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Best films made for under US$1m

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A million or less. What can that buy on screen? We want your top 10 low- and micro-budget films (with budgets at or below US$1m according to IMDb). Under-funded films with lasting legacies, whether they captured a zeitgeist, were so-bad-they’re-good, or introduced the world to incredible new talent. Maybe they grossed a hundred times their budget. Maybe they spawned a franchise. Maybe the city I thought would bring me luck brought only a curse. Maybe nothing really happened at all (Blair Witch, we’re looking at you). A limited budget won’t always put a limit on creativity, so we’re here to celebrate the filmmakers that studios ignored and investors just didn’t understand, and all the cast and crews they convinced to help bring their crazy ideas to life.

Most mentioned

  • Halloween
  • Eraserhead
  • Clerks
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Evil Dead
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Primer
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Rocky
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Mad Max
  • Pi
  • Tangerine
  • Upstream Color
  • Psycho
  • Brick
  • El Mariachi
  • Once
  • 12 Angry Men

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Darren 10 films

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Ryan Johnstone 10 films

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Asif Khan 10 films

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elvisisking 10 films

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Milo Williams 10 films

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Sera Ash 8 films

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Florin Scanlon 15 films

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Ian Floodgate 5 films

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Cassie Kimbrel 10 films

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Andreas K 22 films

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Dan Seamans 10 films

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Ella Keymer 8 films

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Buboven 10 films

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Pete 8 films

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Jojo Maben 9 films

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Kyle 5 films

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alaharon123 8 films

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Scott Bailey 15 films

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Ryan Smith 10 films

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Jason Dolan 10 films

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PETER DIVITO 10 films

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Gino 10 films

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Luis_989 27 films

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Tomakaze 10 films

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battybats 10 films

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Kurosawa 16 films

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madeline 10 films

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Andrew Pope 22 films

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Eduardo Morais 10 films

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SAJ77 20 films

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frantakiller 10 films

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hessli 6 films

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Forrest With2Rs 10 films

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Luke Evans 10 films

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Jim Cody 10 films

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Sharky Blue 10 films

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Julie 1 film

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