In the world of film, the ’70s were New Hollywood’s golden age, while the ’90s saw an indie boom. But “Indie 80s,” a six-week series at BAMcinématek running July 17–August 27, is all about the neglected—but super impactful—decade in between. The series’s nearly 70 films make up a comprehensive showcase of nonstudio work from the era, from well-known horror movies (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and comedies (This Is Spinal Tap), to the kind of underseen gems that deserve a wider viewership (Smooth Talk, Wildrose). Here are the 10 most influential films in the series, in chronological order of screening dates.
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