Best Indie Movies

June 30, 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

Mean Streets

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!

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

4Eternal 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.

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!

6Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

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.).


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.

8The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

9The Passion of the Christ
So deeply passionate that it actually hurt to watch at times but is a must see. Very moving - unforgettable

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.

13Reservoir Dogs

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?

15Cannibal Holocaust


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

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?

19Pulp 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.

20Pink Flamingos

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