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Independent Spirit Award for Best Film

The Independent Spirit Award for Best Film (or Best Feature) is one of the annual Independent Spirit Awards.

In the following lists, the first titles listed are winners. These are also in bold and in blue background; those not in bold are nominees.


Winners and nomineesEdit




Year Winner Distributing company(s) Director(s)
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sony Pictures Classics Ang Lee
Before Night Falls Fine Line Features Julian Schnabel
George Washington ContentFilm International David Gordon Green
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Artisan Entertainment Jim Jarmusch
Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky
2001 Memento Newmarket Films Christopher Nolan
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Fine Line Features John Cameron Mitchell
L.I.E. New Yorker Films Michael Cuesta
Things Behind the Sun Showtime Networks Allison Anders
Waking Life Fox Searchlight Richard Linklater
2002 Far from Heaven Focus Features Todd Haynes
The Good Girl Fox Searchlight Miguel Arteta
Lovely & Amazing Lions Gate Films Nicole Holofcener
Secretary Steven Shainberg
Tully Telltale Films Hilary Birmingham
2003 Lost in Translation Focus Features Sofia Coppola
American Splendor HBO Films Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
In America Fox Searchlight Jim Sheridan
Raising Victor Vargas Samuel Goldwyn Films Peter Sollett
Shattered Glass Lions Gate Films Billy Ray
2004 Sideways Fox Searchlight Alexander Payne
Baadasssss! Sony Pictures Classics Mario Van Peebles
Kinsey Fox Searchlight Bill Condon
Maria Full of Grace Fine Line Features Joshua Marston
Primer THINKFilm Shane Carruth
2005 Brokeback Mountain Focus Features Ang Lee
Capote Sony Pictures Classics Bennett Miller
Good Night, and Good Luck Warner Independent Pictures George Clooney
The Squid and the Whale Samuel Goldwyn Films Noah Baumbach
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Sony Pictures Classics Tommy Lee Jones
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Fox Searchlight Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
American Gun IFC Films Aric Avelino
The Dead Girl First Look International Karen Moncrieff
Half Nelson THINKFilm Ryan Fleck
Pan's Labyrinth Picturehouse Guillermo del Toro
2007 Juno Fox Searchlight Jason Reitman
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Miramax Films Julian Schnabel
I'm Not There The Weinstein Company Todd Haynes
A Mighty Heart Paramount Vantage Michael Winterbottom
Paranoid Park IFC Films Gus Van Sant
2008 The Wrestler Fox Searchlight Darren Aronofsky
Ballast Alluvial Film Company Lance Hammer
Frozen River Sony Pictures Classics Courtney Hunt
Rachel Getting Married Jonathan Demme
Wendy and Lucy Oscilloscope Pictures Kelly Reichardt
2009 Precious Lionsgate Lee Daniels
(500) Days of Summer Fox Searchlight Marc Webb
Amreeka Virgil Films & Entertainment Cherien Dabis
The Last Station Sony Pictures Classics Michael Hoffman
Sin Nombre Focus Features Cary Fukunaga


Year Winner Distributing company(s) Director(s)
2010 Black Swan Fox Searchlight Darren Aronofsky
127 Hours Fox Searchlight Danny Boyle
Greenberg Focus Features Noah Baumbach
The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko
Winter's Bone Roadside Attractions Debra Granik
2011 The Artist The Weinstein Company Michel Hazanavicius
50/50 Summit Entertainment Jonathan Levine
Beginners Focus Features Mike Mills
The Descendants Fox Searchlight Alexander Payne
Drive FilmDistrict Nicolas Winding Refn
Take Shelter Sony Pictures Classics Jeff Nichols
2012 Silver Linings Playbook The Weinstein Company David O. Russell
Beasts of the Southern Wild Fox Searchlight Benh Zeitlin
Bernie Millennium Entertainment Richard Linklater
Keep the Lights On Music Box Films Ira Sachs
Moonrise Kingdom Focus Features Wes Anderson
2013 12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight Steve McQueen
All Is Lost Lionsgate J. C. Chandor
Frances Ha IFC Films Noah Baumbach
Inside Llewyn Davis CBS Films Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Nebraska Paramount Vantage Alexander Payne
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Fox Searchlight Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Boyhood IFC Films Richard Linklater
Love Is Strange Sony Pictures Classics Ira Sachs
Selma Paramount Pictures Ava DuVernay
Whiplash Sony Pictures Classics Damien Chazelle
2015 Spotlight Open Road Films Tom McCarthy
Anomalisa Paramount Pictures Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
Beasts of No Nation Bleecker Street Cary Joji Fukunaga
Carol The Weinstein Company and StudioCanal Todd Haynes
Tangerine Magnolia Pictures Sean Baker
2016 Moonlight A24 Barry Jenkins
American Honey A24 Andrea Arnold
Chronic Wild Bunch Michel Franco
Jackie Fox Searchlight Pablo Larraín
Manchester by the Sea Roadside Attractions Kenneth Lonergan
2017 Get Out Universal Pictures Jordan Peele
Call Me by Your Name Sony Pictures Classics Luca Guadagnino
The Florida Project A24 Sean Baker
Lady Bird A24 Greta Gerwig
The Rider Sony Pictures Classics Chloé Zhao
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Annapurna Pictures Barry Jenkins
Eighth Grade A24 Bo Burnham
First Reformed A24 Paul Schrader
Leave No Trace Bleecker Street Debra Granik
You Were Never Really Here Amazon Studios Lynne Ramsay