Best Independent/"Strange"/"Under the Radar" Movies

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1.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ Certainly this movie is far beyond what the "average" movie goer would pay money to see. But if you can suspend your disbelief enough to "get" this movie, then you see that this is a charming story that is beautifully acted. ” - Smiling_Dragon
 
2.
Outsourced (2006)
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After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement. (103 mins.)
Director: John Jeffcoat
 
3.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
4.
Lost in Translation (2003)
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A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
5.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
6.
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
 
7.
Numb (2007)
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A chronically depressed screenwriter desperately tries to cure his condition when he meets the girl of his dreams. (93 mins.)
Director: Harris Goldberg
 
8.
Liberal Arts (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them. (97 mins.)
Director: Josh Radnor
“ Josh Radnor CAN act, wow what a shocker that someone other than Jason Segel might be a quality actor.

He really does a fine job with a mediocre script. You should watch it. ” - Smiling_Dragon
 
9.
Henry Poole Is Here (2008)
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Henry Poole moves in to a house in his old neighborhood, to spend what he believes are his remaining days alone. The discovery of a "miracle" by a nosy neighbor ruptures his solitude and restores his faith in life. (99 mins.)
Director: Mark Pellington
 
10.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
 
11.
Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
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Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved. (100 mins.)
Director: Josh Radnor
 
12.
Another Earth (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident. (92 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
 
13.
Ondine (2009)
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An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie. (111 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
14.
Everything Must Go (2010)
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When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form. (97 mins.)
Director: Dan Rush
 
15.
Forget Me Not (2010)
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Love Happens. When you least expect it. Forget Me Not is a moving, modern day love story set over twenty four hours against a stunning London backdrop. (93 mins.)
 
16.
2 Days in Paris (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Marion and Jack try to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, home of Marion's parents -- and several of her ex-boyfriends. (96 mins.)
Director: Julie Delpy
 
17.
Monsters (2010)
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Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. (94 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards
 
18.
Marigold (2007)
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Ali Larter plays an American actress who becomes immersed in the Bollywood film world. (110 mins.)
Director: Willard Carroll
 
19.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
 
20.
Melancholia (2011)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (130 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
21.
Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
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A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people. (92 mins.)
 
22.
I'm Reed Fish (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Reed Fish's life turns into chaos when a high school crush returns to Mud Meadows on the eve of his marriage to the small town's sweetheart. (93 mins.)
Director: Zackary Adler
 
23.
Before We Go (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two strangers stuck in Manhattan for the night grow into each other's most trusted confidants when an evening of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives. (95 mins.)
Director: Chris Evans
 
24.
Take Me Home (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Soon after Thom starts operating as an illegal taxi driver in New York City, Claire hires him to drive her to California after her estranged father suffers a heart attack. (97 mins.)
Director: Sam Jaeger