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50 Indie Movies You Need to See

The list of the 50 most important indie movies by complex.com. All of them are independently made passion projects really worth seeing.
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1
Mean Streets (1973)
Mean Streets (1973)
2
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
3
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
4
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
5
Eraserhead (1977)
Eraserhead (1977)
6
Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko (2001)
7
Short Cuts (1993)
Short Cuts (1993)
8
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
9
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
10
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
11
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead (1981)
12
Shadows (1959)
Shadows (1959)
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13
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
14
Blood Simple (1984)
Blood Simple (1984)
15
Lost in Translation (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
16
Memento (2000)
Memento (2000)
17
Primer (2004)
Primer (2004)
18
Clerks (1994)
Clerks (1994)
20
THX 1138 (1971)
THX 1138 (1971)
21
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
22
Easy Rider (1969)
Easy Rider (1969)
23
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
24
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Killer of Sheep (1978)
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25
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
26
Happiness (1998)
Happiness (1998)
27
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
28
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
29
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
30
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
31
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
32
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
33
In the Company of Men (1997)
In the Company of Men (1997)
34
Swingers (1996)
Swingers (1996)
35
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
36
Kids (1995)
Kids (1995)
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37
Gummo (1997)
Gummo (1997)
38
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th (1980)
39
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
40
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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