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Best Indie Movies of the Last 30 Years

An Indie film can be whatever it wants, or indeed needs, to be. Indie films are not intended to break box office records, though many have surprised us. Divorced from the compulsive need to sell the movie as many people as possible, the directors, screenwriters, and actors have the freedom to make their choices for the sake of art rather than commerce. In doing this, they are often likely to shock, break from type, infuriate, or inspire; but they are truly free.
Here are 30 great Indie landmark that have graced our screens since 1990. If the 1990s was the golden age of the Independent movie. You may agree or disagree, there may well be films that you believe this list has overlooked. There may also be films that you deem unworthy of such a profound title.
But, suffice to say, not one of these 30 films compromised their message. For better or worse, they are each unashamedly individual. As such, none should go unseen by any modern cinephile.
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Barton Fink (1991)
Barton Fink (1991)
2
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
3
Lost in Translation (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
4
Dead Man (1995)
Dead Man (1995)
5
Rushmore (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
6
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
7
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
8
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
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9
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
10
Clerks (1994)
Clerks (1994)
11
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
12
Adaptation. (2002)
Adaptation. (2002)
13
Blue Valentine (2010)
Blue Valentine (2010)
14
Before Sunset (2004)
Before Sunset (2004)
15
Under the Skin (2014)
Under the Skin (2014)
16
Dogville (2003)
Dogville (2003)
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17
Short Term 12 (2013)
Short Term 12 (2013)
18
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
19
Drive (2011)
Drive (2011)
20
Melancholia (2011)
Melancholia (2011)
21
Boyhood (2014)
Boyhood (2014)
22
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
23
The Last Seduction (1994)
The Last Seduction (1994)
24
Buffalo '66 (1998)
Buffalo '66 (1998)
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25
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
26
Broken Flowers (2005)
Broken Flowers (2005)
27
In the Bedroom (2001)
In the Bedroom (2001)
28
Chasing Amy (1997)
Chasing Amy (1997)
29
The Limey (1999)
The Limey (1999)
30
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
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