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, feel good, melancholic, serious and semi serious films and TV shows about / with down on your luck, life is a bitch, redemption, life philosophy, mentor, storytelling, family relations, dialogue, brutality and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as down on your luck: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Southpaw (2015), JCVD (2008), Winter's Bone (2010), Roadside Romeo (2008), 8 Mile (2002), Kids (1995), The Big White (2005), Body Slam (1986), Treacle Jr. (2010).

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: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, life, against the odds, single parent, life is a bitch, single father, hopes, down on your luck, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 221K
Southpaw (2015)
Genre: Action, 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, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, tragedy, contests and competitions, father daughter relationship, sport, rise and fall, family relations, down on your luck, boxer, death, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2014, 2010s
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new york, las vegas
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 38K
JCVD (2008)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the country ...
Style: realistic, humorous, psychological, talky, clever ...
Plot: hostage, down on your luck, actor, lifestyle, showbiz, midlife crisis, star, heist, nothing goes right, career, crimes, trapped ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe, los angeles, brussels belgium, brussels
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 7.2
 137K
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, tense, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: poverty, missing person, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family relations, small town, down on your luck, family problems, social relations, realism, bail, girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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Roadside Romeo (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: India, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: This is the story of Romeo. A dude who was living the life. He had the works - the mansion to live in, the chicks to party with and the cars to be driven around in. Until one day, the family he was the favourite pet of, decided to move and left him ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: dog, adventure, life is a bitch, misfit, down on your luck, love, fish out of water, lifestyle, disorder, computer animation, getting home, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, mumbai india
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 254K
8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: hip hop, follow your dream, underdog, success, music, street gang, musician's life, rap, hip hop culture, urban ghetto life, factory worker, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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 7.1
 74K
Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underage sex, coming of age, strong sexual content, puberty, virginity, first sex, innocence lost, street kid, urban ghetto life, youth, loss of virginity, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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 6.4
 14K
The Big White (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.
Style: humorous, realistic, clever, tense, offbeat ...
Plot: insurance agent, kidnapping, insurance, murder, dark humor, disorder, nothing goes right, comedy of errors, crimes, down on your luck, insurance fraud, frozen body ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alaska, usa, minnesota
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 5.3
 944
Body Slam (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Music, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!). When making arrangements for a campaign fund-raiser, he ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic
Plot: rivalry, down on your luck, wrestling, showbiz, sport, desire for fame, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, music band, ambition, lifestyle, musician's life ...
Time: 80s
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 600
Treacle Jr. (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A middle aged man, Tom, walks out one day on his wife and baby boy and his seemingly happy life with no explanation. He opts to live on the streets of London. Alone in a park at night he is set upon by a gang of violent thugs, in his bid to escape ...
Style: touching, serious, atmospheric, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, down on your luck, self discovery, human spirit, optimism, hopes, odd couple, social misfits, midlife crisis, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mental retardation, begging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, europe
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Last Chance Harvey (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In London for his daughter's wedding, a struggling jingle-writer, Harvey Shine, misses his plane to New York, and thus loses his job. While drowning his sorrows in the airport pub, Harvey meets Kate, a British government worker stuck in an ...
Style: sincere, touching, feel good, uplifting, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: wedding, fall in love, down on your luck, romance, love and romance, couples, parents and children, one last chance, family problems, weekend, unlikely relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 5.9
 3K
Bad Hair Day (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The film is about a high school tech whiz (Laura Marano), who is determined to become prom queen. But on the big day, she suddenly wakes up having a bad hair day, and her destroyed prom dress, and everything that can go wrong, does go badly wrong. A ...
Style: feel good, realistic, humorous, light, not serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, physical appearance, down on your luck, teenage life, high school graduation, crime gone awry, police detective, high school prom, chase, youth, happy ending, strong female presence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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How Not to Live Your Life (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 28 min.
TV show
Story: How Not to Live Your Life is a British sitcom, written by and starring Dan Clark that aired between 27 September 2007 and 22 December 2011, about a neurotic twenty-nine-year-old man who is trying to navigate his way through life but is not helped by ...
Style: sitcom, not serious, humorous, light, realistic
Plot: down on your luck, lifestyle, roommate, financial problem, unfulfillment, love and romance, nothing goes right, comedy of errors, british humour, neighbor, couples, failed attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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Time Out of Mind (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Evicted from his squat and suddenly alone on the streets, George is a man without a home. Struggling with his demons and desperately trying to connect with the daughter he abandoned, he navigates the system, hustling for change and somewhere safe ...
Style: sincere, realistic, emotional, serious, atmospheric
Plot: estrangement, social decay, down on your luck, life is a bitch, redemption, society, hopes, parents and children, homelessness, depression, friendship, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 116K
BoJack Horseman (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
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, sitcom, adult animation, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: existentialism, anthropomorphic animal, showbiz, hollywood, depression, desire for fame, washed up star, down on your luck, cynicism, horse, anthropomorphism, satire ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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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, absurd, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: dentist, flower, flowers, murder, experiment gone awry, workplace, impossible love, down on your luck, plan gone awry, deadly creature, unlikely criminals, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: new york
Is relevant ?
 5.3
 14K
Post Grad (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ryden Malby has a master plan. Graduate college, get a great job, hang out with her best friend and find the perfect guy. But her plan spins hilariously out of control when she’s forced to move back home with her eccentric family.
Style: humorous, realistic, light, romantic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: unemployment, family, parents and children, love and romance, college graduate, eccentric family, down on your luck, society, plan gone awry, rivalry, love triangle, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, new york, san francisco, new jersey
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A Simple Wish (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he is trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfil her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win the leading role in a Broadway musical. Unfortunately, Murray's magic ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, humorous, semi serious, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: fairy godmother, magic, family, imaginary, rivalry, supernatural ability, down on your luck, wish come true, mischievous children, parents and children, cinderella story, father daughter relationship ...
Place: new york, nebraska, usa, manhattan new york city
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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: funny, light, humorous, feel good, satirical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: unemployment, bankruptcy, suburbs, loss of job, down on your luck, unlikely criminals, scapegoat, husband wife relationship, heist, humiliation, travel agent, retribution ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
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 gatherings, family dinner, farce, neighbor, nothing goes right, eccentric family, down on your luck, family relations, vacation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Wonderful World (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) is a failed childrens folk singer, a career proofreader, a less-than-extraordinary weekend dad, and perhaps the most negative man alive. Floundering in all aspects of his life, Ben's only comfort comes from ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, cynical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: interracial relations, life is a bitch, down on your luck, parents and children, fall in love, society, family relations, chess, lawsuit, ex husband ex wife relationship, father daughter estrangement, guitar ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, senegal, africa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 3K
The Rocket (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Thailand, Laos
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set against the lush backdrop of rural Laos, this spirited drama tells the story of scrappy ten-year-old Ahlo, who yearns to break free from his ill-fated destiny. After his village is displaced to make way for a massive dam, Ahlo escapes with his ...
Style: captivating, realistic, sincere, touching, serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: contests and competitions, parents and children, human spirit, friendship, society, down on your luck, youth, change of luck, family relations, post war, obsessive quest, wartime life ...
Place: asia
Is relevant ?
12 Wishes of Christmas (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A woman whose dog was taken by her landlord follows her life coach's instructions to make 12 wishes for a better future, and watches in surprise as each of those wishes comes true in this Christmas fantasy for the entire family. Laura was ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: life turned upside down, christmas, wish come true, love and romance, fall in love, workplace, hopes, nothing goes right, family, best friends, down on your luck, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.9
 3K
Sea Fog (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A fishing-boat crew takes on a dangerous commission to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants from China to Korea.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: fog, rescue, immigrants, down on your luck, human nature, chase, society, ship, murder, accidental death, storm, ocean or sea ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998
Place: south korea
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A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Yann, a cook, and Nadia, a waitress and mother of 9-year-old child, decide to risk everything on the purchase of a restaurant. With plenty of talent, energy, love and dreams, but no finance of their own, they find themselves forced into a jungle of ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, captivating, realistic
Plot: starting over, family relations, life turned upside down, couple relations, disorder, family problems, single parent, down on your luck, family in crisis, hopes, restaurant, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe, montreal, montreal quebec canada, ontario canada ...
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 6.0
 2K
Shiner (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: ambition, gang, athlete's life, vengeance, crimes, rivalry, gangsters, dishonesty, crime, down on your luck, boxing, promoter ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england, london
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The Dog Problem (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In the film, Solo is a down-on-his-luck writer who is encouraged by his psychiatrist to get a dog. Solo meets his love interest, who he assumes to be a dog owner when meeting her at a dog play park, but dog problems stand in their way.
Style: semi serious, humorous, clever, realistic, offbeat
Plot: disorder, therapy, writer's life, romance, down on your luck, self discovery, pets, nothing goes right, friendship, couples, stripper, profanity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Messengers 2: The Scarecrow (2009)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, UK, Bulgaria
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The family man farmer John Rollins is stressed with his financial situation: the crows and the lack of irrigation are destroying his crop of corn; the bank is near closure of his mortgage; he does not have credit to fix the water pump or to buy ...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, rough, psychological, tense ...
Plot: scarecrow, objects come to life, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, family in danger, down on your luck, danger, deadly, supernatural, graphic violence, family problems, farm ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north dakota, usa
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Duane Hopwood (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A down-on-his-luck divorced father struggles to get his life and family back together before it's too late.
Style: emotional, humorous, realistic, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, down on your luck, addiction, parents and children, family problems, couples, breakup, unfulfillment, hopes, husband wife relationship, divorce ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlantic city new jersey
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Drop Dead Sexy (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When their money scam runs aground, a group of would-be thieves turn to kidnapping in an attempt to blackmail their target.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corpse, kidnapping, stripper, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, disorder, down on your luck, cons and scams, partners, criminal heroes, buddies ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, latin america, usa, mexico
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