Child labor movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant child labor movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, touching, thought provoking, captivating and bleak films and TV shows about / with child labor, society, runaway, poverty, family relations, life is a bitch, boy, youth, father daughter relationship and cigarette smoking plots mostly in Drama, Family and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as child labor: Capernaum (2018), Sub terra (2003), King of Thieves (2003), The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017), David Copperfield (1993), The Haunting (1999), Chop Shop (2007), Angela's Ashes (1999), Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007), Gretel & Hansel (2020).

List of child labor 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, cynical, sad, thought provoking ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, child protagonist, misery, neglected child, traumatic childhood, refugee, low lives, child labor, street life, lawsuit ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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Sub terra (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In 1897, in Lota, Chile, in the face of long days, low pay, debts to the company store, unsafe and deadly working conditions, and widespread child labor, men try to establish a miners' association at one of the largest coal mines in the world. ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, epic ...
Plot: fighting the system, workplace, rebellion, rebelliousness, working class, injustice, love and romance, romance, political unrest, human nature, family business, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: chile
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King of Thieves (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two amateur circus kids from a poor Ukrainian village, ten-year-old Barbu and his older sister Mimma, are sold to a circus artist called Caruso who promises them a career in the West.
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: child prostitution, circus, kids in trouble, kidnapping, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, youth, siblings relations, sexual abuse, crimes, hopes, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, berlin germany, europe, germany, eastern europe
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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In 1843, Dickens was a literary rock star, but struggling financially after the slow sales of his previous novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Seized with the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, Dickens pitched his publishers A Christmas ...
Style: thought provoking, feel good, humorous, captivating
Plot: christmas, book, victorian england, father son relationship, publisher, debt, poverty, charles dickens, writing, inspiration, sleeping, friend ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, year 1943
Place: new york, turkey, london
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David Copperfield (1993)
Genre: Family, Animation
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An animated version of the classic David Copperfield story. Filled with music, color, and anthropomorphic versions of the classic characters.
Plot: charles dickens, child labor, cartoon cat, anthropomorphism, victorian england, cat, anthropomorphic animal, christmas, cheese, police, waterfall, vulture ...
Time: victorian era
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The Haunting (1999)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Dr. David Marrow invites Nell Vance, and Theo and Luke Sanderson to the eerie and isolated Hill House to be subjects for a sleep disorder study. The unfortunate guests discover that Marrow is far more interested in the sinister mansion itself – ...
Style: gothic, scary, psychological, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: haunted house, evil, psychology, ghost, insomnia, delusion, danger, domestic disturbance, supernatural, estate, research, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen (1976)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An episodic satire of the political and social status of Italy in the seventies, through the shows of one day of a television channel. An English language lesson turns into a killing of a black dignitary of an embassy by a CIA agent and then into ...
Style: parody, anthology, italian comedy
Plot: pope, seductive behavior, manipulative behavior, rifle, suspicion, tv host, boat, balloon, terrorism, balcony, 12 year old, manipulative person ...
Time: 70s
Place: naples italy, rome italy, vatican, italy
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Chop Shop (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles ...
Style: touching, bleak, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: orphan, street kid, working class, siblings relations, kids in trouble, family relations, teenage life, urban ghetto life, brother sister relationship, teenage prostitution, youth, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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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, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, parents and children, ira, alcohol abuse, injustice, unemployment, human nature, society, family relations, irish, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, europe, usa ...
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Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Anna is coming out. But not as gay as a revolutionary. Itty Bitty Titty Committee is a rockin love song to the heady rush of sex, freedom and rebellion that happens when an everyday girl discovers her own strength and the righteous indignation ...
Style: semi serious, witty, humorous, suspense, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, coming out, fall in love, love triangle, breakup, feminism, gays and lesbians, gender, couples, self discovery, couple relations, society ...
Time: contemporary, year 1948, year 1984
Place: california, bahamas, virginia, los angeles, sacramento california ...
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Gretel & Hansel (2020)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
Style: dark, fairy tale, suspense, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: forest, witch, black magic, supernatural power, witchcraft, villainess, good versus evil, child, danger, dark fantasy, supernatural, brutality ...
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James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.
Style: surreal, feel good, humorous, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: magic, orphan, giant, surrealism, adventure, aunt, friendship, young heroes, family, wish come true, youth, adventurer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, england, manhattan, new york city, new york, empire state building manhattan new york city
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The Wonders (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Gelsomina’s family works according to some special rules. First of all, Gelsomina, at twelve years of age, is head of the family and her three younger sisters must obey her: sleep when she tells them to and work under her watchful eye. But the ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, sincere, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: teenage girl, countryside, family life, life turned upside down, siblings relations, parents and children, radical, disorder, farm, beekeeper, nature, lake ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: italy, tuscany
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Courage Mountain (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, War
Country: USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In this version of "Heidi," a young Swiss girl is sent off to boarding school at the beginning of World War I.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: school, boarding school, orphan, survival, teenage life, adventure, danger, adoption, family life, fish out of water, wilderness, world war one ...
Time: 1910s, year 1915
Place: switzerland, italy, europe, swiss alps, alps
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The Organizer (1963)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, Yugoslavia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Professor Sinigaglia (Marcello Mastroianni) is the title character in this darkly comedic Italian drama about mistreated factory workers in the city of Turin. Toiling away in appalling conditions in a textile mill, these employees have no one to ...
Style: contemplative, sincere, thought provoking, captivating, serious ...
Plot: factory, working class, labor union, politics, fighting the system, prostitution, running from police, sweatshop, solidarity, strike, misery, society ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century, 20th century, 1900s, 1890s
Place: italy, turin italy
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Mahaan (1983)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Amitabh Bachchan in a triple role as father with twin sons. The standard plot of families separated then united many years later with a string of coincidences. Throw in a diamond necklace and Amjad Khan playing the bad guy, some musical numbers, ...
Plot: ruins, car chase, interrupted wedding, scheme, single mother, snake bite, airfield, aspiring actor, milk, nightmare, drug dealer, telephone call ...
Place: delhi
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Gregorio (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Peru
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Gregorio, a boy from the impoverished countryside of Peru emigrates to Lima, the capital city. Experiencing a cultural shock due to the chaotic nature of the city, he must challenge himself to learn Spanish, since his native tongue is Quechua, and ...
Plot: city, countryside, boy, children, child labor, death of father
Place: latin america, peru
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Schwabenkinder (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A man returning to his parents years after having been sent away as a child-laborer tells his lifetime story to his dying father.
Style: sincere, captivating, touching, psychological
Plot: father son reunion, emigration, father son relationship, farmer, death of wife, mountain, avalanche, father son estrangement, countryside, flashback, farm, dead mother ...
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada, Hungary, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, ...
Style: neo noir, futuristic, tech noir, suspense, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, bounty hunter, genetics, dark future, main character dies, ex soldier, investigation, freedom fighter, mission, inventor, death of protagonist ...
Time: future, near future, 2040s, year 1966
Place: los angeles, las vegas, san diego california, california
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The Child Wanderers (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Norway
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In the 1890s, 10-year-old Yohan is sent away from home to survive on his own as a child laborer. He experiences hardships and overcomes his fears by relying on bravery and hope to make the best of his circumstances.
Style: captivating, psychological, touching, unusual plot structure, cult film ...
Plot: friendship, boy, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, large family, mother son relationship, flute, fire, bear, gypsy, pastry, winter ...
Time: 1890s
Place: norway
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Human Resources (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in Limoges, the movie tells the story of "good son" Franck (Jalil Lespert), who returns to his hometown to do a trainee managerial internship in the Human Resources department of the factory where his anxious, taciturn father has ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, emotional, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, factory, intern, politics, betrayal, labor union, workplace situations, social differences, life is a bitch, father son relationship, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: france, europe, normandy, paris france, korea ...
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Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Santa Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multi-cultural neighbourhood of Manhattan's Lower East Side of the early 1900s.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: santa claus, christmas, righting the wronged, disorder, family relations, couples, family life, mistaken identity, couple relations, fish out of water, show tunes, love and romance ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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An American Girl Holiday (2004)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Kindhearted Samantha Parkington's world starts to change the day Nellie O'Malley walks into her life. Nellie, her father, and her two little sisters have moved in next door to be servants for the Ryland family. Though they come from ...
Style: touching, feel good, sweet, inspirational, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: rich and poor, family relations, friendship, young heroes, orphan, uncle niece relationship, teenage life, master and servant, family, best friends, society, friends ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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David Copperfield (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 185 min.
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Story: Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.
Style: captivating, uplifting, emotional, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, orphan, charles dickens, adulthood, manic, down on your luck, social differences, rich and poor, rise to the top, dishonesty, society, youth ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian
Place: england, europe, london
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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, exploit, exploitation, social differences, workplace situations, against the odds, rebelliousness ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, turn of the century, 20th century, 1900s ...
Place: belgium, europe, vatican, flanders, poland ...
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Chains of Gold (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Scott Barnes is an alcoholic turned social worker hellbent on saving a young boy named Tommy from self-destructing when he finds out he has begun selling crack in an organization called YIP, run by Carlos.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, criminal heroes, crimes, juvenile delinquency, working undercover, urban ghetto life, urban, teenage life, vigilantism, addiction, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named ...
Style: serious, emotional, brutal, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: one man army, martial arts, lone hero, protection, fist fighting, master warrior, fight scenes, crimes, mafia, rivalry, assassin, kidnapping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea
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Snowpiercer (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, futuristic, allegory, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, post apocalypse, revolution, survival, social differences, train, resistance, society, snow, distopia, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s, 2030s ...
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Owl and the Sparrow (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In modern-day Saigon, three lonely strangers form a unique family as a ten-year old orphan plays matchmaker to a zookeeper and a beautiful flight attendant.
Style: sincere, serious, uplifting, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: matchmaking, orphan, friendship, couples, human nature, optimism, street kid, grownups, society, on the run, romance, opposites attract ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, saigon, vietnam
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Cairo Time (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, Ireland, Egypt
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In Cairo on her own as she waits for her husband, Juliette finds herself caught in a whirlwind romance with his friend Tareq, a retired cop. As Tareq escorts Juliette around the city, they find themselves in the middle of a brief affair that catches ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, tourist, dishonesty, love affair, fall in love, couples, love and romance, love, marriage, tour guide, wedding, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s
Place: egypt, middle east, cairo egypt, africa, alexandria egypt ...
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