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Top 100 American Independent Films
To coincide with the start of the American Independence tour

08 March 1999  |  Written by   

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The BFI have sent us a list of their 100 essential American Independent Movies of the last ten years to coincide with the American Independence tour, which starts on Thursday. You don’t have to agree and if you want to discuss your own suggestions there’s a discussion link at the bottom of the list. So, in alphabetical order according to director:

1 Naked in New York (Daniel Algrant, 1993)2 The Player (Robert Altman, 1992)3 Short Cuts (Robert Altman, 1993)4 Gas Food Lodging (Allison Anders, 1992)5 Grace of my Heart (Allison Anders, 1996)6 Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)7 Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)8 The Living End (Gregg Araki, 1992)9 The Doom Generation (Gregg Araki, 1995)10 Nowhere (Gregg Araki, 1997)11 Pi (Darren Aronofsky, 1998)12 The Brothers McMullen (Ed Burns, 1995)13 She's So Lovely (Nick Cassavetes, 1997)14 Kids (Larry Clark, 1995)15 Barton Fink (Joel Coen, 1991)16 Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996)17 The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998)18 The Last Seduction (John Dahl, 1993)19 Beautiful Girls (Ted Demme, 1996)20 Johnny Suede (Tom DiCillo, 1991)21 Living in Oblivion (Tom DiCillo, 1995)22 Box of Moonlight (Tom DiCillo, 1996)23 The Apostle (Robert Duvall, 1997)24 Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara, 1992)25 The Addiction (Abel Ferrara, 1995)26 The Funeral (Abel Ferrara, 1996)27 Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead(Gary Fleder, 1995)28 One False Move (Carl Franklin, 1993)29 Buffalo 66 (Vincent Gallo, 1998)30 Swimming with Sharks (George Huang, 1994)31 The Music of Chance (Philip Haas, 1993)32 Just Another Girl on the IRT (Leslie Harris, 1992)33 I Shot Andy Warhol (Mary Harron, 1996)34 Trust (Hal Hartley, 1990)35 Simple Men (Hal Hartley, 1992)36 Amateur (Hal Hartley, 1994)37 Poison (Todd Haynes, 1991)38 Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995)39 Walking and Talking (Nicole Holofcener, 1996)40 Menace II Society (Hughes Brothers, 1993)41 Dead Presidents (Hughes Brothers, 1995)42 Hoop Dreams (Steve James, 1994)43 Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch, 1992)44 Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)45 In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute, 1997)46 Your Friends and Neighbours (Neil LaBute, 1998)47 Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)48 Jungle Fever (Spike Lee, 1991)49 Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992)50 Heathers (Michael Lehmann, 1989)51 Slacker (Richard Linklater, 1991)52 Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995)53 SubUrbia (Richard Linklater, 1997)54 Wild at Heart (David Lynch, 1990)55 Lost Highway (David Lynch, 1997)56 The Spanish Prisoner (David Mamet, 1997)57 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1989)58 Ruby in Paradise (Victor Nunez, 1993)59 Straight out of Brooklyn (Matty Rich, 1991)60 Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins, 1992)61 Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins, 1995)62 In The Soup (Alexandre Rockwell, 1992)63 El Mariachi (Robert Rodriguez, 1995)64 Equinox (Alan Rudolph, 1992)65 Spanking the Monkey (David O. Russell, 1994)66 Flirting with Disaster (David O. Russell, 1996)67 City of Hope (John Sayles, 1991)68 Passion Fish (John Sayles, 1992)69 Lone Star (John Sayles, 1996)70 Basquiat (Julian Schnabel, 1996)71 Touch (Paul Schrader, 1997)72 Affliction (Paul Schrader, 1997)73 Clerks (Kevin Smith, 1994)74 Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith, 1997)75 sex, lies and videotape (Steven Soderbergh, 1989)76 King of the Hill (Steven Soderbergh, 1993)77 Welcome to the Dollhouse (Tod Solondz, 1995)78 Happiness (Tod Solondz, 1998)79 Metropolitan (Whit Stillman, 1989)80 Barcelona (Whit Stillman, 1994)81 The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman, 1998)82 Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992)83 Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)84 Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino, 1997)85 Palookaville (Alan Taylor, 1995)86 Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton, 1996)87 The Last Supper (Stacy Title, 1995)88 Go Fish (Rose Troche, 1994)89 Big Night (Stanley Tucci/Campbell Scott 1996)90 Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant, 1989)91 My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, 1991)92 Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant, 1997)93 The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)94 Smoke (Wayne Wang/Paul Auster, 1995)95 Blue in the Face (Wayne Wang/Paul Auster, 1995)96 Cry Baby (John Waters, 1990)97 Pecker (John Waters, 1998)98 Crumb (Terry Zwigoff, 1995)99 The Daytrippers (Greg Mottola, 1998)100 Fun (Rafal Zielinski, 1992)

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