Great depression movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant great depression movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, talky, atmospheric, interesting and suspense films and TV shows about / with great depression, storytelling, dialogue, runaway, culture clash, depression, mentor, death, gunfight and greed plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, Japan, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as great depression: Of Mice and Men (1992), Cinderella Man (2005), Places in the Heart (1984), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Bound for Glory (1976), The Journey of Natty Gann (1985), Lawless (2012), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Paper Moon (1973), Hard Times (1975).

List of great depression movies

Of Mice and Men (1992)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Style: emotional, sad, sexy, touching, breathtaking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: great depression, disability, friendship, loneliness, tragedy, chase, gunfight, adaptation, runaway, greed, redemption, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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 8.0
 187K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: inspirational, touching, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, sport, human spirit, underdog, great depression, boxer, athlete's life, comeback, poverty, follow your dream, depression, financial problem ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, netherlands, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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Places in the Heart (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1930s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, emotional, christian film ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, family outing
Plot: farm, great depression, racism, ku klux klan, blindness, survival, small town, friendship, bittersweet, redemption, poverty, nature ...
Time: 1930s, year 1984, 20th century, year 1935, 80s
Place: texas, austin texas, usa
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, disturbing, gloomy, intense ...
Plot: great depression, depression, dancing, suicidal, culture clash, social decay, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, contest, competition, down on your luck ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, california, new york, chicago illinois, dallas texas ...
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Bound for Glory (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.
Style: realistic, compassionate, talky, road movie, sentimental ...
Plot: music, great depression, character study, depression, friendship, artists and showbiz, americana, couple relations, love and romance, musician's life, labor union, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: texas, oklahoma, california, usa, new mexico ...
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The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: America is in the depths of the Great Depression. Families drift apart when faraway jobs beckon. In this masterful, atmospheric adventure, a courageous young girl (Meredith Salenger) confronts overwhelming odds when she embarks on a cross-country ...
Style: touching, feel good, sweet, scenic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing
Plot: great depression, adventure, coming of age, disney, dog, family, youth, friendship, wolf, animals, on the road, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1935, 80s
Place: usa, washington state, california, london, chicago illinois ...
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 7.2
 241K
Lawless (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: harsh, stylized, bad ending, entertaining, brutal ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, gang, crimes, smuggling, organized crime, bootlegging, great depression, greed, prohibition, violence, gunfight ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931, 1940s, year 1940
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: touching, enigmatic, compassionate, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: racism, lawyer, courtroom, courtroom drama, small town, poverty, single father, rape, court, childhood, legal, racial discrimination ...
Time: 1930s, year 1932, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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 8.1
 47K
Paper Moon (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.
Style: sentimental, road movie, touching, humorous, funny ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: father daughter relationship, mischievous children, great depression, con artists, friendship, coming of age, girl, orphan, on the road, unlikely partners, odd couple, partners in crime ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: missouri, kansas, usa
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 7.2
 11K
Hard Times (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the depression, Chaney, a strong silent streetfighter, joins with Speed, a promoter of no-holds-barred street boxing bouts. They go to New Orleans where Speed borrows money to set up fights for Chaney, but Speed gambles away any winnings.
Style: realistic, tense, harsh, serious, neo noir ...
Plot: streetfighting, boxing, illegal fistfight, street fighter, great depression, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, tough heroes, sport, fistfight, mafia ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, ireland, los angeles
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Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: harsh, atmospheric, bleak, tense, emotional ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, vengeance, criminal's revenge, organized crime, revenge, hitman, bank robbery, murder, manhunt, assassin, violence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
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The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: World War I has left golfer Rannulph Junuh a poker-playing alcoholic, his perfect swing gone. Now, however, he needs to get it back to play in a tournament to save the financially ravaged golf course of a long-ago sweetheart. Help arrives in the ...
Style: inspirational, sentimental, uplifting, touching, light ...
Audience: date night
Plot: golf, underdog, great depression, childhood, sport, starting over, americana, bankruptcy, world war one, love story, hopes, follow your dream ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
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Emperor of the North (1973)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Hobos encounter a sadistic railway conductor that will not let anyone "ride the rails" for free.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: great depression, homeless, train, railway, drifter, injustice, tough heroes, emperor, social misfits, society, rivalry, underdog ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: oregon, usa, turkey
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Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: At the Doll House, a 1930’s New Orleans bordello, Hallie is the main attraction both for clients and for Jo, the madame. Her comfortable if tedious life is disrupted by the arrival in town of Dove Linkhorn, her true love of three years before who ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: great depression, brothel, prostitution, lesbian, black cat, lgbt, gangsters, prostitute, society, love and romance, gays and lesbians, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s
Place: new orleans, texas, louisiana, usa
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 8.4
 45K
Carnivàle (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching story depicts the battle between good and evil and the struggle ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: god or devil, prophecy, supernatural, healing power, supernatural ability, surrealism, good versus evil, evil, psychic, circus, dwarf, self discovery ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, year 1934
Place: california, usa
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 7.0
 301K
Public Enemies (2009)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, ...
Style: stylized, factual, exciting, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, bank robbery, gunfight, organized crime, criminal heroes, group of criminals, master criminal, heist, manhunt, robbery, mafia, chase ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: usa, tucson arizona, indiana, chicago illinois, illinois ...
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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. ...
Style: feel good, touching, inspirational, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, date night
Plot: christmas, holiday, angel, family, small town life, life changing experience, small town, desperation, second chance, friendship, alternate reality, generosity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1932, year 1919 ...
Place: new york, vatican, usa, new york state
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The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In Depression-era Winnipeg, a legless beer baroness hosts a contest for the saddest music in the world, offering a grand prize of $25,000. Contestants flock in from around the globe. Representing America is Chester Kent, a theatre producer who ...
Style: breathtaking, atmospheric, lyrical, light, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: beer, surrealism, dysfunctional family, musician, love triangle, contest, great depression, music, tragic hero, rivalry, couple relations, jazz ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: canada, sarajevo, new york, serbia, albania ...
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 6.9
 90K
The Highwaymen (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In 1934, Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, two former Texas Rangers, are commissioned to put an end to the wave of vicious crimes perpetrated by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, a notorious duo of infamous robbers and cold-blooded killers who nevertheless ...
Style: neo noir, factual, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: texas ranger, bank robber, special agents, gangsters, organized crime, great depression, criminal gang, fighting crime, manhunt, fbi, police, hunt down ...
Time: 1930s
Place: texas, usa, austin texas
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The Eternal Road (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Finland, Estonia, Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on true events an epic story of one man's struggle for survival. Jussi Ketola, returns to Finland from the great depression struck America only to face growing political unrest. One summer night of 1930, nationalist thugs violently abduct ...
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: immigrants, great depression, family relations, american history, espionage, getting home, arrested, escape, loss of child, mass murder, idealism, violence ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, year 1938, year 1931
Place: ussr
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The Last Tycoon (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 61 min.
TV show
Story: From F. Scott Fitzgerald's last work, The Last Tycoon follows Monroe Stahr, Hollywood's Golden Boy as he battles father figure and boss Pat Brady for the soul of their studio. In a world darkened by the Depression and the growing influence ...
Style: tense, captivating
Plot: hollywood, business, mogul, great depression, film industry, movie business, businessman, showdown, film producer, filmmaking, rivals, fight for supremacy ...
Time: 1930s
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 7.7
 85K
The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Japan, France, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.
Style: touching, stylized, atmospheric, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: world war two, tuberculosis, earthquake, hopes, dreams, love, airplane, flying, follow your dream, aviation, love and romance, wartime ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, germany, tokyo, asia
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 6.6
 13K
Luce (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A star athlete and top student, Luce's idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.
Style: suspense, psychological, thought provoking, non-linear, twists and turns
Plot: foster home, track and field, social problems, marijuana, courage, teenage sex, great depression, trust, drunkenness, politics, pride, teenager ...
Place: middle east, ohio
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 5.9
 12K
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.
Style: sexy, stylized, twists and turns, light, visually appealing ...
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crimes, nude swimming, teenage boy, great depression, lake, waterfall, coming of age, lawyer, violence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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Thieves Like Us (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Bowie, a youthful convicted murderer, and bank robbers Chicamaw and T-Dub escape from a Mississippi chain gang in the 1930s. They hole up with a gas station attendant and continue robbing banks. Bowie, who is injured in an auto accident, takes ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, serious, bleak, sincere
Plot: great depression, bank robbery, prison, heist, on the run, thief, female nudity, criminal, lovers on the run, gangsters, murder, bank ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's ...
Style: road movie, funny, entertaining, melancholic, humorous ...
Plot: adventure, prison escape, runaway, treasure hunt, small town, creativity, obsessive quest, country music, music, greek mythology, on the run, satire ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1937
Place: mississippi, ancient greece, southern usa, usa
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 6.9
 5K
Dillinger (1973)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The life of American public enemy number one who was shot by the police in 1934. After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, great depression, gunfight, gang, prostitute, robbery, armed robbery, bank robbery, jail, murder, organized crime, love story ...
Time: 1930s, year 1934, year 1933, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, kansas, usa, arizona, memphis ...
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The Day of the Locust (1975)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.
Style: disturbing, cerebral, sexy, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: female nudity, hollywood, great depression, satire, filmmaking, movie business, surrealism, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex, casting couch, lust, prostitute ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Bonnie and Clyde is based on the true stories of the gangster pair Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who in the 1930s began robbing banks in U.S. cities until they were eventually killed. The film is a major landmark in the aesthetic movement known as ...
Style: road movie, suspenseful, disturbing, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lovers on the run, heist, gang, crimes, bank robbery, murderous pair, fugitives, criminal heroes, gangsters, chase, on the road, love and romance ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 20th century
Place: texas, oklahoma, missouri, usa, wisconsin ...
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 6.0
 10K
Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on "Sister of the Road," the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman, 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the ...
Style: lyrical, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: depression, crimes, violence, justice, visceral, loneliness, mafia, romance, lovers on the run, on the road, great depression, male nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 80s, 70s, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, arkansas, memphis
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