Top 10 Best Movies with a Budget Under 5 Million Dollars

Movies are mostly made with big budgets, some costing hundreds of millions! But some of the best and most iconic movies were made with the relatively tiny budget of 5 million dollars or less. So here we look at the top 10 best movies that have a budget less than 5 million dollars!
The Top Ten
1 Rocky

Budget: $1.1 million
One of the most well-recognized classics in all of cinema, Rocky only cost a little over a million dollars to make. And it still holds up well today because I just watched it again! Such a classic.

2 Whiplash

Budget: $3.3 million
I was genuinely surprised that one of my absolute favorite movies was made on such a small budget! I've already talked about how much I love this movie. Everything is great about it! And for 3 million bucks, the cinematography does look impressive.

3 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Budget: $3 million
Another classic movie made on a budget recognized as small. Pretty much everyone has heard of this classic film about a group of children in a wacky and magical candy factory.

For the time this film was made, I think 3 million dollars was bigger than the average movie budget.

4 Reservoir Dogs
5 Saw

Budget: $1.2 million
Though it's grown into a relatively big franchise, the original Saw was made on a budget just over a million bucks! And it is still scary to watch to this day.

Really? Wow, I thought that it would cost way more due to all the gore scenes and traps used throughout the film.

My favorite horror movie. It's just so intriguing.

6 Napoleon Dynamite

Budget: $400,000
I haven't watched this in years, but it's definitely a favorite for a ton of people I know. It inspired a lot of new culture, and Napoleon Dynamite is surely a classic.

Fun film with funny characters. I was surprised that it cost less than $1 million.

7 A Clockwork Orange
8 Requiem For a Dream

Budget: $4.5 million
Regarded as one of the best and most depressing movies of all time, this film was made with a small budget and is now seen as a masterpiece.

9 Donnie Darko

Best movie, regardless of budget!

10 Eraserhead
The Contenders
11 Moon (2009)
12 Boyhood

Budget: $4 million
Nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Oscars and filmed over the course of 12 years, Boyhood is a pretty unique movie that I still have yet to see.

13 Idiocracy
14 All Quiet on the Western Front
15 All About Eve
16 Halloween (1978)

Budget: $325,000
Another iconic horror movie that most people have seen, but this one also has a super small budget!

17 The Great Dictator
18 Paranormal Activity

Budget: $15,000
One of the most popular horror movies of all time was made on an incredibly tight budget of only $15,000! It sort of makes sense because of the "found footage" format, but it's still impressive how much money it made and how it became a big franchise.

19 Gone with the Wind
20 Sunset Boulevard
21 Imitation of Life (1959)
22 Psycho (1960)
23 Taxi Driver
24 Moonlight

Budget: $1.5 million
I haven't seen it, but it did win Best Picture of 2017 at the Oscars, so obviously lots of people loved this movie. It was also made with an impressively small budget.

25 The Thinning
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