In today’s film industry, low-budget films are becoming less and less frequent and less, well, low. Today, a $15 million USD budget is considered tiny, relative to the average cost. While there are loads of films made on shoestring budgets, many that have become extremely well known, several that have blown up and earned mountains of cash, the vast majority of these films star relatively unknown actors. Even the biggest stars have to start somewhere. That, at least, is obvious. But what about the low-budget films that have superstars starring in them? How many have gone that route?
By looking at films with budgets near or lower than $15 million, we can see what films were able to cast, or star, A-List actors. By consequence, we also get to see which actors act, let’s say, more for the love of film than the money. There are most definitely many more examples than what’s on this list, but what’s on this list are the best or, at least, the most popular movies. Most of the movies on this list also made truckloads of money on their smaller budgets. So, let’s get at it. Here are the 14 Low-Budget Movies with A-List Stars.
14 Celeste & Jesse Forever
13 Take Shelter
11 Under the Skin
10 Young Adult
9 The Good Girl
6 Lost in Translation
5 Spring Breakers
4 Everything Must Go
2 Being John Malkovich
This nice little film has the great fortune of having two excellent A-list actors in Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor. Not only did it do relatively well at the box office, Plummer also received a significant amount of recognition for his performance in this film. Without the need for gigantic special effects and an intense set design, the film was able to keep its budget at around $3.2 million USD.
Sources: Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia; IMDB, Youtube
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