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, harsh, semi serious and bleak films and TV shows about / with unemployment, culture clash, society, runaway, catastrophe, life philosophy, mentor, dialogue, redemption and life is a bitch plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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unemployment movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as unemployment: Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Factotum (2005), The Company Men (2010), The Scrounger (1961), Distant (2002), Big Nothing (2006), Post Grad (2009), 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: funny, light, humorous, feel good, satirical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: unemployment, bankruptcy, suburbs, loss of job, unlikely criminals, down on your luck, scapegoat, husband wife relationship, heist, travel agent, retribution, humiliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.6
 14K
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: serious, realistic, philosophical, humorous, meditative ...
Plot: unemployment, gambling, alcohol abuse, alcoholic, writer's life, lifestyle, down on your luck, bookies, life is a bitch, society, horse race, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, norway, new jersey
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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, serious, sincere, depressing ...
Plot: unemployment, corporate world, job seeking, workplace, family problems, starting over, life is a bitch, society, americana, workplace situations, down on your luck, corporate ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, california, new jersey
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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: neorealism, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: unemployment, prostitute, poverty, pimp, violence, robbery, family relations, life is a bitch, neo realism, couple relations, criminal heroes, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, tokyo, japan
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 7.6
 19K
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, touching, sincere, psychological, lyrical ...
Plot: unemployment, loneliness, family relations, recession, love and romance, introspection, looking for love, human nature, down on your luck, society, male female relationship, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, middle east, istanbul turkey, tokyo, paris france ...
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 6.8
 29K
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, humorous, semi serious, absurd, talky ...
Plot: unemployment, priest, blackmail, crime, crimes, call center, cons and scams, disorder, dishonesty, betrayal, layoff, partners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, wyoming
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 5.3
 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: humorous, realistic, light, romantic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: unemployment, family, parents and children, college graduate, love and romance, eccentric family, down on your luck, society, plan gone awry, rivalry, lifestyle, best friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, new york, san francisco, new jersey
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 6.2
 5K
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: thought provoking, bleak, serious, futuristic, captivating ...
Plot: unemployment, corporation, family relations, life is a bitch, society, single parent, mother daughter relationship, technology, distopia, hologram, parenthood, imagination ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, 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: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: friendship, unemployment, lifestyle, life is a bitch, single parent, sexual abuse, reunion, love, disco, intrigue, drinking alcohol, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
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 7.4
 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: dark humor, cynical, humorous, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: unemployment, job seeking, serial killer, workplace, unlikely criminals, crimes, vengeful fired employee, deadly, murder, layoff, greed, insanity ...
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, clever, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: unemployment, nervous breakdown, midlife crisis, couple relations, down on your luck, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, odd couple, family problems, husband wife relationship, couples, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 8.6
 534K
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, realistic, tragic ending ...
Plot: wealthy family, housekeeper, scheme, basement, unemployment, poor family, maid, class differences, home invasion, rich poor, unemployed, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: south korea, seoul, asia
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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, semi serious, clever, humorous ...
Plot: unemployment, restaurant, society, layoff, waitress, cooking and food, loss of child, supportive coworker, job seeking, couples, family problems, loss of son ...
Time: 90s
Place: finland, europe, spain, california
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 12K
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, funny, light, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: culture clash, unemployment, factory, friendship, worker, labor union, business, workplace, society, buddies, fighting the system, deception ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, usa, pennsylvania, asia, 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: feel good, touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, unemployment, soldier, self discovery, underdog, military, instructor, misfit, hopes, military life, unlikely friendships, honest ...
Time: 90s
Place: detroit, australia
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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, contemplative ...
Plot: working class, factory, unemployment, 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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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, serious, psychological, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: seaport, unemployment, friendship, working class, job seeking, self esteem, bar, destiny, life is a bitch, redemption, small town, breaking point ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: spain, australia, europe, galicia, switzerland ...
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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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, satirical, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, unemployment, unlikely criminals, husband wife relationship, cons and scams, bankruptcy, couples, romance, couple relations, survival, bank robbery, kids and family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: injustice, depression, unemployment, workplace, employer employee relationship, human nature, workplace situations, moral dilemma, supportive coworker, unsupportive coworkers, working class, supportive spouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
Is relevant ?
 5.6
 64K
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, teens, girls' night
Plot: children, unemployment, mischievous children, farce, fish out of water, father son relationship, goofy hero, kindergarten, workplace situations, nothing goes right, friends, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 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, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, crimes, dishonesty, husband wife relationship, deception, swindle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
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Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Raghuvaran, who is unemployed for years, gets his dream job but a powerful rival is keen to put him down. Can he take on his adversary?
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, psychological, realistic
Plot: unemployment, urban ghetto life, homecoming, fall in love, engineer, family relations, ransom, misfit, blackmail, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 5K
Off Course (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two young Spanish men, with a university education, are tired of unemployment and decide to move to Germany. But soon they will find out that finding a better living is not as easy as they expected.
Style: humorous, captivating, sincere, light, feel good ...
Plot: unemployment, immigrants, buddies, nothing goes right, society, love and romance, friends, fall in love, disorder, emigrant, economic crisis
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
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Days and Clouds (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Switzerland, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set in Genoa, the film concerns the financial struggles and emotional strain that occur after Michele loses his job. He and his wife Elsa are forced to give up their affluent lifestyle and cope with the tensions of moving into a smaller home, ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: unemployment, ambition, lifestyle, downfall, self discovery, relationship vs career, crumbling marriage, romance, dysfunctional family, survival, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venice, italy
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My Piece of the Pie (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: France, a factory worker, lives with her three daughters in Dunkirk. The factory where she worked has been closed, leaving France and all of her workmates without a job. She decides to go to Paris to look for work. There she finds a cleaning job at ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: unemployment, power relations, culture clash, social differences, working class, rich and poor, life is a bitch, society, job seeking, maid, speculation, lovers apart ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, london, paris france, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 98K
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, feel good, humorous, witty, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: unemployment, stripper, striptease, working class, suicide attempt, friendship, audition, rehearsal, homosexual, family relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), police ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, northern england, yorkshire, london
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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, realistic, semi serious, witty, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: unemployment, survival, gangsters, hitman, mountain, gas station, survivalist, robbery, friendship, down on your luck, witnessing a crime, on the run ...
Time: 80s
Place: vermont, new york, usa
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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, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, family relations, priest, catholic, family problems, loan, rainy, human nature, couple relations, down on your luck, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, manchester, california
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Boys from the Blackstuff (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
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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: touching, emotional, sincere, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: unemployment, working class, life turned upside down, layoff, parents and children, down on your luck, labor union, family relations, realism, society, life is a bitch, character on the edge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, northern england, liverpool
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 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: feel good, humorous, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: unemployment, friendship, family relations, soccer, working class, van, suburbs, human nature, family life, friends, parents and children, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, london, new jersey
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