Indie Films From The 90′s

Monday, April 25 by Andrea Miller

Do you want to check out some of the greatest indie films of the '90s? This decade is known for some of the most groundbreaking independent films that have ever been released, starting a trend in indie movies that continues now, almost twenty years later. Read on for the list of great indie films from the '90s:

  1. "Clerks" Perhaps the quintessential indie film of the '90s, "Clerks" was famously made by New Jersey director Kevin Smith by maxing out his credit cards and recruiting his friends to star. The gritty black and white comedy follows a day in the life of convenience store clerks Randall and Dante, along with a cast of other misfits and miscreants that hang out outside the shop. "Clerks" won numerous awards from the Sundance Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards, and Smith went on to have an extremely successful writing and directing career.
  2.  "Gods and Monsters" This independent film, a biographical drama, stars Sir Ian McKellen as "Frankenstein" director James Whale. The movie explores Whale's life in the time period following the Korean War when he embarks on a homosexual relationship with his gardener. The movie won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and McKellen was nominated for the Best Actor award for his starring role.
  3. "Fargo" The Coen Brothers wrote and directed this independent crime drama, the story of a bumbling kidnapper named Jerry who is attempting various schemes to get his car dealership out of bankruptcy. Unfortunately, his plans are foiled by a shrewd, pregnant female cop played by Frances McDormand, who won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance. The movie also won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
  4. "Kids" This controversial indie drama follows the exploits of a group of teens in New York City, including an HIV-positive skateboarder who sets out to take the virginities of as many girls as possible. Written and directed by Larry Clark, the movie is also notable for featuring the first starring role for Chloe Sevigny. "Kids" won the Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for several Independent Spirit Awards. 
  5. "The Blair Witch Project" This indie film was one of the first to use viral internet marketing and, as a result, became a huge phenomenon. The fake documentary follows three students who disappear after going into the Maryland woods to research local legend the Blair Witch. One of the biggest indie films of all time, it won numerous awards, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.