This article will highlight the 5 best independent film producers working in Hollywood today. Independent producers can put a movie into production with little or no help from any of the six major studios. Here is the list of five of the most successful independent movie producers today.

  1. Martin Scorsese. As an independent filmmaker, Martin has been given credit for having defined modern American cinema during the 1970s and 80s. Scorsese began his Hollywood career as a film editor. Martin's first independent production was his second film, "Mean Streets" 1973; he went on to produce "Taxi Driver" 1976, "The Last Temptation of Christ" 1988, and "Gangs of New York" 2002.

  2. Christopher Nolan. Nolan became a Hollywood success after producing and directing his 2000 cult classic film "Memento." Christopher has since been involved in "Batman Returns" 2005, "The Prestige" 2006, and"The Dark Knight" 2008.

  3. Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola is probably best known for producing "The Godfather" franchise, which he also directed. Francis has gone on to produce "Apocalypse Now" 1979, "The Cotton Club" 1984, and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" 1992.

  4. Spike Lee. Lee produced his first independent film, "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads," while attending Morehouse College in 1982. Spike went on to produce and direct "Do The Right Thing" 1989, "Jungle Fever" 1991," and Malcolm X" 1992.

  5. Gus Van Sant. Gus has carved a niche for himself in Hollywood as an unconventional independent film producer. He produced his debut film, "Mala Noche," in 1986 for $25,000. Van Sant is also known for producing "Good Will Hunting" 1997, "Paranoid Park" 2007 and "Milk" 2008.