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US independent films made away from the pressures and glitz of Hollywood have offered directors a greater creative freedom.

Put simply, some of the most imaginative films of all time would not exist were it not for the American independent sector. Little Fugitive (1953), about a boy who believes he has committed murder, had a great influence of François Truffaut and the French New Wave, while Pink Narcissus, a camp fantasy from 1971, is a landmark gay underground film. George A. Romero’s zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead (1968), is one of the most profitable films of all time and spawned terrific bigger budget sequels.

More recently, independent cinema has introduced us to Gregg Araki (Totally F***ed Up), Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On) and new talent Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). All these films prove that you don’t need a huge budget and studio backing to create great works of cinema.

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Captain Fantastic 2016 15

Viggo Mortensen plays the father-gone-primitive in this wonderful award-winning comedy about an off-grid family.

119 mins USA Director. Matt Ross

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The Childhood of a Leader 2015 12

Brady Corbet’s brilliantly ominous study of evolving evil follows a small boy as he grows into a fascist despot.

115 mins United Kingdom Director. Brady Corbet

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Southside with You 2016 12

This smart, sophisticated, Sundance-nominated romance follows the first date of a couple who would go on to change the world – Barack and Michelle Obama.

84 mins USA Director. Richard Tanne

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I Am Not a Serial Killer - Watch Trailer Online (20 Feb 2017) 2016 15

A teenage sociopath comes face to face with an evil force in this chilling and darkly humorous adaptation of Dan Wells’ acclaimed cult novel.

104 mins Ireland Director. Billy O'Brien

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Pi 1997 15

Darren Aronofsky’s magisterial monochrome mystery concerns a mathematician whose discovery of a powerful number leads to the dark side.

84 mins USA Director. Darren Aronofsky

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Trees Lounge 1996 15

Venerable character actor Steve Buscemi steps behind the camera in this profound character study on a lonely, alcoholic, and unemployed mechanic.

95 mins USA Director. Steve Buscemi

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Little Men 2016 PG

Ira Sachs’ poignant drama about how money affects relationships follows an artistic family’s attempts to attune to a new Brooklyn neighbourhood.

85 mins USA Director. Ira Sachs

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Do the Right Thing
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Do the Right Thing 1989 15

Spike Lee’s awesome cinematic sucker-punch remains one of the great films about race relations.

114 mins USA Director. Spike Lee

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Eve's Bayou 1997 15

Samuel L. Jackson stars in this seething slice of Southern Gothic, about the travails of a Louisiana family bedevilled by infidelity, incest and witchcraft.

109 mins USA Director. Kasi Lemmons

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Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 15

A gang of wild college jocks enjoy three days of freewheeling fun before school starts, in Richard Linklater’s ‘spiritual sequel’ to Boyhood and Dazed and Confused.

116 mins USA Director. Richard Linklater

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Green Room 2015 18

A punk band becomes besieged in the backstage hideaway of a hideous neo-Nazi club, in this gloriously tense shocker from the director of Blue Ruin.

95 mins USA Director. Jeremy Saulnier

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Room 2015 15

Brie Larson’s Oscar-winning performance is the beating heart of Lenny Abrahamson’s extraordinarily moving drama.

118 mins Ireland Director. Lenny Abrahamson

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Louder Than Bombs 2015 15

Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert and Gabriel Byrne star in Joachim Trier’s astute and deftly realised family drama.

109 mins Norway Director. Joachim Trier

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Touched with Fire
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Touched with Fire 2015 15

Two young poets with bipolar disorder begin a highly passionate, volatile relationship that threatens both their futures.

106 mins USA Director. Paul Dalio

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Beautiful Something 2015 15

In one desperate night, four disparate gay men cruise Philadelphia in pursuit of ever-elusive human connection.

92 mins USA Director. Joseph Graham

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Where to Invade Next 2015 15

Michael Moore is on a mission from the Pentagon: to invade friendly countries and steal their best ideas on behalf of the United States.

119 mins USA Director. Michael Moore

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Welcome to Leith 2015 15

What would you do if a Nazi moved next door? This chilling documentary follows the white supremacist takeover of a tiny Dakotan town.

85 mins USA Director. Christopher K. Walker, Michael Beach Nichols

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The Seventh Fire 2015 15

Terrence Malick presents this haunting and visually arresting documentary about the cycle of violent drug culture on a remote Native American reservation.

78 mins USA Director. Jack Pettibone Riccobono

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Nasty Baby 2015 15

Kristen Wiig plays a woman trying to start family with a gay couple, in this biting black comedy set among a diverse Brooklyn community.

101 mins USA Director. Sebastián Silva

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Like You Mean It
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Like You Mean It 2016 15

Writer-director Philipp Garner also stars in this refreshing gay drama, a portrait of a couple trying to make it work in the film world of Los Angeles.

90 mins USA Director. Philipp Karner

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Night of the Living Dead 1968 15

Landmark film from 'zombie godfather' Romero, whose makeshift heroes fight for their lives against a new and terrifying enemy.

95 mins USA Director. George A. Romero

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99 Homes
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99 Homes 2014 15

With precision and pertinence, Ramin Bahrani’s drama reveals the human cost of the 21st-century economic crisis.

108 mins USA Director. Ramin Bahrani

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James White 2016 15

Reality bites for a hedonistic young New Yorker who suddenly has to grow up quickly, in a brilliantly acted drama from the team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene.

85 mins USA Director. Josh Mond

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Freeheld 2016 12

Julianne Moore plays the cancer-stricken police officer who must fight on a second front to secure the transfer of her pension to her partner (Ellen Page).

103 mins USA Director. Peter Sollett

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015 18

The US indie hit tells the bold, bawdy and hilarious story of a teenager's sexual awakening after she sleeps with her mother’s boyfriend.

102 mins USA Director. Marielle Heller

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Appropriate Behaviour 2015 15

Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Desiree Akhavan

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Love Is Strange 2014 15

Ira Sachs’s refined Manhattan-set drama sees Alfred Molina’s Ben and John Lithgow’s George in the latter days of a tender, loving 39-year relationship.

94 mins USA Director. Ira Sachs

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Computer Chess
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Computer Chess 2013 15

Andrew Bujalski’s hilarious and surreal comedy about the birth of computer culture, set in an early 1980s conference where primitive programmers take on chess masters.

92 mins USA Director. Andrew Bujalski

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Still Alice
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Still Alice 2014 12

Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her extraordinary performance as a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

101 mins USA Director. Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland

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Safety Not Guaranteed 2012 15

Mark Duplass stars in the indie time-travel comedy that won a major prize at Sundance and set director Colin Trevorrow on the road to Jurassic World.

86 mins USA Director. Colin Trevorrow

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Keep the Lights on
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Keep the Lights on 2012 18

A filmmaker escapes the pain of a break-up through casual sex and meets a closeted lawyer in this deeply personal work from Ira Sachs.

102 mins USA

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Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 12

Set in a Deep South delta, Zeitlin’s feature debut takes a child’s eye view of poverty, adult apathy and ecological crisis. Hallucinatory fare

93 mins USA Director. Benh Zeitlin

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Pink Narcissus 1971 18

With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.

64 mins USA Director. James Bidgood

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Frances Ha 2012 15

Greta Garwig shines as the scatty late-twentysomething trying to get her life and career in order, in Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed comedy.

86 mins USA Director. Noah Baumbach

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Spring 2015 15

An American tourist in Italy falls for a stunning local woman with a dangerous secret, in this startling horror-romance.

109 mins USA Director. Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson

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Ping Pong Summer 2014 15

In Maryland, 1985, teenager Rad is forced to face down the bullies in a table tennis tournament, with only his best friend and the expertise of his mysterious Mr Miyagi-esque neighbour for guidance.

92 mins Great Britain Director. Michael Tully

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Pulp Fiction 1994 18

Quentin Tarantino’s crackling crime classic still retains its swagger as one of the great American films of recent decades.

154 mins USA Director. Quentin Tarantino

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G.B.F. 2013 15

Three high-school girls wage war to win the latest must-have social accessory - a Gay Best Friend.

92 mins USA Director. Darren Stein

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