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.

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1Juno

Love ellen page in this film as well as Michael cera (love his voice) great film.

how can you not like juno? - whatsitsname

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!

Juice by Sarah! Juice by Sarah!

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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.

Really beautiful, interesting movie. I totally could relate to the guy in this one.

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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.

My absolute favorite movie. I could watch it a million times

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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.

One of the best movies ever made. Just perfection!

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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."

Adorable movie! A Guy flick at last! They should definitely make more of such movies! Maybe a part 2 with Autumn!

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9Pulp Fiction

Considering this may be the best film ever made, it definitely is an insult that it isn't in the top 10.

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.

10Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

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?Do the Right Thing

This epic 1989 masterpiece is one of top five favorites of that year. Spike Lee directs this classic critically-acclaimed, yet controversial film about the doomed partnership between Mookie the pizza delivery man (Spike Lee), and the pizza store manager Sal (Oscar Nominee Danny Aiello), racial stereotypes and urban life in a racially divided town of Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer, which consists of mostly Black residents with a mixture of some whites and Hispanics, all of which would later precipitate a string of events that would lead to the violence later in the film. We also get a cocktail of comedy as well as drama. Granted, the were scenes in the film that were laughable, compared to the mostly dramatic scenes, including the riot sequence that eventually results in tragedy. I won't say what is is because not everybody's seen it. This would also make the dark comedy genre because of its raw subject matter, including the non-stop f-bombs heard throughout the film as well as the violence and its string of tragic events that followed later in the film. I strongly believe this film should send a strong message on racism, police brutality and all of things that are not only happening in the film but also in real life, life the Eric Garner murder at the hands of the NYPD. Not only in my vantage point is this film entertaining, the best-ever film of the 80's decade but I would also think it's insane, disturbing and very difficult to watch at times. I also think films about racism in general are important to watch because there are lessons yet to learned that desperately need learning in order to better our community and save lives in the future meaning, all lives matter, not just one or two. If you're a fan of the "race" drama. I recommend this one!

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The Contenders

11Boyhood
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.). - MontyPython

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?

15Trainspotting

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.

19Thumbsucker
20Closer

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

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