Movies about the poor

Movies about the poor
List of the best movies about the poor, selected by visitors to our site: Skater Girl, In the Heights, Isi & Ossi, Beasts Clawing at Straws, The Great Dictator, The Impostors, The Ladykillers, The Apartment, Blueberry Hill, City Lights.

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

Skater Girl (2021)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, family, sport
CountryIndia, USA
CharactersTeens, Skaters, Poor
PlotCompetitions
PlaceIndia
StyleWomens in main roles

Prerna, a teenager growing up in rural India, comes of age when she’s introduced to the sport of skateboarding. As a result, she has to fight the odds to follow her dreams and compete in the national championship.

In the Heights (2021)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, musical
CountryUSA
CharactersPoor
PlotLove, Dancing, Money, Dreams, Success
PlaceNew York
StyleSoulful, Uplifting

The story of Usnavi, a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic or staying in Washington Heights.

Isi & Ossi (2020)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryGermany
CharactersTeens, Poor
PlotMoney

Isi and Ossi couldn't be any more different: She's a billionaire's daughter from Heidelberg, he's a struggling boxer from the nearby town of Mannheim. But when Isi meets Ossi, the two quickly realize that they can take advantage of one another: She dates the broke boxer to provoke her parents and get them to fund a long-desired chef training in New York. He tries to rip off the rich daughter to finance his first professional boxing match. Their plans soon develop into emotional chaos that challenges everything the two believe to know about money, career and love.

Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersPoor
PlotMoney
PlaceAsia
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, Serious, By books, Fascinating

The destinies of hard-luck lowlifes slowly converge and come crashing down: Jung-man barely gets by working at a sauna and taking care of his sick mother until he finds a bag full of cash in the locker room; Tae-young is in trouble after his girlfriend runs away with the money he borrowed from a loan shark. Soon, a dead body mysteriously turns up; Mi-ran, caught between her husband’s violence and a dead-end job as a bar hostess, she finds a young lover, Jin-tae who offers to kill her husband… And now their dog-eat-dog game starts.

The Great Dictator (1940)
Duration02:05
CharactersJews, Soldier, Hairdressers, Doubles
PlotSurvival, Political
PlaceGhetto
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

The Impostors (1998)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersTerrorists, Stewardesses, Actors
PlotWeapon
PlaceShips, New York

In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stow away on a ship to hide from a drunken, belligerent lead actor who has sworn to kill them for belittling his talents.

The Ladykillers (2004)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersFriends, Cats, Sheriffs
PlotRobbery
PlaceIslands, Ships
StyleLight, Smart, Fancy, Black humor

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord – a sharp old woman.

The Apartment (1960)
Duration02:05
CharactersGirlfriends, Lovers
PlotLoneliness, Love triangle, Holidays
PlaceParty, Office, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Smart, Touching

Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he's left with a major problem to solve.

Blueberry Hill (1988)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA

In a small town in the 1950s, Ellie Dane loses her musician father, and her mother suddenly turns away from her. She finds solace in wise jazz singer Hattie Cale and learns that she's inherited her dad's skill at the piano. But she also begins to uncover dark truths about her family's past and the reason for her mother's emotional distance. A rich jazz score accompanies this moving drama.

City Lights (1931)
Duration01:27
CharactersMillionaires, Blind, Surgeons, Poor
PlotLove, Self-sacrifice
StyleRomantic, Touching

City Lights is the first silent film that Charlie Chaplin directed after he established himself with sound accompanied films. The film is about a penniless man who falls in love with a flower girl. The film was a great success and today is deemed a cult classic.

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Tomorrow's Weather (2003)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryPoland
CharactersPriests

A man, after having abandoned his family to live in a monastery, goes back into the world after 17 years.

The Faculty (1998)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, comedy, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersTeens, Aliens, Teachers, Teachers
PlotFight, Alien invasion
PlaceSchool, USA, Small cities
StyleFascinating, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers really are from another planet! As mind-controlling parasites rapidly begin spreading from the faculty to the students' bodies, it's ultimately up to the few who are left – an unlikely collection of loners, leaders, nerds and jocks – to save the world from alien domination.

Lucky Case (2017)
Markimdb: 4
Genrecomedy
CountryRussia
Duration02:18
CharactersFriends, Poor
PlotAdventure, Friendship
PlaceRussia, Moscow

A group of friends suddenly hit jackpot in a state lottery so now they must decide how to spend the money. Unfortunately their wives don't really agree with all the plans.

The Measure of a Man (2015)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:39
CharactersPoor
PlotFuneral, Rivalry
PlaceFrance
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Serious

At the age of 51 and after 20 months on unemployment, Thierry starts a new job that soon brings him face to face with a moral dilemma. How much is he willing to accept to keep his job?

Ayka (2019)
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.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersChildrens, Losers, Fish, Poor
PlotFlooding
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy, Gloomy, Touching

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink in 'the Bathtub', a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe—for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.

Queen of Katwe (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:35
CharactersChildrens, Parents, Poor, Widows
PlotOn real events, Chess, Supernatural, Chase, Happiness
PlaceParallel worlds, Africa, USA, Small cities
TimeFuture
StyleInteresting, Light, Inspirational, Soulful, Fascinating

A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.

I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Belgium
Duration02:04
CharactersDisabled people, Single mothers, Poor
PlotFriendship, Loneliness, Death, Depression, Political
PlaceEngland
StyleTouching, Heartbreaking

A middle aged carpenter, who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

Much Loved (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Morocco
CharactersLesbians, Rich, Taxi drivers, Poor
PlotDancing, Witchcraft
PlaceParty, Beach, Night Clubs
StyleFascinating, Tense, Makes me think, Touching

A social drama about four marginalized prostitutes in Marrakech and their complex relations with their families and society at large.

Ixcanul (2015)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryGuatemala, France
Duration02:04
CharactersTeens, Snake, Poor
PlotOn real events, Volcanoes
PlaceHospitals
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

María, a 17-year-old Kaqchikel Maya, lives with her parents on a coffee plantation at the foot of an active volcano. She is set to be married to the farm's foreman. But María longs to discover the world on the other side of the mountain, a place she cannot even imagine. And so she seduces a coffee-harvester who wants to escape to the USA. When this man leaves her behind, María discovers her own world and culture anew.




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