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American Indie

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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A Ghost Story
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A Ghost Story

Drama201792 minsDirector: David Lowery

David Lowery's haunting exploration of love and loss, with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck is a high-point of recent independent American cinema.

The Big Sick
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The Big Sick

Comedy2017120 minsDirector: Michael Showalter

The hilarious, breakout indie comedy about a Pakistan-born comedian and his culture-clash relationship with an American grad student.

The Glass Castle
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The Glass Castle

Biopic2017127 minsDirector: Destin Daniel Cretton

Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts play members of an anarchic family that refuses society's norms, in this moving and offbeat drama from the director of Short Term 12.

Swiss Army Man
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Swiss Army Man

Comedy201698 minsDirector: Daniel Scheinert

Paul Dano and a flatulent corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) excel in this bizarre, yet surprisingly moving surreal comedy.

Moonlight
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Moonlight

Drama2016111 minsDirector: Barry Jenkins

Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture (eventually!), Barry Jenkins’ intoxicating drama follows the furtive life of a gay black boy through 80s Miami.

Beach Rats
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Beach Rats

Drama201798 minsDirector: Eliza Hittman

Gripping account of repressed sexual desire in a hyper-masculine environment, with British newcomer Harris Dickinson as a virulently macho Brooklyn teen.

20th Century Women
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20th Century Women

Drama2016118 minsDirector: Mike Mills

Annette Bening shines as the hipster mum who enlists two young friends (Greta Gerwig and Ellie Fanning) to help her son navigate adolescence in this Oscar nominated comedy-drama.

The Edge of Seventeen
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The Edge of Seventeen

Comedy2016104 minsDirector: Kelly Fremon

Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age comedy eschews quirkiness for genuine warmth, while boasting a hilarious supporting turn from Woody Harrelson.

Marjorie Prime
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Marjorie Prime

Science Fiction201699 minsDirector: Michael Almereyda

In the near future, holograms of late loved ones provide comfort for their surviving relatives, in this intelligent and moving sci-fi exploring memory, identity, love and loss.

Paterson
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Paterson

Comedy2016118 minsDirector: Jim Jarmusch

Adam Driver excels in this effortlessly charming tale of a bus driver poet in New Jersey, filmed with typically groovy elan by Jim Jarmusch.

The Childhood of a Leader
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The Childhood of a Leader

Drama2015116 minsDirector: Brady Corbet

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

Southside with You
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Southside with You

Biopic201684 mins

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.

Captain Fantastic
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Captain Fantastic

Drama2016119 minsDirector: Matt Ross

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

Green Room
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Green Room

Thriller201595 mins

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.

Room
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Room

Thriller2015118 minsDirector: Lenny Abrahamson

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

Everybody Wants Some!!
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Everybody Wants Some!!

Drama2014117 minsDirector: Richard Linklater

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.

The Fits
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The Fits

Drama201572 minsDirector: Anna Rose Holmer

Toni, an eleven year-old tomboy, finds a new purpose when an epidemic of seizures strikes her dance class, in this riveting and psychological character portrait from filmmaker Anna Rose Holmer.

I Am Not a Serial Killer
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I Am Not a Serial Killer

Thriller2016103 minsDirector: Billy O'Brien

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

Where to Invade Next
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Where to Invade Next

Documentary2015116 minsDirector: Michael Moore

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

Welcome to Leith
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Welcome to Leith

Documentary201586 minsDirector: Michael Beach Nichols

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

The Seventh Fire
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The Seventh Fire

Documentary201576 mins

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

Little Men
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Little Men

Drama201685 minsDirector: Ira Sachs

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

The Transfiguration
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The Transfiguration

Horror201697 mins

Milo isn't your usual introverted, strange teenager; he also believes he's a vampire. Michael O'Shea's dark drama presents a transgressive twist on the teen vampire tale.

Eve's Bayou
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Eve's Bayou

Drama1997115 minsDirector: Kasi Lemmons

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

99 Homes
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99 Homes

Drama2014112 mins

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

James White
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James White

Drama201687 minsDirector: Josh Mond

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.

Do the Right Thing
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Do the Right Thing

Comedy1989120 minsDirector: Spike Lee

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

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Drama2015102 mins

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.

Frances Ha
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Frances Ha

Comedy201286 minsDirector: Noah Baumbach

Lady Bird creator Greta Gerwig steals this hit comedy about an awkward girl and her complex passions, a critical smash hit for its star and her director, Noah Baumbach.

Appropriate Behaviour
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Appropriate Behaviour

Comedy201586 mins

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

Nasty Baby
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Nasty Baby

Drama2015101 mins

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

Like You Mean It
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Like You Mean It

Drama201690 minsDirector: Philipp Karner

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.

Beautiful Something
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Beautiful Something

Drama201593 minsDirector: Joseph Graham

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

Louder Than Bombs
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Louder Than Bombs

Drama2015109 minsDirector: Joachim Trier

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

Freeheld
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Freeheld

Drama2016103 minsDirector: Peter Sollett

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).

Safety Not Guaranteed
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Safety Not Guaranteed

Comedy201285 mins

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.

Spring
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Spring

Horror2015110 minsDirector: Aaron Moorhead

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

Touched with Fire
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Touched with Fire

Drama2015106 minsDirector: Paul Dalio

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

Ping Pong Summer
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Ping Pong Summer

Comedy201491 mins

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.

Love Is Strange
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Love Is Strange

Drama201495 mins

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.

Keep the Lights on
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Keep the Lights on

Drama2012102 mins

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.

White Bird in a Blizzard
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White Bird in a Blizzard

Drama201491 mins

Shailene Woodley and Eva Green star in Gregg Araki’s lyrical and impressionistic adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel.

Trees Lounge
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Trees Lounge

Comedy199691 minsDirector: Steve Buscemi

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

Still Alice
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Still Alice

Drama2014102 minsDirector: Richard Glatzer

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

Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Drama201293 mins

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

Pulp Fiction
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Pulp Fiction

Crime1994154 minsDirector: Quentin Tarantino

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

Pi
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Pi

Science Fiction199784 minsDirector: Darren Aronofsky

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

Night of the Living Dead
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Night of the Living Dead

Horror196896 minsDirector: George A. Romero

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

G.B.F.
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G.B.F.

Comedy201393 minsDirector: Darren Stein

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