IMDb's Independent Top 50

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An official iCheckMovies list.

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Independent is not a strict genre category, but is rather a grouping of films that are financed outside the regular channels of big production companies. Not being tied to those production companies, independent films often dare to tread outside the more familiar paths used by those companies.

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  1. 27 -

    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 19 top lists Check
  2. 12 -

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
  3. 9 -

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    2004, in 26 top lists Check
  4. 20 -

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    2003, in 17 top lists Check
  5. 10 -

    Requiem for a Dream

    2000, in 19 top lists Check
  6. 19 -

    The Big Lebowski

    1998, in 25 top lists Check
  7. 21 -

    Into the Wild

    2007, in 10 top lists Check
  8. 1 -

    Pulp Fiction

    1994, in 37 top lists Check
  9. 28 -

    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 26 top lists Check
  10. 16 -

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    1975, in 21 top lists Check
  11. 8 -

    Memento

    2000, in 24 top lists Check
  12. 48 -

    Shaun of the Dead

    2004, in 13 top lists Check
  13. 23 -1

    Trainspotting

    1996, in 16 top lists Check
  14. 7 -

    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
  15. 4 -

    Se7en

    1995, in 25 top lists Check
  16. 11 -

    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 25 top lists Check
  17. 22 +1

    Rocky

    1976, in 19 top lists Check
  18. 30 -1

    The King's Speech

    2010, in 11 top lists Check
  19. 6 -

    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 21 top lists Check
  20. 49 -

    The Breakfast Club

    1985, in 12 top lists Check
  21. 31 -1

    Dances with Wolves

    1990, in 16 top lists Check
  22. 39 -

    Dancer in the Dark

    2000, in 10 top lists Check
  23. 32 -

    The Graduate

    1967, in 27 top lists Check
  24. 33 -2

    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
  25. 5 -

    Léon

    1994 — a.k.a. Léon: The Professional, in 21 top lists Check
  26. 14 -

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    1998, in 7 top lists Check
  27. 3 -

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
  28. 13 -

    Amadeus

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
  29. 36 -1

    Before Sunset

    2004, in 14 top lists Check
  30. 2 -

    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 25 top lists Check
  31. 24 -

    Amores perros

    2000 — a.k.a. Amores Perros, in 15 top lists Check
  32. 25 -

    Hotel Rwanda

    2004, in 10 top lists Check
  33. 50 -

    Boogie Nights

    1997, in 11 top lists Check
  34. 37 -1

    Kôkaku Kidôtai

    1995 — a.k.a. Ghost in the Shell, in 14 top lists Check
  35. 45 -1

    Persepolis

    2007, in 9 top lists Check
  36. 35 -1

    Sling Blade

    1996, in 1 top list Check
  37. 17 +1

    The Message

    1976 — a.k.a. Mohammad: Messenger of God, in 7 top lists Check
  38. 40 -3

    The Straight Story

    1999, in 10 top lists Check
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    Bin-jip

    2004 — a.k.a. 3-Iron, in 8 top lists Check
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    Serbuan maut 2: Berandal

    2014 — a.k.a. The Raid 2, in 3 top lists Check
  41. 26 -

    Fitzcarraldo

    1982, in 13 top lists Check
  42. 18 -1

    A Woman Under the Influence

    1974, in 15 top lists Check
  43. 41 +2

    Vozvrashchenie

    2003 — a.k.a. The Return, in 13 top lists Check
  44. 43 -1

    Secrets & Lies

    1996, in 13 top lists Check
  45. 44 +1

    Le cercle rouge

    1970 — a.k.a. Le Cercle Rouge, in 10 top lists Check
  46. 29 +11

    Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

    1958 — a.k.a. Elevator to the Gallows, in 9 top lists Check
  47. 46 -

    Opening Night

    1977, in 5 top lists Check
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