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AV Club's 50 Most Important American Independent Movies

AV Club's list description: What makes an independent film? The question has never had a straightforward answer, and the cultural criteria that define an indie has changed over the decades. But by and large, it has always been something that couldn't have been made within the Hollywood system. In our attempt to assemble a list of the most important American indies, we have included works by mavericks, film school grads, and true outsiders; productions with multimillion-dollar budgets and labors of love financed through part-time jobs; movies that played the arthouse, the grindhouse, or barely anywhere at all.
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from film.avclub.com · made by Brian Berta
avg. score: 13 of 50 (26%)
required scores: 1, 6, 10, 13, 20 

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Little Fugitive (1953)
Little Fugitive (1953)
2
Shadows (1959)
Shadows (1959)
3
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
4
The Connection (1962)
The Connection (1962)
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5
Blood Feast (1963)
Blood Feast (1963)
6
Nothing but a Man (1964)
Nothing but a Man (1964)
7
The Trip (1967)
The Trip (1967)
8
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
9
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
10
Easy Rider (1969)
Easy Rider (1969)
11
Wanda (1970)
Wanda (1970)
12
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
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13
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
14
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
15
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
16
Eraserhead (1977)
Eraserhead (1977)
17
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Killer of Sheep (1978)
18
Halloween (1978)
Halloween (1978)
19
Return of the Secaucus 7
Return of the Secaucus 7
20
Losing Ground (1982)
Losing Ground (1982)
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21
El Norte (1983)
El Norte (1983)
22
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
23
Blood Simple (1984)
Blood Simple (1984)
24
Desert Hearts (1985)
Desert Hearts (1985)
25
She's Gotta Have It (2017)
She's Gotta Have It (2017)
26
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
27
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
28
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
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29
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
30
Slacker (1991)
Slacker (1991)
31
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
32
Poison (1991)
Poison (1991)
33
El Mariachi (1992)
El Mariachi (1992)
34
Clerks (1994)
Clerks (1994)
35
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
36
Kids (1995)
Kids (1995)
37
Boogie Nights (1997)
Boogie Nights (1997)
38
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
39
Memento (2000)
Memento (2000)
40
Funny Ha Ha (2002)
Funny Ha Ha (2002)
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