If you're an independent filmmaker, the best way to get people to see your film is to put a huge star in the leading role. Or to be sneaky and cast a major star in a tiny role and put them at the front of the billing. This list is all about independent films that feature major level talent. Not the films that stars appeared in when they were just starting out, but the films they had a burning desiring to make after finding success. Whether celebrity passion projects or just good indie films that made it to the top of the submissions pile, these movies were lucky enough to have a famous actor take note, and sign on.
Some stars return to the indie scene to regain a once lost credibility, some work on a "one for you, one for me" type of agreement with studios, while others just like to work - no matter what type of film they're appearing in. A lot of the independent movies on this list were made directly after the star in question appeared in a massive blockbuster film (usually involving giant robots blowing up Paris). These famous actors in indie roles took the time to make something they cared about, rather than just another superhero film, or formulaic romcom.
On this list of A-List actors that appear in independent films, you'll find all your favorite leading men and leading ladies playing everything from mopey versions of themselves, mopey boxing enthusiasts, or even a mopey grocery store clerk. Throw on your horn rimmed glasses, dye your hair blue, and check out this list of indie films starring famous actors.Which of these indie performances by Holllywood stars do you think was the best? Which other movie stars do you think should tackle an indie movie role? Let us know in the comments section!
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Actors: Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, + more
Initial Release: 2004
John Travolta in Pulp Fiction
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Actors: Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Winona Ryder, + more
Initial Release: 1999
#7 on The Best Movies of 1999
#20 on The Best Surrealist Films
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris, Giovanni Ribisi, Hiromix, + more
Initial Release: 2003