Starving child movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant starving child movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, emotional, bleak, touching and dramatic films and TV shows about / with starving child, life is a bitch, society, runaway, dialogue, poverty, mentor, family relations, storytelling and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as starving child: Liam (2000), Peace One Day (2004), Hidden in America (1996), Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001), Chained (2012), Capernaum (2018), Live and Become (2005), Wish You Well (2013), Sounder (1972), A Lonely Place to Die (2011).

List of starving child movies

 6.9
 2K
Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, society, youth, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, london
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 7.7
 135
Peace One Day (2004)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The story of Jeremy Gilley's attempts to persuade the global community via the United Nations to sanction officially a day without conflict; a ceasefire day; a global day of Peace.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: against the odds, politics, state affairs, obsessive quest, hopes, society, follow your dream, lobbyist, anti war, 9/11, battles, pacifism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: africa
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Hidden in America (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his wife and the loss of his job that they can and will ...
Style: touching, emotional, disturbing, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, unemployment, starvation, starving child, doctor, down on your luck, rich and poor, human spirit, friendship, family in crisis, child illness, family life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, USA
Duration: 180 min.
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Story: Anne Frank: The Whole Story is a film based on the life of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl growing up in Nazi occupied Holland. When war breaks out Anne & her family, Otto her father, Edith her mother & Margot her sister move from Germany ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, emotional, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: genocide, holocaust, against humanity, concentration camp, ss, survival, anti semitism, hopes, starvation, teenage life, family in danger, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s
Place: amsterdam, europe, holland, netherlands
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 6.4
 16K
Chained (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A serial killer kidnaps a young boy after murdering his mother, then raises him to be his accomplice. After years in captivity, the boy must choose between escaping or following in his captor's bloody footprints.
Style: psychological, rough, scary, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: captivity, serial rapist, serial killer, slave, escape attempt, slavery, crimes, misogynist, abuse, psychopath, childhood trauma, taxi driver ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.4
 61K
Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, USA, France, Cyprus, Qatar, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
Style: rough, social, cynical, sad, depressing ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, child protagonist, misery, neglected child, traumatic childhood, street life, refugee, low lives, lawsuit, slavery ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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Live and Become (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Israel, Belgium, Italy
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 1980 the black Falashas in Ethiopia are recognised as genuine Jews and are secretly carried to Israel. The day before the transport the son of a Jewish mother dies. In his place and with his name (Schlomo) she takes a Christian 9-year-old boy.
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: adoption, family relations, rescue, racism, refugee, refugee camp, rabbi, foster home, hidden identity, orphan, hopes, refugees ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: israel, france, ethiopia, paris france, middle east ...
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 6.5
 921
Wish You Well (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young girl and her brother come of age at their great grandmother's house in Virginia during the 1940s. After a family tragedy, a young girl moves from New York with your younger brother to live with their great grandmother on a Virginia farm ...
Plot: coal mining, female director, grandmother, family tragedy, large family, loss of parents, little brother, shock, farm, car accident, overalls, death of parents ...
Place: virginia
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 7.6
 4K
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, serious ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, prison, dog, interracial relations, racism, school, against the odds, great depression, prisoner of war camp, bittersweet, society ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
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A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, ransom, extreme sport, child in peril, kidnapping, in the woods, group of criminals, mountaineer, rescue, hiking, wilderness, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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 7.1
 8K
The Round Up (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sown on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, disturbing, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, nazism, concentration camp, nazi germany, against humanity, genocide, injustice, occupation, society, danger, confined, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: france, paris france, europe, germany, vichy
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in ...
Style: bleak, captivating, brutal, factual, bloody ...
Plot: civil war, ira, resistance, rebellion, politics, freedom, irish, torture, debate, occupation, injustice, execution ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1910s, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, britain, london ...
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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: earnest, touching, thought provoking, disturbing, enigmatic ...
Plot: racism, poverty, courtroom drama, lawyer, small town, courtroom, rape, prejudice, legal, trial, interracial relations, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1932
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.1
 769
Oxen (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In desperation brought on by near-starvation, Helge Roos kills his master's ox and feeds it to his wife and baby daughter. No-one suspects anything until the meat is finished and Helge tries to sell the hide at a local market. He is spotted by ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, atmospheric, psychological
Plot: prison life, small town, family life, parents and children, downfall, life is a bitch, going straight, society, betrayal, down on your luck, vengeance, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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 6.8
 31K
Oliver Twist (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, UK, Czech Republic
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Oliver Twist the modern filmed version of Charles Dickens bestseller, a Roman Polanski adaptation. The classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, orphanage, orphan, redemption, kidnapping, friendship, thief, boarding school life, lifestyle, injustice, danger, boarding school ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1830s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, europe, england
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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, parents and children, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, self discovery, siblings relations, family life, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: st. louis missouri, california
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 7.1
 5K
Germinal (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: It's mid 19th century, north of France. The story of a coal miner's town. They are exploited by the mine's owner. One day the decide to go on strike, and then the authorities repress them
Style: thought provoking, emotional, realistic, sincere, epic ...
Plot: working class, hopes, politics, family relations, labor union, injustice, rich and poor, unemployment, fighting the system, strong female presence, righting the wronged, power relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: france, europe, flanders, tokyo
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Flowers in the Attic (1987)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After the death of her husband, a mother takes her kids off to live with their grandparents in a huge, decrepit old mansion. However, the kids are kept hidden in a room just below the attic, visited only by their mother who becomes less and less ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: siblings relations, survival, estate, family life, confined, mind game, danger, attic, old mansion, incest, family problems, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, pow, innocence lost, young heroes, survival, prison, coming of age, stadium, japanese soldier, bravery, japanese army, chinese ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, tokyo, asia, japan ...
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 7.0
 1K
Eleni (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as ...
Style: psychological, emotional, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: village, revolution, civil war, against humanity, war, fighting the system, self discovery, holocaust, haunted by the past, political unrest, state affairs, journalism ...
Place: greece, europe
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 7.4
 6K
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, social differences, slum, life is a bitch, working class, redemption, hopes, down on your luck, human nature, family problems, youth, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 6.1
 57K
Dick Tracy (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.
Style: stylized, humorous, exciting, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: good versus evil, gangsters, police detective, superhero, crime, crimes, crime fighter, fighting crime, corruption, woman, organized crime, heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.5
 4K
Priest Daens (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the petite bourgeoisie in oppressing workers. He writes a few ...
Style: bleak, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: revolution, politics, factory, working class, injustice, fighting the system, religions or cults, exploit, social differences, workplace situations, against the odds, rebelliousness ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century, 1890s, turn of the century ...
Place: belgium, europe, flanders, poland, berlin germany ...
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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Irena Sendler is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, suspense, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, world war two, rescue, social worker, life is a bitch, against humanity, rabbi, confined, nazi germany, anti semitism, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
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 7.6
 53K
Chaplin (1992)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy, Japan, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: With the use of flashback, an elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, who urges him to be more vulnerable and emotionally honest with his memoirs while journeying through his poverty-stricken childhood, closest ...
Style: silent film, sentimental, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: rising to stardom, actor, actor's life, exile, hollywood, childhood, artists and showbiz, success, ambition, lifestyle, politics, comedian ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 90s, 70s, 60s ...
Place: london, england, california, switzerland
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 6.5
 26K
Beyond Borders (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in ...
Style: touching, captivating, emotional, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: charity, negotiation, starvation, surgery, desert, pianist, landmine, love affair, romance, obsessive quest, war, danger ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1989, 20th century, year 1995 ...
Place: africa, london, england, ethiopia, cambodia ...
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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, child rape, life is a bitch, family in crisis, innocence lost, stepfather stepdaughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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 7.3
 20K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, parents and children, ira, alcohol abuse, injustice, unemployment, human nature, society, family relations, irish, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, usa, europe, america ...
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 7.0
 258K
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In this chilling sequel to 28 Days Later, the inhabitants of the British Isles appear to have lost their battle against the onslaught of disease, as the deadly rage virus has killed every citizen there. Six months later, a group of Americans dare to ...
Style: scary, tense, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, survival, zombie apocalypse, plague, infected, post apocalypse, chaos, end of the world, virus, chaos and mayhem, mutant, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, paris france
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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink in 'the Bathtub', a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe – for a time when he’s no ...
Style: emotional, surreal, bleak, serious, sad ...
Plot: poverty, global warming, single parent, prehistoric creature, storm, childhood, african american, father daughter relationship, life is a bitch, social relations, search, magic realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, tokyo
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