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, touching, dramatic, sentimental and emotional films and TV shows about / with great depression, mentor, storytelling, runaway, depression, dialogue, friendship, redemption, adaptation and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Fantasy genres shot in USA, Germany, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as great depression: Bound for Glory (1976), Road to Perdition (2002), Zelig (1983), La feria ambulante (2003), The Journey of Natty Gann (1985), Paper Moon (1973), Lawless (2012), Bessie (2015), Get Low (2009), Inside Daisy Clover (1965).

List of great depression movies

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, sentimental, serious, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: labor union, great depression, folk music, music, artists and showbiz, love and romance, couple relations, musician's life, americana, on the road, desert, hitchhiker ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: texas, california, oklahoma, usa, new mexico
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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: bleak, tense, serious, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Plot: vengeance, gangsters, hitman, manhunt, criminal's revenge, mafia, betrayal, great depression, death, loss of son, crime, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, michigan, chicago illinois
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Zelig (1983)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, ...
Style: talky, humorous, surreal, not serious, absurd ...
Plot: therapy, great depression, switching roles, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, celebrity, psychiatrist, fictional biography, character study, parody, supernatural, justice ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 20s
Place: paris france, bronx new york city, new jersey
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La feria ambulante (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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: serious, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, prophecy, psychic, self discovery, god or devil, priest, clergy, healing power, carnival, great depression, dwarf ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: california, usa
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The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
Genre: Family, Adventure
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
Plot: on the road, adventure, great depression, family, friendship, hopes, custody, against the odds, youth, missing person, runaway, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, colorado, washington state, california ...
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Paper Moon (1973)
Genre: Comedy, 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: road movie, sentimental, talky, witty, realistic ...
Plot: funeral, friendship, mischievous children, great depression, orphan, radio, girl, bible, carnival, unlikely partners, childhood, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: missouri, kansas, usa
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Lawless (2012)
Genre: 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: stylized, atmospheric, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: smuggling, crimes, gangsters, prohibition, rebellion, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, sheriff, crime, gang, siblings relations, violence ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, new jersey
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Bessie (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, factual, gloomy
Plot: blues, musician's life, rise to the top, music, artists and showbiz, ambition, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, black lgbt, sister sister relationship, african american protagonist, black woman ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: usa, tennessee, pennsylvania
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Get Low (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Germany, Poland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: funeral director, solitude, haunted by the past, gossip and rumors, uncover truth, dealing with death, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, mysterious character, oldtimer, loner, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1938, 1920s
Place: tennessee, usa, california
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Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A girl on the road to stardom fights the dehumanizing effects of Hollywood life.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: hollywood, coming of age, ambition, rising to stardom, showbiz, lifestyle, human nature, overnight success, artists and showbiz, family relations, youth, rise and fall ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, arizona
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Serena (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Czech Republic, France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: marriage, family business, family in crisis, couple relations, family problems, love affair, crumbling marriage, jealousy, femme fatale, strong female lead, husband wife relationship, anguish ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: north carolina, usa, new jersey
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Book of Numbers (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Two waiters in Depression-era Arkansas get involved in the numbers racket.
Plot: great depression, gambling, waiter, depression
Place: arkansas
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Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It's the winter of 1935 and Max Brown is newly arrived in Willowgreen, Saskatchewan - a rural Canadian prairie town - on his first teaching job in a one room schoolhouse. He quickly realizes that this is not his dream situation: the winter is ...
Plot: great depression, teacher, schoolhouse, prairie, isolation, canadian, teenage boy, running, train conductor, railway station, bedroom, parking a car ...
Place: canada
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The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: death row, false accusation, supernatural ability, prison life, life philosophy, supernatural, prison, human nature, death sentence, healing power, justice, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Sounder (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: prison, dog, coming of age, against the odds, racism, school, great depression, heist, opposites attract, youth, countryside, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa
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Wildflower (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: One day Sammy and his younger sister Ellie happen upon a cabin where Alice, a young, partially deaf girl with epilepsy is being kept by her abusive stepfather. The three soon become friends and hope to get Alice an education and help her escape from ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: friendship, rescue, dysfunctional family, youth, disability, great depression, child abuse, deafness, epilepsy, romance, parents and children, suburban life ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
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An American Christmas Carol (1979)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In Depression-era New England, a miserly businessman named Benedict Slade receives a long-overdue attitude adjustment one Christmas eve when he is visited by three ghostly figures who resemble three of the people whose possessions Slade had seized ...
Style: touching, serious, atmospheric, emotional
Plot: ghost, redemption, great depression, christmas, coldhearted, road not taken, hopes, family, unfulfillment, reform, obnoxious boss, power relations ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: new england, usa
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Disappearances (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Quebec Bill Bohomme is a hardy schemer and dreamer, who, desperate to raise money to preserve his endangered herd through the rapidly approaching winter, resorts to whiskey-smuggling, a traditional family occupation. Quebec Bill takes his son, Wild ...
Style: sincere, serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: whiskey, father son relationship, great depression, smuggling, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes, family relations, friends, money raising, wilderness, coming of age, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: canada, vermont, usa
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The Waltons (1971)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural Virginia community during the Great Depression and ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental, touching
Plot: americana, great depression, isolation, thanksgiving, lifestyle, human nature, aging, siblings relations, couple relations, fighting illness, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: virginia, usa
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Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A runaway orphan, young Sonora, persists in a menial job mucking stables in Doc Carver's travelling stunt show. Her great wish is to become a death-defying "diving girl," but Doc refuses her pleas. Undaunted, Sonora's gutsy ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, feel good, touching ...
Plot: cinderella story, americana, orphan, blindness, horse, great depression, adventure, rising to stardom, follow your dream, teenage life, human spirit, journalism ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: new jersey, usa, north carolina, georgia, atlantic city new jersey
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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: atmospheric, depressing, bleak, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, social decay, disorder, merciless, ambition, life is a bitch, crimes, contests and competitions, down on your luck, suicidal, reward ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, chicago illinois, minneapolis minnesota ...
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Seabiscuit (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, inspirational, exciting ...
Plot: horse, racehorse, follow your dream, underdog, against the odds, gambling, depression, businessman, boxing, horse race, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 30s, 20th century, future ...
Place: california, chicago illinois, pasadena california, albuquerque new mexico, tijuana mexico
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Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: sexy, touching, emotional, erotic, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, love, prostitute, introspection, parents and children, youth, family relations, human nature, fall in love, romance ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
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The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mudane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: movie star, romance, fish out of water, life turned upside down, couples, real world, unlikely couple, falling in love, dull life, disorder, daydreamer, film within a film ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A musical set in the great Busby Berkeley style. In Chicago during the depression, sheet music salesman, Arthur Parker, is trying to sell his products, but it's not easy to convince unwilling music store owners to buy them. Although he's ...
Style: surreal, stylized, sentimental, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: bank, pimp, infidelity, teacher, great depression, marriage, song, traveling salesman, down on your luck, couple relations, rich and poor, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, england
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Of Mice and Men (1992)
Genre: Drama
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: touching, emotional, gloomy, tense, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, farm, great depression, social relations, life is a bitch, follow your dream, hopes, social misfits, down on your luck, americana, working class, buddies ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa
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Of Mice and Men (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: George and Lenny travel through the Depression-era west working at odd jobs, hoping to make enough money to buy their own farm. George must always watch over his intellectually disabled friend, and keep him out of danger, both to himself and to ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, touching, serious
Plot: man child, great depression, friendship, americana, society, misfit, human nature, working class, troublemaker, down on your luck, adult as child, farm ...
Time: 30s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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: uplifting, sentimental, touching, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: golf, underdog, bankruptcy, americana, starting over, heart attack, great depression, childhood, lifestyle, dignity, rivalry, power relations ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa
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King Kong (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand, USA, Germany
Duration: 187 min.
Story: In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.
Style: sentimental, exciting, epic, stylized, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, date night
Plot: dinosaur, expedition, monster, jungle, rescue, human animal relationship, island, beast, gorilla, adventure, giant, danger ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
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King of the Hill (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
Plot: hotel, coming of age, dysfunctional family, against the odds, family problems, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, siblings relations, family life, self discovery, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: st. louis missouri, california
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