List of least expensive films

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This is a non-definitive list of the least expensive films, not adjusted for inflation. Only movies with costs of not more than 40,000 U.S. dollars are included.

The list includes only films already released to the general public at the time of inclusion, not films that are still in production, post-production or just announced because their costs can change during the production process. Most studios will not provide production costs, so only estimates by professional researchers and movie industry writers are available. These include those from the Internet Movie Database, Box Office Mojo and The Numbers.

Promotional and distribution costs (i.e. advertisements, commercials, posters, film prints etc.) are not included.

Only films which are notable enough to have received significant mention in independent sources are included.

Least expensive films (not adjusted for inflation)[edit]

List of least expensive films
Movie name Year Production Costs (est.)
Following 1998 $6,000
Colin 2008 £45 (~$74 Sept '09[where?])
Midground 2009 $150.00
The Legend of Action Man[1] 2010 $200
Tarnation 2003 $218.32
Ennui [2] 2009 £200 (~$332 Nov '09)
Restless Dust [3] 2011 £500 (~$804 Mar '11)
The Last Broadcast 1998 $900
My Date with Drew 2005 $1,100
The Final Sacrifice 1990 $1,500
It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books 1988 $3,000
Return to the Land of Wonders 2005 $5,000
The Right Way 2004 $6,500
The Mongol King 2004 $7,000
El Mariachi 1992 $7,500
Primer 2004 $7,000
Fighting Nirvana 2009 $10,000
Pink Flamingos 1972 $10,000
Murder Inside of Me 2006 $10,000
Birdemic: Shock and Terror 2008 $10,000
The Puffy Chair 2005 $15,000
Paranormal Activity 2007 $15,000
The Other Side 2005 $15,000
Eegah 1962 $15,000
Robot Monster 1953 $16,000
Bellflower 2011 $17,000
Player 1/2 2006 $17,500
Flywheel 2003 $20,000
Eraserhead 1977 $20,000
Zero Day 2000 $20,000
Deep Throat 1972 $22,500
Slacker 1991 $23,000
The Brothers McMullen 1995 $23,800
In the Company of Men 1997 $25,000
The Blair Witch Project 1999 $25,000
The Deadly Spawn 1983 $25,000
Manos: The Hands of Fate 1966 $26,000
Clerks 1994 $27,575
Red Zone Cuba 1966 $30,000
The Beast of Yucca Flats 1961 $34,000
Basket Case 1982 $35,000

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