With the sad news that Miramax Films is reportedly shutting its offices this week following a restructuring, it only seems appropriate to mourn the loss of the influential indie studio by recapping some of its movie highlights. Founded in 1979 by Harvey and Bob Weinstein (and famously named after the brothers’ parents, Miriam and Max), Miramax, at its height, could produce, sell, and obtain Oscar glory for its highbrow films better than anyone. Perusing the company’s catalog of movies is to be reminded of numerous indie landmarks. Here’s a video filmography of 15 of Miramax’s most significant achievements (I only included films that Miramax distributed domestically, which explains the absence of, say, There Will Be Blood, which was co-produced by the studio but distributed by Paramount Vantage).

PopWatchers, what was your favorite Miramax release? And do you think the studio’s extreme downsizing is the final nail in the coffin for indie-film distribution?

Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

My Left Foot (1989)

The Crying Game (1992)

The Piano (1993)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Il Postino (1995)

The English Patient (1996)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Life is Beautiful (1998)

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Chicago (2002)

City of God (2003)

The Aviator (2004)

The Queen (2006)

No Country for Old Men (2007)