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 realistic, visually appealing, serious, melancholic, bleak and harsh films and TV shows about / with poverty, society, runaway, storytelling, childhood, life is a bitch, death, mentor, tragedy and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as poverty: Capernaum (2018), Angela's Ashes (1999), Winter's Bone (2010), Frozen River (2008), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Children of Heaven (1997), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Little Dorrit (2008), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), Precious (2009).

List of poverty movies

 8.4
 61K
Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, USA, France, Cyprus, Qatar, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
Style: rough, social, cynical, sad, depressing ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, child protagonist, misery, neglected child, traumatic childhood, street life, refugee, low lives, lawsuit, slavery ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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 7.3
 20K
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, serious, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, parents and children, ira, alcohol abuse, injustice, unemployment, human nature, society, family relations, irish, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, usa, europe, america ...
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 7.1
 136K
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, tense, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: poverty, missing person, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family relations, small town, family problems, realism, social relations, down on your luck, girl, bail ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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 7.1
 25K
Frozen River (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, thought provoking, bleak, serious ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, smuggling, native american reservation, working class, survival, life is a bitch, native americans, snow, winter, teenage boy, christmas ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
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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: earnest, touching, thought provoking, disturbing, enigmatic ...
Plot: racism, poverty, courtroom drama, lawyer, small town, courtroom, rape, prejudice, legal, trial, interracial relations, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1932
Place: alabama, usa
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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, sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, childhood, family, school, siblings relations, unemployment, health situation, foot race, financial problem, young heroes, children, life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, 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: uplifting, realistic, touching, motivational, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, childhood, poverty, destiny, life is a bitch, society, true love, street kid, journey, tv show, street life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, mumbai india, taj mahal, asia
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Little Dorrit (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 420 min.
TV show
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: sincere, captivating, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, young woman, debt, uncover truth, secret, society, family secret, struggle, down on your luck, dying, charles dickens ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.8
 43K
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, harsh, thought provoking ...
Plot: life is a bitch, prostitute, human trafficking, sexual abuse, poverty, rape, teenage prostitution, prostitution, downfall, social decay, teenage life, sex slavery ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, russia, denmark ...
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 7.3
 105K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: rough, bleak, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, abusive mother, poverty, rape, dysfunctional family, illiteracy, fat girl, social misfits, sexual abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 8.0
 212K
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: motivational, sentimental, emotional, touching, based on true events ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, childhood, missing child, survival, loneliness, courage, destiny, foster home, orphanage, long lost relative, lost child ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1986, year 2012, year 2008 ...
Place: india, australia, kolkata, melbourne, melbourne australia
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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink in 'the Bathtub', a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe – for a time when he’s no ...
Style: emotional, surreal, bleak, serious, sad ...
Plot: poverty, global warming, single parent, prehistoric creature, storm, childhood, african american, father daughter relationship, life is a bitch, social relations, search, magic realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, tokyo
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: Forced by poverty to seek support, the innocent Tess Durbeyfield seeks the help of the D'Urbervilles.
Style: sincere, clever, realistic, talky
Plot: village life, poverty, life is a bitch, innocence, family relations, master and servant, dishonesty, couples, society, love and romance, pregnancy, nobility ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: england
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 8.1
 25K
Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: serious, touching, gloomy, heartbreaking, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: poverty, childhood, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, survival, young kid, financial problem, journey, responsibility, greed, tragedy, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, california
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 8.3
 219K
A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: emotional, tense, realistic, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: divorce, poverty, maid, alzheimer's disease, marriage, family problems, marital separation, muslim, iranian, parenthood, society, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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 8.3
 25K
Poldark (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ...
Style: captivating, family saga, realistic, saga, serious
Plot: countryside, family relations, love and romance, estate, love affair, society, rich and poor, master and servant, social differences, poverty, couple relations, romance ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1780s, 1790s
Place: england, cornwall
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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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The Turin Horse (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, France, Switzerland, Germany, USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A monumental windstorm and an abused horse's refusal to work or eat signals the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: horse, poverty, desperation, everyday life, animal life, family relations, human nature, destiny, society, tragic hero, survival, isolation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe
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 8.6
 30K
North & South (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 235 min.
TV show
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: couple relations, social differences, love and romance, initially antagonists, fall in love, prejudice, rich and poor, young woman, love affair, romance, unlikely couple, pride and honor ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, 1850s
Place: england, london
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 8.0
 61K
Shoplifters (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the ...
Style: sexual, social realism, enigmatic, rough, compassionate ...
Plot: poor family, poverty, shoplifting, child abduction, family drama, secret, orphan, money, chase, father daughter relationship, criminal, theft ...
Time: 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
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 7.2
 20K
Trash (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Brazil, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.
Style: captivating, emotional, intense, road movie, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adventure, slum, poverty, police corruption, friends, young heroes, life turned upside down, mischievous children, on the run, garbage, chases and races, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil
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 7.4
 6K
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: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, social differences, slum, life is a bitch, working class, redemption, hopes, down on your luck, human nature, family problems, youth, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 8.1
 149K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: rebel, youth, drugs, racism, skinhead, police brutality, urban ghetto life, poverty, protest, friendship, rebellion, realism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: france, paris france, europe
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 7.0
 2K
White Snake (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: China, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: One day a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as ...
Style: exciting, light, captivating, fairy tale
Audience: family outing
Plot: snake, ancient, love, dragon, emperor, magical, poverty, super powers, mythical creature, demon, assassin, supernatural ability ...
Place: china
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 7.2
 28K
Thug (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, captivating, rough ...
Plot: poverty, gang, redemption, bully, murder, baby, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
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 6.8
 10K
Black 47 (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium
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 ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, bleak, suspense
Plot: poverty, starvation, deserter, revenge, manhunt, hunger, oppression, injustice, family, brutality, desperation, death ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: ireland
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 7.3
 81K
Jane Eyre (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close ...
Style: touching, gothic, captivating, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: unlikely couple, fall in love, social differences, couple relations, romance, forbidden love, estate, power of love, love and romance, master and servant, society, young woman ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1840s, 70s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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 6.7
 369K
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, serious, philosophical, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, immortality, distopia, dystopic future, society, time, race against time, fighting the system, on the run, love and romance, class differences, social differences ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, los angeles
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 7.2
 20K
Le Havre (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland, France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Marcel Marx, a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and relocated to the port city Le Havre. He leads a simple life based around his wife Arletty, his favourite bar and his not too profitable profession as a ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, surreal, thought provoking ...
Plot: refugee, poverty, friendship, human spirit, elderly, society, bohemian life, misfit, goodhearted, social misfits, on the run, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2009, 70s
Place: france, europe, normandy, latin america, paris france ...
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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru, Brazil, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: "The Motorcycle Diaries" is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early ...
Style: touching, sentimental, captivating, road movie, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, motorcycle, poverty, journey, on the road, friendship, injustice, freedom, following a dream, introspection, society, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1952, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: latin america, argentina, venezuela, colombia, chile ...
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