

43The House of Mirth
A really great movie with an outstanding gillian anderson!
Gillian Anderson and Laura Linney are superb in it.
A Terence Davies Masterpiece

44Ichi 1

45High Fidelity
This movie is great, definitely John Cusack's finnest as an neurotic record store owner, just amazing!. And you've got to love Jack Black in his role

46Harold and Maude
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Between the soundtrack, theme and humor, this movie will always entertain you - no matter how many times you watch it.
An amazing movie with a great moral-it doesn't matter what age you are to love.
If you want to be high be high!

47Eagle vs. Shark
So hilarious and heartwarming.
Excellent comedy. Please see it. It has Jermaine from Flight of the Concords.

48The Bully
A great movie! Everyone should see

49Pulp 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.

50King of New York

51Blue Velvet
Surreal and a masterpiece. A Great Mystery, thriller by David Lynch with a story you might have never come acros

This movie, even though may be a bit much is a great movie to teach young girls about teenager hood which isn't what it's cracked up to be. It really is a greta film.
Was a good movie... a lot of teens have gone through things like that before... and it can also show teens that havn't been through that... not to do drugs or anything eles like that xXx


So brutally honest, yet surreal in so many ways. Korine is a genius. Such an amazing movie about such a nihilistic town.

54Home Room

55Dakota Skye
Good story line! Not like the other overdone "lovey-dovey "movies. it's better described as an intriguing love interest.
Awesome characters! Totally engaging movie! One of my all time favorites.
watch the movie
it's great


56There Will Be Blood
A modern classic and a true masterpiece.


58Bad Lieutenant
Dark and graphic, Harvey Keitel's performance is simultaneously riveting and harrowing. Not for the faint of heart.

59Killer of Sheep

great movie. Honestly raw and gritty. From the same director of "Kids. " I suggest you watch this one.


62The Tracker


64Til' Death Do Us Part

65Jackie Brown


67Clay Pigeons
One of the greatest black comedies, ever!

Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, and Janeane Garofalo are the name actors, but every performance deserves mention. The writing and direction are inspired.

I'll just say, you will never see another movie slattern to match Georgina Cates' performance, and watch for Phil Morris, as Agent Reynard, trying to get some down time, for embroidery and an episode of Lassie.


69American History X

70Winter's Bone

71Inland Empire

72Napoleon Dynamite
One of my favourite films of all time! So funny and a fantastic story of an underdog, love it! Dance scene is brilliant!

73The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Most amazing movie with incredible actors! A must watch to all the people who appriciate good films

74Punishment Park

75The Station Agent
One of the best indies ever made. Light on dialogue, but there is a LOT going on here. It's about the problem of being human.


76Buffalo 66

Great black and white gritty looking movie, the soundtrack suits it perfectly

78Dancer In The Dark
One of the most moving, if not the most, I have ever seen. It will affect you for days. The soundtrack is also amazing!
I was in my tears and couldn't get away from my screen to get a tissue. It's shocking, sad and beautiful.
And Björk... What an actress!

79Safety Not Guaranteed

80Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

81One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


83Half Nelson
If you haven't seen it, go rent it right now or watch on netflix streaming. It is an excellent underrated film that probably should have won Ryan Gosling an Oscar.
The most amazing film I have seen so far. The friendship that develops between the two main unlikely characters is what makes this movie so interesting and different. Not many people dive into the issues that this movie touched.
Gossling at his best by far.
Beautiful story that feels real and honest. Ryan Gosling is superb in it. Definitely, a must see.

84Julien Donkey-Boy


86Still Green
I think that this was a really good movie and not many people have seen it or even heard of it... I'v seen it like a million times and still loved it... I think that ryan kelley was brilliant in this movie... I give this indie film A 10/10 loved it xXx


87The Million Dollar Hotel

88Mad Max


90Leon: The Professional
Top five best of all time movies.
No women. No kids.

91Dr. Strangelove

92Brokeback Mountain
I still haven't been able to pull together words for my winding obsession with this overwhelming, brilliant, film.

93Fear Eats the Soul
I watched the entire movie. The acting wasn't bad. I enjoyed seeing both sides of a man, well actually three sides; the lonely man, the loving man, and the unfaithful man.

94Coming Apart

95Down to the Bone

96Session 9

97The Usual Suspects

98Apocalypse Now

99Anderson's Cross
Amazing truly independent movie. Perfect blend of drama and comedy. And from someone in the Judd Apatow family! Joanna Cassidy is still as beautiful as ever. Michael Warren is amazing. Joyce Guy will break your heart. Add to that that the guy who plays the son (Jerome Elston Scott)wrote and directed it and you've got independence at its best.


100Larry Keel: Beautiful Thing

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