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, harsh, humorous, bleak and semi serious films and TV shows about / with unemployment, culture clash, society, runaway, dialogue, catastrophe, mentor, life is a bitch, storytelling and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Comedy 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), Factotum (2005), Gung Ho (1986), Rosetta (1999), Boys from the Blackstuff (1982), Drifting Clouds (1996), The Full Monty (1997), The Company Men (2010), The Van (1996), Advantageous (2015).
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 8.7
Rosetta (1999)
Drama
France, Belgium
95 min.
 7.6
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Le Grand Bain (2018)
Comedy, Drama, Sport
France
122 min.
 7.2
Wildlife (2018)
Drama
USA
105 min.
 7.3

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, unlikely criminals, down on your luck, husband wife relationship, scapegoat, greed, heist, travel agent, humiliation, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: witty, serious, realistic, clever, tense ...
Plot: unemployment, strip club, writer's life, alcoholic, gambling, interview, liquor store, horse race, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, norway, new jersey
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 6.2
 10K
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, business, worker, labor union, buddies, workplace, factory worker, fighting the system, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, japan, asia, pennsylvania, tokyo
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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, psychological, rough ...
Plot: unemployment, parents and children, trailer park, alcoholic, poverty, mother daughter relationship, snitch, realism, coming of age, dysfunctional family, rape, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: belgium, europe, 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: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: unemployment, working class, down on your luck, realism, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, life turned upside down, family relations, labor union, layoff, father ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, liverpool
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Drifting Clouds (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland
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, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: unemployment, restaurant, waitress, society, couple relations, down on your luck, wife husband relationship, life is a bitch, couples, alcohol abuse, death in the family, cooking and food ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, finland, spain, california
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 7.2
 90K
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, realistic, humorous, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: unemployment, suicide attempt, working class, male stripper, repossession, striptease, police, job interview, gay relationship, friendship, rehearsal, audition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, northern england, yorkshire, london
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, dramatic ...
Plot: unemployment, workplace, corporate world, life is a bitch, carpenter, corporate, society, family problems, americana, family life, starting over, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston, california, new jersey
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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, feel good, touching ...
Plot: unemployment, friendship, soccer, van, working class, buddies, suburbs, single parent, male friendship, human nature, parents and children, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, london
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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, thought provoking, bleak, gloomy, futuristic ...
Plot: unemployment, corporation, identity, single parent, life is a bitch, society, family in crisis, future dystopia, mother daughter relationship, family relations, technology, single mother ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, united states, california
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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: twists and turns, humorous, semi serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: unemployment, priest, blackmail, call center, serial killer, crime, murder, cons and scams, betrayal, crimes, vengeance, nothing goes right ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, wyoming
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 7.2
 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: humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: unemployment, bank, remote control, heist, betrayal, cons and scams, crime, genius, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty, disorder ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, melbourne, melbourne australia, lisbon portugal
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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: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, witty ...
Plot: unemployment, neighbor, nervous breakdown, apartment, midlife crisis, crumbling marriage, couple relations, unfulfillment, couples, odd couple, down on your luck, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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: humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: teachers and students, unemployment, soldier, self discovery, underdog, military, vietnam veteran, hopes, misfit, power relations, military life, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
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 7.7
 15K
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, serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: unemployment, loneliness, recession, photographer, midlife crisis, love and romance, urban, unfulfillment, human nature, introspection, looking for love, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey, istanbul turkey, tokyo
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 6.9
 59K
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: bleak, realistic, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: unemployment, drinking, marines, party, drug use, prostitute, friend, mexican, lapd, ex soldier, watching a movie, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, mexico, latin america, usa, middle east ...
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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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, emotional, offbeat ...
Plot: sexual abuse, friendship, unemployment, disco, alcohol, balcony, pharmacist, single, women, depression, rape, extramarital affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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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, semi serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, priest, catholic, realism, obsessive quest, parents and children, down on your luck, urban, hopes, society, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe, manchester, london, california
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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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, funny, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: unemployment, family, fall in love, parents and children, career, homecoming, twentysomething life, friends, love and romance, family relations, family life, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
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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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, toilet humor
Plot: unemployment, hotel, hitman, unlikely couple, rich and poor, crime, love affair, beggar, nameless character, antique shop, knife throwing, electric shock ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, india
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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, realistic, witty, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: unemployment, robbery, gas station, survivalist, hitman, survival, buddies, friendship, secret identity, daughter, crimes, gangsters ...
Time: 80s
Place: vermont, new york, usa
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 7.9
 28K
Naked (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very ...
Style: dark humor, disturbing, talky, witty, sincere ...
Plot: sexual abuse, unemployment, rapist, urban, stranger, rape, humiliation, drifter, alienation, roommate, marijuana, robbery ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, london, england, manchester
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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, sentimental, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: siblings relations, childhood, poverty, school, foot race, family, children, financial problem, young heroes, unemployment, perseverance, health situation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: 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: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, unemployment, human nature, parents and children, rich and poor, society, youth, family relations, alcohol abuse, injustice, irish ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, america ...
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 5.8
 3K
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: not serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: unemployment, buddies, immigrants, emigrant, economic crisis, nothing goes right, disorder, fall in love, love and romance, society, friends
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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Once Were Warriors (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, tense, sincere ...
Plot: rape, domestic violence, funeral, suicide, alcohol abuse, unemployment, violence, dysfunctional family, ethnic, poverty, alcohol, maori ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
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 6.8
 1K
Men... (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A successful, womanizing middle-aged man decides to move out of the house he shares with his wife after she confesses to having an affair. He looks for a new place to live and ends up moving into his wife's lover's apartment as a roommate. ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, witty
Audience: date night
Plot: unemployment, artist, love triangle, battle of the sexes, betrayal, wedding, extramarital affair, romance, crumbling marriage, infidelity, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
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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: serious, realistic, touching, sexual
Plot: unemployment, elderly lovers, married couple, workplace, call center, job interview, unsupportive spouse, school, romance, crumbling marriage, self discovery, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, venice
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 7.1
 4K
Germinal (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: It's mid 19th century, north of France. The story of a coal miner's town. They are exploited by the mine's owner. One day the decide to go on strike, and then the authorities repress them
Style: realistic, emotional, epic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: rich and poor, unemployment, working class, injustice, politics, labor union, parents and children, fighting the system, social differences, price of justice, social decay, righting the wronged ...
Time: 19th century
Place: france, europe, mine, flanders, tokyo
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 7.2
 1K
Sue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An unemployed ex-office worker (Anna Thomson) searching for work floats a fragile line of sanity as she struggles to find friendship and companionship. Her tenuous grasp on reality further fluctuates when a man (Matthew Powers) whom she met in a ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: unemployment, losing-it hero, mentally unstable, urban, mental health, downfall, human nature, sexual relations, life is a bitch, city life, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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