Emigration movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant emigration movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, touching, sincere and emotional films and TV shows about / with emigration, society, family relations, immigrants, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, marriage, friendship, money and death plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in France, Germany, UK and other countries.
emigration movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as emigration: Atlantics (2019), Crossing Borders (2006), Bride Flight (2008), The Border (1982), Golden Door (2006), Schwabenkinder (2003), American Dreams in China (2013), Desert Dancer (2014), Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002), The Man Who Cried (2000).

List of emigration movies

Atlantics (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Senegal, Belgium
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers ...
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating, disturbing
Plot: construction worker, emigration, forced marriage, corruption, money, virginity, escapades, justice, fight, ambition, friendship, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: africa, atlantic ocean
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Crossing Borders (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. Martin, his wife Pilar and their son Pablito live ...
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: emigration, culture clash, working class, social relations, family relations, politics, workplace, society, family problems, unemployment, immigrants, job seeking ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: switzerland, spain
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Bride Flight (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Luxembourg
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The story of the women on the KLM flight that won the 1953 Air Race from London to Christchurch, New Zealand.
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, marriage, emigration, dishonesty, forbidden love, friendship, couple relations, love and romance, couples, husband wife relationship, airplane, vineyard ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new zealand
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The Border (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.
Style: serious, rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, corruption, police, kidnapping, emigration, crimes, crime, rich and poor, family relations, opposites attract, interracial relations, immigrants ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, california
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Golden Door (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. Before they embark, they meet Lucy. She is supposed to be a ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, captivating, serious ...
Plot: immigrants, hopes, social relations, starting over, society, superstition, tradition, quarantine, ship, emigration, family history, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, 1890s, turn of the century ...
Place: sicily, usa, new york, atlantic ocean, italy ...
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Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 231 min.
Story: Follow-up to the TV trilogy "Heimat", this time for cinemas, set again in the fictional village Schabbach in the Hunsrück region of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, stylized, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, society, coming of age, village, village life, diary, emigration, siblings relations, teenage life, social relations, mountain ...
Time: 19th century
Place: germany, brazil, south america
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Schwabenkinder (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A man returning to his parents years after having been sent away as a child-laborer tells his lifetime story to his dying father.
Style: sincere, captivating, touching, psychological
Plot: father son reunion, emigration, father son relationship, death of wife, farmer, flashback, mountain, child labor, dead mother, countryside, father son estrangement, farm ...
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The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, embarks on a journey in search of his real self.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: birthday, backgammon, hopes, self discovery, on the road, immigrants, fall in love, grandfather grandson relationship, emigration, communism, free spirited, in-laws ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 70s
Place: bulgaria, germany, europe, italy
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American Dreams in China (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 112 min.
Story: During the economic reform period of the 80’s, three undergraduates bind together by a common ambition – to live the American dream. They are Cheng Dongqing, a hillbilly who refuses to accept his destiny of being a farmer; Meng Xiaojun, a ...
Style: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, inspirational, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, business venture, ambition, buddies, legal action, education, school, classroom, foreign language, emigration, lawsuit, american dream ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 80s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: china, asia, new york
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Desert Dancer (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Morocco
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban.
Style: uplifting, serious, sad, suspense, based on true events ...
Plot: dance, dancer's life, human spirit, follow your dream, against the rules, oppression, friendship, violence, emigration, dancing, drug addict, dance studio ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, paris france, tehran iran
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Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Germany, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Collection of short films the summaries of which include; a foreign man moving to Italy, getting married and having a child; a four split scene short involving plot-less images of old people with television sets for heads, a beautiful woman having ...
Style: stylized, captivating, serious, anthology, humorous ...
Plot: human nature, life is a bitch, sexual relations, aging, couples, elderly, emigration, old man, wedding, society, immigrants, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Man Who Cried (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young refugee travels from Russia to America in search of her lost father and falls in love with a gypsy horseman.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, lyrical, intense ...
Plot: gypsy, anti semitism, family relations, adoption, culture clash, love and romance, fall in love, world war two, parents and children, social relations, society, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: russia, england, france, paris france, europe ...
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The Green Chariot (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Israel
Duration: 47 min.
Story: Emigration to Israel challenges Sasha's Jewish identity. Will love help him to go over this crisis?
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: moral dilemma, fall in love, love and romance, parents and children, romance, immigrants, family relations, religions or cults, society, misfit, jewish, engagement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, israel
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The White Countess (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, China, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a ...
Style: atmospheric, romantic, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Plot: friendship, countess, unlikely couple, couple relations, fall in love, love and romance, couples, romance, politics, intrigue, russian, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two, year 1936 ...
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china, hong kong ...
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The Theme (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A self-pitying but popular playwright drives to Vladimir to relax with a doting female student and another writer. He's convinced his writing is of no lasting value, but he still has an ego, about his work and his masculine appeal. He's ...
Style: contemplative, serious, psychological, captivating, talky ...
Plot: playwright, fighting the system, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, love and romance, writer's life, fall in love, society, lifestyle, emigration, dissident, musician ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia
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A Lady in Paris (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Estonia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Anne leaves Estonia to come to Paris as a caretaker for Frida, an elderly Estonian lady who emigrated to France long ago. Anne soon realizes that she is not wanted. All Frida wants from life is the attention of Stéphane, her younger former lover. ...
Style: touching, witty, realistic, serious
Plot: elderly, love and romance, friendship, power relations, obnoxious boss, boss and employee, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, nagging and grouching, win over, solitude, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, estonia
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The Father (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 96 min.
Story: "Baba" is a bitter melodrama set in Istambul. A father is not able to earn enough money to feed his family. He is waiting to emigrate to Germany. When his landlord's son kills a man while drunk, the father is prepared to answer for ...
Plot: poverty, father, emigration, prostitution, family relations, rape, murder, prison, revenge
Place: istanbul turkey
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A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: emotional, tense, realistic, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: divorce, maid, poverty, alzheimer's disease, marriage, family problems, marital separation, muslim, iranian, parenthood, legal, arrest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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Here and There (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Serbia, USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Here and There (Serbian: Tamo i ovde) is a Serbian film which was premiered at the Belgrade Film Festival FEST 2009. Here and There follows two interconnected stories on two different continents. Robert (Thornton), a depressed New Yorker, tries to ...
Style: humorous, clever, realistic, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immigrants, lifestyle, misfit, family relations, fish out of water, life is a bitch, eviction, disorder, culture clash, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, nothing goes right ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, serbia, new york, europe, belgrade
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Nowhere in Africa (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A Jewish woman named Jettel Redlich flees Nazi Germany with her daughter Regina, to join her husband, Walter, on a farm in Kenya. At first, Jettel refuses to adjust to her new circumstances, bringing with her a set of china dishes and an evening ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, wartime life, understanding, friendship, family relations, exile, farm, culture clash, starting over, hopes, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: africa, kenya, germany, poland, israel
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Vesna Goes Fast (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Vesna, a Czech girl, arrives in Italy without money and, because of poverty, is forced into prostitution.
Plot: prostitute, emigration, liar, innocence, pimp, twenty something, male female relationship, stabbing, tour bus, czech, naivete, tourist ...
Place: italy
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It's Winter (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The struggle to survive, for a generation, torn between wanting to leave its country, yet bound by blood to home.
Style: serious, touching, atmospheric, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: society, unemployment, winter, working class, love affair, leaving home, family life, life is a bitch, survival, human nature, realism, marriage crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
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Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, gloomy ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, alcohol abuse, parents and children, injustice, unemployment, society, human nature, family relations, irish, loss of sibling ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, europe, usa, america ...
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Colossal Youth (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Switzerland
Duration: 156 min.
Story: After the Portuguese government demolishes his slum and relocates him to a housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, 75-year-old Cape Verde immigrant Ventura wanders between his new and old homes, reconnecting with people from his past.
Style: touching, serious, thought provoking, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, human nature, misfit, starting over, addiction, urban ghetto life, hopes, immigrants, husband wife relationship, settler, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal, canada, lisbon portugal
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Synonyms (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Israel, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary.
Style: psychological, captivating, sincere, humorous, disturbing
Plot: young man, jewish, fleeing, language, life is a bitch, escapades, society, adaptation, ambition, life philosophy, youth, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, israel, palestine, paris france
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Mercy (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Norway, France
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A German couple, Niels and Maria, and their teenage son Markus move to the Norwegian coastal town of Hammerfest, hoping for a new beginning in the land of endless twilight. Instead they find themselves drifting further apart. Niels submerges himself ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: guilt, road accident, couples, winter, starting over, hopes, human nature, couple relations, on the run, husband wife relationship, terminal illness, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe, norway
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Never Look Away (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 189 min.
Story: Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, film tells the story of Kurt, a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s ...
Style: suspense, exciting, captivating, sincere, based on true events
Plot: painter, nazism, love, father daughter relationship, ss, manipulation, truth, childhood memory, pregnant, pregnant woman, portrait painting, holocaust ...
Time: year 1937, year 1963, year 1961, 50s, year 1940 ...
Place: germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, west germany, east germany ...
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That Trip We Took with Dad (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Romania, Hungary, Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Romania, 1968. Two very different brothers. Mihai is a secret police informant, Emil is a dedicated dissident. When they have the opportunity to have their ailing father’s eyes operated on in East Germany, the three set out on a moving odyssey.
Style: captivating, serious, touching, realistic, road movie
Plot: road trip, cold war, fight, brother brother relationship, arrested, family relations, father son relationship, death of father, politics, doctor, female director, loss of father ...
Time: year 1968, 60s, 1960s
Place: central europe
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Marry Me, Dude (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Yassine asks his best friend Fred to marry him in order to avoid deportation...
Style: humorous, funny, feel good, cynical, homoerotic
Audience: teen comedy, boys' night, date night
Plot: friendship between men, friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, gay stereotype, employer employee relationship, investigation, illegal immigrant, buried truth, plan gone awry, farce, sarcasm ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, paris france
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Yuli (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Spain, Cuba, UK, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Yuli is the nickname given to Carlos Acosta by his father, Pedro, who considers him the son of Ogun, an African god and a fighter. As a child Yuli avoids discipline and education, learning from the streets of an impoverished and abandoned Havana. ...
Plot: flashback, father son relationship, rainstorm, dancing, dance school, watching television, emigration, actor playing himself, autobiography, photograph, little boy
Place: london, cuba
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