Films about refugees

Films about refugees
List of the best films about refugees, selected by visitors to our site: Birds Are Singing in Kigali, The Marksman, The Good Lie, All Saints, Scarface, Saint Judy, The Steel Helmet, Miral, Occupation 101, The Cut.

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

Genre
Country
Birds Are Singing in Kigali (2017)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genredrama
CountryPoland

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.

The Marksman (2021)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA

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.

The Good Lie (2014)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryKenya, India, USA, Canada, South Africa
Duration01:50

A young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to this new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.

All Saints (2017)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:21

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.

Scarface (1983)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:50

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.

Saint Judy (2019)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA

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

The Steel Helmet (1951)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:24

A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Miral (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, history
CountryFrance, Israel, Italy, India, USA
Duration01:52

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Occupation 101 (2006)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration01:30

A thought-provoking documentary on the current and historical causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

The Cut (2014)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, adventure, detective, military, history
CountryGermany, France, Italy, Russia, Poland, Canada, Turkey, Jordan
Duration02:19

In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

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The Crossing (2014)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryChina, Japan, South Korea, USA
Duration02:08

During the Chinese Revolution in 1949, three couples flee from China to an island of Taiwan.

Hearts and Bones (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama
CountryAustralia

A shell-shocked photojournalist, haunted by what he has witnessed on assignment in Africa, returns home on the eve of becoming a father. When one of his photographs threatens to destroy a Sudanese refugee's new life, the two men are reunited by nightmare events from the past.

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama
CountryUSA, Netherlands
Duration01:47

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Up at the Villa (2000)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:55

Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this a tale of death, seduction, blackmail and theft among British and Americans in Florence in the turbulent days just before World War II.

The Other Side of Hope (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryFinland, Germany
Duration02:15

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

Flying Tigers (1942)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:42

Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America's entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers.

Off White Lies (2011)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountryIsrael, France
Duration01:26

In this bittersweet family comedy, shy teenager Libby moves back to Israel to live with her hapless father Shaul, unexpectedly finding herself without a home as war breaks out around them. Shaul devises a creative solution: posing as refugees, they are taken in by a wealthy family in Jerusalem. Finally in a “normal” household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father-daughter relationship, but their false identities can’t last forever.

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration03:06

In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe, but also from the widow of a Nazi general, an idealistic U.S. Army captain and reluctant witness Irene Wallner.

The Last Witness (2018)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Poland
Duration01:56

An ambitious young journalist uncovers the horrific slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers during World War II, a secret kept hidden for far too many years.

Cluny Brown (1946)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:40

Amateur plumber Cluny Brown gets sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate..

Transit (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, drama
CountryGermany, France
Duration01:46

In an attempt to flee Nazi-occupied France, Georg assumes the identity of a dead author but soon finds himself stuck in Marseilles, where he falls in love with Maria, a young woman searching for her missing husband.

The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryCanada
Duration02:27

Sudan, East Africa, 1980. A team of Israeli Mossad agents plans to rescue and transfer thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. To do so, and to avoid raising suspicions from the inquisitive and ruthless authorities, they establish as a cover a fake diving resort by the Red Sea.

Sons of Denmark (2019)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama
CountryDenmark

Denmark, in the near future. One year after a major bomb attack in Copenhagen, political radicalization has intensified and ethnic tensions are increasing. As next year's parliamentary elections approach, in which nationalist leader Martin Nordahl hopes for a landslide victory, Zakaria becomes involved in a radical organization, where he befriends Ali.

Easy Land (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryCanada

Follows a Serbian refugees mother and daughter, as they struggle to navigate the many obstacles facing newcomers to Canada.

In Darkness (2011)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, military
CountryPoland, Germany, Canada
Duration02:25

A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his own good, the thief and burglar hides Jewish refugees for 14 months in the sewers of the Nazi-occupied town of Lvov (formerly Poland).

The Invisibles (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryGermany

Four young Jews survive the Third Reich in the middle of Berlin by living so recklessly that they become "invisible."

In This World (2002)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:01

Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, north-west Pakistan. Entering Turkey on foot through a snowy, Kurdish-controlled pass, the pair again take their lives into their hands and face suffocation when they are locked in a freight container on a ship bound for Italy. From there they plan to travel on to Paris, the Sangatte refuge centre and ultimately asylum in London.

Last Call for Nowhere (2016)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy
CountryFrance
Duration01:52

French border cop José Fernandez has just one last extradition to do before his long-awaited promotion to the crime bureau. But his detainee Akim, victim of a judiciary glitch, is outraged to find himself saddled with the identity of a potential terrorist and put on a flight back to Kabul, where he has never even set foot before! What starts as a routine trip for Fernandez and his skirt-chasing partner Guy goes haywire when their plane is grounded in Malta, forcing them to bunk up with Akim, who will stop at nothing to avoid extradition!

Zaytoun (2012)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, Israel, France

Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot form a tentative bond in their attempt to make their way across war-torn Lebanon back to their home.

Monsoon (2020)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom

Kit can’t remember much of his native Vietnam. When he returns to the Land of the Golden Star for the first time in over thirty years, he takes in his local surroundings as any Western tourist would, and the environment is as exotic as the language is incomprehensible. The aim of Kit’s travels – to find a place to scatter his parents’ ashes – thus becomes part of a journey back to his roots and to the discovery of his identity, which external circumstances have rendered ambiguous and complex.




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