Unemployment movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant unemployment movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, melancholic, humorous, semi serious, harsh and clever films and TV shows about / with unemployment, culture clash, runaway, catastrophe, dialogue, mentor, life philosophy, redemption, storytelling and brutality plots mostly in Comedy, Drama and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as unemployment: Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), The Company Men (2010), Factotum (2005), Big Nothing (2006), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975), Gung Ho (1986), Renaissance Man (1994), Advantageous (2015), Summer in Berlin (2005), The Ax (2005).

List of unemployment movies

Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After Dick Harper loses his job at Globodyne in an Enron-esque collapse, he and his wife, Jane, turn to crime in order to handle the massive debt they now face. Two intelligent people, Dick and Jane actually get pretty good at robbing people and ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, satirical, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: unemployment, bankruptcy, loss of job, down on your luck, unlikely criminals, scapegoat, husband wife relationship, heist, humiliation, travel agent, greed, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Company Men (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Bobby Walker lives the proverbial American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and two co-workers jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, sincere, serious, depressing ...
Plot: unemployment, corporate world, workplace, starting over, family problems, job seeking, life is a bitch, workplace situations, down on your luck, americana, society, corporate ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston, california, new jersey
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 6.6
 13K
Factotum (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Norway, USA, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, witty, clever ...
Plot: unemployment, horse race, alcoholic, liquor store, interview, gambling, strip club, writer's life, promiscuity, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, norway, new jersey
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 6.8
 28K
Big Nothing (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A frustrated, unemployed teacher joins forces with a scammer and his girlfriend in a blackmailing scheme.
Style: humorous, twists and turns, semi serious, absurd, talky ...
Plot: blackmail, unemployment, priest, call center, crime, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, disorder, betrayal, layoff, partners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, wyoming
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The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Mel Edison has just lost his job after many years and now has to cope with being unemployed at middle age during an intense NYC heat wave.
Style: humorous, semi serious, clever, witty, realistic ...
Plot: unemployment, nervous breakdown, midlife crisis, crumbling marriage, down on your luck, couple relations, unfulfillment, family problems, odd couple, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, fired from the job ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.2
 11K
Gung Ho (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When a western Pennsylvania auto plant is acquired by a Japanese company, brokering auto worker Hunt Stevenson faces the tricky challenge of mediating the assimilation of two clashing corporate cultures. At one end is the Japanese plant manager and ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, funny, dramatic ...
Plot: unemployment, culture clash, factory, friendship, labor union, factory worker, worker, business, workplace, fighting the system, partners, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, japan, asia, pennsylvania, tokyo
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Renaissance Man (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Danny DeVito plays an advertising man who is slowly sliding downhill. When he is fired from his job in Detroit, he signs up for unemployment. One day they find him a job; Teaching thinking skills to Army recruits. He arrives on base to find that ...
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: teachers and students, unemployment, soldier, self discovery, underdog, military, instructor, misfit, hopes, military life, unlikely friendships, honest ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
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 6.2
 4K
Advantageous (2015)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world.
Style: serious, bleak, gloomy, thought provoking, futuristic ...
Plot: unemployment, corporation, identity, single parent, society, future dystopia, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family relations, mother daughter relationship, technology, job ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, united states, california
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Summer in Berlin (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When you read the title ‘Summer on the Balcony’ you probably think it will be a light Berlin summer comedy but it’s not. This film is an intimate study of two women friends who come to each other because of troubles with everyday life and with ...
Style: psychological, offbeat, sexual, touching, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, unemployment, sexual abuse, disco, balcony, alcohol, couples, politics, lifestyle, elderly, reunion, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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 7.4
 7K
The Ax (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, France, Spain
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A chemist loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.
Style: dark humor, cynical, witty, humorous, not serious ...
Plot: unemployment, serial killer, workplace, disorder, self esteem, crimes, unlikely criminals, unfulfillment, crime, vengeful fired employee, layoff, job seeking ...
Time: 2000s
Place: france
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 7.2
 92K
The Full Monty (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sheffield, England. Gaz, a jobless steelworker in need of quick cash persuades his mates to bare it all in a one-night-only strip show.
Style: touching, humorous, witty, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: unemployment, suicide attempt, working class, friendship, homosexual, rehearsal, audition, police, striptease, gay relationship, repossession, male stripper ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, northern england, yorkshire, london
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Drifting Clouds (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland, Germany, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Tram driver Lauri looses his job. Shortly later, the restaurant where his wife Ilona works as a headwaitress is closed. Too proud, to receive money from the social welfare system, they hardly try to find new jobs. But they are completely unlucky and ...
Style: realistic, touching, clever, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: restaurant, unemployment, society, waitress, family problems, life is a bitch, down on your luck, cooking and food, couple relations, supportive coworker, loss of son, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
Place: finland, europe, spain, california
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The Survivors (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Having both lost their jobs, two strangers become unlikely friends after a run in with a would be robber, who is actually a hitman with a grudge against the two.
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: unemployment, survival, hitman, robbery, gas station, survivalist, gangsters, friendship, society, witnessing a crime, crimes, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: vermont, new york, usa
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 5.3
 13K
Post Grad (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ryden Malby has a master plan. Graduate college, get a great job, hang out with her best friend and find the perfect guy. But her plan spins hilariously out of control when she’s forced to move back home with her eccentric family.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, funny, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: unemployment, family, looking for love, eccentric family, fall in love, family life, love and romance, friends, twentysomething life, unfulfillment, family relations, petty job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
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Raining Stones (1993)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This Ken Loach film tells the story of a man devoted to his family and his religion. Proud, though poor, Bob wants his little girl to have a beautiful (and costly) brand-new dress for her First Communion. His stubbornness and determination get him ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, offbeat, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, priest, catholic, family problems, obsessive quest, disorder, realism, loan, urban, human nature, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, manchester, california
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Boys from the Blackstuff (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Alan Bleasdale's hugely acclaimed mini-series echoes the misery and despair of long-term unemployment. Set in Liverpool, these profoundly moving human dramas follow in turn the attempts of five working-class heroes to survive.
Style: gloomy, touching, bleak, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: unemployment, working class, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, labor union, life turned upside down, down on your luck, layoff, realism, society, children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england, liverpool
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 6.8
 4K
The Van (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in "Barrytown", a fictitious working-class quarter of Dublin. "Bimbo" Reeves gets laid off from his job. With his redundancy, he buys a van and sells fish and chips with his buddy Larry. Due to Ireland's surprising ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching, feel good ...
Plot: unemployment, friendship, van, soccer, working class, partners, family life, suburbs, buddies, single parent, society, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, london, new jersey
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 7.7
 16K
Distant (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Uzak/Distant chronicles the numbing loneliness, longing, and isolation in the lives of two men who are consumed by their own problems. Istanbul photographer Mahmut reluctantly receives his relative Yusuf, but the mingling of their lives does little ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, touching, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: unemployment, loneliness, photographer, recession, midlife crisis, porn, unfulfillment, love and romance, parents and children, family relations, city life, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, turkey, istanbul turkey, tokyo
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 7.3
 2K
Malcolm (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius, who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. Malcolm, with Franks help, turns to a life of crime. Malcolm ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat
Plot: unemployment, bank, heist, remote control, misfit, betrayal, cons and scams, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, dishonesty, disorder ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, lisbon portugal, melbourne, melbourne australia
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Marius and Jeannette (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Marius is the keeper of an abandoned cement works staying high above the quarter of l'Estaque in Marseilles. Jeannette is bringing up her two children alone with her poor checkout operator salary. Their meeting won't be without trouble, ...
Style: realistic, touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: unemployment, working class, love, single parent, couples, friendship, politics, opposites attract, romance, love and romance, factory, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, france, marseille provence
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 6.9
 60K
Harsh Times (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging ...
Style: tense, serious, intense, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: unemployment, drinking, corruption, friend, mexican, crime, mad, violence, drugs, nightmare, robbery, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, los angeles, latin america, usa, middle east ...
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 7.6
 11K
Rosetta (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: unemployment, snitch, poverty, mother daughter relationship, alcoholic, trailer park, parents and children, dysfunctional family, teenage life, realism, layoff, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: belgium, europe, california
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 5.1
 1K
Crackers (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner is out of town. During the elaborate planning process, ...
Style: feel good, realistic, semi serious, humorous, offbeat
Plot: cons and scams, unemployment, gang, disorder, heist, crime gone awry, unlikely criminals, crime, goofy hero, dishonesty, comedy of errors, prostitute ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
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 4.1
 7K
Jury Duty (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When jobless Tommy Collins discovers that sequestered jurors earn free room and board as well as $5-a-day, he gets himself assigned to a jury in a murder trial. Once there, he does everything he can to prolong the trial and deliberations and make ...
Style: humorous, witty, not serious, funny, light ...
Plot: courtroom, unemployment, jury, legal action, dishonesty, hotshot lawyer, legal, fish out of water, misfit, cons and scams, disorder, hotel ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, las vegas
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Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When an upwardly mobile couple find themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, intense, satirical ...
Plot: heist, unemployment, bankruptcy, unlikely criminals, cons and scams, couple relations, romance, couples, husband wife relationship, bank robbery, survival, kids and family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 5.6
 58K
Daddy Day Care (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can't find jobs, which inspires them to open their own day-care center.
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: children, mischievous children, fish out of water, farce, unemployment, family, goofy hero, workplace situations, nothing goes right, friends, disorder, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kindergarten, usa
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Stanley & Iris (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: working class, love, unemployment, education, romance, couple relations, teachers and students, love and romance, family problems, life is a bitch, couples, friendship ...
Time: 80s
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Everything Must Go (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, talky ...
Plot: salesman, friendship, unemployment, starting over, addiction, midlife crisis, marital problem, hopes, down on your luck, goodhearted, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, texas, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey
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Children of Heaven (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Zohre's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zohre until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental, compassionate ...
Plot: poverty, school, siblings relations, foot race, family, financial problem, young heroes, childhood, unemployment, children, health situation, perseverance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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The Love Chariot (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 125 min.
Story: An unemployed youth dreams of living well. One evening, he finds a drunken industrialist passed out in a gutter, and takes the opportunity to switch places with him. He finds love, intrigue, and the good life in his new home, Pushpak, a hotel where ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, toilet humor
Plot: unemployment, hitman, hotel, rich and poor, unlikely couple, crime, love affair, bound and gagged, vomiting, cinema, adultery, silent film ...
Time: 80s
Place: india, asia
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