Independent movies are, and always have been, a bit hit and miss, and the 80s indie movie is no exception. However, while there were some shockers, the decade gave us some of the most memorable indie movies in history.
The indie scene centered around film festivals, most notably Cannes and the newer Sundance, which began in 1978 in Salt Lake City in Utah, as a way to promote American-made films and give a platform to independent films. In the 80s it gave awards to films like Blood Simple (by the Coen brothers), Waiting For The Moon (starring Linda Bassett), Last Night at the Alamo, and Sex, Lies and Videotape. This was one of the most famous indie movies of the decade, especially because it captured the time so brilliantly, the pros and cons of modern technology and the increasing focus on voyeurism that resulted from it.