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The Best Indie Films of 2014  

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List Rules Independent films released in the U.S. in 2014 only. Upvote the best of these great indie movies.

While blockbuster movies stick to a proven formula and make millions of dollars, indie films are constantly pushing boundaries and bringing us fresh, engaging, and interesting new films every year. We've gathered some of the best independent films of 2014 on the list below and we want to know how you think they should be ranked. Vote to help decide which top indie films were the greatest of 2014!

What are indie films? Independent films are those made and released primarily (or even completely) outside of the traditional, Hollywood studio system. The top indie movies are usually more arty, have lower budgets, and smaller releases than studio films. But, they're often just as good, if not better than big studio movies, and the best 2014 indie films were no different.

Where will you rank 2014 indie films like indie sequel The Raid 2, indie action movie Rage, or the 2014 indie drama Ida? How about the indie sci-fi thriller The Anomaly? Perhaps you saw indie thrillers like Maggie or Red Sky. If you missed any of these awesome independent films, definitely make some time to catch up with them on DVD, Netflix, or Amazon. If you saw a great indie movie in theaters in 2014 but it's missing from our list, feel free to add it so other movie fans can check it out and vote on it as well.

If you're looking for more great indie movies, check out our list of the best PG-13 indie movies or the best R-rated indie movies!
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Jon Favreau
Chef is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Jon Favreau. After a public altercation with a food critic, a professional chef (Jon Favreau) quits his job at a popular Los Angeles ...more
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Gareth Evans
The Raid 2 is a 2014 Indonesian martial arts crime film written and directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans; it is the sequel to the 2011 film The Raid: Redemption. The film was released on 28 ...more
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Pawel Pawlikowski
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Ida is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by PaweĊ‚ Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Set in Poland in 1962, it is about a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a ...more
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thatgiantdoodie added Jonathan Glazer
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on Michel Faber's 2000 novel. A mysterious young woman (Scarlett Johansson) seduces lonely men in the ...more
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Gillian Robespierre
Obvious Child is a 2014 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Gillian Robespierre. After a drunken one-night stand, stand-up comedian Donna (Jenny Slate) finds out she is pregnant and ...more
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Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Two Days, One Night is a 2014 Belgian-French-Italian drama film written and directed by the Dardenne brothers, starring Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione. It competed for the Palme d'Or in ...more
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Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard
The Guest is a 2014 American thriller film directed and edited by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The film stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick. The film ...more
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Jim Mickle
Cold in July is a 2014 American crime drama film directed by Jim Mickle, written by Mickle and Nick Damici, and starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, and Nick Damici. The film ...more
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Brian A Miller
The Prince is a 2014 American gangster thriller film directed by Brian A. Miller. It stars Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, and Rain. The film received a VOD and theatrical release on ...more
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Bridge and Tunnel Jason Michael Brescia
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Ralph Ziman
Kite is a 2014 American action film directed by Ralph Ziman, based on the 1999 anime of the same name by Yasuomi Umetsu. The film stars India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Ira Sachs
Love Is Strange is a drama film written by Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias and directed by Ira Sachs.
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Tinker Sonny Marler
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aaronnerve added Billy Wilder
The Lost Weekend is a 1945 American drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four: Best Picture, Best ...more
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Paco Cabezas
Rage is a 2014 American action crime thriller film directed by Paco Cabezas and written by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Peter Stormare, Danny Glover, ...more
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Kevin Finn, James D. Rolfe
Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is a 2014 American independent science fiction comedy film produced, written and directed by James Rolfe. It is based on the web series of the same name, also ...more
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Doc Holliday's Revenge David DeCoteau
Rampage 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Films of 2014
Rampage: Capital Punishment Uwe Boll
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The Anomaly Noel Clarke
Um ex-soldado é levado cativo e acorda na traseira de uma van, junto com um garoto sequestrado, onde ele descobre que tem apenas alguns segundos de consciência para descobrir como
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Mario Van Peebles
Red Sky is a 2013 action film written by Adam Prince and directed by Mario Van Peebles.
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The Cure David Gould
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Alexandra Kondracke
Girltrash: All Night Long is a 2014 crime drama film written by Angela Robinson and directed by Alexandra Kondracke.
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The Outsider Brian A Miller
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Something Wicked Darin Scott
Something Wicked is a 2014 independent psychological thriller film directed by Darin Scott and starring Shantel VanSanten, John Robinson, Brittany Murphy, and Julian Morris. The film follows a ...more