25 Low Budget Movies That Were Huge Hits

Posted by , Updated on July 8, 2014

Very seldom do low budget movies become big hits as they are generally not as appealing as their high-budget counterparts. However, there are some films that defy the logic of a high budget and eventually end up becoming extremely successful with earnings that blow all expectations away. Take a look for yourself with these 25 low budget movies that were huge hits.


“The Blair Witch Project” Budget: $750,000 (depending on the source) Revenue: $248.6 million


This 1999 American horror film was written, edited and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez and was produced by the Haxan Films production company. The story revolves around three student filmmakers; Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams, who get lost while on a hike in the Black Hills of Maryland in 1994. The film received an enormously positive reception and went on to gross over $248 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time.


"Bronson" Budget: $230,000 Revenue: $2.3 million


Bronson is a 2008 British biographical psychological drama co-written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The film portrays the life of the notorious prisoner Michael Gordon Peterson (played by Tom Hardy) who was renamed Charles Bronson by his fight promoter who eventually became one of the United Kingdom’s most dangerous criminals.


“The Brothers McMullen” Budget: $23,800 Revenue: $10.2 million


A comedy drama film written, produced and directed by Edward Burns, The Brothers McMullen tells the story of the lives of three brothers from Long Island, New York as they learn about religion, love, sex, marriage and family.


“Clerks” Budget: $27,575 ($230,000 post) Revenue: $3.1 million


Written and directed by Kevin Smith, Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film starring Jeff Anderson as Randal Graves and Brian O’Halloran as Dante Hicks. It was the first of Smith’s “View Askewniverse” film and introduced recurring characters such as Jay and Silent Bob. Clerks was shot for $27,575 in the convenience store where director Kevin Smith worked in real life and eventually grossed over $3 million.


“In the Company of Men” Budget: $25,000 Revenue: $2.85 million


This Canadian/American black comedy was written and directed by Neil LaBute and was released in 1997. The plot revolves around two male coworkers who, frustrated with women in general, plot to toy maliciously with the emotions of a deaf female subordinate. The film received generally positive reviews with a 89% in Rotten Tomatoes.

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