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.

how can you not like juno? - whatsitsname

Laugh out loud indie movies SUCK! Except for Juno

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 Newcomers

? Isle of Dogs
? Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

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?

How does everyone praise this show?! - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

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.

21 Happiness
22 Thumbsucker
23 Closer

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

24 Transamerica

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!

25 Stranger Than Paradise
26 Pink Flamingos
27 Halloween
28 The 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.

29 Antichrist
30 Black Biscuit
31 My Big Fat Greek Wedding
32 96 Minutes
33 Wristcutters - 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.

I've watched this movie multiple times. It holds up

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34 Clerks

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. - kingdavid

35 Slumdog 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. - the-dude-2000

36 Easy Rider
37 Dead Alive
38 Shakespeare in Love
39 Rushmore

So quirky, great soundtrack, interesting characters, and Bill Murray in one of his finest performances.

Fantastic film about troubled a teen

One of the best films, I've ever seen. And in my opinion Wes Andersons best one. Watch it!

40 The Last Seduction
41 Martyrs

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

42 Before Midnight
43 Third on a Match

One of the best Independent films to come along! Great acting! - Paolo2thepeople

Amazing story! Will bring a ear to any eye! - apn9988

44 Eraserhead
45 Once

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."

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.

So good! The music, indescribable!

46 The 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.

47 The 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. - kingdavid

48 The 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

49 High 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

50 Harold 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!

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Mean Streets
2. Happiness
3. Stranger Than Paradise
kingdavid
1. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
2. The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence
3. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
pryan96
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Good Will Hunting
3. The Passion of the Christ
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