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Most Influential Independent Movies

Are the most influential independent movies Sweet Sweetback's Baadasss Song followed by sex, lies, & videotape? Sweet Sweetback started a genre, and sex, lies, & videotape put the Weinsteins on the map. What else ranks high on the list?
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Isn't Pulp Fiction classified as an independent film? If so, that's a top contender.
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'Brother from Another Planet'
'Liquid Sky'
'A Woman Under the Influence'
'Punishment Park'

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Halloween

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Night of the Living Dead
The Evil Dead


do these count?
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Clerks.

Budding filmmakers often look to it as their standard - a film made on the cheap with what you have lying around, with cracking dialogue and interesting characters as your draw.
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Blair Witch Project.
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Originally Posted by Charlie Goose
Isn't Pulp Fiction classified as an independent film? If so, that's a top contender.
I agree with this one.

IMO, it really started the indie film craze of the 90s (and even now somewhat), revitalized the career of Travolta, and put Miramax on the map.
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Originally Posted by DonnachaOne
Clerks.

Budding filmmakers often look to it as their standard - a film made on the cheap with what you have lying around, with cracking dialogue and interesting characters as your draw.

or Slacker.
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Reservoir Dogs (While Pulp Fiction is better, I'd say this movie had more of an impact in the independent community.)
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For me, El Mariachi.
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Originally Posted by RockStrongo
it really started the indie film craze of the 90s (and even now somewhat),..., and put Miramax on the map.
Actually, this is true of sex, lies, and videotape.
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What is the criteria for an indie film?
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Small budget. Minimal advertising. No major studio support. And they all play at film festivals.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Actually, this is true of sex, lies, and videotape.
Maybe so....its just that Pulp Fiction was really embraced by the mainstream and even was nominated for Best Picture.

I guess in regards to influential, the question is influenced what? The indie community? or the mainstream?
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Small budget. Minimal advertising. No major studio support. And they all play at film festivals.
That's kind of what I was thinking.

I don't think Pulp Fiction could be considered an Indie film. Dogs, maybe, but Fiction loses at least 2 out of three of those.
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Originally Posted by RockStrongo
I guess in regards to influential, the question is influenced what? The indie community? or the mainstream?
I'm thinking most influential to the movie industry. So although Pulp Fiction is a far better movie, to me Blair Witch had a bigger impact in terms of marketing through the internet and revitalizing the genre.
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Originally Posted by RockStrongo
Maybe so....its just that Pulp Fiction was really embraced by the mainstream and even was nominated for Best Picture.

I guess in regards to influential, the question is influenced what? The indie community? or the mainstream?
Two words:

Palme d'Or

Of course, Pulp Fiction won it too, but sex, lies, and videotape set off a trend where American 'indie' films started to dominate art cinema, including a number of Golden Palms in the last decade and a half.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Two words:

Palme d'Or

Of course, Pulp Fiction won it too, but sex, lies, and videotape set off a trend where American 'indie' films started to dominate art cinema, including a number of Golden Palms in the last decade and a half.
Very good point...I still think Pulp Fiction was more influential in making indie films more mainstream (by box office performance, award noms and such), but sl&v definately paved its way. Just a matter of perception I guess.

On a personal note, Pulp Fiction got me into the genre.

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