By circumventing the controlling efforts of major studios, the best independent films of all time were able to, in a word, be themselves. Though big budget movies might have better production and promotion, great independent films have the distinct advantage of creative freedom. In addition, the lack of big name actors allows the viewer to really invest independent films' characters, without the constant reality check of a familiar face. With these two huge pluses on their side, it's no wonder that these best independent films of all time were such artistic and creative successes.
“The Blair Witch Project” As polarizing as this independent film was with critics and viewers, it can't be denied that “The Blair Witch Project” was a cultural phenomenon. Set in the creepy woods adjacent to the town of Burkittsville, Maryland, the movie chronicles three film students' search for the area's mythical Blair Witch. They trek through the woods for days, eventually getting lost, and becoming psychologically unraveled. Meanwhile, someone or something is drawing nearer. Though the action was relegated to the movement of small objects, walking through the woods, and the occasional weird noise, there was something genuinely creepy about this movie that's hard to place. And whether you loved or hated its controversial ending, “The Blair Witch Project” is one of those films that sticks with you long after the credits roll.