Movies about the poor

List of the best movies about the poor, selected by visitors to our site: The Pursuit of Happyness, Shoplifters, Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., In the Hood, Aladdin, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Guava Island, Capernaum, An Elephant Sitting Still, Bad Seeds.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 8)
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersPoor, Parents
PlotSuccess, On real events
PlaceNew York, USA
StyleTo cry, Inspirational

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Shoplifters (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.9)
Genredrama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:48
CharactersPoor, Family, Orphans, Thieves, Criminals
PlotMystery, Money, Death, Love, Snow, Loneliness, Chase
PlaceJapan, Trains, Prison
StyleHeavy, Disturbing

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (2018)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Sri Lanka
Duration02:18
CharactersPoor, Celebrities, Cats, Journalists, Psychologists, Turtles
PlotSuccess, On real events, Love, Motorcycles
PlaceGhetto, Sea, Aircraft, India, Beach
TimeNew Year

Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

In the Hood (2018)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 2.6)
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration02:04
CharactersPoor, Criminals, Friends, Teens
PlaceRussia, Los Angeles

Vova and his best friend Kisa make ends meet by working for the local thug in Vladivostock, Russia until one assignment forces them to question their own morality and puts their friendship to the ultimate test.

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.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:34
CharactersPoor, Dogs, Students, Teachers
PlotSurvival, Hunger, On real events, Fate, Radio, Justice, Freedom
PlaceSmall cities, School
StyleTo cry, Heavy, Depressive

Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

Guava Island (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrethriller, comedy, music
CountryUSA
CharactersPoor, Musicians, Hired assassins
PlotDancing, Radio
StyleFascinating, Light

Deni Maroon, a musician and dock worker is determined to pull off a music festival against the interests of the local factory owner.

Capernaum (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 8.4)
Genredrama
CountryLebanon, France, USA
Duration02:05
CharactersPoor, Childrens, Large families, Judge
PlotSurvival, Hunger, Slavery
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.

An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)
Mark1 (imdb: 7.8)
Genredrama
CountryChina
Duration02:22
CharactersPoor, Hermits
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleTouching, Soulful

In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the downward spiral in which they find themselves.

Bad Seeds (2018)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrecomedy
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersPoor, Teens, Difficult teens

Wael, a former street child, makes a living from small scams with his adoptive mother and partner-in-crime Monique. When this unconventional duo swindles the wrong guy, Victor, an old acquaintance of Monique now in charge of a support organization for troubled teens, they have no choice but to become his interim secretary and educator in order to redeem themselves.

Ayka (2019)
Mark3.8 (imdb: 7.1)
Genredrama
CountryRussia, Germany, Poland, China, Kazakhstan
Duration01:49
CharactersPoor, Dogs, Cats, Chickens
PlotSurvival, Snow
PlaceMoscow, Russia
StyleHeavy

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

The Hate U Give (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersPoor
PlotDeath, Political, Weapon
PlaceSchool, Ghetto, Party

Raised in a poverty-stricken slum, a 16-year-old girl named Starr now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.

Parasite (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 8.6)
Genrethriller, comedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:07
CharactersPoor, Businessmen, Rich, Scammers
StyleOscars

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

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.

I Am Tempesta (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 5.5)
Genrecomedy
CountryItaly
Duration01:41
CharactersBillionaires, Rich, Poor
PlotPower
PlaceItaly
StyleExciting

Numa Tempesta is a fascinating, charismatic, businessman at the top of his game. Driven by a ruthless, relentless need to succeed, Numa will stop at nothing to close a deal even if it means bending the law. That's until the law catches up to him and to avoid prison, Numa is sentenced to a year of community service in a homeless shelter. While there, Numa cannot conduct any business but he must close the deal of the century or lose his fortune. It will take Numa every crafty bone in his body to find a solution and he may just find it where he least expects it.

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.

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.

The Fool (2014)
Mark9 (imdb: 8)
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:56
CharactersPoor, Family, Plumbers, Heroes, Neighbors
PlotRevenge, Justice, Uprising
PlaceRussia, Hostel, Small cities
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Gloomy, To cry, Action, Tense

The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night.

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'.

Joe the King (1999)
Mark1 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersFamily, Poor, Mothers, Fathers, Teens, Thieves
PlotMoney, Relationship, Robbery
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleAction, Heavy, Gloomy

A destitute 14-year-old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother.




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