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A Guide To Films With Cultural Significance

Updated on July 1, 2012
Rocky
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ROCKY

Made on a budget of less than a million dollars Rocky became a massive sleeper hit. The story the down on his luck Rocky Balboa living in the Ghetto acting as a debt collector for a local bookie to get by. He eventually gets a shot at the boxing championship title and trains hard to fight the champion. The film went on to make over 225 million dollars and became film of the year.

RESERVOIR DOGS

The debut film of Quentin Tarantino it was the introduction to his non linear, violent styling that would be a mainstay in such films as pulp fiction. The film was done on a budget of 1.2 million dollars and ended up selling 14 million worldwide. Initially more popular in the UK his future films began selling millions in North America as well and he began to work with higher level actors/actresses such as John Travolta, Samuel Jackson, Bruce Willis and Uma Thurman.

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

Although I personally didn't think Napoleon Dynamite was all that there is no denying that it was made on very little and did very well. Made on a budget of $400,000 the film ended up making 46 million dollars. There also at least a few jokes within the movie that I enjoyed such as Napoleon's brother Kip telling him that he was just jealous because he was chatting with babes online all day. He, he good one Kip.

MAD MAX

Featuring a then unknown Mel Gibson this Australian film made almost 100 million worldwide on a budget of $400,000. The film became an archetype for future post apocalyptic science fiction films.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

At the time pitched by George Lucas to several big screen film companies all of which turned him down eventually the film was picked up by Universal. Filmed on a budget of $775,000 it eventually gained cult status and made well of 200 million worldwide establishing Lucas as a powerful force in film even before Star Wars came into focus.

THE SAW SERIES

It is probably best for us to lump the entire series into one all of these movies based on gore and graphic violence in a very twisted manner have done very well at the box office. All seven films have performed incredibly some all but Saw VI made well over 100 million at the box office, the original film on a budget of 1.2 million dollars.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      your very right, it can be the hope of many who have a dream to make it and gain fame money and recognition.

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      lavender3957 6 years ago

      I find that the Rocky story hits home for some of us. Not all of us have a chance to get out of the ghetto and really make some money to be famous. It does happen an this film was beautiful at proving that.

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