Illegal immigration movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant illegal immigration movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, interesting and touching films and TV shows about / with illegal immigration, immigrants, society, illegal immigrant, storytelling, immigration, mentor, culture clash, crimes and friendship plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Mexico and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as illegal immigration: Border Lost (2008), Without Name (2009), Maria Full of Grace (2004), Fast Food Nation (2006), Dirty Pretty Things (2002), True North (2006), The War Boys (2009), Babel (2006), Dheepan (2015), The Girl (2012).

List of illegal immigration movies

 4.1
 253
Border Lost (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Over five thousand people illegally cross the border each day. There are areas where crime is at its highest, where criminals prey upon these defenseless groups. An elite task force is put together with high expectations of solving this problem that ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: illegal immigration, partners against crime, danger, partners, government agency, escapades, heroes, immigrants, deadly, desert, daring rescue, loss of partner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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 7.6
 30K
Without Name (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and two teen gang members, for whom ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: gang, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, social problems, chase, hopes, lifestyle change, youth, illegal immigration, train, robbery, corpse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, central america, guatemala, new jersey ...
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Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, Ecuador, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Style: tense, thought provoking, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, immigrants, illegal immigration, friendship, smuggling, crimes, crime, financial problem, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
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Fast Food Nation (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Inspired by author Eric Schlosser's New York Times best-seller of the same name, director Richard Linklater's ensemble drama examines the health issues and social consequences of America's love affair with fast food and features an ...
Style: disturbing, semi serious, talky, clever, realistic ...
Plot: public health, fast food restaurant, illegal immigration, hamburger, butcher, junk food, americana, factory worker, fighting the system, realism, cooking and food, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, colorado, mexico, california
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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: hotel, immigrants, friendship, muslim, blackmail, maid, theft, black market, illegal immigration, surgery, prostitute, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, nigeria, turkey ...
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 6.9
 943
True North (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, Ireland, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The crew of a bankrupt Scottish trawler turn to smuggling illegal immigrants over the stormy waters of the North Sea.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak, touching
Plot: ship, illegal immigration, fisherman, dishonesty, moral dilemma, parents and children, life is a bitch, stowaway, human nature, ocean or sea, smuggling, seaport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, scotland
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 6.6
 2K
The War Boys (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Three young vigilantes huddle on la linea ready to chase illegals back across the border into Mexico... but they soon learn that there are borderlines deep within each one of them that each of them has to cross.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, queer cinema
Plot: border crossing, black market, illegal immigration, partners, crimes, crime gone awry, friends, heist, gay, mexican border, single parent, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
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 7.4
 283K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico, Morocco
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: nanny, loss of son, desert, multiple storylines, deportation, tragic event, police brutality, doctor, family relations, redemption, depression, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, asia, usa ...
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 7.2
 13K
Dheepan (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, emotional, lyrical ...
Plot: illegal immigration, gang war, brutality, immigrants, survival, tamil, culture clash, violent, greed, political, freedom fighter, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 2010s
Place: sri lanka, paris france, france, middle east
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 6.2
 1K
The Girl (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young Texan mother who loses her child to foster care begins smuggling Mexicans across the border.
Style: realistic, touching, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: immigrants, smuggling, single parent, parents and children, custody, introspection, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, mexican american border, illegal immigration, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
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 4.2
 2K
Border Run (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A female American reporter searches for her missing brother against the backdrop of violence and human smuggling across the US/Mexican border.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, bleak ...
Plot: border, missing person, woman in danger, uncover truth, investigation, dishonesty, danger, journalism, crimes, illegal immigration, sibling, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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 6.3
 1K
Tiresia (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Based on the legend of Tiresias, it tells of a transsexual who is kidnapped by a man and left to die in the woods. She is then saved by a family and receives the gift of telling the future.
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: transsexual, prostitute, captivity, society, confined, crimes, hostages, hostage, obsession, kidnapping, illegal immigration, transsexuality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, france
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The Melon Route (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Croatia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The journey of a Chinese woman and her fellow countrymen as they travel in search of a better place to live, only to end up struggling for survival in the Balkans.
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: survival, political unrest, life is a bitch, immigrants, escapades, danger, refugee, illegal immigration, illegal immigrant, rescue from drowning, post war, wartime life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, bosnia, former yugoslavia
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 4.6
 4K
Conspiracy (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Gulf War veteran with PTSD (Kilmer) heads to a small town to find his friend. When he arrives his friend and his family have vanished and the townsfolk afraid to answer questions about their disappearance. He soon discovers that the town is owned ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, war, uncover truth, missing person, politics, military life, retiring, army investigation, crimes, soldier, danger, extreme closeup ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.6
 303
Dear Galileo (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Thailand
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Dear Galileo is created by the director who was behind the runaway success of “Seasons Change”. It’s the story of two friends, Tai and Toey. One wants to runs away from school and the other is running away from love. They decide to travel and ...
Plot: friendship, illegal immigration, travel, love, romance, eiffel tower paris
Place: europe
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Fighting for Freedom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two intertwined families, one American, one Mexican, and their fight to save three year old illegal Angelina from deportation.
Plot: illegal immigration, farmer, immigration, patriotism, latin, american, american dream, border patrol, politics, mexican, amnesty
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 5.5
 62
Deep Sleep (1990)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An emotionally disturbed young woman who is obsessed with the death of her father delves into the mystery.
Style: twists and turns
Plot: illegal immigration, kidnapping, neo noir, prostitution, abrupt ending, family relations, filipino, flashback, lie, mental illness, suicide, incest ...
Place: vancouver, canada
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The Second Civil War (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a planeload of Pakistani orphans are shipped to his state for permanent relocation, the governor of Idaho (Beau Bridges, who won an Emmy) defies the president (Phil Hartman) and closes the state's border. News Net Television, a cable news ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspense, futuristic, offbeat ...
Plot: politics, journalism, white house, satire, translator, terrorism, civil war, illegal immigration, militia, political unrest, racism, chaos ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: idaho, pakistan, usa, middle east, washington d.c. ...
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 7.7
 5K
The North (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: immigrants, american dream, village, immigration, illegal immigration, culture clash, on the road, family relations, latinos, family life, siblings relations, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, central america ...
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 7.1
 24K
Frozen River (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, thought provoking, bleak, serious ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, smuggling, working class, survival, life is a bitch, native americans, snow, winter, teenage boy, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, quebec, new york state ...
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 6.0
 2K
Borderline (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jeb Maynard is a patrolman guarding the U.S.-Mexican border, whose partner and buddy Scooter has just been murdered. Maynard knows that a smuggler of illegal aliens is responsible for Scooter's death, but the feds insist that drug dealers ...
Style: biting, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: immigrants, manhunt, murder, border patrol, illegal immigration, human trafficking, vengeance, cons and scams, heroes, fugitives, interracial relations, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico
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 7.6
 41K
The Visitor (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, psychological, philosophical ...
Plot: friendship, self discovery, immigrants, loneliness, professor, deportation, lawyer, arrest, jazz, immigration, friends, society ...
Place: michigan, new york, manhattan new york city, connecticut, syria ...
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 7.4
 38K
Three Burials (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western
Country: France, Mexico, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When brash Texas border officer Mike Norton wrongfully kills and buries the friend and ranch hand of Pete Perkins, the latter is reminded of a promise he made to bury his friend, Melquiades Estrada, in his Mexican home town. He kidnaps Norton and ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, realistic, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: friendship, redemption, promise, loss of friend, on the road, racial slur, vengeance, crimes, reluctant partners, last wish, hopes, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, houston texas ...
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 6.5
 1K
Mediterranea (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, USA, Germany, Qatar
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ayiva recently left his home in Burkina Faso in search of a way to provide for his sister and his daughter. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal smuggling operation to get himself and his best friend Abas off of the continent. Ayiva ...
Plot: illegal immigration, smuggling, drink, cigarette lighter, singer, listening to music, dancing, boy, telephone call, song, beer, eating ...
Place: italy, africa, mediterranean sea, algeria, libya
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 6.5
 47
Mai Ratima (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Actor Yoo Ji-Tae’s directorial debut feature film is one part melodrama, one part comingof-age story about Soo-young, a miserable thirtysomething man and Mai-Ratima, a 22-year-old Thai girl who accepts a mail order marriage in order to realize her ...
Plot: theft, immigration, poverty, homelessness, attempted rape, sick mother, sexual harassment, prostitution, illegal immigration, refugee, pursuit, alzheimer's disease ...
Place: seoul, thailand, south korea
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 6.6
 187K
Machete (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.
Style: stylized, dark humor, brutal, harsh, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: immigrants, corruption, machete, sniper, nudity (full frontal - brief), parody, betrayal, anti heroes, anti hero, racist, dark hero, senator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, texas, mexico
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Paraiso Travel (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: PARAISO TRAVEL is the story of Marlon Cruz, a young Colombian man who, motivated by his girlfriend Reina leaves his comfortable life in Medellin and flees with her through Guatemala and Mexico, across the borders, illegally into the United States. ...
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, young lovers, strong sexual content, couples, hopes, obsessive quest, follow your dream, youth, love and romance, couple relations, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, colombia, latin america, guatemala ...
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 6.4
 77K
Spanglish (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can't handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: single parent, unfulfilled love, cook, romance, parents and children, love and romance, culture clash, parent child relationship, relationship problems, immigrants, chef, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, malibu california, california ...
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 7.3
 501K
Men in Black (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. Agent Kay and new recruit Agent Jay find ...
Style: humorous, exciting, entertaining, not serious, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: alien, undercover, government agency, space and aliens, partners, ufo, creature, secret agents, alien encounter, aliens, save the world, race against time ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Cheese and Jam (2003)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Slovenia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A story about a couple from the bottom of the social ladder, about smuggling refugees across borders and other 'suspect' things- it is, first and foremost, an attempt to tell a story about the worst in people, wherever they may be coming ...
Style: humorous, realistic, clever, semi serious, touching
Plot: unemployment, couples, human nature, society, social differences, working the system, rivalry, social misfits, romance, down on your luck, illegal immigration, truck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: slovenia, former yugoslavia, europe
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