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, weird, humorous, harsh and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with unemployment, culture clash, runaway, catastrophe, mentor, pornography, husband wife relationship, dysfunctional family, redemption and greed plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as unemployment: Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Factotum (2005), Distant (2002), Two Days, One Night (2014), The Scrounger (1961), The Company Men (2010), The Measure of a Man (2015), Human Resources (1999), Red Rock West (1993), Parasite (2019).

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: funny, light, feel good, humorous, satirical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: unemployment, caper, loss of job, heist, bankruptcy, crimes, robbery, suburbs, gangsters, greed, money, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.5
 15K
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: humorous, philosophical, serious, realistic, meditative ...
Plot: unemployment, gambling, alcohol abuse, alcoholic, writer's life, writers, addiction, lifestyle, down on your luck, bookies, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey, norway, usa
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 7.5
 21K
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: sincere, bleak, art house, lyrical, stylized ...
Plot: loneliness, unemployment, photographer, isolation, complex characters, family relations, culture clash, love and romance, introspection, society, human nature, looking for love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: istanbul turkey, tokyo, turkey, middle east, paris france ...
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Two Days, One Night (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sandra is a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job — not an easy task in this economy.
Style: depressing, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: depression, injustice, unemployment, employer employee relationship, workplace, solidarity, loss of job, husband wife relationship, guilt, working class, female protagonist, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
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The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
Style: realistic, neorealism, serious, disturbing, talky ...
Plot: poverty, prostitute, unemployment, prostitution, pimp, robbery, family relations, life is a bitch, couple relations, criminal heroes, downfall, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two, 50s, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, japan, tokyo, europe
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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, depressing, serious, sincere ...
Plot: unemployment, corporate world, workplace, business, job seeking, starting over, family problems, corporation, society, life is a bitch, down on your luck, americana ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston, new jersey, california
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The Measure of a Man (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: At the age of 51 and after 20 months on unemployment, Thierry starts a new job that soon brings him face to face with a moral dilemma. How much is he willing to accept to keep his job?
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, psychological
Plot: unemployment, working class, layoff, economic crisis, job interview, supermarket, poverty, society, coworker relationship, surveillance camera, stealing food, petty theft ...
Time: 2010s
Place: france
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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: melancholic, sincere, thought provoking, emotional, sexy ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, factory, betrayal, intern, father son relationship, politics, social differences, workplace situations, life is a bitch, labor union, workplace ...
Time: 18th century, 90s
Place: france, paris france, japan, tokyo, normandy ...
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 7.0
 23K
Red Rock West (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, hitman, crimes, unemployment, mistaken identity, criminal, crime gone awry, betrayal, femme fatale, war injury, murder, money ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, wyoming, usa
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 8.5
 765K
Parasite (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Style: suspense, captivating, exciting, tragic ending, psychological ...
Plot: wealthy family, poverty, class differences, scam, social satire, basement, wealth, scheme, poor family, tutor, maid, housekeeper ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: south korea, seoul, asia
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 7.3
 5K
Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, enigmatic, depressing, compassionate, stylized ...
Plot: unemployment, greed, self discovery, character study, life is a bitch, crimes, society, dishonesty, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, switzerland, france, europe
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Children of Heaven (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
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, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, poverty, school, life, children, siblings relations, family, islam, unemployment, running, financial problem, young heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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 5.2
 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: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, political ...
Plot: heist, unemployment, disorder, cons and scams, burglary, gang, comedy of errors, goofy hero, crime gone awry, dishonesty, unlikely criminals, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
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 7.4
 14K
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: serious, art house, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: realism, unemployment, loneliness, mother daughter relationship, poverty, alcoholic, life is a bitch, family problems, coming of age, down on your luck, desperation, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, california, europe
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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: feel good, touching, humorous, emotional, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, military, teacher, unemployment, self discovery, underdog, soldier, instructor, honest, unlikely friendships, justice, military training ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, brooklyn new york city, detroit
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 7.2
 106K
The Full Monty (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Italy, 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: feel good, funny, humorous, realistic, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: stripper, working class, male stripper, unemployment, gay, friendship, lgbtq, striptease, loser, british, happy ending, desperation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: northern england, england, london, united kingdom, yorkshire
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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: sexy, realistic, touching, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: unemployment, working class, suicide attempt, unlikely friendships, workplace, depression, death, deadpan, dark humor, culture clash, crime gone awry, childhood ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, california, europe, finland
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 29K
Wildlife (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of ...
Style: melancholic, suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: infidelity, unemployment, teenage boy, coming of age, husband wife relationship, parents and children, bus, fired from the job, family relations, marital separation, loss of job, father son relationship ...
Time: 60s, year 1960
Place: montana, washington state, idaho, portland oregon
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 5.6
 69K
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, entertaining, funny, not serious, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, preschoolers
Plot: children, mischievous children, farce, unemployment, father son relationship, fish out of water, family, kindergarten, goofy hero, friends, workplace situations, nothing goes right ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 31K
Big Nothing (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A frustrated, unemployed teacher joins forces with a scammer and his girlfriend in a blackmailing scheme.
Style: twists and turns, talky, absurd, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: blackmail, call center, unemployment, crimes, priest, betrayal, greed, con artists, cons and scams, dishonesty, disorder, nothing goes right ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, oregon, wyoming
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 7.3
 22K
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, compassionate, serious, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, parents and children, injustice, youth, family relations, irish, unemployment, human nature, society, childhood ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, boston, england ...
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 66K
Hera Pheri (2000)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Three unemployed men find the answer to all their money problems when they receive a call from a kidnapper. However, things do not go as planned.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, surprise ending, funny ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, rescue, unemployment, rivalry, mistaken identity, love and romance, nothing goes right, fall in love, romance, couple relations, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, india
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 2K
A Man's Job (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Juha is 38 years old and has three small children and a depressed wife. He sees himself as strong and believes a man should provide for his family. But one day Juha is fired from his job. Ashamed, he weaves a web of lies to hide the fact from his ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Plot: male prostitution, prostitution, male prostitute, unemployment, prostitute, family relations, hidden identity, couples, family problems, male stripper, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, finland
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 4.2
 8K
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, funny, light, not serious, witty ...
Plot: courtroom, jury, unemployment, hotel, lawyer, adaptation, justice, murder trial, life philosophy, legal action, dishonesty, legal ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, las vegas
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Mondays in the Sun (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After the closure of their shipyard in Northern Spain, a few former workers: Santa, José, Lino, Amador, Sergei and Reina keep in touch. They meet mainly at a bar owned by their former colleague Rico. Santa is the most superficially confident and ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: working class, seaport, friendship, unemployment, destiny, redemption, small town, job seeking, self esteem, life is a bitch, family problems, breaking point ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: spain, rio de janeiro, australia, europe, galicia ...
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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: satirical, humorous, feel good, intense, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, unemployment, unlikely criminals, husband wife relationship, bank robbery, police investigation, survival, bankruptcy, cons and scams, romance, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
Is relevant ?
 5.2
 14K
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: romantic, humorous, light, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing
Plot: family, unemployment, teenager, parents and children, love and romance, college graduate, eccentric family, down on your luck, college, society, rivalry, plan gone awry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, san francisco, california
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Summer in Berlin (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 107 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: realistic, semi serious, touching, humorous, erotic ...
Plot: friendship, unemployment, sexual abuse, lifestyle, life is a bitch, single parent, love, intrigue, women, lesbian sex, loneliness, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe
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 7.3
 8K
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: psychological, suspense, atmospheric, humorous, cynical ...
Plot: serial killer, unemployment, workplace, dark humor, murder, job seeking, greed, insanity, unlikely criminals, crimes, vengeful fired employee, distopia ...
Time: 2000s
Place: france
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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, funny ...
Plot: nervous breakdown, unemployment, midlife crisis, crumbling marriage, down on your luck, couple relations, family problems, odd couple, unfulfillment, 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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