Indie Cinema: Top Films–Filmmaker Magazine List (2006)

Filmmaker Magazine: Top 50 Independent Films

1. A Woman Under the Influence, John Cassavetes 1974
2. Stranger than Paradise. Jim Jarmusch 1984
3. She’s Gotta Have It. Spike Lee 1986
4. Sex, Lies, and Videotape Steven Soderbergh 1989
5. Return of the Secaucus Seven John Sayles 1980
6. Harlan County, USA. Barbara Kopple 1976
7. The Thin Blue Line Errol Morris 1986
8. Scorpio Rising Kenneth Anger 1964
9. Blood Simple Joel Coen 1984
10. Slacker, Richard Linklater 1991
11. Safe, Todd Haynes 1995
12. A Movie, Bruce Conner 1958
13. Reservoir Dogs. Quentin Tarantino. 1992
14. Daughters of the Dust. Juile Dash 1992
15. Night of the Living Dead. George Romero 1968
16. Gimme Shelter David and Albert Maysles 1970
17. David Holtzman’s Diary Jim McBride 1967
18. Parting Glances. Bill Sherwood 1986
19. Badlands Terrence Malick 1973
20. Meshes of the Afternoon Maya Deren 1943
21. Eraserhead David Lynch 1977
22. Wanda Barbara Loden 1971
23. Born in Flames Lizzie Borden 1983
24. Titicut Follies Fredierick Wiseman 1967
25. Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese 1971
26. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song Melvin Van Peebles (1971)
27. Easy Rider Dennis Hopper 1969
28. Word is Out, Mariposa Film Group 1977
29. Film About a Woman Who, Yvonne Rainer 1974
30. Hoop Dreams, Steve James Frederick Marx Peter Gilbert 1994
31. Crumb Terry Zwigoff 1994
32. The Naked Kiss, Samuel Fuller 1965
33. The Cool World Shirley Clarke 1963
34. Don’t Look Back D. A. Pennebaker 1967
35. Pink Flamingos John Waters 1973
36. Bad Lieutenant Abel Ferrara 1992
37. Chan is Missing Wayne Wong 1982
38. Primary Drew Associates 1960
39. Roger and Me. Michael Moore 1989
40. The Wedding Banquet, Ang Lee 1977
41. The Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol 1966
42. Mala Noche Gus Van Sant 1985
43. Nothing But a Man, Michael Roemer 1964
44. Killer of Sheep, Charles Brunett 1977
45. Trust, Hal Hartley 1990
46. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Russ Meyer 1966
47. Girlfriends, Claudia Weill 1978
48. The Living End, Gregg Araki 1992
49. Medium Cool, Haskell Wexler 1969
50. Deep Throat, Gerard Damiano 1972