Top 10 Independent Films

There is no denying that the big budget productions from major studio films are well made and we love them. However, there is something to be said about the talent ever emerging from independent films. Here are the ten best independent films of all time.

10. Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994


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Dubbed ‘Britain’s Best Romantic Comedy’ this film follows the adventures of a group of friends as they all encounter romance. True to the Independent film nature, the movie was made in six weeks for not more than 3 million pounds yet become a worldwide box office success. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

9. Dumb and Dumber, 1994

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This American road comedy starring legendary Jim Carrey tells the tale of two unintelligent friends who embark on a road trip with the goal of returning a briefcase full of money to its owner and are met with criminals along the way.

8. Memento, 2000

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This crime film has been described as a neo-noir psychological thriller. It follows a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia as a result of trauma. Determined to find his wife’s killers, he uses Polaroid photos and tattoos to track his memory since he is unable to form new memories.

7. Requiem for a Dream, 2000

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The drug-induced worlds of four people, completely diverse and some unsuspecting, are chronicled in this psychological drama. We witness their lives shatter amidst the addictions.

6. The Machinist, 2004

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Christian Bale in this psychological thriller plays a factory worker (Trevor Reznik) who’s plagued by insomnia which leads to an accident at his workplace. Reznik is fired over the accident and what follows is a rather shocking yet sympathetic display of paranoia and delusion exemplarily portrayed by Bale.

5. Juno, 2007

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Juno is a fresh and intelligent American comedy-drama that shadows an independent-minded teenager who is dealing with challenge of what to do about an unwanted pregnancy. The film received acclaim from critics and was in several top ten lists of 2007.

4. Boyhood, 2014

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Boyhood, an impressive 12-year production follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from early childhood up to his arrival at college.

3. The Imitation Game, 2014

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Benedict Cumberbatch is beyond outstanding in this British- American historical film. The Imitation Game, an ode to mathematician Alan Turing, was a commercial and critical success.

2. Dope, 2015

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“It’s hard out here for a geek”. Dope follows Malcom, a teenage geek from a tough neighbourhood whose life changes after he and his friends go to an underground party that leads them on a dangerous adventure in Los Angeles.

1. The Birth of a Nation, 2016

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This Period Drama Film co-written, co-produced and directed by Nate Parker premiered at Sundance and has made over $ 15, 861,556 gross. It narrates the story of Nat Turner (played by Nate Parker, a literate slave who leads a rebellion in 1831 Southampton County, Virginia.

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