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50 Independent Movies You Must See Before You Die

These are 50 of the most important independent films ever made.
If you didn't see one of your favorites on this list, it's probably because the director made another movie that's on this list!
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Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
2
Easy Rider (1969)
Easy Rider (1969)
3
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
4
Badlands (1973)
Badlands (1973)
5
Mean Streets (1973)
Mean Streets (1973)
6
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
7
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
8
Grey Gardens (1975)
Grey Gardens (1975)
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9
Eraserhead (1977)
Eraserhead (1977)
10
Halloween (1978)
Halloween (1978)
11
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead (1981)
12
Blood Simple (1984)
Blood Simple (1984)
13
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
14
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
15
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
16
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
17
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
18
Metropolitan (1990)
Metropolitan (1990)
19
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
20
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
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21
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
22
Clerks (1994)
Clerks (1994)
23
Before Sunrise (1995)
Before Sunrise (1995)
24
Kids (1995)
Kids (1995)
25
Safe (1995)
Safe (1995)
26
Cube (1997)
Cube (1997)
27
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
28
Buffalo '66 (1998)
Buffalo '66 (1998)
29
Happiness (1998)
Happiness (1998)
31
Run Lola Run (1998)
Run Lola Run (1998)
32
Rushmore (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
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33
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
34
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
35
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
36
Memento (2000)
Memento (2000)
37
Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko (2001)
38
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
39
Lost in Translation (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
40
Primer (2004)
Primer (2004)
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