An indie is a movie that is produced by an independent company. This means that they are not produced by the major film studios, such as Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG and more. A lot of good movies have been produced independently. Some of these films even become very popular movies and win Oscars.
Some of these indie movies have a limited budget so they also make use of indie bands and musicians to help them attract the attention of big band record labels. Independent movies are submitted in film festivals so that they can be shared to different nations.
Here are the top 10 indie films ever produced:
- Psycho - Psycho is a suspense horror movie that was directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. It came out in 1960 and still remains to be labeled as one of the best horror movies ever made. The film was nominated 4 times in the Academy Awards. This movie had a prequel and a remake from different labels.
- American Beauty - American Beauty is a dark comedy that revolves around a middle-aged man who is infatuated with his daughter's best friend. This film was released in 1999 and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
- Pulp Fiction - This indie crime movie was released in 1994 and directed by the hard rock Quentin Tarantino. This is one of the movies he is best known for doing. The cast includes John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Christopher Walken.
- Closer - This movie was released in 2004. It was based on an award-winning play. This movie had Oscar nominations and also won awards for the Golden Globes. The movie stars Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen.
- The Passion of The Christ - This film was directed by Mel Gibson. It was shown in theaters in 2004. This is a controversial film that had positive and negative reviews. It still stands as one of the top grossing indie movies of all time.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - This is a Chinese movie that was shown in 2000 and was directed by Ang Lee. The movie is based on a novel that is well known in China. This is a Chinese indie movie that gained international success and has won over 40 movie awards.
- Little Miss Sunshine - Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 dramedy film about a family. This film was nominated for 4 Academy Awards. It stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin and Paul Dano.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - This move is a drama that was directed by the Michel Gondry. In 2005, the movie won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film stars Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood.
- Blair Witch Project - This is a suspense horror film that disturbed viewers. The story is told in a documentary style where the actors appear to be using a video camera to unfold the story.
- Juno - This is a dramedy that was released in 2007. It is a movie about a pregnant teen coping with her unusual situation. This movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and had 3 Oscar nominations.
These are some of the best indie movies that have been released. Independent producers provide venues for budding artists to be known in the movie world. This is a great chance for them to showcase their talents.