Movies about the poor

List of the best movies for melodramas about the poor, selected by visitors to our site: Aladdin, Tell It to the Bees, The Princess Switch, The Lodgers, Kings, Southside with You, The Butterfly's Dream, Bel Ami, In Time, Slumdog Millionaire
In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Aladdin (2019)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, musical, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration02:24
CharactersPoor, Princesses, Genie, Thieves, Lions, Tigers, Giants, Monkeys
PlotFulfillment of desires, First love, Treasures, Chase
Time18th century
StyleLight, Disney

A kindhearted street urchin named Aladdin embarks on a magical adventure after finding a lamp that releases a wisecracking genie while a power-hungry Grand Vizier vies for the same lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Tell It to the Bees (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:51
CharactersLesbians, Bees, Poor
PlaceSmall cities, Scotland
StyleMakes me think, Touching

Dr. Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia into Jean's world.

The Princess Switch (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 6)
Genremelodrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:45
CharactersPoor, Princesses
PlotRelationship, Love, Mystery
TimeNew Year
StyleKind, For girls, Netflix, Womens in main roles, Light, Cute

When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmastime plan to trade places.

The Lodgers (2017)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, thriller, melodrama, drama
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Duration01:33
CharactersSoldier, Twins, Poor
PlotSupernatural, Curses, Mystery, Ghosts, Witchcraft
PlaceIreland, Mansions, Lake
StyleGothic, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

1920, rural Ireland. Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; and if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother - and with the curse that haunts them.

Kings (2017)
Mark6 (imdb: 5)
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Belgium, China, USA
Duration02:21
CharactersPolice, Single mothers, Foster children, Neighbors, Poor
PlotDeath
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles
StyleDepressive, Tense

A foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.

Southside with You (2016)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:28
CharactersLawyers, Poor, Presidential, Fathers
PlotLove, Political, Art, Cars, On real events
PlaceUSA, College, Office
TimeSummer

Chronicles a single day in the summer of 1989 when the future president of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side.

The Butterfly's Dream (2013)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryTurkey
Duration02:18
CharactersTeachers, Friends, Poets, Poor
PlotLove, On real events
PlaceTurkey
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Touching, Fascinating

In a small Turkish town, two young tuberculous poets try to survive while publishing their poems. As they both fall in love, their life would never be the same.

Bel Ami (2012)
Mark4.8 (imdb: 5.4)
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Italy
Duration01:38
CharactersJournalists, Poor
PlotJealousy
PlaceFrance
StyleFascinating

Georges Duroy travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.

In Time (2011)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrefantastic, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersPoor, Thieves
PlotRevolution, Love, Money, Survival, Fate, Hostage, Chase
PlaceGhetto, USA
TimeFuture
StyleTense, For men

In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as 'time keepers'.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 8)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:00
CharactersPoor, Teens, Police, Friends, Orphans
PlotLove, Money, Relationship, Fate, False accusations, Travel
PlaceIndia
StyleTouching

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.

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Sleep Dealer (2008)
Markimdb: 6
Genrefantastic, thriller, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Mexico
CharactersTeachers, Poor
PlotVirtual Reality, Computers, Survival, Death, Loneliness
PlaceMexico
TimeFuture
StyleDepressive, For men, Disturbing

Set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology.

Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.6)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, family
CountryUSA, India
Duration02:33
CharactersPoor
PlaceNew York
StyleSoulful, To cry, Touching

A poor New York resident, who is of Indian origin, dreams of becoming a fast car race driver. He endeavors, and his efforts are rewarded when he selected by a little-known group called 'RACING SADDLES'. He joins them and soon becomes their ace race driver. This man, whose name is Rajveer, then meets with a rich American woman, also of Indian origin, whose name is Radhika. Both fall in love with each other. They cannot get married, because Radhika's family hates Rajveer mainly because he is very poor. But Radhika is very stubborn, so she marries him. She loses all her rights to her family's wealth. They get married and become parents of two children. They also become very rich. Then Rajveer has an accident which changes their lives forever. They get into debt and stand to lose everything. Will Radhika be forced to return back to her family?

Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:58
CharactersTrainers, Poor, Nurses
PlotSoccer
PlaceEngland, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, For men, To cry

Like millions of kids around the world, Santiago harbors the dream of being a professional footballer...However, living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles, he thinks it is only that--a dream. Until one day an extraordinary turn of events has him trying out for Premiership club Newcastle United.

Rent (2005)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, musical
CountryUSA
Duration02:15
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Musicians, Lawyers, Friends, Poor
PlotMissing people
PlaceNew York
StyleFascinating, To cry

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village, New York, USA. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, HIV/AIDS, and modern day life.

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Mark10 (imdb: 8.1)
Genremelodrama, drama, musical, adventure, sport
CountryIndia
Duration03:44
CharactersPoor
PlotJealousy, Love triangle, Adventure, On real events
PlaceVillage
StyleTouching, Exciting, Fascinating, Patriotic

In 1890s India, an arrogant British commander challenges the harshly taxed residents of Champaner to a high-stakes cricket match.

Aladdin (1992)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 8)
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, musical, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersGenie, Wizards, Poor, Princesses, Family, Thieves, Tigers
PlotAdventure, First love, Love
PlaceDeserts, Caves
StyleFor children, Cute, Disney

Princess Jasmine grows tired of being forced to remain in the palace, so she sneaks out into the marketplace, in disguise, where she meets street-urchin Aladdin. The couple falls in love, although Jasmine may only marry a prince. After being thrown in jail, Aladdin becomes embroiled in a plot to find a mysterious lamp, with which the evil Jafar hopes to rule the land.

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.1)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersGay, Fathers, Rabbits, Poor
PlotLove, Death, Loneliness
StyleTouching, Fascinating

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike's estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.

Days of Heaven (1978)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
CharactersFarmers, Poor
PlotLove triangle, Love, Loneliness
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Philosophical

In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

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