50 Most Successful Indie Movies

The sleeper hits that proved a lucrative investment

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    • minorityreport

      Jan 23rd 2012, 8:45

      Shouldn't number 25 be I Was a Teenage Werewolf, not Vampire?

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 23rd 2012, 11:10

      It's crazy to think that the Passion of the Christ (albeit funded by lethal Weapon 4/his own money) can be classed as an "indie" movie when it had a budget of $30 million.

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    • Murphy0806

      Jan 23rd 2012, 12:02

      If its a toss-up between Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, why are they both not in there?

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    • MikeyRix

      Jan 23rd 2012, 13:33

      "(500) Days of Summer" not successful enough to count then? $7.5m budget, almost $61m back? Shame. Didn't realise "Open Water" and "TPotC" were indies though...

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    • MillerCrosses

      Jan 23rd 2012, 14:46

      Sad that Evil Dead didn't make it.

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    • nkutzler

      Jan 23rd 2012, 15:51

      The option to bring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck into Good Will Hunting after they co-wrote it. Well, it partially worked out...

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 23rd 2012, 16:23

      I'm pretty sure Senna and Touching the Void were box office gold

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    • thedanieljson

      Jan 23rd 2012, 17:50

      Very good list.. Specially liked the inclusion of budget; those criticising, I think indie is dictated by whether it's independantly released, not how much it costs, the two just happen to go hand in hand. Though I must agree that both Evil Dead 1 AND 2 should've been on here.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Jan 24th 2012, 15:02

      'Man Bites Dog' should definitely be on this list somewhere i think.

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    • Igrayne

      Jan 25th 2012, 11:27

      Independant means it was financed independently as in by Gibson himself so it is the very definition of an "Indie movie". I love seeing films like The Passion of the Christ and Terminator up there, it winds up all these sad little t***s who think that all films are made by Hollywood just because there is a Warner Brothers logo at the begininning of a film. Also most films are financed and owned by Jews so they are not Hollywood films at all really, technically they are Israeli. Rivers Edge should have been there and Dune.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 25th 2012, 22:12

      no one mentioned Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom etc..?

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    • FBENeville

      Jan 26th 2012, 14:36

      I was thinking "Star Wars"?

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    • FBCFerguso58

      Mar 22nd 2012, 18:02

      EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Made for $18 million and grossed over $300 million, financed by George Lucas, taking out personal loans.

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    • Nealsreviews1

      Mar 30th 2012, 19:23

      The most independent film of all time is "Rocky" Sylvester Stallone put up his own money out of his wallet to make this film. Because none of the big studio heads believed in it. They did not think the general public would relate to the story or find it believable, boy were they wrong. It was all shot in his hometown of Philadelphia with minimal crew and ended up being one of the greatest films.

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    • joeallison

      Feb 12th 2013, 18:28

      Slumdog Millionaire was impressive but it certainly wasn't made with just $15! :P

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