Movies about the poor

Movies about the poor
List of the best movies about the poor, selected by visitors to our site: Bad Seeds, The Hate U Give, Isi & Ossi, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The Ballad of Narayama, Capernaum, In Time, Joe the King, Paper Lives, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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

Genre
Country
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens, Poor
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Tense, Depressive, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersPoor
PlotFriendship, Death, Weapon, Political, Justice
PlaceSchool, Ghetto, Party
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Makes me think

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.

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.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:34
CharactersDogs, Teachers, Students, Poor
PlotOn real events, Survival, Fate, Hunger, Radio
PlaceSchool, Africa, Small cities
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.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama
CountryJapan
CharactersHorses, Samurai, Snake
PlotLife, Snow, Family life
PlaceVillage, Mountains, Japan, Asia
Time19th century
StyleGloomy, Depressive, Serious

In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first she must make sure that her eldest son Tatsuhei finds a wife.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama
CountryLebanon, USA, France, Cyprus, Qatar, United Kingdom
Duration02:05
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: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersThieves, Immortals, Poor
PlotLove, Survival, Robbery, Money, Revolution
PlaceGhetto, USA
TimeFuture
StyleTwisted plot, Philosophical, Tense, Cyberpunk, Serious

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'.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersTeens, Thieves, Family, Fathers, Poor
PlotRobbery, Relationship, Money, Debts
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleAction, Heavy, Gloomy, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountryTurkey
CharactersStreet children, Orphans, Poor, Guardian, Defenders
PlaceTurkey
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: 6.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, musical, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersChildrens, Family
PlotAdventure, Travel, Birthday, Candies
StyleInteresting, For children, Exciting, By books, Fancy

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, India
Duration02:00
CharactersTeens, Police, Friends, Street children, Orphans
PlotLove, Travel, Relationship, Money, True love
PlaceIndia
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: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, West Germany, USA
Duration01:42
CharactersTeens, Soldier, Poor
PlotFight
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

A gritty Brooklyn story about union corruption, violence, taboos and social norms. The stories told are of the sailors, the prostitute, the union bosses, the hooligans and the gay community set in the early 50s.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersScammers, Millionaires, Brokers, Poor
PlotMoney, Experiments
TimeWinter

A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersBusinessmen, Parents, Poor
PlotOn real events, Money, Success
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Deep Meaning, Vital signs, Serious

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

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryRussia
Duration01:57
CharactersPoor
PlotDreams

A pretty, young girl from a coal-mining town comes to Moscow with dreams of becoming a supermodel in this satirical look at the fashion industry.

Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersRich guys and poor girls, Orphans
PlotLove, True love, Investigation, Obsession, Love at first sight
PlaceEngland, Estate
StylePsychological problems, By books, Tense, Disturbing

After a whirlwind romance with a wealthy widower, a naïve bride moves to his family estate but can't escape the haunting shadow of his late wife.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy
CountryFrance
Duration01:35
CharactersLosers
PlotSoccer, Life, Family life
PlaceFrance, Helicopters

Everyone in the village of Bouzolles knows the Tuche family, who live by the philosophy "Man is not made to work." Despite their lack of money, they strive to be happy... that is, until their hand-to-mouth existence is turned on its head. After winning the lottery, the Tuches get rich beyond their wildest dreams and move to Monaco. And while attempting to fit in in their swanky new homeland, they struggle to stay true to the same principles by which they've always lived.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:25
CharactersDisabled people, Nurses
PlotLove, Relationship, Loneliness, Depression
PlaceSea, Small cities
StyleRomantic, Sad ones, To cry, Cute, Soulful

A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But the girl becomes determined to prove to the man that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genrethriller, comedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:07
CharactersFamily, Scammers, Rich, Businessmen, Maids
PlotRobbery, Mystery
StyleExciting, Oscars, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

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.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama
CountryJapan
Duration01:48
CharactersThieves, Family, Criminals, Orphans, Poor
PlotLove, Robbery, Passion, Money, Loneliness
PlacePrison, Trains, Ocean, Japan, Kitchen
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.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, western, military
CountryAustralia, United Kingdom, USA
Duration02:39
PlotWar, Adventure, Travel, Inheritance
PlaceAustralia
StyleFascinating, Epic

Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredocumentary, biography, news
CountryUSA
CharactersTeachers, Photographers, Poor
PlotPads
PlaceIndia
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

The academy award winning documentary depicting the lives of child prostitutes in the red light district of Songachi, Calcutta. Director Zana Briski went to photograph the prostitutes when she met and became friends with their children. Briski began giving photography lessons to the children and became aware that their photography might be a way for them to lead better lives.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, adventure, western
CountryGermany, Canada
Duration01:41
CharactersGold miners
PlotAdventure, Travel
PlaceWild West, Deserts, Canada
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Serious, Disturbing

Canada, the summer of 1898. A group of German settlers travel towards the far north in covered wagons with packhorses and their few possessions in tow. The seven travellers set off from Ashcroft, the final railway station. Along with their leader, flamboyant businessman Wilhelm Laser, they are hoping to find their fortune in the recently discovered goldfields of Dawson, but they have no idea of the stresses and dangers which lie ahead on their 2,500 kilometre journey. Before long uncertainty, cold weather and exhaustion begin to take their toll and conflicts escalate. The journey leads these men and women deeper and deeper into a menacing wilderness. (Berlinale.de)

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.

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.

Genredrama, musical, biography
CountryUSA

On the cusp of his 30th birthday, Jonathon Larson, a promising young theater composer, navigates love, friendship, and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:36
CharactersLesbians, Cooks, Rich guys and poor girls, Rich, Twins
PlotDancing, Wedding, Money
PlaceAircraft, Islands
StyleLight, Soulful, Fascinating

An American-born Chinese economics professor accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend's wedding, only to get thrust into the lives of Asia's rich and famous.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredocumentary
CountryBrazil, United Kingdom
Duration01:39
CharactersPhotographers, Artists
PlotArt
StyleMakes me think, Intellectual, Serious

An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersLawyers, Friends, Businessmen
PlotMoney, Friendship, Success
PlaceWall Street, New York
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Heavy, Smart

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, biography
CountryAustralia, United Kingdom, USA, India
Duration01:43
CharactersFamily, Poor
PlotOn real events, Survival, Time travel, Adventure, Loneliness
PlaceTrains, India, Australia
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.





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