When movies that are in development have a massive budget at their disposal, it can sometimes prompt laziness in the filmmakers because they can relay on re-shoots and post-production to fix any problems that might arise while filming. But simply throwing money at a project rarely yields innovative results and sometimes directors forget that simple, inexpensive solutions can often lead to cinematic beauty. In fact, some of Hollywood’s most iconic moments would never have even occurred if it weren’t for the inadequate budgets that prevented people from doing things as planned. Not sure what we’re talking about? Then have a look at these 10 movies that were actually made better by not having enough money.
10. Star Wars
When talking about movies produced under budget constraints, the Star Wars series is probably the furthest thing from many people’s minds. But as we’ve seen with Episodes I, II, and III, George Lucas can sometime get a little carried away with the special effects, and, on the set of the first Star Wars movie it was up to producer Gary Kurtz to make sure that he stayed within budget. As such, it was Kurtz’s job to step in and let Lucas know when he needed to scale back the number of aliens in a scene, or reduce the number of planets that are shown. In the end his “less must be more” mentality did a lot more to shape the Star Wars universe we know and love than many people realize.