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Today and throughout the week at Moviefone, we're celebrating the unsung, hard-won, I've-maxed-out-my-credit-cards-to-finance-this world of independent filmmaking. We'll publish features that explore, expose, and explain today's independent movies. We call it "Independents Day." Get it? It's clever, right? We thought so. Read on.

This year has already seen a strong slate of indie stories ranging from mind-bending romances to shocking thrillers. We've also been introduced to some new names in the indie world like Xavier Dolan, alongside some favorite staples such as Steven Soderbergh and Harmony Korine.

To celebrate Independents Day, we've ranked the top 25 indie movies (so far) of 2013. Take a look at our list below and start adding the titles to your Netflix queue, because these films are ones you won't want to miss.

For more of Moviefone's Independents Day coverage, head here

Summer 2013 Top 5 Indie Films