Cinematic Gems, Obscurities and Indie Flicks

by johnnyfayvorite | created - 28 Jul 2014 | updated - 28 Jul 2014 | Public

This list I've compiled contains a lot of cult classics, small time films and indie flicks I've seen going as far the early to mid 1990's. I hope you enjoy my selections.

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1. Living in Oblivion (1995)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck

Votes: 15,588 | Gross: $1.15M

2. The Daytrippers (1996)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

When a happily-married woman discovers a love letter written by her husband to an unknown person, she enlists her dysfunctional family to discover the truth.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 4,110 | Gross: $2.08M

3. Basquiat (1996)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Forlani

Votes: 18,798 | Gross: $2.96M

4. Johns (1996)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

It's the day before Christmas, the day before John's 21st birthday. He's a prostitute on Santa Monica Blvd in L.A., and he wants to spend that night and the next day at the posh Park Plaza ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Silver | Stars: David Arquette, Lukas Haas, Tony Epper, John C. McGinley

Votes: 1,609 | Gross: $0.05M

5. Angel Heart (1987)

X | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 76,486 | Gross: $17.19M

6. Dead Man (1995)

R | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

62 Metascore

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange Native American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 86,739 | Gross: $1.04M

7. Arizona Dream (1993)

R | 142 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A young New Yorker goes to Arizona where he finds freedom to both love and dream.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway, Lili Taylor

Votes: 39,726 | Gross: $0.11M

8. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

28 Metascore

Sissy Hankshaw (Uma Thurman) is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the U.S. from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising, and her New York agent, "the ... See full summary »

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, Angie Dickinson

Votes: 6,862 | Gross: $1.71M

9. Buffalo '66 (1998)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.

Director: Vincent Gallo | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 44,906 | Gross: $2.38M

10. Fall Time (1995)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Three young men decide to plan a mock kidnapping, but everything goes wrong because a real bank robbery was already planned by two other guys.

Director: Paul Warner | Stars: Steve Alden, David Arquette, Stephen Baldwin, Jonah Blechman

Votes: 1,669

11. The Boys Club (1996)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Three teen boys find a man named Luke Cooper who claims to be a cop in their secret hideout. But can he be trusted? He seems nice at first, but when Luke becomes angry and starts threatening them, will the three teenagers stand together and fight back?

Director: John Fawcett | Stars: Chris Penn, Dominic Zamprogna, Stuart Stone, Devon Sawa

Votes: 1,095

12. The Big Kahuna (1999)

R | 90 min | Drama, Comedy

56 Metascore

Two veteran salesmen dissect a sales pitch to a particular client, through their young protégé.

Director: John Swanbeck | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Peter Facinelli, Paul Dawson

Votes: 13,639 | Gross: $3.15M

13. Spun (2002)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo, Patrick Fugit, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 35,986 | Gross: $0.41M

14. State and Main (2000)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Rebecca Pidgeon, Michael Higgins

Votes: 19,914 | Gross: $6.92M

15. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 423,167 | Gross: $59.89M

16. Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Alan Arkin, Bryna Weiss, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 11,448 | Gross: $5.48M

17. I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

This is the story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce. After many times of ignoring her, Valerie shot him.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Martha Plimpton, Lothaire Bluteau

Votes: 6,198 | Gross: $1.81M

18. Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A group of crooks, an ex con, his friend and a gun crazy gangster plan a drug heist, but not everything goes as planned.

Director: Kiefer Sutherland | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Dickens, Vincent Gallo, Mykelti Williamson

Votes: 4,556 | Gross: $0.05M

19. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 717,078 | Gross: $1.48M

20. SubUrbia (1996)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

A group of suburban teenagers try to support each other through the difficult task of becoming adults.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Steve Zahn, Jayce Bartok, Amie Carey

Votes: 8,521 | Gross: $0.73M

21. Kalifornia (1993)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson, David Milford

Votes: 49,256 | Gross: $2.40M

22. Go (1999)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

The aftermath of a drug deal as told from three different points of view.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Sarah Polley, Jay Mohr, Scott Wolf, Taye Diggs

Votes: 65,426 | Gross: $16.84M

23. Empire Records (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

30 Metascore

Twenty-four hours in the lives of the young employees at Empire Records when they all grow up and become young adults thanks to each other and the manager. They all face the store joining a chain store with strict rules.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 47,263 | Gross: $0.30M



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