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Top 10 Indie Films of All-time

by chadverzosa|August 14, 2013|in Best & Worst Lists, News|

Top 10 Indie Films of All-time

The independent film industry has grown very popular in the last decade. Film festivals all over the world feature dozens of them every year. Given the nature of independent cinema, hunting for good indie films is an adventure in itself. Here’s Movie Hunger’s Top 10 indie movies that weren’t exactly available at your local cinema.

Top 10 Indie Films of All-time

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Before Trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013)

It's virtually impossible to pick which among Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight is the best so we've bundled them together for the top spot on our list. The Before Trilogy follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) on the streets of Vienna (Before Sunrise), Paris (Before Sunset) and a vacation in Pelopponesse (Before Midnight). It's a candid love story unlike any other as it involves a lot of conversations that are honest, intimate and profound.

She's Gotta Have It (1986)

She’s Gotta Have It, this Spike Jonze classic is about a promiscuous black woman (Tracy Camilla Johns) forced to choose between 3 lovers (Spike Lee, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell). This movie introduces the now famous Mars Blackmon character, played by Spike Lee himself.

The Night of The Living Dead (1968)

This seminal movie about zombies attacking a small farmhouse in Pennsylvania is responsible for introducing zombie flicks in the popular culture. George A. Romero is now regarded by many as the father of zombie films for his dozens of horror films featuring the 'living dead'.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, this movie is about a teenager who is told by a rabbit creature that the world will end in 28 days. This both strange and riveting movie has garnered a cult following since its release.

Slacker (1991)

Before Richard Linklater made the movie Before Sunrise in 1995, he created Slacker. The movie features a lot of themes like that are now considered signature work of Linklater like events in the film happening in a single day, long conversations, long scenes, philosophical insights among others. Slacker may be experimental to a degree, but it's worth watching for the profound dialogue that Linklater has become known for.

Eraserhead (1977)

This film is about a man who contemplates killing the monster-looking baby left by his estranged wife. Eraserhead is actually a student film created by David Lynch. It is considered responsible for launching his career in Hollywood, despite the fact that he's still pretty much in the fringes of the industry due to the bizarre off-kilter themes of his movies.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

This Quentin Tarantino classic follows a group of criminals before and after a failed diamond heist. Reservoir Dogs is Tarantino's directorial debut and features movie stars like Harvey Keitel, Lawrence Tiernet, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Chris Penn and Michael Madsen. Tarantino also plays a minor role in the film.

Permanent Vacation (1980)

Jim Jarmusch's directorial debut follows a young man in New York contemplating on living in a better place. Jarmusch is undoubtedly one of the most formidable independent filmmakers of this era as he explores very minimalistic style that is rarely used in Hollywood movies.

Clerks (1994)

Directed by Kevin Smith, this movie is about two bestfriends' exploits while working at a convenience store. There were two more Clerks movies made after the first one, but they were simply not as good as Smith's 1994 cult classic.

Pi (1998)

This psychological thriller is about a number theorist who discovers the formula for predicting the results of the stock market. Despite it being Darren Aronofsky's directorial debut, Pi already has the elements that would reoccur in his later films.

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