Indie Movies: The Good, The Bad And The Meh

The term 'independent movie' doesn't mean anything at this point really, and is certainly not a particular genre. Most of the movies on this list aren't particularly lowbudget or made anonymously. I've tried to stay off from obvious and egregious examples of fake indies though. I've chosen to include films made outside the established studio system, films made by little-known directors or films made with scarce means.

Some of these movies are just unconventional when it comes to its content and attracted a small audience when they debuted. With some exceptions i've excluded non-english speaking movies and movies from the UK and Australia. I've also tried to exclude most genre movies, which often are made with smaller budgets. I would also say that most of the films on this list are flawed, some are even bad but i would still recommend them.

Glaring omissions from Letterboxd.com:
The Tic Code (1999, Gary Winick)

  • American Heart
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • 4:44 Last Day on Earth
  • Animal Factory
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Being Flynn
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • Ballast
  • A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy
  • A Bronx Tale
  • Absentia
  • Adaptation.
  • A History of Violence
  • Afterschool
  • After the Apocalypse
  • Able Edwards
  • Altered States
  • Amateur
  • American Psycho
  • American Splendor
  • American History X
  • An American Affair
  • Another Earth
  • Away We Go
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Baghead
  • Bang
  • Basquiat
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Bellflower
  • Bernie
  • Big Fan
  • Bitter Feast
  • Black Dynamite
  • Blue Velvet
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • Bread and Roses
  • Breaking Upwards
  • Brick
  • Broken English
  • Broken Flowers
  • Bruiser
  • Bubba Ho-tep
  • Buffalo '66
  • Bug
  • Buried
  • Casa De Mi Padre
  • Chan Is Missing
  • Chasing Amy
  • Chasing Sleep
  • Choke
  • Choking Man
  • City Island
  • Clean, Shaven
  • Clerks
  • Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Cold Souls
  • Cold Weather
  • Collaborator
  • Come Early Morning
  • Come Out and Play
  • Compliance
  • Conversations with Other Women
  • Cookers
  • Crazy Eyes
  • Cube
  • Cyrus
  • Dahmer
  • Damsels in Distress
  • Dark Horse
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Dead Man
  • Deadfall Trail
  • Dedication
  • Delirious
  • Detachment
  • Down by Law
  • Down in the Valley
  • Down to the Bone
  • Downloading Nancy
  • Drive
  • Drugstore Cowboy
  • Earthling
  • El Mariachi
  • Eraserhead
  • Eulogy
  • Everything Must Go
  • Expired
  • Extracted
  • Factotum
  • Fay Grim
  • Female Trouble
  • Final
  • Flakes
  • Flawless
  • Flirt
  • For Ellen
  • Forty Shades of Blue
  • Frozen