The 50 Greatest Independent Films

Empire Online has pub­lished its list of the 50 best indie films. Skewed towards action/crime films, the list won’t appeal to all. But there are some indis­putably amaz­ing movies of the list. We’ve post­ed the top 10 below. But some­how I think the bet­ter ones are actu­al­ly low­er down on the list — for exam­ple, #17, City of God, the Brazil­ian film that mix­es Taran­ti­no aes­thet­ics & vio­lence with mean­ing­ful social com­men­tary. See trail­er below.

The top 10 movies in descend­ing order are: Mean Streets, Side­ways, The Usu­al Sus­pects, Sex, Lies and Video­tape, The Night of the Liv­ing Dead, Mon­ty Python’s Life of Bri­an, Clerks, The Ter­mi­na­tor, Don­nie Darko, and Reser­voir Dogs.

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