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)

  • Nothing
  • Observe and Report
  • Off the Black
  • Office Killer
  • Old Joy
  • Opening Night
  • Owning Mahowny
  • Palindromes
  • Paranoid Park
  • Passion Fish
  • Pitch Black
  • Please Give
  • Pollock
  • Possible Worlds
  • Price Check
  • Primer
  • Putty Hill
  • Quiet City
  • Rachel Getting Married
  • Restless
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Rocket Science
  • Right at Your Door
  • Roger Dodger
  • Rubber
  • Ruby Sparks
  • Ruby in Paradise
  • Rumble Fish
  • Rushmore
  • Safe
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Schizopolis
  • Secretary
  • Session 9
  • Shame
  • Sherrybaby
  • Shit Year
  • Shotgun Stories
  • Silver City
  • Slacker
  • Sleeping Dogs Lie
  • Sleepwalk with Me
  • Sling Blade
  • Smashed
  • Smoke
  • Solitary Man
  • Somewhere
  • Sound of My Voice
  • Spanking the Monkey
  • Spider
  • Splinter
  • Stake Land
  • Stand and Deliver
  • Storytelling
  • Supporting Characters
  • Surviving Desire
  • Suture
  • Swingers
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • THX 1138
  • Take Shelter
  • Take This Waltz
  • Tank Girl
  • Tape
  • Teknolust
  • Terri
  • Tetro
  • That Evening Sun
  • The Addiction
  • The Apostle
  • The Atrocity Exhibition
  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
  • The Baxter
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • The Broken Tower
  • The Brother from Another Planet
  • The Brothers Bloom
  • The Brothers McMullen
  • The Brown Bunny
  • The Color Wheel
  • The Comedy
  • The Crossing Guard
  • The Dark Backward
  • The Deep End
  • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
  • The Elephant Man
  • The Extra Man
  • The Fall
  • The Future
  • The Giant Mechanical Man
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • The Good Heart
  • The GoodTimesKid
  • The Hot Spot
  • The House of Yes
  • The Jacket
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The Killer Inside Me
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • The Last Seduction