Social climbing movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant social climbing movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, humorous, stylized, sexy, witty and serious films and TV shows about / with social climbing, couples, love and romance, romance, society, dialogue, mentor, adaptation, friendship and social differences plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as social climbing: Greek (2007), Downton Abbey (2010), Gossip Girl (2007), Awkward. (2011), Paradise Kiss (2005), Vanity Fair (2004), Coco Before Chanel (2009), My Fair Lady (1964), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Barry Lyndon (1975).

List of social climbing movies

 7.5
 23K
Greek (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Casey Cartwright is poised to become the most powerful girl in the Greek system. Rusty, her little brother, is new on campus and he's the geek. But he sees Cyprus-Rhodes University as an opportunity to create a whole new identity.
Style: witty, humorous, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: student, college life, college, youth, party, student life, friendship, ex couple relations, lifestyle, social relations, social climbing, sorority ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
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 8.7
 157K
Downton Abbey (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
Story: A chronicle of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized, tragicomedy
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aristocracy, estate, countryside, master and servant, manners, love and romance, butler, social differences, family life, high society, family relations, traditional versus modern ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s, 20s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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 7.4
 149K
Gossip Girl (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, originally ran on The CW for six seasons from September 19, ...
Style: witty, talky, stylized, serious, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama, date night
Plot: teenage love, high school, popularity, youth, love triangle, lifestyle, betrayal, friends, gossip and rumors, love and romance, high society, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 274 min.
Story: Follow Sugar into the underbelly of Victorian London seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, captivating, biting ...
Plot: prostitute, love affair, couple relations, social climbing, rich and poor, mental illness, mistress, social differences, diary, couples, high society, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian, 1880s, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.5
 42K
Awkward. (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: An irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion. ...
Style: realistic, humorous, light, not serious, ironic ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: high school, teenage life, teenage love, loser, adolescence, high school life, youth, classmate, self esteem, friends, popularity, classmates ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Paradise Kiss (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Top high-school student seeks some purpose in life. A group of fashion design students ask her to be the front model for their clothing label "Paradise Kiss". Although she finds them weird, she accepts and soon blossoms as a person.
Style: feel good, stylized, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: fashion, high school, high school life, romance, designer, fall in love, fashion designer, social climbing, rise to the top, youth, lifestyle, fashion model ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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 6.2
 21K
Vanity Fair (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, India
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Beautiful, funny, passionate, and calculating, Becky is the orphaned daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl. She yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises and resolves to conquer English society by any ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, emotional, witty ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: aristocrat, high society, ambition, rise to the top, social climbing, rich and poor, couple relations, blind ambition, romance, society, life turned upside down, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1820s, 1810s, 1800s ...
Place: england, europe, london, britain, germany ...
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Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 2009 biopic about the early life of Coco Chanel. Several years after leaving the orphanage, to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. She's both a seamstress for the performers ...
Style: stylized, factual, sexy, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: fashion, rise to the top, high society, feminism, designer, rags to riches, fashion designer, dressmaker, gender, social climbing, loss of loved one, relationship vs career ...
Time: 19th century, 1910s, 1900s, 20th century, 1920s ...
Place: france, europe, paris france, england, new jersey ...
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 7.8
 85K
My Fair Lady (1964)
Genre: Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
Style: feel good, captivating, humorous, romantic, light ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: cinderella story, opposites attract, high society, fall in love, love and romance, bet, fish out of water, culture clash, rise to the top, social differences, class differences, misogynist ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era, 1930s
Place: london, europe, england
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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, romantic, feel good ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, fashion, opposites attract, woman, cat, millionaire, broken engagement, jewelry, looking for love, love triangle, social climbing, free spirited ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, usa, los angeles, brazil
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 8.1
 145K
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora engages to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him for a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to ...
Style: epic, realistic, stylized, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: rise and fall, aristocracy, jealousy, nobility, debt, social climbing, glory, escapades, dishonesty, irony, loss of son, spy ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s, 1770s, 1780s
Place: ireland, england, europe, berlin germany, belgium
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 7.1
 70K
Whatever Works (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Whatever Works explores the relationship between a crotchety misanthrope, Boris and a naïve, impressionable young runaway from the south, Melody. When Melody's uptight parents arrive in New York to rescue her, they are quickly drawn into ...
Style: philosophical, romantic, funny, light, cynical ...
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, age difference, marriage, family relations, mentor, naivete, suicide attempt, homosexual, love and romance, lifestyle change, unlikely couple, social climbing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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Harry Me! The Royal Bitch of Buckingham (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Thirty-year-old Camilla, born a bitch, realizes that she doesn't have the life she deserves and decides that the only destiny worthy of her is that of a royal princess.
Style: humorous, captivating, feel good, light, suspense ...
Plot: escapades, social climbing, disorder, ambition, satire, social class, goofy hero, prince, silly humor, misfit, blind ambition, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, year 2014, year 2015
Place: france, paris france, london
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Tear This Heart Out (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young girl recounts her girlhood and eventual marriage to a general of the Mexican revolution. by one of the most outstanding writers of the new feminist Mexican literature, it is at once a haunting novel of one woman's life and a powerful ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, realistic, epic
Plot: infidelity, fall in love, family problems, rise to the top, crumbling marriage, state affairs, romance, breakup, revolution, couples, crumbling relationship, ambition ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: mexico, latin america
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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nerdy high schooler Ronald Miller rescues cheerleader Cindy Mancini from parental punishment after she accidentally destroys her mother's designer clothes. Ronald agrees to pay for the $1,000 outfit on one condition: that she will act as though ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: opposites attract, high school, cheerleading, friendship, romance, fall in love, social differences, youth, lifestyle, couples, teenage life, social climbing ...
Time: 80s
Place: arizona, tucson arizona, new jersey
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The Youth of the Land (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Michael , Arjun and Lallan are three young men in Kolkata , with different ideals and objectives . Michael is an idealistic youth leader who dreams of a better India being created by the youth power . Arjun is a self-centered , opportunistic , ...
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, realistic, epic
Plot: rise to the top, leadership, culture clash, social differences, fall in love, ambition, politics, dishonesty, betrayal, romance, society, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: india, asia
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 6.7
 4K
The Game (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 21 min.
Story: The Game is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series debuted as the only new comedy series chosen for The CW's primetime schedule. Along with Runaway, it was one of only ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: football, ambition, lifestyle, relationship vs career, high society, couple relations, star, social climbing, romance, best friends, couples, success ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 331 min.
Story: Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed through the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus ...
Style: exciting, stylized, realistic, serious, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, gladiator, strong sexual content, arena, slave, pride and honor, betrayal, heroes, master warrior, ambition, social climbing, leader ...
Time: ancient history
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 7.6
 203K
Match Point (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Ireland, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Match Point is Woody Allen’s satire of the British High Society and the ambition of a young tennis instructor to enter into it. Yet when he must decide between two women - one assuring him his place in high society, and the other that would bring ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, psychological, talky, sexy ...
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, seduction, adultery, love and romance, destructive relationship, lust, fatal attraction, instructor, tennis, couples, passionate interest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
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The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Peter Greenaway's first fiction feature (after the mock-documentary The Falls) made him immediately famous and was named one of the most original films of the 1980s by British critics. The action is set in the director's beloved 17th ...
Style: atmospheric, talky, stylized, witty, humorous ...
Plot: adultery, murder, manipulation, boss and employee, dishonesty, manipulations, power relations, society, crimes, sexual dysfunction, social climbing, social differences ...
Time: 17th century
Place: england, europe
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Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a young, gay black con artist who, posing as the son of Sidney Poitier, cunningly maneuvers his way into the lives of a white, upper-class New York family.
Style: talky, semi serious, humorous, realistic, witty ...
Plot: high society, art, art dealer, social differences, crimes, social climbing, life is a bitch, dishonesty, investigation, uncover truth, con artists, yuppie ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
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Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited ...
Style: serious, sexy, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: disco, dance performance, ambition, romance, hopes, twentysomething life, urban ghetto life, social climbing, escape from reality, contests and competitions, friendship, male female relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
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 7.3
 6K
Popular (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Brooke McQueen, a popular cheerleader at Jacqueline Kennedy High School, and Sam McPherson, the editor of the school paper, are polar opposites. When their single parents unexpectedly meet and get engaged, Brooke and Sam have to deal with their new ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, emotional, witty, humorous
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: popularity, peer pressure, high school, cheerleader, homosexual, step siblings, leadership, youth, misfit, rise to the top, lifestyle, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 2000s
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The Way We Live Now (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 300 min.
Story: The Way We Live Now is a 2001 four-part television adaptation of the Anthony Trollope novel The Way We Live Now. The serial was first broadcast on the BBC and was directed by David Yates, written by Andrew Davies and produced by Nigel ...
Style: serious, realistic, biting, witty, captivating ...
Plot: lifestyle, intrigue, society, rich and poor, rise to the top, fall in love, power relations, life is a bitch, prejudice, greed, social differences, ambition ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s, victorian england
Place: europe, england, london
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: Forced by poverty to seek support, the innocent Tess Durbeyfield seeks the help of the D'Urbervilles.
Style: sincere, clever, realistic, talky
Plot: poverty, village life, life is a bitch, innocence, family relations, master and servant, dishonesty, couples, love and romance, society, pregnancy, deception ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: england
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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 191 min.
Story: This limited series chronicles the incredible true story of Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first African American self-made millionaire.
Style: inspirational, feel good, emotional, thought provoking
Plot: rags to riches, millionaire, entrepreneur, social climbing, glory, destiny, happy ending, american dream, money raising, treatment, upscale, hair
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 7.3
 3K
Vanity Fair (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, witty
Plot: british, social differences, ambition, female protagonist, rise to the top, life philosophy, society, social climbing, life turned upside down, dysfunctional family, adaptation, prejudice ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, london
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 7.2
 86K
Heathers (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.
Style: dark humor, witty, semi serious, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, murderous pair, teenage life, suicide, teenage love, sociopath, insanity, deadly, suicide attempt, friendship, social relations, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, california
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Cruel Intentions (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Slaking a thirst for dangerous games, Kathryn challenges her stepbrother, Sebastian, to deflower their headmaster's daughter before the summer ends. If he succeeds, the prize is the chance to bed Kathryn. But if he loses, Kathryn will claim his ...
Style: sexual, cynical, romantic, clever, dark humor ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: seduction, incest, manipulation, bet, femme fatale, virgin, virginity, teenage life, loss of virginity, defloration, ego clash, teenagers ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 18th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 8.0
 44K
Sleuth (1972)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover - but things aren’t exactly as they seem.
Style: twists and turns, psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: riddles and clues, extramarital affair, infidelity, robbery, insurance, search, mystery, mind game, twists & turns, one on one, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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