Top 10 Brilliant Movies Made With Almost No Money

Top 10 Brilliant Movies Made With Almost No Money

Films that were put into production with a small budget of less than a million dollars, these movies far surpassed expectations in the Box office and even went on to inspire franchises such as Mad Max and Paranormal Activity. WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Movies to be made on a shoestring budget, but what will top the list of micro-budget films? Will it be horror movies like Halloween, or The Blair Witch Project, or the action wonder film El Mariachi! Watch to find out!

00:50 #10. “Napoleon Dynamite” (2004)
01:52 #9. “Clerks” (1994)
02:54 #8. “The Evil Dead” (1981)
03:56 #7. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
05:00 #6. “Pi” (1998)
05:52 #5. “Mad Max” (1979)
06:54 #4. “El Mariachi” (1992)
08:05 #3, #2, #1 ????

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  1. Daniel Roberts
    July 31, 2017

    I swear, if you haven't seen Once, you are doing yourself a disservice. It's outstanding.

  2. Night Man
    August 6, 2017

    BRONSON was so underrated

  3. Zacant
    August 8, 2017

    buried was a pretty good movie with low budget.

  4. Vorphalak Xitras
    August 9, 2017

    The success of films like "the blair shit project" and "subnormals activity" is a very sad and worrying indicator of how dumbed down humans are becoming.

  5. Slug Studios
    August 13, 2017

    Bitch Slasher movies have got to be up there, surely!

  6. Slug Studios
    August 13, 2017

    Bitch Slasher movies have got to be up there, surely!

  7. Rozza
    August 17, 2017

    3:00 as well as peter jackson

  8. Sebastian Michlieas
    August 17, 2017

    Am the only one who was never scared of the Paranormal Activity movies?

  9. aleksey slaughter
    August 23, 2017

    I was looking for a movie I forgot the name of, I searched up "low budget horror movies and what do you know it shows up as the evil dead".

  10. videakias3000
    August 30, 2017

    the movie dofus livre 1 julith was awesome,I don't think I have ever seen anything animated with animation this good.
    too bad it made only 13800$
    the movie was not perfect,it had a few flaws but it was ultimately good.I believe it deserves 85-90%

  11. The Devil's Dragon
    September 4, 2017

    Star Wars?

  12. james driscoll
    September 4, 2017

    pi was a very good film

  13. David Hill
    September 5, 2017

    She's Gotta Have It cost about $250k

  14. TheSoulTwins
    September 6, 2017

    'Dr No' (first James Bond film and pre-cursor to arguably the longest-lasting, most profitable and ground-breaking cinematic franchise in  history). Produced for less than US$900,000 – grossed over US$66 million.

  15. Tv Games Killer
    October 10, 2017

    Reservoir dogs ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  16. Jhonny Un poco loco Bravo
    October 15, 2017

    I remember buyin the Mariachi on vhs on a flea Market, it was one o hundreds of vhs laying in the floor, I watched that movie like 100 times when I was in High School

  17. Natural Forest
    October 18, 2017

    Since when is a budget of 1mill a low budget movie???

  18. AFTF8
    October 26, 2017

    Nice job cutting out the coarse language on 33 seconds Watch Mojo

  19. Golgi Apparatus
    October 27, 2017

    Number one must be birdemic

  20. cazia9
    November 3, 2017

    Blair Witch Project was indeed a product of its time –  when it came out, the idea of using the Internet as a major marketing tool for a film was in its infancy, making people come out in droves to see if this really was the surviving footage of these 3 people's last hours, and then Paranormal Activity took this to a new level.  Blair Witch remains a classic bc it doesn't rely on the 'tech of the day' to make sense and that's why the best horror movies are often the simplest ideas

  21. Swiftburn
    November 5, 2017

    Excuse me yes no why the fuck is the original Saw not even a mention?

  22. rauwiscool
    November 7, 2017

    no Resavoir dogs and no bad taste

  23. Michael Dark
    November 9, 2017

    Why bother bleeping out the word "fuck" if it is immediately followed by an uncensored "cunt"

  24. 13yrPianist
    November 19, 2017

    Once should've been much higher. It was such a great movie. Great story, great soundtrack, great actors and great ending.

  25. Nishu Murmu
    November 27, 2017

    why don't you make something related to bollywood please

  26. Jack Farley TV
    November 29, 2017

    Where’s Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer?

  27. Sam Norman
    December 15, 2017

    I like that they blurred out 'fucking' but not 'cunt' in the bronson clip

  28. Luke Althaus
    December 22, 2017

    You forgot "Who killed Captain Alex?" That had a budget of under $200

  29. Tillmaster Flash
    December 24, 2017

    Check out 'The Battery'… Great movie, even better soundtrack and everything for 6000$

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