Refugee movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant refugee movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, sincere, touching, captivating and bleak films and TV shows about / with refugee, runaway, society, refugees, culture clash, survival, death, photograph, friendship and hopes plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in France, USA, UK and other countries.
refugee movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as refugee: Capernaum (2018), In This World (2002), Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (2004), For a Moment, Freedom (2008), Le Havre (2011), Shaolin (2011), The New Country (2000), The Good Lie (2014), Hotel Rwanda (2004), Letter to the King (2014).

List of refugee movies

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: social, rough, sad, cynical, bleak ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, child protagonist, neglected child, misery, traumatic childhood, refugee, low lives, child neglect, child labor, street life ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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In This World (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: refugee, on the road, politics, life is a bitch, refugees, immigrants, danger, hopes, friendship, society, poverty, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, year 2002, year 2001
Place: iran, pakistan, afghanistan, turkey, middle east ...
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Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Greece, France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 170 min.
Story: This is the first film of Theo Angelopoulos' trilogy. The story starts in 1919 with some greek refugees from Odessa arriving somewhere near Thessaloniki. Among these people are two small kids, Alexis and Eleni. Eleni is an orphan and she is ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: refugee, village, wartime life, tragic love, refugees, on the run, orphan, politics, political unrest, self discovery, fall in love, genocide ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1940s, year 1936, 1930s ...
Place: greece, europe
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For a Moment, Freedom (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, France, Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Centers on a group of weary Middle Eastern refugees who have made their way to Turkey to apply for European visas.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: refugee, friendship, starting over, injustice, immigrants, leaving home, political unrest, hopes, society, friends, fugitives, freedom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, turkey
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Le Havre (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland, France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Marcel Marx, a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and relocated to the port city Le Havre. He leads a simple life based around his wife Arletty, his favourite bar and his not too profitable profession as a ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, surreal, thought provoking ...
Plot: refugee, poverty, friendship, human spirit, elderly, goodhearted, bohemian life, society, social misfits, misfit, on the run, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 70s
Place: france, europe, normandy, latin america, paris france ...
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Shaolin (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. ...
Style: serious, stylized, bleak, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: shaolin, monk, martial arts, martial artist, shaolin monk, monastery, shaolin kung fu, wu shu, state affairs, refugee, conquering, dictatorship ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
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The New Country (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 232 min.
Story: A 15 year old Somalian boy meets a 40 year old Iranian man on a refugee camp in Skåne, in the south of Sweden. With the threat of deportation hanging over them they decide to the take their faiths in their own hands and together they go on a ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, captivating, tense, exciting ...
Plot: refugee, african, on the run, obsessive quest, on the road, human nature, friendship, discrimination, working class, misfit, estrangement, deportation ...
Time: 90s
Place: sweden, europe
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The Good Lie (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Kenya, India, USA, Canada, South Africa
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned ...
Style: captivating, rough, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Plot: refugee, culture clash, friendship, fish out of water, life is a bitch, society, immigrants, refugee camp, self sacrifice, survival, courage, civil war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: sudan, usa, kenya, africa, kansas city ...
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, rough, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, racism, against humanity, war crime, un, cruelty, war, refugee, atrocity, corpse, massacre, hotel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, tanzania, congo, somalia
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Letter to the King (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In Letter to the King we meet a group of refugees, all with their own agendas, on an excursion to Oslo. A young man about to be deported visits his former employers to collect his off-the-books salary, a martial arts expert is looking for work, a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: refugee, love, revenge, hopes, redemption, human nature, culture clash, social misfits, dishonesty, society, misfit, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
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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: touching, sincere, psychological, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: adoption, refugee camp, family relations, rescue, refugee, racism, rabbi, foster home, hidden identity, hopes, orphan, refugees ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: ethiopia, israel, france, paris france, middle east ...
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District 9 (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United ...
Style: serious, biting, suspense, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, space and aliens, alien, alien encounter, human nature, racism, alien race, quarantine, chaos and mayhem, transformation, confined, mutation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
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Zaytoun (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Israel, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot form a tentative bond in their attempt to make their way across war-torn Lebanon back to their home.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, captivating, tense ...
Plot: friendship, refugee, war, battle zone, refugees, danger, military, soldier, military life, boy, adventure, lebanese ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: lebanon, middle east, beirut lebanon, palestine
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Miral (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Israel, Italy, India, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.
Style: realistic, emotional, stylized, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, refugee, rebellion, human spirit, injustice, life is a bitch, politics, refugees, rebelliousness, fall in love, haunted by the past, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1940s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, jerusalem, palestine
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His House (2020)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense, intense
Plot: refugee, supernatural, diaspora, ghost, haunted, escape, stereotypes, death of daughter, husband wife relationship, nightmare, violence, trapped ...
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All Saints (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for ...
Style: touching, captivating, suspense, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: refugee, pastor, church, salesman, husband wife relationship, farmer, farming, faith, garden, old photograph, farm, hopes ...
Place: asia, southeast asia, nashville tennessee
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When I Saw You (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Jordan, Greece, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jordan, 1967: displaced to a refugee camp after the occupation of their West Bank village, an eleven-year old boy and his mother enact the emancipating dream that every refugee has imagined countless times, in Annemarie Jacir's passionate and ...
Style: serious, emotional, atmospheric, touching, realistic ...
Plot: refugee, camp, hopes, parents and children, human spirit, forceful separation, family relations, youth, coming of age, teenage life, freedom fighter, search for father ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1967
Place: jordan, middle east
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Tears of the Sun (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their ...
Style: serious, touching, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, war, soldier, war crime, army, jungle, rescue mission, navy seal, brutality, child soldier, genocide, civil war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria, africa, iraq, hawaii
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Turtles Can Fly (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France, Iraq
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Turtles can fly tells the story of a group of young children near the Turkey-Iran border. They clean up mines and wait for the Saddam regime to fall.
Style: sincere, bleak, rough, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, village, rape, suicide, orphan, blind character, refugee, suicide attempt, camp, survival, fall in love, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century
Place: kurdistan, iraq, middle east, iran, turkey ...
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In Darkness (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, Germany, Canada
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, sincere, harsh, suspenseful ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, jewish, atrocity, german, underground, refugee, mistrust, thief, sewer, human spirit, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 2000s, year 2008 ...
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel
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Strayed (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fleeing the June 1940 arrival of Hitler's army in Paris, a young war widow and her two children are rescued from dive-bombing German fighters by a cocky, reckless teenager. He finds them refuge in an abandoned house, but despite the fact that ...
Style: sincere, touching, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, world war two, older woman teenage boy sex, survival, friendship, refugee, life is a bitch, wartime life, love affair, teenage life, love and romance, danger ...
Time: 1940s
Place: paris france, france, europe, riviera, nice france
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Combat Girls (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, tense, rough, realistic ...
Plot: neo nazi, racism, hate, ideology, refugee, gang, friendship, counterculture, crimes, youth, society, combat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
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Welcome to the Hartmanns (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Hartmann family is turned upside down when mother Angelika decides to take in the refugee Diallo, against her husband's will. Amidst the typical chaos of our time, hope remains that the family finds its stability, confidence and peace again ...
Style: humorous, light, psychological, feel good
Plot: refugee, family, teacher, couples, immigrants, friendship, suspicion, neighbor, integration, woman, hospitality, racism ...
Place: germany, shanghai
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The Invisibles (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Four young Jews survive the Third Reich in the middle of Berlin by living so recklessly that they become "invisible."
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, thought provoking, sincere
Plot: holocaust, refugee, resistance, courage, holocaust survivor, hiding, survival, nazi officer, world war two, russian soldier, interview, reenactment ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany
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Happy End (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Austria, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A middle-class family living in Calais deal with a series of setbacks while paying little attention to the grim conditions in the refugee camps within a few miles of their home.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, experimental ...
Plot: refugee, family relations, father daughter relationship, millionaire, mother daughter relationship, accident, infidelity, doctor, girl, birthday, liar, selfishness ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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Once My Mother (2013)
Genre: Family, History, War
Country: Australia, Poland, Ukraine
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz investigates why her Polish mother abandoned her and uncovers the truth behind her mother's wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, leaving Sophia to confront her own capacity for forgiveness.
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: refugee, parent child relationship, daughter, mother, family relations, mother daughter relationship, josef stalin, gulag, world war two, uncover truth, family problems, wartime life ...
Place: poland, siberia, australia
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Up at the Villa (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this a tale of death, seduction, blackmail and theft among British and Americans in Florence in the turbulent days just before World War II.
Style: serious, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: seduction, infidelity, widow, blackmail, romance, refugee, vacation, fall in love, destructive relationship, couples, false accusation, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two, year 1938 ...
Place: florence, italy, europe, london, paris france ...
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Kandahar (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.
Style: tense, atmospheric, surreal, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: islam, desert, survival, on the road, refugee, politics, rescue, taliban, journalism, race against time, life is a bitch, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east, canada, iran, california ...
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Beautiful People (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In London, during October 1993, England is playing Holland in the preliminaries of the World Cup. The Bosnian War is at its height, and refugees from the ex-Yugoslavia are arriving. Football rivals, and political adversaries from the Balkans all ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, talky, sad ...
Plot: chase, immigrants, bosnian war, refugee, politics, culture clash, working class, opposites attract, civil war, wartime, war, british ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: england, london, serbia, croatia, europe ...
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The Crossing (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China, USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 129 min.
Story: During the Chinese Revolution in 1949, three couples flee from China to an island of Taiwan.
Style: captivating, realistic, intense, tense, suspense ...
Plot: refugee, historical event, revolution, escape, danger, military, survival, camp, republican era china
Time: 1940s
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