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.

The Top Ten

1 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

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2 Requiem 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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3 Eternal 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 could just sit and watch this film over and over, a must see! the lake scene is amazing

Never saw Jim acting like this, he did a wonderful job. It'a a great film, wonderful love story. There might be some fiction in this movie, but the story between the characters is as attached to reality as it could be.

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4 Reservoir Dogs
5 Little 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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6 Mean Streets
7 Garden 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.

the sweetest love story ever made - without it being campy. its honest and real and open ended. amazing soundtrack including the shins, iron & wine, and imogen heap.

One of the best movies ever made. Just perfection!

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8 Pulp Fiction

The best film ever made? How old are you? It's not a bad movie but it is certainly not a masterpiece. It's copied after the fifties movies " Kiss me deadly","The killing" and many other past movies. If Tarantino is the most Original screenwriter / director of our time like you wrote and think then you need to start dig deeper in discovering old classics /B-movies. Maybe you will understand afterwards that " Pulp fiction" is too overrated to be called the best film ever made.

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.

9 (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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10 Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

The Contenders

11 Boyhood
12 Good Will Hunting

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.

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

13 The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence
14 The Passion of the Christ

So deeply passionate that it actually hurt to watch at times but is a must see. Very moving - unforgettable

15 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
16 Ichi 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.

17 The 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?

18 Trainspotting

Must see film! It takes place in Scotland and tells the story of heroine addicts. Arty vibes and has a cult following in the punk subculture.

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

19 Donnie 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.

How is Donnie Darko not in the top 10's?

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20 Cannibal Holocaust

"This one is for the gore fans." Grindhouse films have a unique feel to them and Cannibal Holocaust is no exception. A early example of a found footage film, this movie should not be ignored by any means. It really makes you question who is really civilised.

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Mean Streets
2. Happiness
3. Stranger Than Paradise
1. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
2. The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence
3. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Good Will Hunting
3. The Passion of the Christ

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