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, sexy, captivating, stylized, humorous and serious films and TV shows about / with social climbing, love and romance, couples, ambition, women, society, friendship, marriage, culture clash and adaptation 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: Vanity Fair (2004), Coco Before Chanel (2009), Vanity Fair (2018), Greek (2007), Awkward. (2011), Downton Abbey (2010), Georgetown (2019), Gossip Girl (2007), Paradise Kiss (2005), My Fair Lady (1964).

List of social climbing movies

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: melancholic, emotional, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: high society, social climbing, aristocrat, ambition, rise to the top, female protagonist, rich and poor, blind ambition, couple relations, lovers, life turned upside down, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, regency period, 50s, middle ages ...
Place: england, london, europe, 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, sexy, factual, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: fashion, rags to riches, high society, rise to the top, women, dressmaker, fashion designer, social climbing, feminist, designer, feminism, creativity ...
Time: 19th century, 1920s, 50s, edwardian era, 1910s ...
Place: paris france, france, new jersey, england, canada ...
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Vanity Fair (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, witty
Plot: social differences, social climbing, british, ambition, rise to the top, society, dysfunctional family, unrequited love, life turned upside down, female protagonist, life philosophy, napoleonic era ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, georgian era
Place: england, london
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Greek (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: humorous, sentimental, realistic, witty, touching ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: fraternity, college, teenager, youth, college life, party, student, sorority, friendship, social climbing, social relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 2000s, 2010s, 21st century
Place: usa, ohio
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Awkward. (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
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: humorous, light, realistic, sitcom, romantic ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: high school, youth, teenage girl, popularity, teenage life, shyness, loser, self esteem, classmate, friends, friendship, teenager ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Downton Abbey (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
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, dramatic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: estate, aristocracy, traditional versus modern, relatives, manners, countryside, high society, butler, family life, servant, country estate, aristocrat ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era, victorian era, 50s ...
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, britain
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Georgetown (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ulrich Mott, an ambitious social climber, marries a wealthy widow in Washington D.C. in order to mix with powerful political players.
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, serious, factual
Plot: social climbing, elderly woman, lie, politics, investigation, marriage, deception, social climber, murder, embezzler, widow, relationship vs career ...
Time: year 1999, year 2006, year 2004, year 2007, year 2000 ...
Place: washington d.c., england, middle east, empire state building manhattan new york city, new york ...
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Gossip Girl (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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: romantic, witty, stylized, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, date night, teen drama
Plot: high school, popularity, gossip and rumors, friends, teenage love, high school life, youth, love triangle, lifestyle, adolescence, coming of age, betrayal ...
Time: 2010s, 2000s, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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Paradise Kiss (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
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: realistic, anime, semi serious, feel good, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: fall in love, fashion, youth, high school, rise to the top, lifestyle, high school life, fashion model, social climbing, fashion designer, designer, college ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 274 min.
TV show
Story: Follow Sugar into the underbelly of Victorian London seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion.
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: victorian england, prostitute, social climbing, love affair, rich and poor, mistress, social differences, power relations, couples, society, high society, diary ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1870s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
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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, romantic, light, humorous, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens, family outing
Plot: fall in love, love and romance, cinderella story, high society, opposites attract, class differences, love story, rise to the top, aristocracy, culture clash, dancing, love ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, victorian era, 1930s, edwardian era
Place: london, england, europe, united kingdom, ancient greece
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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, sweet, feel good, touching, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: fashion, love, love story, woman, gold digger, love of one's life, writers, cat, love and romance, broken engagement, shopping, adultery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, brazil, plymouth ...
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Barry Lyndon (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, 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, stylized, cynical, breathtaking, realistic ...
Plot: rise and fall, aristocracy, nobility, card playing, jealousy, battles, social climbing, glory, escapades, wedding, corporal punishment, gambler ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 19th century, victorian era, 1780s ...
Place: ireland, prussia, england, europe, berlin germany ...
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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, feel good, funny, cynical ...
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, age difference, suicide attempt, family relations, homosexual, lifestyle change, eccentricity, polyamory, love and romance, unlikely couple, character change, social climbing ...
Time: 70s, 21st century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, stylized, realistic, captivating, romantic ...
Plot: couples, infidelity, fall in love, family problems, crumbling marriage, rise to the top, politics, crumbling relationship, dishonesty, revolution, state affairs, ambition ...
Time: 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, realistic, romantic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, kids ...
Plot: high school, nerd, teenager, friendship, opposites attract, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, youth, couples, popularity, teenage girl, cheerleading, cheerleader ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, arizona, tucson arizona
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: politics, leadership, rise to the top, ambition, social differences, fall in love, culture clash, dishonesty, social climbing, patriotism, betrayal, society ...
Place: asia, india
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The Game (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 21 min.
TV show
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, sitcom, captivating ...
Plot: american football, football, lifestyle, ambition, high society, relationship vs career, couple relations, best friends, couples, social climbing, success, millionaire ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, california
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Mean Girls (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.
Style: light, feel good, funny, humorous, witty ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: high school, teenager, teenage girl, fish out of water, bullying, adolescence, popularity, teenage life, female protagonist, school, bad girl, jealousy ...
Time: 2000s, 80s, 21st century
Place: africa, california, usa, illinois
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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 331 min.
TV show
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, epic, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: ancient rome, ancient history, arena, roman empire, gladiator, roman, heroes, slave, slavery, warrior, betrayal, sword fight ...
Time: 1st century b.c., ancient times
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Room at the Top (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Adaptation of John Braine's novel about a young man on the make in 1950s Yorkshire.
Style: psychological, captivating, tense, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: working class, class differences, adultery, love triangle, car accident, social climbing, social status, post war, rich and poor, age-gap relationship, extramarital affair, young man ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century
Place: england, yorkshire
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Without Breasts There Is No Paradise (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Colombia, Mexico, USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Sin Senos no hay Paraíso is a RTI Colombia–Telemundo remake and loose adaptation of the original Colombian series Sin Tetas No Hay Paraíso. The series is based on investigative journalist Gustavo Bolivar's debut novel and features an ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sexy, sexual
Plot: follow your dream, lifestyle, hopes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, drug dealing, physical appearance, love and romance, prostitute, betrayal, smuggling, social climbing ...
Time: 21st century
Place: mexico, colombia, latin america
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The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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, surreal, witty ...
Plot: murder, adultery, manipulation, art, artist, boss and employee, dishonesty, power relations, society, social climbing, sexual dysfunction, social differences ...
Time: 17th century
Place: england, europe
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Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Italy
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, realistic, humorous, clever ...
Plot: art, high society, racism, art dealer, character study, lgbt, social differences, urban setting, social climbing, investigation, uncover truth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, california, usa
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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: sexy, sentimental, rough, light, serious ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, teen drama, adult
Plot: dancing, disco, city, working class, dancer, music, nightclub, love, dysfunctional family, slut, teenager, coming of age ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, california, usa
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Popular (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: semi serious, realistic, witty, humorous, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, teen drama
Plot: popularity, high school, cheerleader, peer pressure, high school life, homosexual, step siblings, lifestyle, youth, misfit, rise to the top, leadership ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 21st century
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The Informant (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 78 min.
TV show
Story: The first half of the fifties, Czechoslovakia, Prague. Stanislav Láník is a talented actor. However, his position affects the staff profile. The father died in the resistance, the mother was killed after a neighbor was accused of allegedly ...
Style: touching, unusual plot structure, tense, psychological, political thriller ...
Plot: gay, communism, actor, double life, secret, secret mission, social climber, coworker relationship, gay lead character, secret police, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, aspiring actor ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: central europe
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The Salt of Tears (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Luc travels to Paris for the first time to sit the entrance exam for a carpentry school. There he meets Djemila, a young worker with whom he enjoys a short romance, before returning to his home town and beginning a relationship with Geneviève, whom ...
Style: sexy, light, touching, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: love story, passion, forbidden love, love triangle, social climbing, hopes, twists and turns, relationships, breakup, job, new job, women ...
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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 191 min.
TV show
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, thought provoking, feel good, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: entrepreneur, american dream, hair, rags to riches, women, social climbing, black history, ambitious man, strong female lead, glory, ambition, woman ...
Time: 19th century
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The Parisian Bitch (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, realistic ...
Plot: escapades, ambition, disorder, satire, goofy hero, social climbing, hidden camera, suspense, silly humor, misfit, blind ambition, obsessive quest ...
Time: 2010s, year 2015, year 2014, 21st century
Place: france, london, paris france
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