Rags to riches movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant rags to riches movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, feel good, serious, interesting, captivating and sentimental films and TV shows about / with rags to riches, ambition, mentor, destiny, storytelling, runaway, catastrophe, culture clash, dialogue and happy ending plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as rags to riches: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Cinderella (2015), The Founder (2016), Aladdin (2019), The Princess Diaries (2001), Limitless (2011), Trading Places (1983), Pretty Woman (1990), Maid in Manhattan (2002).

List of rags to riches movies

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: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, life, life is a bitch, life philosophy, success, single father, salesman, single parent, against the odds ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, realistic, motivational, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, corruption, success, business, greed, dark humor, corporate crimes, rags to riches, stock broker, deception, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987 ...
Place: new york, usa, geneva switzerland, big ben london, italy ...
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 6.9
 169K
Cinderella (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods.
Style: fairy tale, feel good, romantic, sweet, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: cinderella story, fall in love, cinderella, happy ending, disney, imaginary kingdom, love and romance, princess, prince, magic, hopes, rags to riches ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: europe, france
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 7.2
 139K
The Founder (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise ...
Style: motivational, based on true events, inspirational, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: business, salesman, businessman, fast food, mcdonald's restaurant, rags to riches, ambition, family business, capitalism, greed, destiny, betrayal ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1929, year 1940 ...
Place: usa, america, california, beverly hills, minnesota ...
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 6.9
 246K
Aladdin (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A live-action retelling of the 1992 Disney film of the same name.
Style: entertaining, romantic, light, feel good, psychotronic ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: genie, disney, rags to riches, sultan, wish fulfillment, palace, disney princess, arabian nights, treasure, friendship, magic spell, aladdin ...
Time: 18th century
Place: iraq, middle east, saudi arabia, baghdad iraq, arabia
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The Princess Diaries (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A socially awkward but very bright 15-year-old girl being raised by a single mom discovers that she is the princess of a small European country because of the recent death of her long-absent father, who, unknown to her, was the crown prince of ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, funny, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, kids, girls' night, family outing ...
Plot: cinderella story, high school, princess, teenager, teenage life, teenage love, popularity, fish out of water, manners, royal family, rags to riches, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: san francisco, europe, usa, pacific ocean
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 7.4
 547K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract ...
Style: clever, captivating, intellectual, philosophical, cerebral ...
Plot: intelligence, ambition, success, superhuman powers, rise to the top, prodigy, life changing experience, life turned upside down, overnight success, resourceful, greed, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.5
 144K
Trading Places (1983)
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: funny, humorous, feel good, cynical, entertaining ...
Plot: rich and poor, switching roles, millionaire, fish out of water, life turned upside down, rags to riches, suprisingly clever, bet, experiment, wrongful arrest, wager, investor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, philadelphia, new york, manhattan new york city, pennsylvania
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 7.1
 306K
Pretty Woman (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When a millionaire wheeler-dealer enters a business contract with a Hollywood sex worker Vivian Ward, he loses his heart in the bargain.
Style: feel good, romantic, sweet, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: prostitute, opposites attract, rich man poor woman, love and romance, love story, cinderella story, fall in love, romance, social differences, love, shopping, millionaire ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: beverly hills, los angeles, california, usa, san francisco ...
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Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Marisa Ventura is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son. One fateful day, hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall meets Marisa and mistakes her for a ...
Style: romantic, light, sentimental, sweet, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: romance, fall in love, opposites attract, cinderella story, love story, love and romance, class differences, mistaken identity, hotel, single mother, social differences, rags to riches ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biopic of 20-year-old Francis Ouimet who defeated his golfing idol and 1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon.
Style: motivational, captivating, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: golf, rags to riches, sport, underdog, athlete's life, human spirit, prodigy, lifestyle, ambition, social differences, society, rivalry ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 1960s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, new jersey, boston, scotland ...
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Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 2009 biopic about the early life of Coco Chanel. Several years after leaving the orphanage, to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. She's both a seamstress for the performers ...
Style: stylized, factual, sexy, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: fashion, rise to the top, high society, designer, fashion designer, dressmaker, feminism, rags to riches, social climbing, feminist, creativity, fashion model ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: france, europe, paris france, england, new jersey ...
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The White Tiger (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: An ambitious Indian driver uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise to the top. An epic journey based on the New York Times bestseller.
Style: social, captivating, thought provoking, suspense
Plot: rags to riches, caste system, class differences, master servant relationship, chauffeur, driver, religion, success, rich and poor, master and servant, social injustice, social problems ...
Place: new delhi
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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, lyrical, suspense ...
Plot: hip hop, music, gangster, rapper, musician's life, rap, racism, police brutality, rags to riches, gang, feud, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s, year 1987 ...
Place: los angeles, california, milwaukee wisconsin, usa, southern california ...
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Another Cinderella Story (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Music, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A guy who danced with what could be the girl of his dreams at a costume ball only has one hint at her identity: the Zune she left behind as she rushed home in order to make her curfew. And with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in front of him, he ...
Style: feel good, romantic, modern fairy tale, semi serious, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing, date night, pre-teens
Plot: cinderella story, high school, teenage love, cinderella, teenage life, school, love and romance, pop star, youth, singing, dancer, rags to riches ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.2
 5K
Sugar (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Dominican Republic
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sugar is a 2008 sports drama film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. It follows the story of Miguel Santos, a. k. a. Sugar (Algenis Perez Soto), a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro de Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: baseball, athlete, rags to riches, follow your dream, fish out of water, american dream, rookie, sport, ambition, dream come true, against the odds, culture clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: puerto rico, iowa, kansas, usa, caribbean ...
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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, touching, motivational, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, poverty, childhood, destiny, life is a bitch, street kid, society, street life, true love, journey, tv show ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 191 min.
TV show
Story: This limited series chronicles the incredible true story of Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first African American self-made millionaire.
Style: inspirational, feel good, thought provoking, captivating, emotional
Plot: rags to riches, entrepreneur, american dream, hair, social climbing, strong female lead, glory, ambitious man, woman, happy ending, destiny, money raising ...
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The Invention of Lying (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in a world where the concept of lying doesn't exist, a loser changes his lot when he invents lying and uses it to get ahead.
Style: philosophical, humorous, cynical, clever, funny ...
Plot: alternate reality, misfit, love and romance, society, rags to riches, atheism, dishonesty, love triangle, disorder, pretense, farce, fictional reality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 13th century
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Great Expectations (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: 'Great Expectations' opens with Pip as a boy (played as an young man by newcomer Douglas Booth, 'The Pillars of the Earth') on the marshes near his home, where he encounters the desperate escapee Magwitch (Winstone). Pip is ...
Style: serious, realistic, twists and turns, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: victorian england, orphan, generosity, lovers, rags to riches, convict, romance, inheritance, destiny, obsession, society, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1820s
Place: england, london
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Two Sons of Francisco (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Brazil
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of Francisco, a very simple and poor man whose dream was to see his children become country music stars, and who made all the efforts to make it happen.
Style: captivating, serious, touching, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: musician's life, rags to riches, obsession, success, death, ambition, rise to the top, society, lifestyle, parents and children, family relations, car accident ...
Place: brazil, latin america
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 6.4
 188
Shirley (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Shirley is the youngest of eight children from a mixed race marriage. By the time she is a toddler the family have moved to the all white area of Splott and by the time she is 12 Shirley has discovered she has an extraordinary voice and can earn ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, based on true events
Plot: rags to riches, interracial relations, family relations, baby, nightclub, ambition, rising to stardom, musician's life, youth, society, artists and showbiz, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 60s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: wales, england, glasgow scotland, europe
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The Great Gatsby (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche ...
Style: stylized, sentimental, bad ending, serious, captivating ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: high society, loneliness, millionaire, love and romance, obsession, love triangle, social differences, destructive relationship, obsessive love, american dream, unfulfilled love, party ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, long island, midwest
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 6.6
 16K
Hands of Stone (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Panama, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.
Style: captivating, realistic, exciting, tense, serious ...
Plot: rivalry, rags to riches, sport, boxer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, athlete and trainer, boxing, boxing match, ends with biographical notes, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s, year 1980
Place: panama
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 7.6
 304K
Lord of War (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world's most ...
Style: clever, cynical, realistic, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: arms dealer, corruption, arms dealing, smuggling, greed, cold war, interpol, millionaire, human nature, rise and fall, criminal heroes, pride and honor ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 2001 ...
Place: bolivia, europe, africa, brooklyn new york city, new york ...
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 8.8
 1.9M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, inspirational, sincere ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, human spirit, journey, destiny, philosophy, true love, rise to the top, storytelling, human relationship, love, selflessness ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china, united states ...
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The Mambo Kings (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Mambo Kings tells the story of César and Nestor Castillo, brothers and aspiring musicians who flee from Cuba to America in search of the American Dream.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: latin, music, musician's life, romance, performer's life, true love, family relations, ambition, rags to riches, brother brother relationship, love triangle, fame ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, usa, havana cuba ...
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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.
Style: captivating, sentimental, dramatic, stylized, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, women, brothel, rivalry, japanese culture, mentor, love and romance, older man younger woman relationship, loss of virginity, loss of sister, unfulfilled love, secret love ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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 7.0
 4K
Elvis (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: elvis presley, price of fame, celebrity culture, rags to riches, musician's life, music, desire for fame, rock music, music band, showbiz, relationship vs career, performer's life ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: mississippi
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 7.7
 143K
Ray (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, jazz, musician, pianist, african american, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, music, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, boston, tokyo, san francisco ...
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