Films about street children

Films about street children
List of the best films about street children according to visitors: Eternity and a Day, Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets, Capernaum, Beyond the Blackboard, Babysitting, The Child, Neds, LUV, Inhale, Slumdog Millionaire.

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

Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Greece, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany
CharactersWriters, Terminally ill, Street children, Poets
PlotWedding, Life, Death, Border, Family life
PlaceOcean, Greece, Hospitals
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Serious

Alexander, a famous writer, is very ill and has only a few days to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania. Alexander then takes the boy home.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryMorocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, USA
CharactersTeens, Friends, Street children, Poor
PlotSurvival, Revenge, Friendship
PlaceSea, Islands, Africa
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

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 revenge. Ali wants to become a sailor - when he was living with his mother, a prostitute, he used to listen to a fairy tale about the sailor who discovered the miracle island with two suns. Instead of finding his island in the dream, Ali and his friends are confronted with Dib's gang. Matters are getting serious.

Markimdb: 8.4
CountryLebanon, USA, France, Cyprus, Qatar, United Kingdom
CharactersChildrens, Judge, Street children, Large families, Poor
PlotSurvival, Slavery, Hunger
PlacePrison, Court
StyleTo cry, Heavy

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.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, family
CharactersTeachers, Street children, Newlyweds
PlotOn real events
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleTouching, Serious

Inspired by a true story, “Beyond the Blackboard” is about a 24-year-old first-time teacher who makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter’s makeshift classroom. Set in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this movie tells the story a brand-new teacher and Mom who is given a tougher than expected teaching job and winds up teaching homeless children in a school that is housed in a room and called, literally, The School with No Name. She has some personal prejudicial hurdles to cross before she is able to be a true teacher for these children and of course there are hurdles like the lack of books and supplies.

Markimdb: 6.8
CharactersStreet children
PlotInvestigation, Friendship, Birthday, Missing people
PlaceParty, France
StyleFascinating, For men

Looking for a baby-sitter for the night, Marc Schaudel entrusts his son Remy to the care of his employee Franck, a straight man. But the thing that Marc doesn't know, is that Franck is getting 30 years old this weekend and that his son Remy is a very capricious child. The next day, Marc and his wife Claire are awakened by a call from the police. Remy and Franck are missing, and the house is totally devastated. The police finds a camera in the leftovers. Marc, Claire and the police start watching the video that has been recorded the day before during the night and find out what happened to Franck and Remy.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryBelgium, France
CharactersStreet children, Babies
PlacePrison, France, Small cities
StyleAction, Soulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive

Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Italy
CharactersTeens, Street children
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive

NEDs (Non Educated Delinquents) is the story of a young man’s journey from prize-winning schoolboy to knife-carrying teenager. Struggling against the low expectations of those around him, John McGill changes from victim to avenger, scholar to NED, altar boy to glue sniffer. When he attempts to change back again, his new reality and recent past make conformity near impossible and violent self determination near inevitable.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, crime
CharactersStreet children, Orphans
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Touching, Serious

Over the course of one day, a shy 13-year-old forms a bond with his troubled uncle.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama
CharactersStreet children
StyleExciting, Serious, Disturbing

A couple goes to dangerous lengths to find a lung donor for their daughter.

Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, India
CharactersTeens, Police, Friends, Street children, Orphans
PlotLove, Travel, Relationship, Money, True love
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Oscars, Touching, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, musical, family
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersDogs, Thieves, Friends, Street children, Orphans
PlaceEngland, London
Time19th century
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, a classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the workhouse and joins up with a group of boys headed by the Artful Dodger and trained to be pickpockets by master thief Fagin.

Markimdb: 6.2
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Portugal
CharactersTeens, Street children
StyleSoulful, Serious

An aimless adolescent (Ellen Page) joins several itinerant misfits who live on the fringe of society and welcome at-risk youths into their fold.

Markimdb: 6.5
CharactersTeens, Losers, Street children
PlotOn real events, Survival
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious

After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.

Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersBlonde girls, Police, Friends, Brothers, Cats
PlotLove, Investigation, Pursuit

Even though two brothers are completely separated from each other after the imprisoning of their father and the kidnapping of their twin brother, they meet by coincidence years after when both choose to enter the police academy.

Markimdb: 6.7
CharactersStreet children, Orphans, Poor, Guardian, Defenders
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Action, Fascinating, Tense

In the streets of Istanbul, ailing waste warehouse worker Mehmet takes a small boy under his wing and must soon confront his own traumatic childhood.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Luxembourg
CharactersStreet children
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.

Markimdb: 7.1
CharactersTeens, Friends, Street children
StyleHeavy, Explicit scenes, Serious

A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as he can. When Jenny, a girl who has had sex only once, tests positive for HIV, she knows she contracted the disease from Telly. When Jenny discovers that Telly's idea of "safe sex" is to only have sex with virgins, and is continuing to pass the disease onto other unsuspecting girls, Jenny makes it her business to try to stop him.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CharactersStreet children
PlotRevenge, Rivalry
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense, Depressive

Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a rite of passage and respect is measured in vengeance.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, drama, biography
CountryChile, United Kingdom, France, Japan
CharactersFirefighters, Losers, Street children, Artists
PlotLife, Family life
StyleAtmospheric, Smart, Fancy, Touching, Serious

“Having broken away from my illusory self, I was desperately seeking a path and a meaning to life.” This phrase perfectly sums up Alejandro Jodorowsky’s biographical project: reconstituting the incredible adventure of his life. Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on edge of the Chilean desert, where this film was shot. It was there where he discovered the fundamentals of reality, as he underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, adventure, family, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France
CharactersRobots, Childrens, Thieves, Family, Friends
PlotAdventure, Travel, Magic, Friendship, Fate
PlaceParis, France
StyleExciting, Light, To cry, Steampunk, Fascinating

Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an embittered toy merchant, Hugo embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryBrazil, France
CharactersStreet children
PlotOn real events, Hostage
StyleHeavy, Serious, Disturbing

Sandro was a boy who loved to sing rap, to kiss, to stare the statue of Christ the Redeemer and dreamed to go visit Copacabana. Growing up on streets, the story culminates at the infamous episode of 12th June 2000, when Sandro hijacked bus 174.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, drama, musical
CharactersCinderella, Friends, Street children, Artists
PlotDancing, Music, Friendship, Rivalry

A struggling young dancer joins forces with two breakdancers and together they become a street sensation.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, melodrama, crime, music
CharactersSuperhero, Gangsters, Heroes, Street children
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, By comics, Light, For men

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, music
CharactersStreet children
PlotDancing, Music, Friendship, Hip Hop, Rivalry
PlaceNew York
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Serious

A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers, including Luke and Natalie, team up with NYU freshman Moose, and find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.

Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryBrazil, Argentina, USA, Netherlands
CharactersSpecial Forces, Students, Street children, Poor
PlotOn real events
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, For men

In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, South Africa, Germany, Belgium
PlotAdventure, Revenge, Superpowers, Chase, Fate
PlaceEgypt, Deserts
StyleExciting, Action

In ancient Egypt, peasant Mathayus is hired to exact revenge on the powerful Memnon and the sorceress Cassandra, who are ready to overtake Balthazar's village. Amid betrayals, thieves, abductions and more, Mathayus strives to bring justice to his complicated world.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersTeens, Friends, Street children
PlaceSummer camp

Two 15-year old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, South Africa
CharactersCriminals, Street children, Babies, Poor
PlotFriendship, Hip Hop
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

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 stolen. He decides that it his responsibility to take care of the baby and in the process learns that maybe the gangster life isn’t the best way.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantastic, fantasy, drama, adventure
CountryFrance, Germany, Spain, Belgium, USA
CharactersStreet children
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Dreams
StyleAtmospheric, Gothic

A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.

Markimdb: 7.5
CountryFrance, Italy
CharactersThieves, Gypsies, Street children
PlotWar, Survival, Friendship
PlacePrison, Africa, Serbia
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Touching, Serious

Seven short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist.