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In the film industry there are the big budgeted blockbuster movies and then there are these creatively independent, small budgeted Indie films, which over the years have started to take over the film industry. Not only are these movies better but they have better-written stories and are astoundingly made on a limited budget.
If we had to make a list of the most recommended Indie movies of all times, we would recommend the following.
- Reservoir Dogs
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs remains at the top of this list as the best ever Independent movie made so far. The movie came out in 1992 and covers a storyline of a neo-noir crime thriller. The movie is based around a diamond heist and covers the events that happened before and after the heist.
- Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko is a masterpiece that came out in 2001 and was directed by Richard Kelly. The movie is based on the life of an extraordinary teenager who survives a car accident. Following the accident, Darko finds himself blessed with super powers that allow him to alter time and destiny. However, the beauty about the movie is that it keeps the viewers in a mystery of whether incidents take place or not.
- Sex Lies and Videotape
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the movie Sex, Lies and Videotape is considered to be one of the very first popular independent films. The movie is based on a disturbed marriage between Andie MacDowell who plays the role of Ann and Peter Gallagher who plays the husband John. The actual twist of the movie is revealed when Anne and her sister are videotaped talking about their sexual desires by an old friend of John’s who has just come back into town.
- The Usual Suspects
The movie has been directed by Bryan Singer and the lead role is played by Kevin Spacey. One of the best ever endings can be easily said about this movie as the story revolves around Spacey’s character playing as a con man trying to convince the Federal Officials of the existence of a mythic warlord.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, the movie Memento got its due recognition based on the fact that the movie was a genuinely clever yet unique attempt and its story line was perfectly placed. The movie is placed around the character played by Guy Pearce seeking revenge from the killers of his wife. However, Pearce suffers from a rare form memory loss which does not allow him to remember anything more than 15 minutes.
These movies have been ranked in no particular order but rather an opinion we have. There are other very well-known Indie movies that you might also want to consider. Movies like, The Blair Witch Project, Pulp Fiction, Boyhood, Whiplash, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Perks of Being a Wallflower are to name a few of the most recent hits that have come out of the independent film.
For years there had been a custom set in the movie industry to expect big budgeted movies like “The Terminator 2” to be the ultimate blockbuster hits of the year. And these were the kind of movies, the audience was being directed towards. However, as the years progressed, so came the rise of the Indie movie culture and more and more independent directors started coming into the mix.
It can safely be assumed that the rise of Independent films started with the release of “Sex, Lies and Videotape” in 1989 which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. The movie covered an unconventional story with a not so famous casting but the movie itself was an instant hit as it served as a stepping stone for many independent filmmakers.
Since then the independent film culture has continued to rise and over the year many indie movie studios have become subsidiaries of well reputed and known powerhouses of the industry. The rise of the Indie films culture promoted the American theater which specialized in this kind of the films which had low budgets.
As Indie films started getting popular, more and more investments started coming in. And with more investment came, more indie films started coming out which eventually led to the introduction of film festivals which served as a premium showcase for such movies. The Sundance Film Festival is just an example of how popular indie movies has gotten over the years.
However, as time has passed, not only do these filmmakers have focused on low budgets but also getting creatively independent. The best example of the progress Indie movies have made can be summed up by the fact that “American Sniper” last year was among the only big budgeted movies to have a shot at winning the best picture award whereas the competition had several independent movies like “Boyhood” and “Whiplash”.
The rise of the Indie Film culture has been massive especially in the past decade. The most commonly known Oscar narration is “David v Golliath”. And the arrival of Indie films has created a similar situation and lately based on the popularity, indie films are winning the battle in an industry that was dominated by the big powerhouses who liked to make big budgeted blockbuster movies in the past but the whole dynamic is starting to shift towards these creatively independent movies.