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Empire's 50 Greatest Independent Films of All Time

As much as blockbusters can thrill us, beyond the well-tended flowerbeds and spacious corner offices of Hollywood there's a world bubbling with creativity, free spirits and up-and-coming talent. Some of the heroes of American indie cinema have gone on to try their hand at multiplex fodder; some have stayed resolutely outside the mainstream. This roll of honour celebrates both, as well as some of the names that didn't achieve the acclaim they deserve. But how you define 'indie'? Do big studios' independent arms count? Should Miramax's output qualify? Our criteria is aesthetic rather than financial: if it feels like an indie, it's in; if it's The Phantom Menace, it's not. Ultimately though, whether they're made for millions or 50p and bits of pocket fluff, it's about great movies that are worth celebrating again...
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Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
2
Down by Law (1986)
Down by Law (1986)
3
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
4
Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko (2001)
5
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
6
Clerks (1994)
Clerks (1994)
7
Life of Brian (1979)
Life of Brian (1979)
8
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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9
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
10
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
11
Sideways (2004)
Sideways (2004)
12
Mean Streets (1973)
Mean Streets (1973)
13
Bad Taste (1987)
Bad Taste (1987)
14
Eraserhead (1977)
Eraserhead (1977)
15
Memento (2000)
Memento (2000)
16
Blood Simple (1984)
Blood Simple (1984)
17
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
18
City of God (2002)
City of God (2002)
19
Withnail & I (1987)
Withnail & I (1987)
20
Lone Star (1996)
Lone Star (1996)
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21
Slacker (1991)
Slacker (1991)
22
Roger & Me (1989)
Roger & Me (1989)
23
Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu (1922)
24
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead (1981)
25
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
26
Lost in Translation (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
27
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
28
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
29
Shadows (1959)
Shadows (1959)
30
Faces (1968)
Faces (1968)
31
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
32
Love Streams (1984)
Love Streams (1984)
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33
Opening Night (1977)
Opening Night (1977)
34
Husbands (1970)
Husbands (1970)
35
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
36
Run Lola Run (1998)
Run Lola Run (1998)
37
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
38
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
39
Buffalo '66 (1998)
Buffalo '66 (1998)
40
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
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