Migration movies

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1. The Emigrants (1971)

PG | 151 min | Drama, History

In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Sven-Olof Bern

Votes: 4,438

2. A Better Life (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Demián Bichir, José Julián, Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo, Joaquín Cosio

Votes: 14,377 | Gross: $1.76M

3. America America (1963)

Not Rated | 174 min | Drama

A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam, Harry Davis

Votes: 4,188

4. Crossing Over (2009)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

38 Metascore

Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Kramer | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Jim Sturgess

Votes: 21,377 | Gross: $0.45M

5. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 361,026 | Gross: $77.81M

6. Nuovomondo (2006)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

74 Metascore

The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. ... See full summary »

Director: Emanuele Crialese | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Vincent Schiavelli, Aurora Quattrocchi

Votes: 4,481 | Gross: $1.06M

7. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 39,762 | Gross: $9.42M

8. Amreeka (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.

Director: Cherien Dabis | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 3,262 | Gross: $0.62M

9. Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sophie Okonedo, Sergi López

Votes: 37,982 | Gross: $8.11M

10. House of Sand and Fog (2003)

R | 126 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her house's new owners.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher

Votes: 60,861 | Gross: $13.01M

11. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 955,948 | Gross: $57.30M

12. ...And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Franklin Chang-Diaz, Louis Malle, Anastasio Samosa Portocarrero, Derek Walcott

Votes: 341

13. An American Tail (1986)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Erica Yohn, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 43,401 | Gross: $47.48M

14. Avalon (1990)

PG | 128 min | Drama

A Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Leo Fuchs, Eve Gordon

Votes: 5,237 | Gross: $15.74M

15. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 97,644 | Gross: $32.54M

16. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 90,557 | Gross: $4.18M

17. Fast Food Nation (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Wilmer Valderrama

Votes: 22,291 | Gross: $1.00M

18. Green Card (1990)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Gregg Edelman

Votes: 20,535 | Gross: $29.89M

19. Heaven's Gate (1980)

R | 325 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

57 Metascore

A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston

Votes: 11,740 | Gross: $3.48M

20. Immigrants (2012 TV Movie)

47 min | Action, Crime, Drama

This sweaty bubbly TV action Drama series unfolds the thrillingly intense and sometime harsh lives of a few dispersed Israelis, trying to make it in the exuberant exhilarating, merciless ... See full summary »

Director: Gal Ziv | Stars: Guy Adler, Rohan Flypaper Alexander, Pazit Asor, Mali Hamami

Votes: 12

21. In America (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger

Votes: 38,610 | Gross: $15.54M

22. Sin Nombre (2009)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado

Votes: 28,941 | Gross: $2.53M

23. Terraferma (2011)

R | 88 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A Sicilian family deals with the arrival of a group of immigrants on their island.

Director: Emanuele Crialese | Stars: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro, Beppe Fiorello, Mimmo Cuticchio

Votes: 2,734

24. The Glass Wall (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to ... See full summary »

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Gloria Grahame, Ann Robinson, Douglas Spencer

Votes: 476

25. The Other Side of Immigration (2009)

Unrated | 55 min | Documentary

Based on over 700 interviews in Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States, The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S.... See full summary »

Director: Roy Germano

Votes: 62

26. The Perez Family (1995)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others. In the ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Marisa Tomei, Anjelica Huston, Alfred Molina, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 1,941 | Gross: $2.83M

27. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 15,654

28. An American Rhapsody (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

51 Metascore

A young Hungarian girl struggles to find her place in the world when she's reunited with her parents in the USA years after she was left behind during their flight from the communist country in the 1950s.

Director: Éva Gárdos | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Scarlett Johansson, Raffaella Bánsági, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 3,561 | Gross: $0.85M

29. Babel (I) (2006)

R | 143 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Mohamed Akhzam

Votes: 267,950 | Gross: $34.30M

30. Black Hand (1950)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Now grown-up, Johnny Columbo returns to New York from Italy having sworn a vendetta against the Black Hand who killed his father years earlier. Becoming romantically involved with a girl ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Gene Kelly, J. Carrol Naish, Teresa Celli, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 645

31. Bread and Roses (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama

57 Metascore

Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, Jack McGee

Votes: 4,938 | Gross: $0.53M

32. El Norte (1983)

R | 141 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Alicia del Lago

Votes: 4,316

33. Est - Ouest (1999)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, History

61 Metascore

June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sandrine Bonnaire, Catherine Deneuve, Sergey Bodrov

Votes: 4,281 | Gross: $2.78M

34. Flores de otro mundo (1999)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

En el pequeño pueblo de Santa Eulalia los solteros organizan una fiesta a la que acude un autocar de mujeres casaderas. Damián, Alfonso y Carmelo buscarán establecer relación con Patricia, ... See full summary »

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: José Sancho, Luis Tosar, Lissete Mejía, Chete Lera

Votes: 741

35. Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (1988 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama, Family

This movie is the inspiring true-life drama of seventeen-year-old Niki Janus. After fleeing persecution in Greece, Niki and her family immigrate to West Virginia and begin living the ... See full summary »

Director: George Miller | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Chris Sarandon, Chantal Contouri, Chynna Phillips

Votes: 105

36. Illégal (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

54 Metascore

A single mother of a thirteen-year-old boy from Belarus seeks refuge in Belgium with dreams of a better life, but instead, she will be incarcerated and separated from her son, risking deportation.

Director: Olivier Masset-Depasse | Stars: Anne Coesens, Alexandre Gontcharov, Milo Masset-Depasse, Natalia Belokonskaya

Votes: 818 | Gross: $0.00M

37. L'ange de goudron (2001)

100 min | Drama

Newly-arrived Ahmed tries to integrate his family to the canadian society, while attempting to control his son's life orientation.

Director: Denis Chouinard | Stars: Zinedine Soualem, Hiam Abbass, Raba Aït Ouyahhia, Catherine Trudeau

Votes: 251

38. Las cartas de Alou (1990)

100 min | Drama

Alou, an illegal African inmigrant, send letters to his parents talking about his new life in Spain.

Director: Montxo Armendáriz | Stars: Mulie Jarju, Eulàlia Ramon, Ahmed El-Maaroufi, Akonio Dolo

Votes: 183

39. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 9,810 | Gross: $25.10M

40. Spanglish (2004)

PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 72,410 | Gross: $42.04M

41. The Harvest/La Cosecha (2011)

80 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

The story of the children who work 12-14 hour days in the fields without the protection of child labor laws. These children are not toiling in the fields in some far away land. They are working in America.

Director: U. Roberto Romano

Votes: 61 | Gross: $0.00M

42. The Italian (1915)

Passed | 78 min | Drama

An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. They are eventually reunited and marry. But life in New York is hard and ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Barker | Stars: George Beban, Clara Williams, J. Frank Burke, Leo Willis

Votes: 254

43. The Namesake (2006)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama

82 Metascore

American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Jacinda Barrett

Votes: 17,848 | Gross: $8.66M

44. Nybyggarna (1972)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Western

A Swedish immigrant family struggle to establish a new life for themselves in the forest of Minnesota in the mid 19th Century.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Pierre Lindstedt

Votes: 3,093

45. Die Schweizermacher (1978)

107 min | Comedy

Foreigners who apply to become Swiss citizens have no easy task - especially when the police lets Bodmer loose to check upon their background, their integration in the society, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Lyssy | Stars: Emil Steinberger, Walo Lüönd, Beatrice Kessler, Wolfgang Stendar

Votes: 877

46. Under the Same Moon (2007)

PG-13 | 106 min | Adventure, Drama

59 Metascore

A young Mexican boy illegally travels to the U.S. to find his mother (who is illegally in the U.S.) after his grandmother passes away.

Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Eugenio Derbez, Kate del Castillo, Adrian Alonso, Maya Zapata

Votes: 6,086 | Gross: $12.59M

47. ...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1995)

99 min | Drama

Marcos is a lad in Texas, the second son of a migrant farmworker family, his brother is missing in the Korean war. We travel with the family into Minnesota, following the crops. The housing... See full summary »

Director: Severo Perez | Stars: Jose Alcala, Rose Portillo, Art Bonilla, Marco Rodríguez

Votes: 123

48. A Day Without a Mexican (2004)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

30 Metascore

When a mysterious fog surrounds the boundaries of California, there is a communication breakdown and all the Mexicans disappear, affecting the economy and the state stops working missing the Mexican workers and dwellers.

Director: Sergio Arau | Stars: Caroline Aaron, Tony Abatemarco, Melinda Allen, Frankie J. Allison

Votes: 2,939 | Gross: $4.18M

49. Across the Sea of Time (1995)

G | 51 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A young Russian boy, Thomas Minton, travels to New York as a passenger on a Russian freighter. Close to Ellis Island he gets off and thus starts his journey to America the same way as all ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Low | Stars: Peter Reznick, John McDonough, Avi Hoffman, Victor Steinbach

Votes: 221 | Gross: $15.98M

50. Almost a Woman (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Drama

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