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Most Successful Independent Films

Most successful independent films

In the world of cinema, Hollywood blockbusters often steal the spotlight, but it's essential not to overlook the remarkable contributions of independent films. These films, produced outside the major studio system, have a unique charm and often tackle unconventional subjects with creativity and boldness.

 Let’s highlight a few popular gems that have left a lasting impact on audiences worldwide.

“Donnie Darko” (2001)

Taking place during an election year in the late 1980s, this movie tells the story of a troubled teenager who receives disturbing visions from a tall bunny telling him that the world will soon come to an end. Seeking answers, Donnie investigates time travel in an attempt to turn back the clock and prevent the world's seemingly impending doom, actions that pose bizarre and life-changing results. It has also been awarded the Silver Scream Award.


 "Parasite" (2019)

Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" made history by becoming the first non-English language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. This South Korean masterpiece tells a tale of class struggle and deception within the confines of a wealthy family's luxurious home. "Parasite" highlights the global appeal of independent cinema and its ability to transcend cultural boundaries.


"Moonlight" (2016)

Moonlight by Barry Jenkins is a coming-of-age movie that grabbed both critics and audiences’ eyes. This indie film tells the story of a young African-American man named Chiron as he struggles with his identity and sexuality in a Miami neighborhood. The film's intimate storytelling, outstanding performances, and stunning visuals earned it the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2017, proving that independent cinema can shine brightly worldwide.


"Whiplash" (2014)

"Whiplash" is a symphony of tension and ambition by Damien Chazelle. This intense drama revolves around the stormy relationship between a young drummer and his ever-demanding music instructor. The film's electrifying performances and relentless pace have solidified its level as an independent powerhouse, earning three Academy Awards altogether.


"The Babadook" (2014)

Jennifer Kent introduces a spine-tingling psychological horror film that showcases the genre's potential for artistic storytelling. This Australian indie film follows a mother and son as they find themselves with an evil presence that emerges from a mysterious storybook. "The Babadook" is a testament to how independent filmmakers can put new life into established genres, creating unsettling and thought-provoking imaginations.


“ The Lunchbox” (2013)

The film, which is set in Mumbai, revolves around a mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, which leads to a relationship between a lonely widower close to retirement, and an unhappy housewife, as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox. It has earned recognition from Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film.


“Her" (2013)

Spike Jonze offers a thought-provoking exploration of human connection and technology in “Her”. Set in a not-so-distant future, the film follows Theodore, a lonely man who develops a deep emotional attachment to an advanced operating system that deals with artificial intelligence. "Her" further carries you into themes of loneliness, love, and the impact of technology on our lives, providing a brand new and contemplative perspective that can hardly be seen in any mainstream movies.


These are just a few examples of the many outstanding independent films that have enriched the world of cinema. They demonstrate that independent filmmakers often push the boundaries of storytelling, offering fresh points of view and innovative narratives that challenge conventional norms. While Hollywood blockbusters continue to dominate the box office, independent cinema remains a vital part of the film industry, providing a platform for diverse voices and artistic expression.


Independent Films that are a huge success

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