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Chris Goodwin's avatar

Chris Goodwin

alot of confusion on the meaning of indie happening here....

the truth is TONS of well known movies have been made independent from the major studios since the middle of the 20th century...When the studios lost control of the theatres in 1947 with the United States vs Paramount case, it really allowed for indies to open up....and it's only grown since....

another quick point to make is since the 1950's Major Studios have just distributed alot of indie product - but have had nothing to do with the production of the movies... those films you could probably consider borderline indie and major - but in my eyes (and imdbs) they're still indie....

perfect example is PSYCHO; made by Hitchcock's personal production team; Shamley (making it indie), but eventually distributed by PARAMOUNT and UNIVERSAL (which was a major studio by time of ownership) ...with this scenario the film is generally considered independent....

It definitely only gets more confusing for classification as the years go by lol
8 years 3 months ago
manute5150's avatar


I agree with Alias. How is "Clerks" not on this list? That is the most "independent" movie ever. Kevin Smith borrowed and maxed out his credit cards to make that movie. They filmed when the mini mart was closed at like 3am. It was just a stroke of luck that the movie was distributed. I saw in an interview how he said he would be in debt forever paying back the credit cards if "Clerks" hadn't made money. It was a major gamble that paid off.
7 years 8 months ago
igordebraga's avatar


Since clicking "Source" leads to the Independent Spirit Awards, iCheckMovies better change to this (and update!)
7 years 9 months ago
mespinei's avatar


One of the little IMDb lists that have not (yet) been spoiled by the Bollywood Mafia ratings... Still have hopes of completing it, though I DO have doubts on which exactly is the criteria for "independent" movies, many of them (Se7en, Dances with the Wolves, etc) don't seem too far away from the big studios! (Is there anything more Hollywood than Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman?)
8 years 7 months ago
Gilles Debil's avatar

Gilles Debil

There are no independent movies in this list, but still it's a good list.
9 years 4 months ago
Life as Fiction's avatar

Life as Fiction

From what I gather, IMDb's classification of "Independent" simply means the film was not directly financed by one of the large film studios. Hence, you can see the presence of a few "big name" movies such as The Big Lebowski (which came from PolyGram when it was still owned by Philips and not Universal) and Seven (which came from New Line Cinema when it was a subsidiary of TBS even though TBS was owned by Time Warner, whose primary studio was Warner Bros). Dances with Wolves was produced by Tig Productions, which is Kevin Costner's own studio.
9 years 11 months ago
moleman420's avatar


What are the reasons to slap independent on The Big Lebowski, Se7en, The fucking Dance of the Wolves etc.? Those were made with big studios and producers, this list makes no goddamn sense.
9 years 11 months ago
teylirlong's avatar


What happens to Paranoid park or Mirror Mask? Is this the only list for indies?
10 years 2 months ago
dirte_lawndre's avatar


Glad that Momento is up in the top 10, a very clever movie indeed
10 years 2 months ago
JG96's avatar


Dances with Wolves?
10 years 4 months ago
stephbrowne's avatar


@Alias totally with you on that one.
10 years 6 months ago
Alias's avatar


No Clerks? Shame.
10 years 7 months ago
muddi900's avatar


Wasn't psycho made during the Studio-era?

IMDB is weird!
10 years 7 months ago
natrajan's avatar


bronze :)
10 years 11 months ago
Tennissko's avatar


Zack, after Spartacus, Kubrick made sure to make all of his movies without any involvement from Hollywood ('cept finances). I guess that's enough to call it indie...
11 years 1 month ago

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