A Look at the Best Indie Movies of All-Time

25. Napoleon Dynamite

Jared Hess’s debut feature, Napoleon Dynamite is a divisive film. It might be remembered as the American movie that helped cultivate a new generation of audiences for independent comedies, but it is also just plain weird. For
every Vote For Pedro t-shirt sporting fanboy there are an equal number of people left cold by the films oddness. Still, there was certainly no ignoring it back in 2004.

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24. Kids

Before Kids, teen movies were relegated to the soft high school comedy (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club). Kids put a much darker, grittier spin on the high school story — opting for the depraved underbelly of teenage counterculture rather than the meet-cute suburban sex comedy that largely comprised the genre. Denounced and criticized as pornography, Larry Clark’s Kids nonetheless overcame all potential boundaries to become a modest hit and a critically acclaimed work of art.

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