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Top Independent Films (#1-100)

The IMDb keywords list following films as being an "independent film."

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick 1
2 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock 5
3 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino 11
4 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola 13
5 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Milos Forman 37
6 The Graduate 1967 Mike Nichols 45
7 Breathless 1960 Jean-Luc Godard 61
8 Fargo 1996 Joel Coen 67
9 Blue Velvet 1986 David Lynch 72
10 Brazil 1985 Terry Gilliam 76
11 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Michel Gondry 79
12 Reservoir Dogs 1992 Quentin Tarantino 81
13 This Is Spinal Tap 1984 Rob Reiner 85
14 Night of the Living Dead 1968 George A. Romero 93
15 The Usual Suspects 1995 Bryan Singer 94
16 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones 99
17 Do the Right Thing 1989 Spike Lee 102
18 The Big Lebowski 1998 Joel Coen 105
19 Memento 2000 Christopher Nolan 112
20 American Beauty 1999 Sam Mendes 113
21 Seven 1995 David Fincher 114
22 Halloween 1978 John Carpenter 125
23 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick 132
24 Trainspotting 1996 Danny Boyle 142
25 Donnie Darko 2001 Richard Kelly 146
26 Mulholland Dr. 2001 David Lynch 156
27 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman 162
28 Cabaret 1972 Bob Fosse 164
29 Lost in Translation 2003 Sofia Coppola 169
30 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 Tobe Hooper 173
31 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone 180
32 Eraserhead 1977 David Lynch 192
33 The Wicker Man 1973 Robin Hardy 193
34 The Blair Witch Project 1999 Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez 207
35 Withnail & I 1987 Bruce Robinson 213
36 Magnolia 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson 217
37 Peeping Tom 1960 Michael Powell 222
38 The Producers 1967 Mel Brooks 225
39 Dawn of the Dead 1978 George A. Romero 232
40 Hoop Dreams 1994 Steve James 242
41 Blow-Up 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni 247
42 Being John Malkovich 1999 Spike Jonze 255
43 Akira 1988 Katsuhiro Ôtomo 261
44 Carrie 1976 Brian De Palma 269
45 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 Quentin Tarantino 276
46 American Graffiti 1973 George Lucas 283
47 Boogie Nights 1997 Paul Thomas Anderson 284
48 Shaun of the Dead 2004 Edgar Wright 290
49 All about My Mother 1999 Pedro Almodóvar 305
50 Suspiria 1977 Dario Argento 310
51 Field of Dreams 1989 Phil Alden Robinson 313
52 The Evil Dead 1981 Sam Raimi 322
53 The Professional 1994 Luc Besson 324
54 Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater 329
55 Dances with Wolves 1990 Kevin Costner 333
56 A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 Wes Craven 336
57 The Road Warrior 1981 George Miller 342
58 Clerks. 1994 Kevin Smith 343
59 Repulsion 1965 Roman Polanski 350
60 The Piano 1993 Jane Campion 358
61 Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994 Mike Newell 365
62 Y tu mamá también 2001 Alfonso Cuarón 373
63 Dazed and Confused 1993 Richard Linklater 377
64 Requiem for a Dream 2000 Darren Aronofsky 382
65 A Woman under the Influence 1974 John Cassavetes 386
66 The English Patient 1996 Anthony Minghella 387
67 Evil Dead II 1987 Sam Raimi 391
68 Dirty Dancing 1987 Emile Ardolino 393
69 Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 Woody Allen 395
70 Kes 1969 Ken Loach 403
71 The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 Wes Anderson 404
72 Secrets & Lies 1996 Mike Leigh 408
73 Videodrome 1983 David Cronenberg 410
74 RoboCop 1987 Paul Verhoeven 411
75 Fitzcarraldo 1982 Werner Herzog 419
76 The Thin Blue Line 1988 Errol Morris 423
77 Killer of Sheep 1978 Charles Burnett 430
78 Blood Simple 1984 Joel Coen 433
79 The Breakfast Club 1985 John Hughes 437
80 Breaking the Waves 1996 Lars von Trier 440
81 Shadows 1959 John Cassavetes 445
82 Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 Steven Soderbergh 446
83 Pink Flamingos 1972 John Waters 453
84 The Player 1992 Robert Altman 456
85 If.... 1968 Lindsay Anderson 465
86 Ghost in the Shell 1995 Mamoru Oshii 475
87 When We Were Kings 1996 Leon Gast 479
88 Bull Durham 1988 Ron Shelton 483
89 Naked 1993 Mike Leigh 488
90 The Long Good Friday 1980 John Mackenzie 490
91 Crumb 1994 Terry Zwigoff 499
92 Raising Arizona 1987 Joel Coen 511
93 Stranger than Paradise 1984 Jim Jarmusch 512
94 Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 Woody Allen 516
95 Amores perros 2000 Alejandro G. Iñárritu 518
96 Scream 1996 Wes Craven 527
97 Short Cuts 1993 Robert Altman 537
98 Boyz N the Hood 1991 John Singleton 542
99 The Killing 1956 Stanley Kubrick 547
100 Sideways 2004 Alexander Payne 558
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