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, contemplative and sincere films and TV shows about / with emigration, society, immigrants, family relations, friendship, husband wife relationship, marriage, death, father son relationship and money plots mostly in Drama, Romance and History 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), Strange Heaven (2015), Yuli (2018), Sugar Sand (2017), Identity Card (2010).

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, captivating, disturbing, sincere
Plot: construction worker, emigration, forced marriage, supernatural, emigrant, superstition, corruption, police investigation, lost at sea, police inspector, money, police ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: africa, senegal, atlantic ocean, west africa
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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: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: emigration, misery, culture clash, social relations, society, workplace, family problems, politics, working class, family relations, job seeking, unemployment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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, emotional, captivating, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, marriage, emigration, forbidden love, dishonesty, love and romance, couples, friendship, couple relations, husband wife relationship, baby, adoption ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, post world war two
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: atmospheric, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, corruption, police, emigration, kidnapping, crimes, crime, rich and poor, opposites attract, family relations, 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: hopes, immigrants, social relations, starting over, society, tradition, superstition, quarantine, ship, emigration, family history, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, 1890s, turn of the century ...
Place: sicily, usa, new york, italy, atlantic ocean ...
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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, serious, contemplative, epic, stylized ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, society, coming of age, diary, village life, village, emigration, teenage life, social relations, mountain, siblings relations ...
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, farmer, death of wife, mountain, avalanche, father son estrangement, countryside, flashback, farm, dead mother ...
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Strange Heaven (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland, Sweden
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Basia and Marek have been on the run their whole lives. Along with their nine-year-old daughter Ula, they experience what it’s like to be an immigrant in Sweden. When a Swedish social worker visits their home, she witnesses Ula’s everyday ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, rough, serious
Plot: emigration, children, foster home, social worker, family in crisis, family problems, parents and children, new life, couple relations, starting over, moving, bittersweet ...
Place: poland, sweden
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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: dance school, little boy, emigration, father son relationship, dancing, actor playing himself, autobiography, ballet school, rainstorm, photograph, flashback, watching television
Place: london, cuba
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Sugar Sand (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: End of the 1970s in East Germany: Fred and Jonas are close friends. The 10-year-olds live near at the German-German frontier. After the mother from Jonas has made an exit application, the boys have to recognize that they are soon separated from each ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, contemplative, unusual plot structure
Plot: little boy, friendship, german, border crossing, emigration, emigrant, single mother, border, mother son relationship, immigrants, baltic sea, boy ...
Time: 70s
Place: german democratic republic, east germany, west germany, germany, gdr
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Identity Card (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Hořká komedie režiséra Ondřeje Trojana Občanský průkaz na motivy stejnojmenné knihy Petra Šabacha sleduje osudy čtveřice dospívajících mladíků, jejich přátel, lásek a rodičů od okamžiku, kdy v patnácti letech dostanou ...
Style: humorous, light, captivating, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, group of friends, friendship between boys, teenager, communist, communism, coming of age, teenage boy, teenage protagonist, emigration, youth, friendship ...
Time: 70s
Place: czechoslovakia, central europe
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The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street (2016)
Genre: Biography
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, France
Duration: 75 min.
Story: The film tells the life story of its director, Jan Nemec, one of the most known and important filmmakers of Czech New Wave.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, touching, captivating, exciting
Plot: autobiography, filmmaker, emigration, filmmaking, film festival, narcissism, female nudity, actor playing himself, delusion, passport, boat, ship ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 70s, 1990s, 1960s ...
Place: cannes
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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, serious, realistic
Plot: birthday, backgammon, self discovery, on the road, hopes, immigrants, fall in love, grandfather grandson relationship, emigration, communism, in-laws, free spirited ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 70s, contemporary
Place: bulgaria, europe, germany, 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, buddies, ambition, legal action, education, school, foreign language, emigration, classroom, computers and web, partners ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st 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, suspense, sad, 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, year 2009
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, paris france
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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, contemplative, captivating, serious, anthology ...
Plot: human nature, life is a bitch, aging, elderly, couples, sexual relations, 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: anti semitism, family relations, adoption, gypsy, culture clash, love and romance, fall in love, world war two, society, lifestyle, parents and children, social relations ...
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, serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental
Plot: fall in love, moral dilemma, society, romance, love and romance, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, immigrants, misfit, jewish, emigration ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, israel
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Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, 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, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, parents and children, ira, alcohol abuse, injustice, unemployment, human nature, society, family relations, irish, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, europe, usa ...
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17 Miracles (2011)
Genre: Adventure, History
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he came to find out is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles. Based on unbelievable ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: miraculous event, hardship, religions or cults, destiny, society, adventure, hopes, immigrants, journey, mormon, hunger, latter day saints ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
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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, couple relations, fall in love, couples, love and romance, unlikely couple, romance, politics, intrigue, russian, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1937, year 1936 ...
Place: china, asia, shanghai, hong kong, macau ...
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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: psychological, talky, captivating, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: playwright, writer's life, love and romance, lifestyle, fighting the system, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, society, fall in love, emigration, dissident, rock and roll ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: russia, moscow russia, ussr
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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: witty, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: elderly, friendship, love and romance, power relations, boss and employee, obnoxious boss, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, nagging and grouching, society, bittersweet, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, estonia, europe
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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, revenge, prostitution, prison, murder, rape, family relations
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, poverty, maid, alzheimer's disease, marriage, family problems, marital separation, muslim, parenthood, society, legal, social differences ...
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, sentimental, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immigrants, fish out of water, family relations, life is a bitch, misfit, lifestyle, disorder, eviction, culture clash, husband wife relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, nothing goes right ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, serbia, 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, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, wartime life, understanding, friendship, family relations, exile, farm, culture clash, starting over, human nature, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
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, letter, prostitution, knife, construction worker, tourist, lie, liar, innocence, imaginary friend, businessman ...
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: atmospheric, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: society, unemployment, winter, love affair, working class, realism, leaving home, survival, human nature, family life, life is a bitch, social issues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
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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, sincere, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, human nature, addiction, urban ghetto life, starting over, misfit, hopes, immigrants, husband wife relationship, settler, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
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