18 Low-Budget Movies That Became Huge Hits

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There's nothing like a big blockbuster movie, and we all love an iconic franchise. It's exciting to see fancy special effects and over-the-top production quality, but that isn't everything. Sometimes, movies that are made on a shoestring budget can overcome the odds and become huge hits at the box office. It doesn't happen often, but some of the most successful movies in history weren't guaranteed hits.

Many of the movies on this list fall in the horror genre, where inspired directors can create an intense atmosphere without ever showing too much. Others are beloved indie movies that found audiences after winning awards and getting major critical praise. Either way, all of the movies on this list made WAY more than their budgets, which is what the whole business is about. Someone made a lot of money off of these movies, and luckily we got to watch all of them.