In the movie industry, it is easiest to make a big name for yourself if you somehow come together with millions of dollars for a high budget film starring big name actors, and insane special effects. Just ask Michael Bay. There are some hard working directors that have made a huge impact in the movie industry with low cash. Sure, they didn't have any naked chicks, or exploding buildings, but successful nontheless.
Box office: $46,118,099
One of the most surprisingly successful low-budget films to hit the big time, Napoleon Dynamite started out as a film festival baby and went on to limited release before finally hitting wide release. As word of mouth spread about this hilarious film, a cult following developed, and the rest is history.
Box office: $100,000,000
Back in 1979, an unknown actor named Mel Gibson starred in an Australian movie production called 'Mad Max.' Despite the film's very limited budget and somewhat amateur crew, it went on to become a top-grossing Australian film and spawned multiple sequels and a remake.
Night of the Living Dead
Box office: $42 million
This 1968 horror film was the very first zombie movie in existence. In fact, the term 'zombie' didn't even come about until after this film. With this movie, a new supernatural creature was born; and because of its popularity, many more zombie films soon followed.
Box office: $70 million
Jamie Lee Curtis made her feature film debut in the 1978 film 'Halloween,' a low-budget horror masterpiece that went on to become one of the most popular horror franchises of all time.
Box office: $3,151,130
When writer/director Kevin Smith went about making 'Clerks,' he had to make some pretty severe sacrifices in order to pay for the film:
Dipped into his college fund
Used insurance money from losing his car in a flood
Sold a large chunk of his comic book collection
Maxed out 8-10 $2,000 limit credit cards