Low-budget Moviesby yaibakurogane | created - 8 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public
good low-to-no budget films (under $500,000)
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1. Following (1998)
R | 69 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.
Votes: 79,061 | Gross: $0.05M
$6,000 (The british one)
2. El Mariachi (1992)
R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.
Votes: 59,682 | Gross: $2.04M
$7,000 (The mexican one)
3. Primer (2004)
PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.
Votes: 90,562 | Gross: $0.42M
$7,000 (The time-travel one)
4. Brother (1997)
99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.
$10,000 (The russian one)
5. Creep (I) (2014)
R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller
A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man's odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.
$10,000 (The creepy one)
6. Paranormal Activity (2007)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
Votes: 209,307 | Gross: $107.92M
$15,000 (The ghost one)
7. Eraserhead (1977)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Votes: 91,850 | Gross: $7.00M
$20,000 (The bizarre one)
8. Slacker (1990)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.
Votes: 18,245 | Gross: $1.23M
$23,000 (The bohemian one)
9. Bad Taste (1987)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.
$25,000 (The kiwi one)
10. One Cut of the Dead (2017)
96 min | Comedy, Horror
Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.
$27,000 (The japanese one)
11. Clerks (1994)
R | 92 min | Comedy
A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
Votes: 202,729 | Gross: $3.15M
$27,575 (The one in a convenience store)
12. Coherence (2013)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.
Votes: 91,223 | Gross: $0.07M
$50,000 (The mind-bending one)
13. Fear and Desire (1953)
Not Rated | 62 min | Drama, Thriller, War
Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.
$53,000 (The war one)
14. Pi (1998)
R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
Votes: 161,476 | Gross: $3.22M
$60,000 (The obsessive one)
15. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
Votes: 218,046 | Gross: $140.54M
$60,000 (The found-footage one)
16. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Unrated | 83 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.
Votes: 28,704 | Gross: $0.61M
$111,000 (The serial-killer one)
17. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror
A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.
Votes: 106,150 | Gross: $0.09M
$114,000 (The zombie one)
18. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
R | 83 min | Horror
Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths And must survive the terrors of leatherface and his family.
Votes: 122,215 | Gross: $30.86M
$140,000 (The slasher one)
19. Once (I) (2007)
R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.
Votes: 105,556 | Gross: $9.44M
$150,000 (The music one)
20. The Man from Earth (2007)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.
$200,000 (The conversation one)
21. Murder Party (2007)
Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
A random invitation to a Halloween party leads a man into the hands of a rogue collective intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity.
$230,000 (The let's-kill-someone-for-fun one)
22. Cube (1997)
R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.
Votes: 194,330 | Gross: $0.50M
$250,000 (The trapped-in-a-room one)
23. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Votes: 207,991 | Gross: $47.00M
$300,000 (The halloween one)
24. The Evil Dead (1981)
NC-17 | 85 min | Horror
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Votes: 171,453 | Gross: $2.40M
$350,000 (The cabin-in-the-woods one)
25. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
PG | 96 min | Comedy
A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.
Votes: 185,915 | Gross: $44.54M
$400,000 (The high-school one)
26. My Dinner with Andre (1981)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.
Votes: 15,719 | Gross: $5.25M
$475,000 (The long-time-no-see one)
27. Brick (2005)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Votes: 95,385 | Gross: $2.06M
$475,000 (The one with slangs)
28. Living in Oblivion (1995)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.
Votes: 15,110 | Gross: $1.15M
$500,000 (The one about filmmaking)
29. A Separation (2011)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Thriller
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Votes: 200,049 | Gross: $7.10M
$500,000 (The iranian one)