Movies about Refugees

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2h 6min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 570 votes)

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.

Wasp Network(2019)

2h 8min | Drama, History, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 123 votes)

Havana, Cuba, 1990. René González, an airplane pilot, unexpectedly flees the country, leaving behind his wife Olga and his daughter Irma, and begins a new life in Miami, where he becomes a member of an anti-Castro organization.

The Kite Runner(2007)

| 2h 8min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 464 votes)

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.


1h 41min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 68 votes)

In an attempt to flee Nazi-occupied France, Georg assumes the identity of a dead author but soon finds himself stuck in Marseilles, where he falls in love with Maria, a young woman searching for her missing husband.


3h 28min | History, War, Action
3.4/5 (with 61 votes)

The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate. The second part deals with declaring independence and the resulting warring.

Train of Life(1998)

1h 43min | Drama, Comedy, War
3.7/5 (with 111 votes)

In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.


1h 47min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 60 votes)

Fahim Mohammad, a Bangladeshi immigrant, becomes a world junior chess champion in France.

The Other Side of Hope(2017)

1h 41min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 105 votes)

A restaurateur befriends a Syrian refugee who has recently arrived in Finland.

Welcome to the Hartmanns(2016)

1h 53min | Comedy, Drama
3.2/5 (with 93 votes)

The Hartmann family is turned upside down when mother Angelika decides to take in the refugee Diallo, against her husband's will. Amidst the typical chaos of our time, hope remains that the family finds its stability, confidence and peace again - just like the whole country.

And Breathe Normally(2018)

1h 35min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 37 votes)

At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect – for a brief moment – while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.

Directed by Ísold Uggadóttir - With Þorsteinn Bachmann

A Moment in the Reeds(2018)

| 1h 48min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.1/5 (with 15 votes)

Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi's father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and embark on a romance set against the idyllic Finnish summer. However, looming over this chance encounter, is the father's imminent return to the lake house, the continuation of Leevi's studies abroad as well as Tareq's complex relationship with his family in Syria.

Directed by Mikko Makela


3.3/5 (with 27 votes)

A disgraced soccer star seeks redemption but is exploited by a variety of causes hoping to capitalize on his celebrity.

Directed by Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt - With Carloto Cotta, Carla Maciel, Cleo Diára
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1h 49min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 15 votes)

Sophie Deraspe’s adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy of the same name reimagines the story of a woman’s quest for justice as a commentary on the immigrant experience in contemporary Montreal.

Directed by Sophie Deraspe - With Nahéma Ricci, Nour Belkhiria, Antoine DesRochers, Paul Doucet, Jean-Sébastien Courchesne

The Judgement(2014)

1h 55min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

This is the story of Mityo and his son Vasko, who live in a poor area, near to the Bulgarian-Turkish-Greek Border. Mityo had lost everything that has mattered to him – his wife, his work, the confidence of his son, Vasko. In order to get him back, Mityo has to find forgiveness and pay for his sin, done 25 years ago.

Boat People(1982)

1h 49min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 11 votes)

A Japanese photojournalist revisits Vietnam after the liberation and learns harsh truths about its regime and its "New Economic Zones".

Turtle Beach(1992)

1h 30min | Thriller, Drama
2.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Reporter Judith Wilkes leaves her husband and two sons in Sydney and goes to Malaysia to cover the story of the Vietnamese boat people. She becomes romantically involved with Kanan, and strikes up a friendship with Lady Minou Hobday, who keeps a regular vigil at "Turtle Beach" where the refugees try to land secretly in the hope that one day her own children will arrive. Accompanying Minou one night, Judith witnesses a brutal massacre by the Malaysians which spurs her on to expose the horrors of the internment camps at Bidong.

Mother of Mine(2005)

1h 51min | Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 16 votes)

1943: Nine-year-old Eero whose father is killed during the war is brought to Sweden to foster parents to his protection like thousands of other Finnish children. Eero feels lost, particularly as his foster mother Signe behaves very unfriendly. She was expecting a little girl and still mourns for her daughter who drowned in the sea.

Persona Non Grata(2015)

2h 19min | Drama, History, War
3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

The story of a Japanese diplomat, sometimes called the Schindler of Japan, and his life lading up to and after his decision to issue over 2,000 visas to Jewish refugees in Kaunas, Lithuania resulting in saving the lives of over 6,000 people. This is the story of a man who believed in doing all he could do for the benefit of his beloved Japan, including trying to keep her from becoming embroiled in a worldwide conflict he saw as inevitable. Along the way, he came face to face with the plight of the European Jews as they tried to escape the onslaught of the Nazi's and the rapidly advancing German army. Caught between the unbending policies of his country now bound by treaty with Nazi Germany and his awakening moral responsibilities, we follow his life from his early days in Manchuria to his eventual posting in Lithuania and his appointment with destiny which would forever brand him a hero.


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Directed by Blessy - With Prithviraj Sukumaran


1h 29min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Two interconnected stories in the 1930s, one set in Berlin, the other in Palestine: Mania Vilbouchevich Shohat (1880-1961), called Tania, a Russian Jew and revolutionary, goes from Minsk to Palestine to live on a collective. She promotes feminism and laments a shift in the men from self-defense to aggression. Her friend, Else Lasker-Schuler (1869 - 1945), expressionist poet and German Jew, is in Berlin, writing, caring for her son, watching Hitler's movement take power. She goes to Jerusalem and imagines a park for Arab and Jew. Her poems, voiced from within, capture her experience. The film meditates on the violence at the root of Israel's birth: of the Nazis and of the Zionists.

Escape from Tibet(2012)

1h 45min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

On the roofs of a Tibetan monastery two boys let fly a kite, but suddenly a shot rips the relaxed silence, and one of the two guys gets shot, the "Golden Boy" which is the fictitious successor to the Dalai Lama. The monks act immediately and bring him out of Tibet to secure his body. In the meantime, the Berlinese mountaineer Johanna and her Swiss friend travel to the monastery to stay there for some days...

Falafel Cart(2020)


During a stormy night, a lonely and isolated falafel cart owner stumbles upon a mysterious flower that whirls him into the memories of his past.

Directed by Abdullah Al-Wazzan


1h 30min | Comedy

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Directed by Rolf Thiele

A Jewish Girl in Shanghai(2010)

1h 20min | Animation, War, History

Based upon the popular graphic novel by Wu Lin, this is the first Chinese animated film to portray the Holocaust. The film centers around the warm friendship between Rina, a wide-eyed European Jewish schoolgirl and A-Gen, a Chinese pancake seller, who teach each other about their distant worlds as Shanghai struggles beneath its own cruelly portrayed Japanese occupation.

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