Street life movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant street life movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, sincere, rough, touching and bleak films and TV shows about / with street life, society, life is a bitch, crimes, friendship, violence, youth, murder, cigarette smoking and police officer plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as street life: Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Capernaum (2018), 25 Watts (2001), Paradise Alley (1978), Paid in Full (2002), Wakefield (2016), Rumble in the Bronx (1995), Prince (2015), Tsotsi (2005), Judas and the Black Messiah (2021).

List of street life movies

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, poverty, against the odds, childhood, life is a bitch, destiny, street kid, tv show, society, journey, street life, true love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 84K
Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, 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: social, rough, sad, cynical, dark ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, neglected child, misery, child protagonist, traumatic childhood, refugee, child neglect, child labor, low lives, life is a bitch ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 2K
25 Watts (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Uruguay
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Montevideo, Saturday, 7 in the morning. El Leche, Javi, and Seba have not gone to sleep yet. Tired and bored, they sit in the usual wall fence to have a beer. On a lazy summer Saturday the three boys each with their own worries—studies, work, and, ...
Style: semi serious, psychological, realistic, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: street life, friendship, love and romance, crimes, mother son relationship, friends, teenage life, buddies, drug dealing, father son relationship, friend, kids in trouble ...
Time: contemporary
Place: uruguay
Is relevant ?
Paradise Alley (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Sylvester Stallone is fighting the odds again, this time in the wrestling ring. As Cosmo Carboni, he and his two brothers dream of getting out of Hell's Kitchen (circa 1946) and into the big time. The exit signs point to Paradise Alley, a ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sincere, touching
Plot: arm wrestling, sport, wrestling, street life, family relations, family feud, ghetto, racial slur, life is a bitch, ambition, siblings relations, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two
Place: new york, usa
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 7.0
 12K
Paid in Full (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. Soon, Ace finds himself dealing cocaine for Lulu. Via lucky ...
Style: tense, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: urban ghetto life, drug dealing, gang, rise and fall, urban ghetto, organized crime, street gang, street life, cocaine, social decay, criminal heroes, friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 17K
Wakefield (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man's nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.
Style: serious, psychological, sad
Plot: nervous breakdown, jealousy, loneliness, attic, midlife crisis, missing person, homeless man, street life, marriage, hiding, neighbor, absent father ...
Place: manhattan new york city
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Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, entertaining, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gang, martial artist, street life, supermarket, righting the wronged, one against many, kung fu, rescue, hostage, gangsters, revenge ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, bronx new york city, usa, manhattan new york city, hong kong ...
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 1K
Prince (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A troubled teenager attempts to conquer the girl he's in love with, who seems out of reach. He's lured into criminal activities and becomes alienated from family and friends.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic
Plot: juvenile delinquency, teenage love, wooing, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, crimes, drug dealing, youth gang, street life, group of friends, interracial friendship, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 28K
Tsotsi (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, sincere, emotional, captivating, rough ...
Plot: bully, poverty, gang, redemption, baby, murder, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, johannesburg south africa, africa, boston
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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: violence, assassination, betrayal, murder, civil rights, betrayal by friend, street life, freedom, informant, fbi agent, prison guard, justice ...
Time: 60s, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois
Is relevant ?
Time Out of Mind (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Evicted from his squat and suddenly alone on the streets, George is a man without a home. Struggling with his demons and desperately trying to connect with the daughter he abandoned, he navigates the system, hustling for change and somewhere safe ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: down on your luck, social decay, estrangement, society, hopes, life is a bitch, redemption, parents and children, homelessness, depression, friendship, street life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 504
No and Me (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: At thirteen-years-old, with an unusually high IQ and a knack for observing things about other people, Lou Bertignac is not only the youngest in her class at school; she is also the most unusual. Painfully shy, she has few friends, save for Lucas, ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, feel good
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teen drinking, high school, depression, teenage life, social differences, human spirit, youth, gain trust, life is a bitch, society, best friends, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Morocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's ...
Style: captivating, serious, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, homeless, poverty, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, friendship, society, youth, gang, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 347
MacArthur Park (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A portrait of a homeless park community bonded by crack cocaine addiction. In the park's drug-fixated shantytown, Cody is a kind of crackhead father figure who helps his friends when they are in trouble or in desperate need of a ...
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, sincere, realistic
Plot: drug abuse, downfall, life is a bitch, social decay, youth, rehabilitation, crimes, lifestyle, addiction, social misfits, urban ghetto life, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
Is relevant ?
The Little Polish (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 92 min.
Story: At age 13, a street kid known as "El Polaquito" makes his living mostly by singing tangos (originally sung by his namesake, the singer "El Polaco") on Buenos Aires commuter trains. He falls in love with a 16 year old prostitute, ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, bleak
Plot: prostitute, train, orphan, juvenile delinquency, love affair, teenage life, street kid, realism, rescue, romance, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 28K
Beyond Borders (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in ...
Style: touching, captivating, emotional, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: charity, surgery, starvation, desert, pianist, un, landmine, love affair, romance, negotiation, obsessive quest, war ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1989, year 1984 ...
Place: africa, london, england, cambodia, chechnya ...
Is relevant ?
Everything's Jake (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, psychological
Plot: friendship, teaching the ways of the world, survival, life is a bitch, lifestyle, social misfits, society, injustice, homelessness, street life, down on your luck, homeless ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
Our Lady of the Assassins (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Colombia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: World-weary arthur Fernando has returned to his native Colombia to live out his days in peace. But Fernando's once-quiet hometown has become a hotbed of violence, drugs and corruption. On the brink of despair, Fernando meets Alexis, a ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, rough, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: gay, gang, murder, drug dealing, vengeance, teenage life, fall in love, love affair, life is a bitch, youth, friendship, poverty ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia, los angeles, usa, latin america, tokyo ...
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 3.6
 433
Backfire (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After a botched robbery escalates to homicide, a north Philly gun runner has to escape or outsmart the south Philly Italian mob as they close in for vengeance.
Style: suspense, captivating, suspenseful, tense, touching ...
Plot: swashbuckler, violence, mob hit, african american man, mafioso, mafia, criminal underworld, mob violence, street life, african american, mercilessness, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century
Place: philadelphia
Is relevant ?
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play.
Style: suspense, serious, uplifting, rough
Plot: blues, black american, promise, pianist, fired from the job, african american, songwriter, bigger dreams, street life, female protagonist, musician, racism ...
Time: 1920s
Place: chicago illinois, atlanta georgia, birmingham alabama, detroit, alabama ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 1K
Street Days (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A middle-aged, unemployed heroin-addict, Checkie, loiters on the Tbilisi street outside his son’s school, where he himself was once a promising student. His wife, meanwhile, struggles to pay the tuition and understand her husband’s lack of ...
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, moral dilemma, friendship, betrayal, down on your luck, society, realism, dishonesty, drug abuse, drugs, street life, blackmail ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia (former ussr), tbilisi
Is relevant ?
Where Is Kyra? (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Pushed to the brink after losing her job, a woman struggles to survive. As the months pass and her troubles deepen, she embarks on a perilous and mysterious journey that threatens to usurp her life.
Style: melancholic, rough, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: black american, name calling, poverty, husband wife relationship, police detective, eviction notice, pregnancy, death of mother, ex husband ex wife relationship, theft, ambulance, old woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brooklyn new york city, usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 1K
Downtown 81 (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, witty, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: prodigy, art, musician's life, twentysomething life, artist, street life, performer's life, artists and showbiz, youth, lifestyle, eviction, city life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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 6.2
 1K
Pinero (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rise and fall, society, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, couple relations, human nature, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 730
Siddharth (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, India
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A chain-wallah from Delhi travels across India in search of his missing son, in the hopes that whoever took him, returns him unharmed.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, psychological, sincere, serious ...
Plot: missing child, missing son, social decay, society, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, dehumanization, parents and children, against humanity, on the road, factory worker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, punjab, mumbai india, delhi
Is relevant ?
Brooklyn Babylon (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, interracial relations, culture clash, social differences, tragic love, social decay, unlikely couple, opposites attract, musician's life, couples, fall in love, racism ...
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
Is relevant ?
A Children's Story (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story focuses on the life of an 11-year old boy surrounded by criminality and poverty in the suburbs of Naples.
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, youth, juvenile delinquency, friends, society, life is a bitch, social worker, social decay, urban ghetto life, teaching the ways of the world, street life, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, naples italy
Is relevant ?
Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A street whore desperately seeks love and acceptance against the backdrop of the criminal element of early 1970s Times Square.
Style: psychotronic, tragic ending, underground film, sexploitation film
Plot: loan shark, robbery, prostitute, street life, nudity (full frontal - brief), male nudity, sexpot, pawnshop, sex scene, male female relationship, unsimulated sex, female nudity ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Defying his parents, disaffected youth Hsiao Kang drops out of the local cram school to head for the bright lights of downtown Taipei. He falls in with Ah Tze, a young hoodlum, and their relationship is a confused mixture of hero-worship and rivalry ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: family relations, revenge, street life, dysfunctional family, nihilism, vandalism, vengeance, athlete and trainer, school, innocence lost, parents and children, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: taipei, taiwan
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 74
Pure (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Story: A street-savvy teen tries to turn her life around but soon goes back to her old ways.
Plot: street life, flowers, female nudity, flower shop, bank manager, clubbing, lesbian kiss, shower, film starts with sex, sex in kitchen, braless
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