Films about refugees

Films about refugees
List of the best films about refugees, selected by visitors to our site: Birds Are Singing in Kigali, Brooklyn, Motherland, The Terminal, War Photographer, Scarface, The Other Side of Hope, Give Me Liberty, As Long as You're Near Me, Hotel Rwanda.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Genre
Country
Markimdb: 5.6
Genredrama
CountryPoland
CharactersScientists, Birds, Refugees
PlaceAfrica

We meet ornithologist Anna in 1994 just as genocide is raging in Rwanda, perpetrated by the majority Hutus against the Tutsis. Anna manages to save the daughter of a colleague whose family has been murdered, and she takes her to Poland. But the woman returns to Rwanda to visit the graves of her loved ones. The director originally worked on the movie with her husband Krzysztof Krauze (My Nikifor – Crystal Globe, KVIFF 2005), but after his death in 2014 she eventually finished this challenging picture alone.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, Republic of Ireland
Duration02:42
CharactersLosers
PlotTravel, Friendship, Death, Love triangle, True love
PlaceSchool, Ships, Ireland, USA, New York
StyleTo cry, Touching

In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryRussia
StyleFascinating

The story of several Russian emigrants who moved abroad forever. Despite the complete change of scenery and immersion in another culture, they cannot get rid of their love for their motherland, no matter how hard they try.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
CharactersLosers
PlotLoneliness, Fate
PlaceNew York
StyleInteresting, Light, To cry, Cute, Soulful

Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. While quarantined in the transit lounge until authorities can figure out what to do with him, Viktor simply goes on living – and courts romance with a beautiful flight attendant.

Markimdb: 8
Genredocumentary, military
CountryLuxembourg
Duration01:36
CharactersPhotographers, Reporters
PlotWar, Political

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:50
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters, Family, Lovers
PlotSkirmishes, Money, Drug addict, Weapon, Success
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryFinland, Germany
Duration02:15
CharactersDogs, Refugees
PlotGambling, Poker, Parenting
StyleFascinating, Serious

A restaurateur befriends a Syrian refugee who has recently arrived in Finland.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersMusicians, Jews, Scammers, Drivers
PlotDancing, Adventure, Money, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceNight Clubs
StyleLight, Soulful, Fascinating

When a riot breaks out in Milwaukee, America's most segregated city, medical transport driver Vic is torn between his promise to get a group of elderly Russians to a funeral and his desire to help Tracy, a young black woman with ALS.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryWest Germany

As Long as You're Near Me (German: Solange Du da bist) is a 1953 West German drama film directed by Harald Braun. It was entered into the 1954 Cannes Film Festival.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration02:01
CharactersPhotographers, Nurses, Reporters
PlotWar, On real events, Death, Fear
PlaceAfrica, Hotels
StyleHeavy

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryRussia, Germany, Poland, China, Kazakhstan
Duration01:49
CharactersDogs, Puppies, Cats, Babies, Poor
PlotSurvival, Snow, Debts
PlaceRussia, Metro, Moscow
StyleHeavy, Sad ones

A young Asian immigrant worker in Moscow tried to track down her baby, whom she abandoned at the hospital.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
PlotLove, Survival, Money, Supernatural
PlacePoland, New York
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

1921 New York. An immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredocumentary, news
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
PlaceUSA

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems, and native communities across the planet.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Snipers, Mafia, Lifeguards, Defenders
PlotSkirmishes, Road adventures, Border, The escape, Money
PlaceHotels, USA
StyleFor men

Jim Hanson’s quiet life is suddenly disturbed by two people crossing the US/Mexico border – a woman and her young son – desperate to flee a Mexican cartel. After a shootout leaves the mother dead, Jim becomes the boy’s reluctant defender. He embraces his role as Miguel’s protector and will stop at nothing to get him to safety, as they go on the run from the relentless assassins.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, detective, film noir
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:44
CharactersSpy, Writers, Actors
PlotInvestigation, Conspiracies, Mystery, Funeral
PlaceCemetery
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Smart, Gloomy

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, military, history
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:16
CharactersMilitary
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceRussia
TimeGreat Patriotic War
StyleHeavy, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.

Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:23
CharactersJournalists, Photographers
PlotAdventure, Travel, Revolution, Treasures, Gems
PlaceAfrica
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Serious, Disturbing

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed countrywide.

Markimdb: 8.8
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure
CountryNew Zealand, USA
Duration02:59
CharactersKings, Heroes, Elves, Orcs, Friends
PlotLove, War, Time travel, Adventure, Travel
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Epic

Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, detective, military
CountryCanada, France
Duration02:19
CharactersStrong women, Twins
PlotTravel
PlacePrison
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, Heavy

A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:50
CharactersFriends, Losers, Teachers, Refugees
PlotFriendship, Swimming, Love with age difference
PlaceFrance
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can't swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won't be as easy as he imagined... The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama
CountrySouth Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada
Duration01:52
CharactersAliens
PlotApocalypse, Adventure, Travel, UFO, Alien invasion
PlaceAfrica
TimeFuture
StyleInteresting, Exciting, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United (MNU).

Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryDenmark, Finland, USA, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway
Duration02:58
CharactersGangsters
PlotBank robbery, Revenge, Slavery, Betrayal, Mystery
PlaceMountains, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Smart, Explicit scenes, Makes me think

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy
CountryFrance
Duration01:35
CharactersLosers
PlotRivalry
PlaceCourt, Paris, France
StyleLight, Cute, Inspirational, Fancy

Maya is living the ultimate fashionistas dream: she is working as a stylist for one of the French trend setters, in the capital of haute-couture: Paris. One of the IT girls of fashion, shes following her dreams until one night, when her life takes a sudden turn: shes being deported back to Morocco, after being stopped for over speeding, because her Visa expired some time ago. So in no more than 24 hours, shes deported back to her family and original country. The strong cultural shock and the judgmental differences are pushing the woman to obtain back her place in the city of dreams and her dreams, no matter the costs. But that doesn't mean she will have to return alone, as she finds other things also among her way back to the city.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryItaly, USA
Duration01:40
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotLove, War, Passion, Obsession, Loneliness
PlaceItaly, Small cities
StyleAtmospheric, Touching, Serious

On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her husband, Nico. He promptly goes off to war, leaving her to the lustful eyes of the men and the sharp tongues of the women. During the next few years, as Renato grows toward manhood, he watches Malèna suffer and prove her mettle. He sees her loneliness, then grief when Nico is reported dead, the effects of slander on her relationship with her father, her poverty and search for work, and final humiliations. Will Renato learn courage from Malèna and stand up for her?

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:35
CharactersNurses
PlotLove, War, Obsession, Expeditions, Fate
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, To cry, Fascinating, Touching

In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of love, betrayal, and politics.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
CharactersTeens, Lifeguards, Scientists, Fathers
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Apocalypse, End of the world, Tsunami
PlaceNew York
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleExciting, Disturbing

After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall tries to warn the world while also shepherding to safety his son, trapped in New York after the city is overwhelmed by the start of the new big freeze.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:13
CharactersRefugees
PlaceParis
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic

In winter of 1938, Paris is crowded with refugees from the Nazis, who live in the black shadows of night, trying to evade deportation. One such is Dr. Ravic, who practices medicine illegally and stalks his old Nazi enemy Haake with murder in mind. One rainy night, Ravic meets Joan Madou, a kept woman cast adrift by her lover's sudden death. Against Ravic's better judgement, they become involved in a doomed affair.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, crime
CountryMexico
Duration01:36
PlotTravel, Chase
PlaceTrains, Mexico
StyleHeavy, Serious, Disturbing

Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and two teen gang members, for whom the Mara Salvatrucha is near their entire universe, become interlaced on the train to the border, a journey that will determine the future of their lives

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersLawyers, Refugees
PlotPursuit, Chase, Fate, Justice, Female friendship
PlaceSchool, Court, USA, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Serious

The true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood and how she singlehandedly changed the U.S. law of asylum to save women's lives.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:21
CharactersPriests, Farmers, Refugees
PlotOn real events, Religious
PlaceUSA, Asia
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense, Touching, Disturbing

ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.





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