Independent American Cinema

In a national cinema dominated by behemoth Hollywood studios, independently produced films have always made for refreshing alternatives.

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609 ¡Alambrista! ¡Alambrista! Robert M. Young United States, 1977
651 Badlands Badlands Terrence Malick United States, 1973
940 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Robert M. Young United States, 1982
807 Barcelona Barcelona Whit Stillman United States, 1994
428 Blast of Silence Blast of Silence Allen Baron United States, 1961
834 Blood Simple Blood Simple Joel Coen United States, 1984
362 Border Radio Border Radio Allison Anders, Dean Lent, and Kurt Voss United States, 1987
371 Body and Soul Body and Soul Oscar Micheaux United States, 1925
Borderline Borderline Kenneth Macpherson United States, 1930
450 Bottle Rocket Bottle Rocket Wes Anderson United States, 1996
287 Burden of Dreams Burden of Dreams Les Blank United States, 1982
789 Burroughs: The Movie Burroughs: The Movie Howard Brookner United States, 1983
184 By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume One By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume One Stan Brakhage United States,
517 By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume Two By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume Two Stan Brakhage United States,
63 Carnival of Souls Carnival of Souls Herk Harvey United States, 1962
893 Certain Women Certain Women Kelly Reichardt United States, 2016
354 Clean, Shaven Clean, Shaven Lodge Kerrigan United States, 1994
533 Crumb Crumb Terry Zwigoff United States, 1995
1001 The Daytrippers The Daytrippers Greg Mottola Canada, 1996
919 Dead Man Dead Man Jim Jarmusch United States, 1995
902 Desert Hearts Desert Hearts Donna Deitch United States, 1985
166 Down by Law Down by Law Jim Jarmusch United States, 1986
625 Eating Raoul Eating Raoul Paul Bartel United States, 1982
Eclipse Series 5: The First Films of Samuel Fuller Eclipse Series 5: The First Films of Samuel Fuller    
Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer    
370 The Emperor Jones The Emperor Jones Dudley Murphy United States, 1933
338 Equinox Equinox Jack Woods United States, 1970
725 Eraserhead Eraserhead David Lynch United States, 1977
252 Faces Faces John Cassavetes United States, 1968
929 Female Trouble Female Trouble John Waters United States, 1974
54 For All Mankind For All Mankind Al Reinert United States, 1989
681 Frances Ha Frances Ha Noah Baumbach United States, 2013
152 George Washington George Washington David Gordon Green United States, 2000
1057 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Jim Jarmusch United States, 1999
872 Ghost World Ghost World Terry Zwigoff United States, 2001
1055 Girlfriends Girlfriends Claudia Weill United States, 1978
123 Grey Gardens Grey Gardens David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer United States, 1976
334 Harlan County USA Harlan County USA Barbara Kopple United States, 1976
982 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig and the Angry Inch John Cameron Mitchell United States, 2001
200 The Honeymoon Killers The Honeymoon Killers Leonard Kastle United States, 1969
289 Hoop Dreams Hoop Dreams Steve James United States, 1994
1029 Husbands Husbands John Cassavetes United States, 1970
250 John Cassavetes: Five Films John Cassavetes: Five Films    
349 Kicking and Screaming Kicking and Screaming Noah Baumbach United States, 1995
254 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie The Killing of a Chinese Bookie John Cassavetes United States, 1976
737 Les Blank: Always for Pleasure Les Blank: Always for Pleasure Les Blank United States, 1968
532 Louie Bluie Louie Bluie Terry Zwigoff United States, 1985
407 Mala Noche Mala Noche Gus Van Sant United States, 1985
999 Matewan Matewan John Sayles United States, 1987
1026 Me and You and Everyone We Know Me and You and Everyone We Know Miranda July United States, 2005
326 Metropolitan Metropolitan Whit Stillman United States, 1990
1061 Minding the Gap Minding the Gap Bing Liu United States, 2018
863 Multiple Maniacs Multiple Maniacs John Waters United States, 1970
521 Mystery Train Mystery Train Jim Jarmusch United States, 1989
18 The Naked Kiss The Naked Kiss Samuel Fuller United States, 1964
Native Land Native Land Leo Hurwitz… United States, 1942
909 Night of the Living Dead Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero United States, 1968
458 El Norte El Norte Gregory Nava Guatemala, 1983
1008 Old Joy Old Joy Kelly Reichardt United States, 2006
1018 Paris Is Burning Paris Is Burning Jennie Livingston United States, 1990
805 A Poem Is a Naked Person A Poem Is a Naked Person Les Blank United States, 1974
995 Polyester Polyester John Waters United States, 1981
739 Safe Safe Todd Haynes United States, 1995
122 Salesman Salesman David Maysles… United States, 1969
938 sex, lies, and videotape sex, lies, and videotape Steven Soderbergh United States, 1989
199 Schizopolis Schizopolis Steven Soderbergh United States, 1996
1030 Scorsese Shorts Scorsese Shorts Martin Scorsese United States,
251 Shadows Shadows John Cassavetes United States, 1959
19 Shock Corridor Shock Corridor Samuel Fuller United States, 1963
247 Slacker Slacker Richard Linklater United States, 1991
941 Smithereens Smithereens ​Susan Seidelman United States, 1982
400 Stranger Than Paradise Stranger Than Paradise Jim Jarmusch United States, 1984
360 Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves William Greaves United States,
557 The Times of Harvey Milk The Times of Harvey Milk Robert Epstein United States, 1984
597 Tiny Furniture Tiny Furniture Lena Dunham United States, 2010
1039 Town Bloody Hall Town Bloody Hall D. A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus United States, 1979
951 True Stories True Stories David Byrne United States, 1986
1031 Wildlife Wildlife Paul Dano United States, 2018
253 A Woman Under the Influence A Woman Under the Influence John Cassavetes United States, 1974