Poverty movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant poverty movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, emotional, harsh, melancholic and touching films and TV shows about / with poverty, mentor, storytelling, culture clash, redemption, runaway, childhood, death, society and greed plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
poverty movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as poverty: Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008), Lion (2016), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Children of Heaven (1997), Angela's Ashes (1999), Billy Elliot (2000), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Cinderella Man (2005), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).

List of poverty movies

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: Forced by poverty to seek support, the innocent Tess Durbeyfield seeks the help of the D'Urbervilles.
Style: clever, sincere, realistic, talky
Plot: poverty, love and romance, life is a bitch, village life, innocence, couples, family relations, society, dishonesty, deception, master and servant, pregnancy ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: england
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Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, suspense, motivational ...
Plot: adoption, missing child, childhood, poverty, courage, train, survival, loneliness, destiny, little boy, memory, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 2010s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, melbourne
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Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: prostitute, sexual abuse, poverty, downfall, social decay, life is a bitch, teenage life, redemption, innocence lost, prostitution, youth, violence ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, mcdonald's restaurant, denmark ...
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, society, against the odds, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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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, compassionate, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: siblings relations, poverty, school, foot race, childhood, 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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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, irish, coming of age, human nature, parents and children, prejudice, rich and poor, society, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, america ...
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Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, feel good, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: follow your dream, ballet, dancer's life, audition, coming of age, hopes, father son relationship, prejudice, friendship, working class, poverty, dance school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: england, london, northern england, europe, mine
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, disturbing, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, trial, lawyer, small town, courtroom, legal, rape, poverty, idealism, prejudice, morality ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: alabama, usa
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Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, athlete's life, underdog, follow your dream, comeback, boxing, financial problem, poverty, training, courage, fight scenes ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: sentimental, emotional, uplifting, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, life, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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Little Dorrit (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. Amy and her family's world is transformed ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, debt, down on your luck, youth, uncover truth, love and romance, society, dying, widow widower, boss, struggle ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe, london
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Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A small child is trapped in a tug-of-war battle between his frivolous, but loving mother and an emotionally abusive neurotic grandmother, who wants to "shelter" her beloved grandson at all cost.
Style: rough, emotional, depressing, serious, heartbreaking
Plot: poverty, domineering mother, grandmother, swearing, birthday, child abuse, money, doctor, sick, mother, grandfather, funeral ...
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Winter's Bone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: missing person, small town, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family in crisis, poverty, neo noir, bail, drug trade, girl, court, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, crimes, journalism, urban ghetto life, social decay, street gang, photographer, gang war, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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The Florida Project (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.
Style: touching, sincere, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: motel, mother daughter relationship, children, friendship, parent child relationship, drug use, drug addiction, little girl, poverty, social services, mother child separation, eviction ...
Place: florida
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Downsizing (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Norway
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A kindly occupational therapist undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.
Style: melancholic, semi serious, satirical
Plot: shrinking, experiment, laboratory, interracial romance, neighbor, husband wife relationship, economics, cleaning lady, ecology, poverty, bald man, journey ...
Time: future, near future
Place: norway, istanbul turkey, new mexico
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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, gloomy, serious, rough, psychological ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, poverty, robbery, violence, unemployment, social misfits, criminal heroes, neo realism, crimes, urban, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, tokyo, japan
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Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: semi serious, gloomy, sincere, touching, reflective ...
Plot: poverty, slum, mentally challenged, redemption, human nature, multiple storylines, desperation, human spirit, parents and children, rich and poor, social differences, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Bandit Queen (1994)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, India
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Born a lower-caste girl in rural India's patriarchal society, "married" at 11, repeatedly raped and brutalized, Phooland Devi finds freedom only as an avenging warrior, the eponymous Bandit Queen. Devi becomes a kind a bloody Robin ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, poverty, kidnapping, bandit, militant, crimes, assassination, gang, village life, sexism, social issues, village ...
Time: 80s
Place: india, asia
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North & South (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 235 min.
Story: North & South is a British television drama serial, produced by the BBC and originally broadcast in four episodes on BBC One in November and December 2004. It follows the story of Margaret Hale, a young woman from southern England who has to ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: fall in love, social differences, love and romance, love affair, rich and poor, prejudice, couple relations, owner, master and servant, unlikely couple, initially antagonists, pride and honor ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1850s
Place: england
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Kings (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium, China, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.
Style: bleak, suspense, social, serious, based on true events
Plot: police, shoplifting, blood, death, neighbor, legal action, chaos and mayhem, single mother, protest, foster child, racism, children ...
Time: 1990s, year 1991
Place: los angeles
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Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri.
Style: bleak, talky, tense, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, ronin, seppuku, vengeance, life is a bitch, down on your luck, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
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Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, intense ...
Plot: ship, hijacking, pirate, hostages, navy, kidnapping, confined, team, rescue, ship captain, terrorism, u.s. navy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s, year 2009
Place: somalia, africa, united states, vermont, kenya ...
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The Brass Teapot (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When a couple discovers that a brass teapot makes them money whenever they hurt themselves, they must come to terms with how far they are willing to go.
Style: dark humor, entertaining, funny, absurd, semi serious ...
Plot: couple relations, money, greed, supernatural, temptation, money falling through the air, american dream, magical object, poverty, theft, obsession, magic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Upside Down (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure ...
Style: surreal, romantic, breathtaking, emotional, artsy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, parallel world, true love, gravity, romance, chase, class differences, lovers apart, corporate world, inventions and discoveries, amnesia, riding a bicycle ...
Time: future
Place: latin america
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A Merry War (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Gordon Comstock is a copywriter at an ad agency, and his girlfriend Rosemary is a designer. Gordon believes he is a genius, a marvelous poet and quits the ad agency, trying to live on his poems, but poverty soon comes to him.
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: poverty, poet, pregnancy, fall in love, writer's life, romance, couple relations, infidelity, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london
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In Time (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their ...
Style: futuristic, twists and turns, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting the system, future dystopia, race against time, immortality, social differences, on the run, society, chase, love and romance, time, class differences, chases and races ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, los angeles
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Black 47 (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Ireland, Luxembourg
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his ...
Plot: revenge, starvation, deserter, poverty, tenant, manhunt, landlord tenant relationship, death of mother, bearded man, beard
Time: 19th century
Place: ireland
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Noble (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Vietnam
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Christina Noble overcomes the harsh difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon. A true story.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: orphan, poverty, rape, determination, social activism, social injustice, irish, abuse, female empowerment, empowerment, female protagonist, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1955
Place: vietnam, saigon, asia, ireland
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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, poverty, alcohol, ghetto, slum ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
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