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)

  • Appropriate Behavior
  • Two Gates of Sleep
  • Dance Party, USA
  • A Master Builder
  • Bass Ackwards
  • Maggie
  • The Stranger
  • Digging for Fire
  • The Keeping Room
  • Applesauce
  • Advantageous
  • Queen of Earth
  • Bizarre
  • Synchronicity
  • Stung
  • The Invitation
  • They Look Like People
  • Excess Flesh
  • Hello, My Name Is Doris
  • Knight of Cups
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Into the Forest
  • Maggie's Plan
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer
  • Entertainment
  • Complete Unknown
  • Dementia
  • My Blind Brother
  • Swiss Army Man
  • The Alchemist Cookbook
  • Fort Tilden
  • The Darkness Is Close Behind
  • Between the Lines
  • Disgrace
  • Bag Man
  • Always Shine
  • Beside Still Waters
  • If There's a Hell Below
  • The Eyes of My Mother
  • The Night Watchman
  • The Greasy Strangler
  • Kate Plays Christine
  • Too Late
  • Christine
  • New Jerusalem
  • Lamb
  • Spa Night
  • Take Me to the River
  • Rainbow Time
  • Teenage Cocktail
  • Bottom of the World
  • Paterson
  • The Fits
  • First Girl I Loved
  • The Frontier
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • River of Grass
  • Heaven Knows What
  • Krisha
  • Hunter Gatherer
  • Little Sister
  • The Forbidden Room
  • Teeth
  • Felt
  • Tumbledown
  • Tangerine
  • Backgammon
  • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  • Catfight
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • It Comes at Night
  • The Little Hours
  • M.F.A.
  • Landline
  • Gemini
  • The Crescent
  • Body at Brighton Rock
  • I Think We're Alone Now
  • Mandy
  • Ladyworld
  • The Dead Don't Die
  • Under the Silver Lake
  • Go North
  • Out of Blue
  • Burning Shadow
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Mister America
  • Empathy, Inc.
  • Uncut Gems
  • Good Time
  • Midnighters
  • Depraved
  • Sequence Break
  • Gretel & Hansel
  • Hammer
  • Sound of Metal
  • Dead Dicks