Best Independent Movies

Once

Once

Once
IMDb: 7.8
85 min

A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.

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Crash

Crash

Crash
IMDb: 7.7
112 min

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda
IMDb: 8.1
121 min

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Shaun Of The Dead

Shaun Of The Dead

Shaun Of The Dead
IMDb: 7.9
99 min

Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
IMDb: 8.3
108 min

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

Before Sunset

Before Sunset

Before Sunset
IMDb: 8.0
80 min

Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon to find out if they belong together.

Kill Bill Vol 1

Kill Bill Vol 1

Kill Bill Vol 1
IMDb: 8.1
111 min

An assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle – but she lives to plot her vengeance.

The Return

The Return

The Return
IMDb: 8.0
110

A story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive
IMDb: 8.0
147 min

Blonde Betty Elms has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia. Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman\'s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project.

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko
IMDb: 8.0
114 min

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Memento

Memento

Memento
IMDb: 8.4
113 min

Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty of locating his wife\'s killer, however, is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of short-term memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he\'s going, or why.

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream
IMDb: 8.3
102 min

The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.

Amores perros

Amores perros

Amores perros
IMDb: 8.1
154 min

Three different people in Mexico City are catapulted into dramatic and unforeseen circumstances in the wake of a terrible car crash: a young punk stumbles into the sinister underground world of dog fighting; an injured supermodel\'s designer pooch disappears into the apartment\'s floorboards; and an ex-radical turned hit man rescues a gunshot Rotweiler.

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Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia
IMDb: 8.0
189 min

An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

The Straight Story

The Straight Story

The Straight Story
IMDb: 8.0
112 min

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver\'s license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

American Beauty

American Beauty

American Beauty
IMDb: 8.3
122 min

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter\'s attractive friend.

American History X

American History X

American History X
IMDb: 8.5
119 min

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard\'s narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski
IMDb: 8.1
117 min

Jeffrey \"The Dude\" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film producers, ferrets, errant toes, and large sums of money.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
IMDb: 8.2
105 min

A card shark and his unwillingly-enlisted friends need to make a lot of cash quick after losing a sketchy poker match. To do this they decide to pull a heist on a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door.

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Sling Blade

Sling Blade

Sling Blade
IMDb: 8.0
135 min

Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.

Fargo

Fargo

Fargo
IMDb: 8.1
98 min

Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he\'s got a plan. He\'s going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It\'s going to be a snap and nobody\'s going to get hurt... until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who\'ll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom... you betcha!

Trainspotting

Trainspotting

Trainspotting
IMDb: 8.1
94 min

Mark Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

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se7en

se7en

se7en
IMDb: 8.6
127 min

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the \"seven deadly sins\" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer\'s mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects
IMDb: 8.5
106 min

Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro harbor – leaving few survivors. Verbal lures his interrogators with an incredible story of the crime lord\'s almost supernatural prowess.

Leon: The Professional

Leon: The Professional

Leon: The Professional
IMDb: 8.5
110 min

Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective \"cleaner\". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda\'s thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Leon\'s footsteps.

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction
IMDb: 8.9
154 min

A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster\'s moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs
IMDb: 8.3
99 min

A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and Nice Guy Eddie -- unravel.

Dances with Wolves

Dances with Wolves

Dances with Wolves
IMDb: 8.0
181 min

Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide—and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he’s assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors
IMDb: 7.9
104 min

An ophthalmologist\'s mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.

Platoon

Platoon

Platoon
IMDb: 8.1
120 min

As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Amadeus

Amadeus

Amadeus
IMDb: 8.3
160 min

The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival, Antonio Salieri—now confined to an insane asylum.

Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo
IMDb: 8.1
158 min

Fitzcarraldo, a dreamer who plans to bring opera and Enrico Caruso to the South American jungles. With limited funding, he must figure out how to finance the opera house, and ultimately decides to capitalize on South America\'s rubber production. He discovers a hidden forest of rubber trees that is well protected by rapids, but the only way to get there is via a river on the other side of a small group of mountains. Fitzcarraldo therefore hires natives to pull his steamship over the mountain.

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Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now
IMDb: 8.4
147 min

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, \"does not exist, nor will it ever exist.\" His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead
IMDb: 7.9
127 min

During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
IMDb: 8.7
133 min

While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Monty Python and The Holy Grail
IMDb: 8.2
91 min

King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black Knight who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as \"it is a silly place\".

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A Woman Under The Influence

A Woman Under The Influence

A Woman Under The Influence
IMDb: 8.2
155 min

Mabel, a mother and wife, is on the brink of insanity as her blue-collar husband Nick attempts to understand her plight.

Papillon

Papillon

Papillon
IMDb: 8.0
151 min

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead
IMDb: 7.9
96 min

A group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse. Although not the first zombie film, Night of the Living Dead is the progenitor of the contemporary \"zombie apocalypse\" horror film, and it greatly influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype.

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey
IMDb: 8.3
149 min

Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world\'s most advanced super computer.

The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter
IMDb: 7.9
134 min

1183 AD: King Henry II\'s three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won\'t commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

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The Graduate

The Graduate

The Graduate
IMDb: 8.0
106 min

Benjamin, a recent college graduate is very worried about his future, he then finds himself in a love triangle with an older woman and her daughter.

A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons
IMDb: 7.7
120 min

A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even though he knows he’s risking his own life. An award winning film from 1966.

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Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight
IMDb: 7.8
115

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.

The War Game

The War Game

The War Game
IMDb: 8.0
48

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

Seance on a Wet Afternoon

Seance on a Wet Afternoon

Seance on a Wet Afternoon
IMDb: 7.6
111

Bill Savage is struggling to maintain his marriage to his increasingly unbalanced wife, Myra, who believes she is a medium. She plans a scheme that will make her famous, involving kidnapping then "psychically" locating a little girl.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
IMDb: 8.4
95 min

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.

Psycho

Psycho

Psycho
IMDb: 8.5
109 min

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory
IMDb: 8.4
88 min

During World War I, commanding officer General Broulard orders his subordinate, General Mireau, to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax, to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face.

The Killing

The Killing

The Killing
IMDb: 8.0
85 min

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and marries his fiancee, Fay. But when George tells his restless wife, Sherry, about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.