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No Budget, No Limits: Inspiration for Amateur Production

"Improve your films not by adding more equipment and personnel but by using what you have to its fullest capacity. The most important part of your equipment is yourself: your mobile body, your imaginative mind, and your freedom to use both. Make sure you do use them."
- Maya Deren

100 films for low/no-budget inspiration. Formal ingenuity, creativity, new ways of approaching film - all made on very low budgets. The more movies I watch, the more I realize that the cheapest tend to be the most exciting. List assembled on 11/25/19 based on current tastes, will go untouched.

There are 26 thrillers in this list.

  • And God Said to Cain
  • Androids Dream
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • Blast of Silence
  • Bullet Ballet
  • Carne
  • A Colt Is My Passport
  • Combat Shock
  • Cut-Throats Nine
  • Deadbeat at Dawn
  • Electric Dragon 80.000 V
  • Hardware
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Hunters' Sense of Touch
  • I Stand Alone
  • Murder by Contract
  • Muscle
  • Night Tide
  • No Name on the Bullet
  • Noisy Requiem
  • Pi
  • Pig
  • Primer
  • Pusher
  • The Silent Partner
  • X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes