The Straight Indie List

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1.
All the Days Before Tomorrow (2007)
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In this quirky episodic tale about a friendship that's almost something more, Wes and Alison are pals who ought to be lovers... (100 mins.)
“ (Romantic Drama, Drama) The real side of romance and the effect on an average guy. ” - Conceptuallogic
 
2.
Shades of Ray (2008)
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Ray's half Pakistani and half white. When his parents' marriage dissolves, Ray's perspective of Ms. Right falls deeply into question. (86 mins.)
Director: Jaffar Mahmood
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
3.
Peter and Vandy (2009)
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'Peter and Vandy' is a love story told out of order. Set in Manhattan, the story shifts back and forth in time... (95 mins.)
Director: Jay DiPietro
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
4.
Perfect Opposites (2004)
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The story of two college graduates from the Midwest who move to Los Angeles, where their love is tested for the first time. (99 mins.)
Director: Matt Cooper
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
5.
Room 314 (2006)
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How many stories can one hotel room tell? Watch as five couples in different stages of relationships reveal what they really want to each other. (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Knowles
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
6.
Street Thief (2006)
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The movie follows the life of Chicago burglar Kaspar Karr. Kaspar cases and robs stores. He counts up... (86 mins.)
Director: Malik Bader
“ (Fictional Documentary, Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
7.
The Botany of Desire (2009 Documentary)
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Michael Pollan, a professor of journalism and a student of food, presents the history of four plants... (120 mins.)
“ (Documentary) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
8.
Franklyn (2008)
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A portrait of the broken lives of four people (a vigilante detective, a worried parent, an awkward man looking for love and a suicidal artist) as they all struggle to cope in their religiously-dystopian city. (98 mins.)
Director: Gerald McMorrow
“ (Sci-fi Fantasy Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
9.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
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High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
10.
And Then Came Lola (2009)
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A talented, but distracted photographer, Lola, on the verge of success in both love and work, could... (71 mins.)
“ (Lesbian Romance, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
11.
Cashback (2006)
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After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
“ *Extreme Nudity* (Drama) - A coming of age exploration into sexuality. A coming of age grocery clerk gains the ability to freeze time and soon begins disrobing customers as he is almost obsessed with the human form. ” - Conceptuallogic
 
12.
Bella (2006)
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One day in New York City changes three people forever. (91 mins.)
“ (Romantic Drama, Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
13.
Wonderful World (2009)
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Ben Singer has his cynical worldview darkened by his roommate Ibu's sudden medical situation, though the arrival of Ibu's sister, Khadi, might remedy both men's ills. (89 mins.)
Director: Josh Goldin
“ (Drama with Romantic Elements) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
14.
Easier with Practice (2009)
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In an effort to promote his unpublished novel, Davy Mitchell sets out on a road trip with his younger brother... (100 mins.)
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
15.
The Exploding Girl (2009)
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On a summer break from college, a young epileptic woman struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the season. (79 mins.)
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
16.
Blue State (2007)
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BLUE STATE is a romantic comedy about a disgruntled Democrat who actually follows through on a drunken campaign promise to move to Canada if George "Dubya" Bush gets re-elected. (88 mins.)
Director: Marshall Lewy
“ (Dramatic Comedy, Political) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
17.
The Education of Charlie Banks (2007)
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College student Charlie Banks has to face old problems when the bully he had an unpleasant encounter with back in high school shows up on his campus. (100 mins.)
Director: Fred Durst
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
18.
Good Dick (2008)
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A look at the relationship between a lonely introverted girl and a young video store clerk vying for her attention. (86 mins.)
Director: Marianna Palka
“ *Nudity, And very Sexual* (Romantic Drama) - An introverted porn obsessed self shut in is chased after by the clerk at the rental store where she gets the porn. ” - Conceptuallogic
 
19.
Breaking Upwards (2009)
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A young New York couple intricately strategize their own break up. (88 mins.)
Director: Daryl Wein
“ (Romantic Drama) A look into an unconventional break up in the city that never sleeps. A young New York couple intricately strategize their own break up. ” - Conceptuallogic
 
20.
The Vicious Kind (2009)
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A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process. (92 mins.)
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
21.
The Puffy Chair (2005)
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Josh Sagers drives cross-country on a mission to deliver his father's birthday gift - a giant purple LazyBoy. (85 mins.)
Director: Jay Duplass
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
22.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
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A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
23.
New York, I Love You (2008)
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Several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York. (103 mins.)
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
24.
Swedish Auto (2006)
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SWEDISH AUTO is the dramatic story of a small-town mechanic who voyeuristically observes life from the shadows... (97 mins.)
Director: Derek Sieg
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
25.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)
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A graduate student (Nicholson) copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men. (80 mins.)
Director: John Krasinski
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
26.
9 Songs (2004)
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In London, England, love blooms between an American college student, named Lisa, and a British glaciologist, named Matt, where over the next few months in between attending rock concerts, the two lovers have intense sexual encounters. (71 mins.)
“ *Explicit Nudity* (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
27.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008 Mini-Series)
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An aspiring supervillain must balance his career and his pursuit of a beautiful do-gooder. (42 mins.)
“ (Comedy, Musical) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
28.
Ask the Dust (2006)
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Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm. (117 mins.)
Director: Robert Towne
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
29.
Factotum (2005)
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This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling. (94 mins.)
Director: Bent Hamer
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
30.
The Hottest State (2006)
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A young actor from Texas tries to make it in New York while struggling in his relationship with a beautiful singer/songwriter. (117 mins.)
Director: Ethan Hawke
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
31.
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
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
32.
Gigantic (2008)
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A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up. (98 mins.)
Director: Matt Aselton
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
33.
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
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A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters. (90 mins.)
Director: Jesse Peretz
“ (Drama, Comedy) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
34.
Flannel Pajamas (2006)
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A story of one couple falling in and out of love. (124 mins.)
Director: Jeff Lipsky
“ *Need to check to make sure this was good* ” - Conceptuallogic
 
35.
Pollock (2000)
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A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock. (122 mins.)
Director: Ed Harris
“ (Documentary based Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
36.
One Week (2008)
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Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael McGowan
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
37.
Ever Since the World Ended (2001)
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Twelve years ago, a plague swept through, wiping out most of the population; in San Francisco, only 186 people remain... (78 mins.)
“ *Extreme Profanity* (Fictional Documentary, Post-Apocalyptic) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
38.
Southbounders (2005)
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A young woman attempts a "thru-hike" of the Appalachian Trail, the 2,170 mile footpath wandering the length of the Atlantic seaboard from Maine to Georgia. (86 mins.)
Director: Ben Wagner
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
39.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
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Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen... (112 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
“ (Historical Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
40.
Chelsea on the Rocks (2008 Documentary)
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Chelsea on the Rocks celebrates the personalities and artistic voices that have emerged from the legendary residence... (89 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ (Historical Documentary) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
41.
Jack Goes Boating (2010)
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A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. (91 mins.)
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
42.
Weather Girl (2009)
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A Seattle weather girl freaks out on-air over her cheating boyfriend, the morning show anchor, and moves in with her little brother. (92 mins.)
Director: Blayne Weaver
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
43.
This Space Between Us (1999)
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Filmmaker Alex Harty, 29, has always considered himself a "tortured artist"-but it's not until his wife... (98 mins.)
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
44.
The Village Barbershop (2008)
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A fading smalltime barber is forced to hire the last person on earth he'd want working in his shop - a woman. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris J. Ford
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
45.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (101 mins.)
“ (Drama, Comedy) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
46.
Uncertainty (2008)
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A young couple, in love and facing a life-changing decision, find one seemingly ordinary July 4th cleaved in two by the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge. (101 mins.)
“ (Drama, Mind Bender) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
47.
Trees Lounge (1996)
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Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking". (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Buscemi
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
48.
The Good Heart (2009)
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A cantankerous but ailing bartender takes a kindly young homeless man in under his wing. (99 mins.)
Director: Dagur Kári
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
49.
Nights and Weekends (2008)
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A man and woman must face the tension that builds between them during a long-distance relationship. (80 mins.)
“ (Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
50.
Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)
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Hannah is a recent college graduate interning at a Chicago production company. She is crushing on two writers at work... (83 mins.)
Director: Joe Swanberg
“ (Drama, Romantic Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
51.
Bunny and the Bull (2009)
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A young shut-in takes an imaginary road trip inside his apartment, based on mementos and memories of a European trek from years before. (101 mins.)
Director: Paul King
“ (Mind-Bending Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
52.
Dakota Skye (2008)
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For as long as she could remember, Dakota Skye has been cursed with a super power. She has the ability to see the truth in any lie she hears... (89 mins.)
Director: John Humber
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
53.
Lonesome Jim (2005)
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Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations. (91 mins.)
Director: Steve Buscemi
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
54.
How to Be (2008)
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A young man having an existential crisis convinces a Canadian self-help guru to come to London and become his personal life coach. (85 mins.)
Director: Oliver Irving
“ (Drama) ” - Conceptuallogic
 
55.
The Flats (2002)
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A hip and stylish film shot in beautiful coastal Oregon, The Flats focuses on best friends Harper and Luke and the girl that comes between them. (102 mins.)
“ Drama ” - Conceptuallogic
 
56.
The Parking Lot Movie (2010 Documentary)
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The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The... (74 mins.)
Director: Meghan Eckman
“ (Documentary, Comedy) ” - Conceptuallogic