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The Best Low Budget Movies Of All-Time

“What are the best Low-Budget Films Ever Made?” We looked at 205 of the top Low Priced films and ranked them so we could answer that very question!

The top 25 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Low Budget” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 175+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 25 Best Low Budget Movies



25 .) Another Earth (2011)

 Another Earth (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bright Side
  • Den Of Geek
  • io9

On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.



24 .) Bronson (2008)

 Bronson (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bright Side
  • Den Of Geek
  • The Cinemaholic

A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.



23 .) Friday The 13th

 Friday The 13th

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Space
  • The Dissolve

Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. The camp’s new owner and seven young counselors are readying the property for re-opening despite warnings of a “death curse” by local residents. The curse proves true on Friday the 13th as one by one each of the counselors is stalked by a violent killer.



22 .) Juno (2007)

 Juno (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Den Of Geek
  • Primer Magazine
  • The Culture Trip

A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own, but soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.



21 .) Kill List (2011)

 Kill List (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Den Of Geek
  • Horror Chill
  • The Cinemaholic

Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.



20 .) Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Alien Element
  • io9
  • Stranger Views

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.



19 .) Saw (2004)

 Saw (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Den Of Geek
  • Goliath
  • Space

Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or die trying…



18 .) The Signal (2014)

 The Signal (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Alien Element
  • Forbes
  • io9

Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour – the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. When the trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area, suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students regains consciousness, he finds himself in a waking nightmare.



17 .) Brick (2005)

 Brick (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bright Side
  • Den Of Geek
  • Rain Dance
  • The Cinemaholic

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.



16 .) Clerks (1994)

 Clerks (1994)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goliath
  • Primer Magazine
  • Rain Dance
  • Top 10 Films

Convenience and video store clerks Dante and Randal are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed and bored out of their minds. So in between needling customers, the counter jockeys play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home and deal with their love lives.



15 .) Following (1998)

 Following (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bright Side
  • Rain Dance
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Top 10 Films

A struggling, unemployed young writer takes to following strangers around the streets of London, ostensibly to find inspiration for his new novel.



14 .) Mad Max (1979)

 Mad Max (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goliath
  • Rain Dance
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Culture Trip

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.



13 .) Moon (2009)

 Moon (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Alien Element
  • Den Of Geek
  • io9
  • Stranger Views

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone.



12 .) Night of the Living Dead

 Night of the Living Dead

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Forbes
  • Rain Dance
  • The Dissolve

A group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse. Although not the first zombie film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is the progenitor of the contemporary “zombie apocalypse” horror film, and it greatly influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype.



11 .) Pi (1998)

 Pi (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Alien Element
  • Den Of Geek
  • List Challenges
  • Rain Dance

The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.



10 .) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Forbes
  • List Challenges
  • Rain Dance
  • The Dissolve

Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis’ sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: “the guy next door” and the serial killer.



9 .) Monsters (2010)

 Monsters (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Alien Element
  • Den Of Geek
  • Goliath
  • Rain Dance
  • Space

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an infected zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures,” while a journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.



8 .) Once (2007)

 Once (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bright Side
  • Den Of Geek
  • Primer Magazine
  • Rain Dance
  • The Culture Trip

A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.



7 .) Eraserhead (1977)

 Eraserhead (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Primer Magazine
  • Rain Dance
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Dissolve
  • Top 10 Films

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.



6 .) Paranormal Activity (2007)

 Paranormal Activity (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Den Of Geek
  • Forbes
  • Rain Dance
  • Space
  • Top 10 Films

After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban ‘starter’ tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.



5 .) Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

 Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bright Side
  • Den Of Geek
  • Goliath
  • Primer Magazine
  • Rain Dance
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Culture Trip

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.



4 .) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Goliath
  • List Challenges
  • Primer Magazine
  • Rain Dance
  • Space
  • The Dissolve

Five friends visiting their grandfather’s house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.



3 .) Halloween (1978)

 Halloween (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Forbes
  • Goliath
  • List Challenges
  • Rain Dance
  • Space
  • The Dissolve
  • Top 10 Films

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.



2 .) Primer (2004)

 Primer (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Alien Element
  • Den Of Geek
  • Goliath
  • io9
  • Rain Dance
  • Stranger Views
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Top 10 Films

Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities – ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next.



1 .) The Blair Witch Project (1999)

 The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Den Of Geek
  • Forbes
  • Goliath
  • Primer Magazine
  • Rain Dance
  • Space
  • The Dissolve
  • Top 10 Films

In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.



 


The 175+ Additional Best Low Budget Films



 

#MoviesLists
2628 Days Later (2002)io9
Den Of Geek
27A Nightmare on Elm StreetCheat Sheet
The Dissolve
28A Separation (2011)Bright Side
The Cinemaholic
29Attack The BlockStranger Views
io9
30Buried (2010)Rain Dance
Den Of Geek
31Coherence (2013)Stranger Views
Alien Element
32CubeRain Dance
Stranger Views
33Dawn Of The DeadRain Dance
The Dissolve
34Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)Goliath
Den Of Geek
35El Mariachi (1992)Rain Dance
Primer Magazine
36Evil Dead 2Forbes
The Dissolve
37Fruitvale Station (2013)Bright Side
The Cinemaholic
38Insidiousio9
The Dissolve
39It Follows (2014)The Dissolve
Horror Chill
40Let The Right One In (2008)io9
Horror Chill
41Little Miss Sunshine (2006)The Culture Trip
Den Of Geek
42Lost In Translation (2003)The Culture Trip
Den Of Geek
43May (2003)The Dissolve
Horror Chill
44Open Water (2004)Rain Dance
Den Of Geek
45PhantasmCheat Sheet
The Dissolve
46Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)Cheat Sheet
Grunge
47Pontypool (2008)Alien Element
Horror Chill
48Re-AnimatorCheat Sheet
The Dissolve
49Robot & FrankStranger Views
io9
50Rocky (1976)Goliath
The Culture Trip
51Shaun Of The Dead (2004)io9
Den Of Geek
52Sleepaway CampCheat Sheet
The Dissolve
53Submarine (2010)The Culture Trip
Den Of Geek
54Super-Size Me (2004)Top 10 Films
Den Of Geek
55SwingersRain Dance
Top 10 Films
56Take Shelter (2011)The Culture Trip
Den Of Geek
57Teeth (2008)Cheat Sheet
Horror Chill
58The Evil DeadRain Dance
Cheat Sheet
59The Last House on the Left (1972)Cheat Sheet
List Challenges
60The Man From Earth (2007)Alien Element
The Cinemaholic
61Turbo Kid (2015)Stranger Views
Alien Element
62Welcome to the DollhouseBright Side
Rain Dance
63[REC]Forbes
6424 Hour Party People (2002)Den Of Geek
65A Dark Song (2016)Horror Chill
66A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)Horror Chill
67A Wednesday (2008)Book My Show
68Aguirre: Wrath of GodRain Dance
69American Psycho (2000)Den Of Geek
70Animal Kingdom (2010)Den Of Geek
71Bad Taste New ZealandRain Dance
72Badlands (1973)The Cinemaholic
73Be My Cat: A Film for AnneCheat Sheet
74Beginners (2011)Den Of Geek
75Being John Malkovichio9
76Berlin Syndrome (2017)Horror Chill
77Best In Show (2000)Den Of Geek
78Beyond The Black Rainbow (2010)The Cinemaholic
79Beyond the DoorCheat Sheet
80Black Christmas (1974)List Challenges
81Blood Freak (1972)Grunge
82Blue Ruin (2013)The Cinemaholic
83Bowling For Columbine (2002)Den Of Geek
84BraindeadCheat Sheet
85Bubba Ho-Tepio9
86Buffalo 66 (1998)Den Of Geek
87Cannibal Holocaust (1980)List Challenges
88Carnival Of SoulsThe Dissolve
89Catfish (2010)Den Of Geek
90Cemetery Manio9
91Chronicleio9
92Contamination (1980)Grunge
93Control (2007)Den Of Geek
94Creating Rem Lezar (1989)Grunge
95Creep (2014)The Cinemaholic
96Dark Star (1974)Alien Element
97Dead SnowCheat Sheet
98Deep Throat (1972)Primer Magazine
99Dogma (1999)Den Of Geek
100Donnie Darko (2001)Den Of Geek
101Eagle Vs Shark (2007)Den Of Geek
102Easy Rider (1969)The Cinemaholic
103Escape from Hell (2000)Grunge
104Evil Dead (1981)The Cinemaholic
105Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012)Book My Show
106Ganja & HessThe Dissolve
107Garden State (2004)Den Of Geek
108Ghost World (2001)Den Of Geek
109Green Room (2015)Horror Chill
110Grizzly Man (2005)Den Of Geek
111Half NelsonBright Side
112High TensionCheat Sheet
113Hollywood ShuffleTop 10 Films
114Horrors of Spider Island (1960)Grunge
115Hounds of Love (2016)Horror Chill
116Hunger (2008)Den Of Geek
117HushCheat Sheet
118I Killed My Mother (2009)The Cinemaholic
119I Spit On Your GraveCheat Sheet
120In the Company of MenBright Side
121Ink (2009)Alien Element
122John Dies at the EndStranger Views
123Kahaani (2012)Book My Show
124Kidulthood (2006)Den Of Geek
125Killer Klowns from Outer SpaceCheat Sheet
126Krisha (2015)The Cinemaholic
127Living in OblivionRain Dance
128Lock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsGoliath
129Lord of the FliesRain Dance
130Manos the Hands of Fate (1966)Grunge
131MartinThe Dissolve
132Mean Streets (1973)The Cinemaholic
133Memento (2000)Den Of Geek
134Message From Space (1978)Grunge
135Mid-August LunchBright Side
136My Left Foot: The Story of Christy BrownBright Side
137NadjaThe Dissolve
138Near DarkThe Dissolve
139Peeping Tom (1960)List Challenges
140Piranha II (1981)Grunge
141Pitch Blackio9
142Prevenge (2013)Horror Chill
143Raw (2016)Horror Chill
144Resolution (2013)Horror Chill
145Robocopio9
146Senna (2011)Den Of Geek
147Session 9The Dissolve
148Shotgun Stories (2007)The Cinemaholic
149SinisterForbes
150SistersThe Dissolve
151SlackerRain Dance
152Sleep Dealerio9
153Snatch (2000)Den Of Geek
154Son Of Rambow (2007)Den Of Geek
155Spider BabyThe Dissolve
156Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)Grunge
157Synchronicity (2015)Alien Element
158Tanu Weds Manu(2011)Book My Show
159Terrifier (2018)Horror Chill
160Terror Toons (2002)Grunge
161The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959)Primer Magazine
162The Battery (2012)The Cinemaholic
163The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)Grunge
164The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)Horror Chill
165The Breakfast ClubBright Side
166The Cabin In The WoodsThe Dissolve
167The Castle (1997)Den Of Geek
168The Craziesio9
169The Descent (2005)Den Of Geek
170The Devil’s RejectsThe Dissolve
171The Europa ReportStranger Views
172The Full Monty (1997)The Culture Trip
173The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)Horror Chill
174The Guard (2011)Den Of Geek
175The Hills Have Eyes (1977)List Challenges
176The Horror of Party Beach (1964)Grunge
177The Hostio9
178The House Of The DevilThe Dissolve
179The HowlingThe Dissolve
180The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)Den Of Geek
181The Killer Shrews (1959)Grunge
182The Last ExorcismForbes
183The Lift (1983)Grunge
184The Lunchbox (2013)Book My Show
185The Masque Of The Red DeathThe Dissolve
186The Science Of Sleep (2006)Den Of Geek
187The StepfatherThe Dissolve
188The Terminatorio9
189The Town That Dreaded SundownCheat Sheet
190The Toxic AvengerCheat Sheet
191The Void (2013)Horror Chill
192The Witch (2015)Horror Chill
193Things (1989)Grunge
194Thunder Ninja Kids in the Golden Adventure (1992)Grunge
195THX 1138 (1971)Alien Element
196Time Lapse (2014)Alien Element
197Timecrimesio9
198Trollhunterio9
199Tyrannosaur (2011)The Cinemaholic
200Upstream Color (2013)The Cinemaholic
201Veronica (2017)Horror Chill
202Wendy and LucyBright Side
203Wristcutters : A Love Story (2006)The Cinemaholic
204Xtroio9
205Zerophiliaio9

 


19 Best Low-Budget Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Alien Element 10 Notable High Concept / Low Budget Sci Fi Films
Book My Show Top Low Budget Movies That Made Big In Bollywood – Entertainment
Bright Side 15 Low-Budget Yet Brilliant Movies That Became Box Office Hits
Cheat Sheet Low-Budget Horror Movies That Kick Ass
Den Of Geek Top 50 Modern Day Low Budget Movies
Forbes The Top Ten Best Low-Budget Horror Movies Of All Time
Goliath The 12 Best Movies Made With Extremely Low Budgets
Grunge The most hilarious low-budget films ever
Horror Chill The 20 Best Low-budget Indie Horror Movies of all time
io9 Low Budget Films That Are More Thrilling Than Most Big Summer
List Challenges The 10 Best Low-Budget Horror Movies of All Time – How many have
Primer Magazine A Selection of the Best Low Budget Movies of All Time
Rain Dance 25 Low Budget Films That Launched Careers of Filmmakers
Space 7 Very Scary Movies That Were Shot On A Shoestring Budget
Stranger Views Best Low Budget Science Fiction Movies
The Cinemaholic Best Low Budget Movies of All Time
The Culture Trip The 10 Greatest Low-Budget Movies Of All Time
The Dissolve The 30 Best American Independent Horror Films
Top 10 Films Top 10 Low Budget Films of All Time – Top 10 Films

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