Movies about Poverty

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| 2h 2min | Crime, Thriller, Drama
4.1/5 (with 9,331 votes)

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.


| 2h 13min | Comedy, Thriller, Drama
4.3/5 (with 6,091 votes)

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.

Directed by Bong Joon-ho - With Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, ...

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind(2019)

4.0/5 (with 546 votes)

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

City of God(2002)

| 2h 10min | Drama, Crime
4.2/5 (with 2,659 votes)

Buscapé was raised in a very violent environment. Despite the feeling that all odds were against him, he finds out that life can be seen with other eyes...

They Live(1988)

| 1h 34min | Science Fiction, Action
3.7/5 (with 959 votes)

Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.


2h 6min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 561 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.


| 2h 1min | Drama, Crime
4.0/5 (with 702 votes)

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.

Queen of Katwe(2016)

| 2h 4min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 167 votes)

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

Directed by Mira Nair - With Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga, Ntare Mwine, Maurice Kirya, Charity Rose Pimer, ...

Winter's Bone(2010)

| 1h 41min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 658 votes)

17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth.

Bicycle Thieves(1948)

1h 29min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 808 votes)

A working man's livelihood is threatened when someone steals his bicycle.

Out of the Furnace(2013)

| 1h 56min | Thriller, Drama, Crime
3.3/5 (with 743 votes)

Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.

Frozen River(2008)

| 1h 37min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 108 votes)

Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray's Dodge Spirit.

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Black '47(2018)

| 1h 40min | Drama, Western
3.3/5 (with 99 votes)

In 1847, when Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years, Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, returns home to reunite with his estranged family, only to discover the cruelest reality, a black land where death reigns.

Directed by Lance Daly - With Stephen Rea


| 1h 52min | Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 239 votes)

Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.

Happy as Lazzaro(2018)

2h 5min | Drama, Fantasy
3.8/5 (with 248 votes)

Purehearted teen Lazzaro is content living as a sharecropper in rural Italy, but an unlikely friendship with the marquise’s son will change his world.

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher - With Adriano Tardiolo, Nicoletta Braschi, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López, Tommaso Ragno, Luca Chikovani, ...

Rob Roy(1995)

| 2h 19min | Adventure, History, War, Drama
3.4/5 (with 222 votes)

In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future, by borrowing money from the local nobility to buy cattle to herd to market. When the money is stolen, Rob is forced into a Robin Hood lifestyle to defend his family and honour.

All Together Now(2020)

1h 32min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 67 votes)

An optimistic, talented teen clings to a huge secret: she's homeless and living on a school bus. When tragedy strikes, can she learn to accept a helping hand?

A Home of Our Own(1993)

| 1h 44min | Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 20 votes)

The story is located in Los Angeles in the sixties. An energetic widow, Frances Lacey, with her six children try to make a dream of theirs come true: to have a home of their own. Therefore they leave Los Angeles and head for the countryside, while facing all kinds of difficulties during their journey.


2h 20min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 36 votes)

By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son envisioning their dream house; the young woman abused by her uncle; the boy who imagines himself a trolley conductor—finds reasons to carry on. The unforgettable Dodes’ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film.

Metro Manila(2013)

1h 51min | Crime, Thriller, Drama, Action
3.7/5 (with 55 votes)

Looking for a brighter future in metropolitan Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family leave their miserable life in the rice terraces of Banaue, in the northern Philippines. In the sweltering capital, where all kind of perils lurk in every corner, Oscar catches a lucky break when he is offered a steady work for an armored truck company and the senior officer Ong takes him under his wing.

Directed by Sean Ellis - With John Arcilla, Leon Miguel


| 2h 9min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 16 votes)

Ku Klux Klansman Mike Burden opens the Redneck Shop and KKK museum in historic Laurens, SC. He subsequently falls in love with a single mother and, under her influence, quits the Klan and is taken in by an African American Reverend.

Directed by Andrew Heckler - With Garrett Hedlund


1h 37min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 17 votes)

Struggling to provide her daughters with a safe, happy home, Sandra decides to build one - from scratch. Using all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality, Sandra draws together a community to lend a helping hand to build her house and ultimately recover her own sense of self.

Intrepido: A Lonely Hero(2013)

1h 44min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 30 votes)

A middle-aged man tries to get by in Milan while trying to retain his dignity.

The Debt(2015)

1h 39min | Mystery, Drama, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

Set against the backdrop of an international finance deal in New York and Peru, Oliver's Deal is an intense political drama which explores how far people will go to get what they want.


1h 35min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 18 votes)

A young woman raped by her mother's new boyfriend finds a new way to exact revenge.

Directed by Lino Brocka - With Hilda Koronel

Bad Black(2016)

1h 12min | Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 9 votes)

A mild-mannered 'muzungu' doctor is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by his no-nonsense, pint-sized sidekick. Meanwhile, Bad Black and her gang of drug-pushing musicians navigate the choppy waters of Ugandan life- and climb the ladder of its underworld- in this sprawling Wakaliwood epic.

Directed by Isaac Nabwana


1h 30min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Ireland, 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger. Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the Napoleonic wars arrives just ahead of 'the blight,' a disease that eventually wipes out the country's potato crop, contributing to the death and displacement of millions. As the crops rot in the fields, Colmán, his brother and Patsy travel to the English Landlord's house to request a stay on rent increases that Colmán predicts will destroy his community. His request falls deaf ears and Patsy's subsequent actions set Colmán on a path that will take him to the edge of survival, and sanity. It is only upon encountering an abandoned young girl that Colmán's resolve is lifted. Just in time for the darkness of his past to pay another visit.

My Dear Brother(1973)

1h 32min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 22 votes)

Two poor men try to find a television as a last wish for the terminally ill brother of one of them.

Directed by Ertem Eğilmez - With Tarık Akan, Halit Akçatepe, Metin Akpınar, Adile Naşit, Kemal Sunal, Sıtkı Akçatepe, ...

Ma' Rosa(2016)

1h 50min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Ma’ Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenience store in a poor section of Manila where everybody knows her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa’s children are ready to do anything to buy their parents’ freedom from the corrupt police.

Directed by Brillante Mendoza - With Jaclyn Jose

Goin' Down the Road(1970)

| 1h 27min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

Story of desolation as two friends travel from Nova Scotia to Toronto in hope of finding a better life. Drifting from job to job: bottling plant, car wash, bowling alley, newspaper delivery, and in between enjoying the night life of the big city. Their previous life is looking better all the time. This movie is a time capsule of Toronto's Yonge Street - record stores (defunct A&A's), bars, and old neighbourhood side streets.

Directed by Donald Shebib - With Doug McGrath, Paul Bradley, Jayne Eastwood, Cayle Chernin
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