Down on your luck movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant down on your luck movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, humorous, melancholic, light, semi serious and entertaining films and TV shows about / with down on your luck, mentor, life philosophy, dialogue, catastrophe, runaway, redemption, storytelling, culture clash and family plots mostly in Comedy, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, France, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as down on your luck: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Southpaw (2015), Winter's Bone (2010), Brutal Massacre: A Comedy (2007), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), BoJack Horseman (2014), Witching and Bitching (2013), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Mississippi Grind (2015), The Show Must Go On (2007).

List of down on your luck movies

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: sentimental, uplifting, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, life, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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 7.4
 194K
Southpaw (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and ...
Style: touching, rough, sentimental, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, contests and competitions, sport, family relations, down on your luck, boxing, rise and fall, tragedy, father daughter relationship, death, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 7.2
 127K
Winter's Bone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: missing person, small town, life is a bitch, family in crisis, poverty, girl, bail, family problems, family relations, down on your luck, social relations, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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Brutal Massacre: A Comedy (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Harry Penderecki, a once heralded horror auteur, finds himself on the outside looking in at Hollywood. He hasn't had a hit film in years, and most in the industry, including his close friends, think he's washed up. Harry is given one last ...
Style: not serious, humorous, offbeat
Plot: threat, filmmaking, down on your luck, showbiz, parody, sex, one last chance, old dark house, actor, money, director, audition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he ...
Style: macabre, humorous, feel good, dark humor, absurd ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: dentist, flower, nerd, murder, deadly creature, experiment gone awry, impossible love, workplace, down on your luck, crimes, unlikely criminals, plan gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 80s
Place: new york
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BoJack Horseman (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the 90s - 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show "Horsin' Around," but today he's washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colorful ...
Style: humorous, satirical, melancholic, cynical, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: desire for fame, washed up star, showbiz, hollywood, down on your luck, depression, cynicism, existentialism, nothing goes right, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, funny, light ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: christmas, holiday, parents and children, family dinner, nothing goes right, eccentric family, neighbor, farce, family gatherings, down on your luck, family, culture clash ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Witching and Bitching (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In this heist film turned horror fest, director Álex de la Iglesia's love of mayhem is on full display as a gang of gold thieves lands in a coven of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual -- and in need of a sacrifice.
Style: humorous, satirical, absurd, light, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, down on your luck, countryside, danger, witches, cult, sacrifice, impossible love, kidnapping, runaway, good versus evil, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After Dick Harper loses his job at Globodyne in an Enron-esque collapse, he and his wife, Jane, turn to crime in order to handle the massive debt they now face. Two intelligent people, Dick and Jane actually get pretty good at robbing people and ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, satirical, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: unemployment, bankruptcy, loss of job, unlikely criminals, down on your luck, husband wife relationship, scapegoat, greed, heist, travel agent, humiliation, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Mississippi Grind (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Gerry is a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begin to change when he meets Curtis, a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him ...
Style: road movie, humorous, semi serious, tense, exciting ...
Plot: gambling, poker, friendship, casino, debt, unlikely partners, obsessive quest, down on your luck, partners, gambler, card game, money problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: mississippi, new orleans, usa, mississippi river, california
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The Show Must Go On (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 109 min.
Story: With middle age creeping up on him, the life and achievements of amiable, mid-level Korean gangster Kang In-gu are about due for an objective assessment. He’s certainly not in top streetfighting form anymore, and the young thugs under his command ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, touching, stylized
Plot: gangsters, criminal heroes, down on your luck, rivalry, drinking, chase, crime, crimes, gang, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea
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 5.6
 58K
Daddy Day Care (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can't find jobs, which inspires them to open their own day-care center.
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: children, farce, fish out of water, family, unemployment, goofy hero, mischievous children, nothing goes right, disorder, success, workplace situations, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kindergarten, usa
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The Longest Week (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: As he eases into adulthood at the age of forty, Conrad Valmont, the over-educated, under-employed heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune, is cut off from his allowance following his parents abrupt divorce and tossed out into the unforgiving streets of ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, sweet, romantic, entertaining ...
Audience: date night
Plot: fall in love, romance, down on your luck, love, money, secret, love and romance, relationship vs career, couple relations, singleness, love triangle, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city
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 5.8
 47K
The Cobbler (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, entertaining, uplifting, surreal ...
Plot: switching roles, supernatural ability, disorder, lone hero, workplace, down on your luck, family business, justice, mother son relationship, fish out of water, shoemaker, lifestyle change ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city
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The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Mel Edison has just lost his job after many years and now has to cope with being unemployed at middle age during an intense NYC heat wave.
Style: humorous, clever, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Plot: unemployment, nervous breakdown, midlife crisis, crumbling marriage, couple relations, down on your luck, unfulfillment, odd couple, family problems, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, fired from the job ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Big Empty (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Struggling actor John Person agrees to drive a blue suitcase from Los Angeles to the small town of Baker, Calif., and hand it over to a mysterious cowboy in return for having his credit card debt of $27,000 paid off. Upon his arrival, John ...
Style: semi serious, dark humor, cynical, enigmatic, melancholic ...
Plot: desert, neighbor, fbi, crimes, cons and scams, nothing goes right, conspiracy, disorder, special agents, investigation, down on your luck, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Little Indian, Big City (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Stephen, an international trader, tracks down his ex-wife Patricia in some Amazonian backwater. He needs her consent to a divorce so that he can marry Charlotte. Unfortunately, he discovers a son he didn’t know he had – Mimi-Siku. The young ...
Style: humorous, funny, comic, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: jungle, culture clash, mischievous children, family, fish out of water, adventure, nothing goes right, parents and children, disorder, estrangement, city life, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: venezuela, europe, france, latin america, paris france ...
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 6.5
 63K
Changing Lanes (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two ...
Style: suspense, bleak, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, hotshot lawyer, losing-it hero, custody battle, human nature, down on your luck, uninhibited rivalry, legal, rivalry, corruption, police arrest, jail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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Looking for Eric (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sport
Country: UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A man trying to put his life back on track gets some advice from an unexpected benefactor (the ex football player Eric Cantona) in this comedy-drama from acclaimed British director Ken Loach.
Style: surreal, uplifting, sentimental, touching, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, soccer, sport, dysfunctional family, self discovery, old love, self esteem, teaching the ways of the world, family in crisis, social satire, parents and children, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, manchester, texas, california
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Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: The joke's on absent-minded scientist Wayne Szalinski when his troublesome invention shrinks him, his brother and their wives so effectively that their children think they've completely disappeared. Of course, this gives the kids free rein ...
Style: not serious, feel good, humorous, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: shrinking, inventor, adventure, family, mischievous children, experiment gone awry, fish out of water, odd couple, rescue, parents and children, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Place: usa
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 4.8
 7K
Passion Play (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: musician, angel, fall in love, romance, redemption, love affair, desert, danger, down on your luck, unlikely couple, wings, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 5.8
 10K
The Toy (1982)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On one of his bratty son Eric's annual visits, the plutocrat U.S. Bates takes him to his department store and offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor who has made him laugh with his antics. At first the man suffers ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, satirical, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: rich kid, rich and poor, farce, friendship, youth, mischievous children, power relations, social differences, family problems, down on your luck, misfit, family ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, louisiana
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The Dream Team (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A former footballer living in Brittany enlists his old teammates to help the local fisherman to win some games in order to raise money and save jobs.
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, touching, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: buddies, sport, self discovery, hopes, sport team, contests and competitions, reunion, working class, village, ambition, athlete and trainer, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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 6.6
 17K
Paper Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his ...
Style: humorous, touching, psychological, tricky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, midlife crisis, coming of age, teenage life, imaginary character, down on your luck, superhero, small town, writers, life philosophy, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
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 3.2
 765
Hail Caesar (1994)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Caesar is having a hard time dividing his time between his band and his rich girlfriend, Buffer. Buffer's dad doesn't like Ceasar for her. He called in Caesar to make a bet. If Caesar gets to make a hundred thousand dollars within six ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, light, realistic
Plot: factory, musician's life, artists and showbiz, hidden identity, nothing goes right, ambition, buddies, down on your luck, boss, record company, rock star, romance ...
Time: 90s
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 8.1
 42K
Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: melancholic, sincere, psychological, touching, depressing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, oedipus complex, sexual relations, family in crisis, parent child relationship, teenage life, single mother, family problems, life is a bitch, youth, anti conformity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, year 2010 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
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The Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1953, the year Stalin died, many prisoners (some political, but mostly common criminals) were released from the Soviet Gulags. This is the story of a remote settlement which was under attack by a bunch of these recently-released blood-thirsty ...
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, village life, injustice, political unrest, village, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, fighting crime, down on your luck, danger, rivalry, good versus evil ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: russia, moscow russia, siberia
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The Company Men (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Bobby Walker lives the proverbial American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and two co-workers jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, sincere, serious, depressing ...
Plot: unemployment, corporate world, workplace, family problems, life is a bitch, corporate, starting over, society, americana, down on your luck, workplace situations, job seeking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston, california, new jersey
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The Wild Angels (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Peter Fonda plays 'Heavenly Blues', the leader of Hell's Angels chapter from Venice, California while Bruce Dern plays 'Loser', his best pal. When they both botch their attempt to retrieve Loser's stolen bike, Loser ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, psychotronic, realistic
Plot: biker, gang, hospital, on the road, buddies, violence spree, crimes, leadership, tough heroes, life is a bitch, down on your luck, motorcycle chase ...
Time: 60s
Place: california, europe, usa, venice, italy
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The Young Master (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Youthful martial arts master Lung is searching for his missing brother, when he is mistaken for a criminal on the run. He must prove his innocence by solving the case himself, while local lawmen and merciless mercenaries are hot on his trail.
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, stylized, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, on the run, kung fu, adventure, chase, nothing goes right, school, orphan, contests and competitions, down on your luck, one against many, mistaken identity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: china, hong kong, japan, tokyo
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