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Top Thirty Indie Films

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 29, 2010 at 5:23AM

Check out this list of the 30 most significant indie films in the last 30 years (full list, which includes three edited by the late great Sally Menke, is below).
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Check out this list of the 30 most significant indie films in the last 30 years (full list, which includes three edited by the late great Sally Menke, is below).

To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) picked the 30 most influential films of the past 30 years. Twenty-seven members of IFTA's board of directors culled through indie-financed pics from all over the world, looking at innovative style, critical acclaim, awards and talent discovery. Says chairman Lloyd Kaufman: "From Oscar winners to controversial and visionary game changers, independent films have shaped and defined the film industry and popular culture over the last 30 years."

The thirty week series kicks off at L.A.'s American Cinematheque Wednesday night with director Jim Sheridan presenting his 1989 My Left Foot (featuring Daniel Day Lewis's Oscar winning performance) at the Egyptian Theatre.

1980s

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Amadeus; Blue Velvet; Dances With Wolves; Das Boot (The Boat); Gandhi; My Left Foot; A Nightmare On Elm Street; Platoon; Sex, Lies and Videotape; The Terminator.

(Honorary mentions: The Killing Fields; The Last Emperor; The Toxic Avenger)

1990s

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Braveheart; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Fargo; Four Weddings and a Funeral; Life Is Beautiful; Pulp Fiction; Reservoir Dogs; The Silence of the Lambs; The Usual Suspects; Where the Day Takes You.

(Honorary mentions: Basic Instinct, Good Will Hunting; Trainspotting)

2000s

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Brokeback Mountain; Crash; The Hurt Locker; Inglourious Basterds; Juno; Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring; Million Dollar Baby; Monster; The Pianist; Slumdog Millionaire.

(Honorary mentions: Bowling for Columbine; Memento; Twilight)

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Lists, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Michael Moore, Chris Nolan, Danny Boyle


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.