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, dramatic, emotional, harsh and touching films and TV shows about / with poverty, storytelling, mentor, death, society, childhood, runaway, friendship, redemption and life is a bitch plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as poverty: Lilya 4-Ever (2002), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008), Angela's Ashes (1999), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Capernaum (2018), In Time (2011), Frozen River (2008), Lion (2016), La Haine (1995), City of God (2002).

List of poverty movies

 7.9
 40K
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: sincere, bleak, thought provoking, serious, depressing ...
Plot: prostitute, life is a bitch, poverty, sexual abuse, downfall, social decay, teenage life, redemption, youth, slavery, prostitution, rape ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, denmark, russia ...
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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: sincere, clever, realistic, talky
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, innocence, love and romance, village life, dishonesty, couples, family relations, pregnancy, society, master and servant, deception ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: england
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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, emotional, gloomy, disturbing, sentimental ...
Plot: poverty, unemployment, irish, life is a bitch, prejudice, teacher, coming of age, ira, parents and children, rich and poor, injustice, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, usa, europe, new york, america ...
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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: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, poverty, life is a bitch, against the odds, society, street kid, childhood, cheating, human spirit, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
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 8.5
 24K
Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, USA
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.
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, lawsuit, refugee, child protagonist, prison, misery, child bride, judge, cleaning lady, courtroom ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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 6.7
 343K
In Time (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, exciting, stylized, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, immortality, race against time, fighting the system, social differences, chase, love and romance, on the run, chases and races, time, society, poverty ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, los angeles
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 7.2
 23K
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: bleak, tense, realistic, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, christmas, smuggling, desperation, border crossing, illegal immigration, snow, illegal immigrant, ice, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
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 8.1
 183K
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: touching, sentimental, motivational, compassionate, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, poverty, childhood, missing child, train, courage, survival, loneliness, destiny, orphanage, little boy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: year 1986, 2010s
Place: india, australia, melbourne
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 8.1
 130K
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, realistic ...
Plot: skinhead, urban ghetto life, police brutality, racism, poverty, violence, protest, friendship, rebellion, youth, rebel, realism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 8.6
 617K
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, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gang war, social decay, urban ghetto life, society, coming of age, poverty, journalism, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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Little Dorrit (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 420 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: captivating, atmospheric, serious, sincere, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, debt, love and romance, down on your luck, uncover truth, society, struggle, widow widower, death, dying, youth ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe, london
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 8.7
 27K
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, captivating, touching, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: social differences, couple relations, rich and poor, love and romance, prejudice, love affair, pride and honor, fall in love, initially antagonists, unlikely couple, young woman, society ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, 1850s
Place: england
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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, touching, sentimental, compassionate ...
Plot: school, poverty, childhood, siblings relations, family drama, foot race, family, financial problem, young heroes, unemployment, children, health situation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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 7.2
 127K
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: missing person, life is a bitch, family in crisis, small town, poverty, family problems, family relations, social relations, girl, bail, down on your luck, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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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, rape, prejudice, poverty, legal, morality, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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 8.0
 165K
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, sincere, sentimental, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, underdog, athlete's life, comeback, follow your dream, boxing, financial problem, poverty, training, marriage, humiliation ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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 6.8
 7K
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 ...
Style: suspense, exciting, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: poverty, starvation, deserter, revenge, manhunt, oppression, death, brutality, pride and honor, injustice, family, desperation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: ireland
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 7.1
 54K
Becoming Jane (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.
Style: romantic, touching, intellectual, sweet, factual ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: writer's life, love and romance, unfulfilled love, romance, poverty, social differences, prejudice, society, love, couple relations, family, fall in love ...
Time: 18th century, future, 1790s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, london
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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, inspirational, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, against the odds, rise to the top, down on your luck, single parent, hopes, success, ambition, life, parents and children, financial problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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 7.2
 18K
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, road movie, touching, intense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: slum, adventure, police corruption, mischievous children, friends, young heroes, poverty, life turned upside down, on the run, chases and races, escapades, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, rio de janeiro, brazil
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 7.3
 99K
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: emotional, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, social misfits, poverty, fear, aids, physical appearance, parents and children, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 7.3
 27K
Thug (2005)
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, emotional, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: poverty, gang, redemption, robbery, bully, slum, baby, fight, murder, police, criminal, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
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 7.6
 77K
La Vie en Rose (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France, UK, Czech Republic
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A swirling, impressionistic portrait of an artist who regretted nothing, writer-director Olivier Dahan's La Vie en Rose stars Marion Cotillard in a blazing performance as the legendary French icon Edith Piaf. From the mean streets of the ...
Style: touching, uplifting, captivating, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: french, singer, poverty, musician's life, childhood, loss of loved one, manager, death, cabaret, accident, blindness, performer ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: france, europe, normandy, paris france, manhattan new york city ...
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 5.6
 1K
Native Son (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, bleak, surprise ending, disturbing
Plot: poverty, based on a novel, crime and punishment, interracial relations, love, danger, driver, racial issues, forbidden love
Time: 1930s
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, futuristic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, future dystopia, contests and competitions, young heroes, against the odds, heroes, death, killings, trap, life is a bitch, danger, rivalry ...
Time: future
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 7.8
 110K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
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, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, gang, african american, poverty, coming of age, friendship, hip hop, party, football, favoritism, police brutality ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1984, year 1991 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
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 7.8
 10K
Machuca (2004)
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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: politics, friendship, childhood, poverty, sexual initiation, coming of age, dictatorship, bully, teacher, classmate, demonstration, historical event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile, santiago de chile, south america ...
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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, realistic, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: on the road, motorcycle, self discovery, poverty, journey, injustice, letter, friendship, communist, asthma, cuban revolution, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: argentina, latin america, colombia, venezuela, chile ...
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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, touching, stylized ...
Plot: global warming, storm, poverty, boat, single parent, evacuation, fish, african american, flooding, shrimp, hurricane, refugee camp ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, tokyo
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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, serious, depressing, heartbreaking
Plot: child abuse, birthday, grandmother, domineering mother, poverty, sick, doctor, money, mother, grandfather, funeral, swearing ...
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