IFTA picks top 30 indie films of past 30 years

Titles include 'Terminator,' 'Braveheart,' 'Slumdog Millionaire'

To mark its 30th anniversary, the Independent Film & Television Alliance has selected the 30 "most significant independent films" of the past three decades.

"From Oscar winners to controversial and visionary game changers, independent films have shaped and defined the film industry and popular culture over the last 30 years," IFTA chairman Lloyd Kaufman said.

Films chosen in each decade include:

1981-90: "Amadeus," "Blue Velvet," "Dances With Wolves," "Das Boot (The Boat)," "Gandhi," "My Left Foot," "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Platoon," "sex, lies, and videotape" and "The Terminator."

(Honorary mentions: "The Killing Fields," "The Last Emperor" and "The Toxic Avenger.")

1991-2000: "Braveheart," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Fargo," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Life Is Beautiful," "Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs," "The Silence of the Lambs," "The Usual Suspects" and "Where the Day Takes You."

(Honorary mentions: "Basic Instinct," "Good Will Hunting" and "Trainspotting.")

2001-10: "Brokeback Mountain," "Crash," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Juno," "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "Million Dollar Baby" "Monster," "The Pianist" and "Slumdog Millionaire."

(Honorary mentions: "Bowling for Columbine," " Memento" and "Twilight.")

American Cinematheque has partnered with IFTA for a related screening series.
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