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The list contains the best, new and most relevant poverty movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, harsh, dramatic, melancholic and reflective films and TV shows about / with poverty, storytelling, mentor, tragedy, childhood, runaway, society, brutality, redemption and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as poverty: Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Kings (2017), Downsizing (2017), Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2009), Orange Is the New Black (2013), Upside Down (2012), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), The Scrounger (1961), Dodes'ka-den (1970).
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Orange Is the New Black
Comedy, Crime, Drama
USA
59 min.
 8.2
Bury Me Behind the Baseboard
Drama
Russia
117 min.
 7.0
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Black 47
Action, Drama
Ireland, Luxembourg
100 min.
 6.9
Sorry to Bother You
Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
USA
111 min.
 7.2

List of poverty movies

Slumdog Millionaire
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: realistic, touching, serious, intense, compassionate ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, rags to riches, life is a bitch, television show, destiny, street life, child abuse, poverty, true love, brutality, childhood, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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The Pursuit of Happyness
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: emotional, sentimental, inspirational, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: single father, father son relationship, human spirit, rise to the top, rags to riches, survival, down on your luck, poverty, life is a bitch, sacrifice, once in a lifetime opportunity, homeless ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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 4.8
 1K
Kings
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, USA, China, Belgium
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, children, racism, poverty, revolt, chaos and mayhem, legal action, foster child, protest, single mother, death, blood ...
Time: 1990s, year 1991
Place: los angeles
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 5.7
 62K
Downsizing
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, journey, miniature person, laboratory, human nature, doctors, neighbor, economics, interracial romance, bald man, poverty ...
Time: future, near future
Place: new mexico, istanbul turkey, norway
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Bury Me Behind the Baseboard
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, serious, depressing, emotional, heartbreaking
Plot: birthday, child abuse, domineering mother, grandmother, swearing, sick, money, doctor, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional relationship, parent child relationship, power relations ...
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Orange Is the New Black
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: A crime she committed in her youthful past sends Piper Chapman to a women's prison, where she trades her comfortable New York life for one of unexpected camaraderie and conflict in an eccentric group of fellow inmates.
Style: realistic, clever, humorous, cynical, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison life, women in prison, strong female character, drugs/alcohol, life turned upside down, fish out of water, lesbian relationship, warden, violence, smuggling, newcomer, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york state, new york
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 6.4
 65K
Upside Down
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, emotional, breathtaking, artsy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, romance, true love, parallel world, gravity, technology, storytelling, beautiful scenery, chase, lovers apart, corporate world, imagination ...
Time: future
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 7.9
 39K
Lilya 4-Ever
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, realistic, sexual, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: poverty, prostitution, sexual abuse, rape, suicide, violence, redemption, sex, russian, tragedy, friendship, betrayal ...
Place: sweden, estonia, europe, mcdonald's restaurant, russia ...
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The Scrounger
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, compassionate, bleak ...
Plot: poverty, drinking, prostitute, social misfits, pimp, male nudity, friendship, prostitution, women, relationships, criminal heroes, neo realism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, tokyo, japan
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 7.5
 5K
Dodes'ka-den
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, reflective, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: poverty, redemption, mentally challenged, childhood, samurai, human nature, life philosophy, human spirit, dreams, loneliness, homeless, fantasy world ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 7.2
 123K
Winter's Bone
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: bleak, realistic, atmospheric, tense, serious ...
Plot: small town, poverty, mental illness, death, violence, neo noir, drinking, track down, drugs/alcohol, down on your luck, realism, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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 7.6
 4K
Bandit Queen
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, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, assassination, poverty, sexual abuse, brutality, rape, revenge, violence, redemption, indians, sexualized violence, life & death ...
Time: 80s
Place: india, asia
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 8.6
 617K
City of God
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: bleak, realistic, stylized, disturbing, epic ...
Plot: coming of age, crime, innocence lost, poverty, violence, organized crime, gangster, gang, redemption, revenge, photographer, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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Children of Heaven
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: poverty, family, children, school, race, siblings relations, islam, childhood, sisters, hopes, family bonds, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, tehran iran
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 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes
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, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: irish, poverty, childhood, prejudice, storytelling, drinking, coming of age, death, drugs/alcohol, children, catholicism, book ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, boston ...
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Once Were Warriors
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, intense, brutal ...
Plot: violence, rape, dysfunctional family, poverty, alcohol abuse, child abuse, unemployment, domestic violence, funeral, drugs/alcohol, family life, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
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 8.7
 23K
Harakiri
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, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, suicide, revenge, poverty, storytelling, death, life is a bitch, visceral, life & death, mentor, tragedy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.2
 23K
Frozen River
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: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, suspense ...
Plot: poverty, survival, working class, single parent, money, chase, friendship, gambling, unlikely criminals, culture clash, mentor, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, canada, usa, california, new york state ...
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Captain Phillips
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, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, poverty, hijacking, hostage, survival, ship, brutality, courage, pirate, culture clash, ocean or sea, ocean ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2009
Place: somalia, africa, united states, kenya, virginia ...
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 7.8
 108K
Boyz n the Hood
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: realistic, tense, gloomy, serious, intense ...
Plot: hip hop, friendship, coming of age, poverty, violence, gangster, drugs, revenge, tragedy, storytelling, vengeance, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, cuba, south central los angeles
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 8.0
 162K
Cinderella Man
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: emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: underdog, boxing, poverty, depression, sport, rags to riches, athlete's life, comeback, training, supportive spouse, courage, mentor ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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 7.8
 10K
Machuca
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, Spain, UK, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: friendship, school, coming of age, politics, childhood, poverty, communism, civil war, military, male nudity, political, capitalism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: latin america, chile, south america, argentina, spain ...
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The Motorcycle Diaries
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, realistic, road movie, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: friendship, motorcycle, destiny, coming of age, poverty, freedom, road trip, idealism, revolution, drinking, buddies, political ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: argentina, latin america, colombia, south america, usa ...
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 8.1
 90K
Elite Squad
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA, Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, brutal, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, police corruption, poverty, torture, police, law enforcement, fighting crime, police brutality, violence, corruption, drugs, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, crime, political corruption, police, politics, corruption, fighting the system, torture, organized crime, poverty, violence, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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Beasts of the Southern Wild
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: surreal, emotional, stylized, touching, bleak ...
Plot: coming of age, poverty, childhood, father daughter relationship, storytelling, hospital, single father, natural disaster, terminal illness, child abuse, global warming, storm ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa
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 7.5
 118K
Trading Places
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Style: humorous, clever, witty, not serious, feel good ...
Plot: rags to riches, screwball, poverty, fish out of water, drinking, revenge, millionaire, business, unlikely partners, verbal byplay, prostitution, homeless ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city
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 6.4
 1K
A Merry War
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: humorous, clever, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: poverty, book, writing, literature, money, fall in love, poetry, artist, life philosophy, working class, writer's life, drinking ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s
Place: england, europe, london
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 7.3
 26K
Thug
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 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, realistic, emotional, serious, rough ...
Plot: redemption, crime, violence, poverty, gang, gangster, friendship, hip hop, drinking, violent, childhood, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston
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To Kill a Mockingbird
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: atmospheric, touching, disturbing, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: racism, small town, courtroom, lawyer, idealism, court, courtroom drama, childhood, prejudice, morality, poverty, coming of age ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: alabama, usa
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7.4
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