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 captivating, touching, serious, realistic, emotional and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with child labor, flashback, father son relationship, boy, cigarette smoking, chase, poverty, coming of age, husband wife relationship and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as child labor: Capernaum (2018), The Rescuers (1977), Schwabenkinder (2003), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Owl and the Sparrow (2007), Chop Shop (2007), Turtles Can Fly (2004), King of Thieves (2003), 12 Mighty Orphans (2021), David Copperfield (1993).

List of child labor movies

Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, 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, sad, thought provoking, rough, cynical ...
Plot: poverty, traumatic childhood, slum, misery, child abuse, refugee, neglected child, child protagonist, child labor, low lives, life is a bitch, child neglect ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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The Rescuers (1977)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: What can two little mice possibly do to save an orphan girl who's fallen into evil hands? With a little cooperation and faith in oneself, anything is possible! As members of the mouse-run International Rescue Aid Society, Bernard and Miss ...
Style: light, touching, feel good, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: disney, childhood, orphan, friendship, good versus evil, heroes, talking animals, kidnapping, rescue, chase, mouse, little girl ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, louisiana, new orleans
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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: coming of age, father son reunion, emigration, father son relationship, death of wife, farmer, child labor, mountain, slavery, poverty, child trafficking, dead mother ...
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada, Spain
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: futuristic, neo noir, thought provoking, entertaining, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, investigation, police detective, robot, mission, mercilessness, violence, dark future, flying car, bounty hunter, police officer ...
Time: future, 2040s, near future, 2020s, year 1966 ...
Place: california, los angeles, san diego california, las vegas
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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: serious, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: matchmaking, youth, orphan, couples, friendship, society, human nature, love and romance, opposites attract, on the run, street kid, optimism ...
Time: 21st century
Place: saigon, asia, vietnam
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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, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: street kid, coming of age, brother sister relationship, working class, siblings relations, pitbull, family relations, kids in trouble, urban ghetto life, teenage life, youth, orphan ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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Turtles Can Fly (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France
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, rough, bleak, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, blind character, war, refugee, orphan, children, coming of age, camp, child, anti war, muslim, children in wartime ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century
Place: kurdistan, iran, middle east, iraq, california ...
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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, youth, circus, kids in trouble, kidnapping, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, siblings relations, dishonesty, hopes, pimp ...
Time: 21st century
Place: eastern europe, berlin germany, ukraine, europe, germany
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12 Mighty Orphans (2021)
Genre: History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Haunted by his mysterious past, a devoted high school football coach leads a scrawny team of orphans to the state championship during the Great Depression and inspires a broken nation along the way.
Style: disturbing, captivating, tense, anamorphic, inspirational
Audience: family outing
Plot: american football, orphan, sport, great depression, football team, soccer coach, soccer match, orphanage, sport team, athlete and trainer, coach, competitor ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: texas
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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: anthropomorphism, charles dickens, cartoon cat, child labor, victorian england, abusive relationship, cartoon dog, anthropomorphic animal, cat, talking animals, christmas, rat ...
Time: victorian era
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Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: tense, suspenseful, clever, captivating, political ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: cia, rescue mission, secret mission, revolution, politics, espionage, u.s. embassy, suspense, spy, hostage, american abroad, escape ...
Time: 70s, 80s, year 1979, year 1980, 20th century ...
Place: middle east, iran, tehran iran, los angeles, langley virginia ...
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Snowpiercer (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, allegory, tense, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: post apocalypse, train, distopia, survival, future dystopia, revolution, rebellion, social differences, winter, class struggle, society, snow ...
Time: future, near future, 2030s, year 2014, 2010s ...
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Buttons (2018)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: During a time of robber barons, child labor, and rising industry, two orphan girls get a little help from their unexpected guardian angels who turn the tide of events and change their lives forever.
Style: sincere, feel good, captivating, thought provoking, entertaining
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, guardian angel, orphan, wish come true, christmas wish, miraculous event, making a wish, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, family relations, desire, husband wife relationship ...
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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: motivational, thought provoking, feel good, captivating, humorous ...
Plot: christmas, writers, victorian england, father son relationship, debt, publisher, inspiration, charles dickens, poverty, writer's block, sleeping, friend ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, future, year 1943
Place: turkey, new york, london, england
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Playing Beatie Bow (1986)
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Abigail Kirk was an ordinary enough sixteen year old growing up in todays Sydney. An intriguing chain of events finds Abigail, through some eerie time shift, transported back one hundred years after watching some children playing a scary game called ...
Style: psychotronic, urban fantasy
Plot: time travel, time traveler, woman in danger, pianist, teenager, game, female protagonist, prostitute, brother sister relationship, working class, teenage girl, piano ...
Time: 19th century, 80s, year 1986, 1870s, victorian era
Place: australia, adelaide south australia, sydney australia
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The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, sentimental, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: poverty, charles dickens, victorian england, orphan, aunt, kite, child's point of view, children, blackmail, friendship, betrayal, survivor ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, future, 80s
Place: england, europe, london
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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: surreal, low brow humor, parody, anthology
Plot: television, tv show, female nudity, politician, police, corruption, satire, media, sick, television reporter, mysterious character, anchorman ...
Time: 70s
Place: italy, vatican, naples italy, rome italy
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The Photographer of Mauthausen (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Spanish photographer Francesc Boix, imprisoned in the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, works in the SS Photographic Service. Between 1943 and 1945, he hides, with the help of other prisoners, thousands of negatives, with the purpose of showing ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, rough, tense, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, nazi, world war two, nazism, nazi occupation, slave labor, spanish civil war, forced prostitution, concentration camp survivor, nazi war criminal, prisoner ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, year 1944, year 1945
Place: spain, germany, central europe
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Gretel & Hansel (2020)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Ireland
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, dark fantasy, captivating, scary ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: witch, forest, suspense, witchcraft, cannibal, good versus evil, supernatural power, black magic, child, supernatural, brutality, villainess ...
Time: 2020s
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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, factual, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: disney, childhood, hollywood, filmmaking, writer's life, family relations, showbiz, parents and children, writers, haunted by the past, father daughter relationship, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 60s, edwardian era, 20th century, year 1964, year 1961
Place: california, los angeles, australia, london, england ...
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The Strange Ones (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Mysterious events surround the travels of two brothers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets. This is ...
Style: road movie, rough, suspenseful, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: motel, cave, boy, road trip, man boy relationship, sibling relationship, gay, child abuse, investigation, pretending to be someone else, psychopath, hiding place ...
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Baaria (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Giuseppe Tornatore traces three generations of a Sicilian family in in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (known as Baarìa in the local Sicilian dialect), from the 1930s to the 1980s, to tell the story of the loves, dreams and delusions of an unusual ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: family relations, politics, fascism, world war two, social differences, family life, small town, communism, election, mafia, injustice, small town life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 1930s ...
Place: sicily, italy, europe
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Lost in Beijing (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A look at modern-day life in China's capital centered on a ménage-a-quatre involving a young woman, her boss, her husband and her boss's wife. Massage girl Pingguo (Apple) (The stunning Fan Bingbing) lives in a cramped apartment with her ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, touching ...
Plot: extortion, slutty wife, easy woman, wench, slutty woman, rape, pregnancy, forced sex, sex, infidelity, breast feeding, massage parlor ...
Time: 21st century
Place: china, beijing china, asia, east asia
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: France, China, Belgium, Germany, United Arab Emirates, USA, Canada
Duration: 136 min.
Story: In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where ...
Style: futuristic, entertaining, exciting, captivating, colourful ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, kids
Plot: alien, alien planet, space travel, government agent, space station, mission, alien race, creature, space, spacecraft, marriage proposal, human alien ...
Time: future, 70s, year 1975, 2020s
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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: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: orphan, boarding school, school, survival, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage life, family life, fish out of water, adoption, female protagonist, christmas, bullying ...
Time: 1910s, year 1915
Place: switzerland, italy, swiss alps, europe, alps
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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: drug smuggling, canoe, husband wife reunion, lawyer, aspiring actor, police inspector, grandfather granddaughter relationship, single mother, presumed dead, drug dealer, husband wife relationship, husband wife separation ...
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: countryside, children, child labor, death of father, boy, city
Place: peru, latin america
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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: psychological, captivating, unusual plot structure, touching, cult film ...
Plot: friendship, boy, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, mother son relationship, bear cub, spring, theft, marketplace, violinist, death of child, grandson ...
Time: 1890s
Place: norway
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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, tense, exciting, brutal, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, revenge, one man army, kidnapping, lone hero, drugs, rivalry, suspense, gang, fight, master warrior, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea
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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, romantic, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love affair, infidelity, tourist, love, marriage, character study, dishonesty, fall in love, couples, love and romance, wedding, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1920s, 21st century
Place: egypt, middle east, africa, cairo egypt, california ...
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