Homeless people and wanderers in movies and TV

by greenbudgie | created - 5 months ago | updated - 4 days ago | Public

In year of release order. From 2019 going back in time to 1913.

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1. Rolling Stoned

105 min | Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

Disillusioned with living in Dallas, a young man takes a surreal vision quest across the country.

Director: Nick Parker | Stars: Will Gardner, Jordan Matlock, Laurel Dalton Sein, Steven David Walton

2. Homelessness is not a Crime

Documentary | Post-production

A vivid look at the Homeless problem in Atlanta, Ga. Whats the problem and how do we fix it.

Director: Mann Robinson | Stars: Jason Winter, Donte Madison, Crystal Byrd, Jeffery Ellis

3. Homeless Ashes

Drama | Completed

Frankie, a young boy who stands up to his fear and runs from home ending up homeless with no choice but trying to survive life on the streets.

Director: Marc Zammit | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Andrew Lee Potts, Lew Temple, Jessica-Jane Stafford

4. The Art Of Hustle: Homeless Street Artist

31 min | Documentary | Completed

The Art Of Hustle: Homeless Street Artist Documentary follows the lives of three homeless artist as they create art to survive. With the odds stacked against them. See how they heal thru art.

Director: Tysen Knight | Stars: Tysen Knight, Will Harrell, Skratch, Catherine Lunsford

5. Jake & Jack (2019)


Jake and Jack evicted from their home try to navigate through the snares of Detroit for redemption.

Directors: Josh Gribble, Christian Plescow | Stars: Savanna Skye Anders, Devin Armstrong, Steve Baumer, Amanda Buchalter

6. Gutterbug (2019)

101 min | Crime, Drama

A crust punk named Bug grapples with the realities of homelessness, mental health, drug use and toxic friendships. On his 21st birthday he resolves to find his way home, a decision that leads him and his misfit crew down a dangerous path.

Director: Andrew Gibson | Stars: Andrew Yackel, Justin Pietropaolo, Hannah Mosqueda, Paul Kandarian

Votes: 89

7. The Man of the Future (2019)

96 min | Drama

Michelsen is an old, almost mythical truck driver. Solitary and sick, he travels the roads of Patagonia, when he meets a young hitchhiker. She reminds him of his daughter Elena, whom he has... See full summary »

Director: Felipe Ríos Fuentes | Stars: María Alche, Roberto Farías, Giannina Fruttero, Antonia Giesen

Votes: 19

8. No Address Documentary

90 min | Documentary | Post-production

Did you know that it's a crime to be homeless??? There are over 100 cities in America that have criminalized the homeless population. Our documentary depicts the criminalization of ... See full summary »

Director: Caletta Harris | Stars: Jessica Edmunds, Telisha Coleman, John Holmes

9. The Dark Side of the Moon (I) (2019)

63 min | Documentary | Completed

"The Dark Side of the Moon" is a documentary that explores the root causes of homelessness and the challenges of street life, as long as societal biases and prejudices towards homeless people.

Director: Fabrizia Faustinella | Star: Fabrizia Faustinella

10. The Invisible Class (2019)

90 min | Documentary

From the people in the streets, to it's root causes, The Invisible Class will forever change your perception of what you think you know about homelessness in America.

Director: Josh Hayes | Stars: Paul Boden, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Gabor Mate

Votes: 28

11. Sanctuary Dream (2019)

70 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

An autism simulation narrative which deals with domestic violence, homelessness, and how the world can be too fast to process for those in the spectrum.

Director: Grant Carsten | Stars: Traven Thomas, Kristin Grismore, David Carsten, John Allan

Gross: $0.01M

12. To Hell and Gone (2019)

Western | Completed

A crafty drifter crosses paths with a gang of murderous thieves in the middle of nowhere, AZ.

Director: Kyle Moore | Stars: Susan Gayle Watts, Carr Cavender, P.J. Marshall, Rob Nagle

13. One Second

Drama, History | Post-production

A movie fan in a remote farmland strikes a relationship with a homeless female vagabond.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Yi Zhang, Wei Fan

14. She's Missing (2019)

100 min | Drama

When her best friend goes missing at a rodeo, Heidi goes on a search across the desert, digging up secrets and encountering the violence of life on the road.

Director: Alexandra McGuinness | Stars: Lucy Fry, Eiza González, Christian Camargo, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 129

15. Jessica Frost (2019)

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A young woman searching for the origins of her past is thrown into a turbulent journey through the desert when a time-traveling psychopath begins hunting her.

Director: Runar Berntsen | Stars: Kristy Swanson, Brian Krause, Daeg Faerch, Rick Ravanello

16. A Girl, a Boy, a Penny and a Very, Very, Very Long Road (2019)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

After turning down a long, seemingly abandoned, road in a 1968 Ford Galaxie named Archie, Yuna encounters a philosophical hitchhiker, a girl with (almost) pink hair and an unusual Old Lady ... See full summary »

Director: Julia Beney | Stars: Sherman Tsang, Hardi Zala, Jacqueline Godbout, Luanne M. Ashe

17. Heading Down South (2019)

89 min | Drama, Thriller

A self indulgent, and recently cut off trust fund middle-aged man, embarks on a road trip with his co-dependent lady-muse. Having no money, they pick up a brain-twisting stranger that pays ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Aspuria | Stars: Raymund Aranda, Steven Burke, Mier Chasin, James Davis Jr.

Votes: 5

18. Salvage (VII)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Completed

After answering a job ad in a local newspaper, a homeless man suspects he may be involved in the kidnapping, and murder of a young girl.

Director: Tyler Dowey | Stars: Romaine Waite, Ashleigh Morrison, Ucal Shillingford, Terry Brandon

20. Topanga (2019)

15 min | Short, Drama | Completed

A homeless, hearing impaired Gala and her journey finding a life purpose through art.

Director: Aycil Yeltan | Stars: Joe Blaustein, Aycil Yeltan, Jacob R. Young, Rachel Mestrovich

21. Nobody's Son (2019)

Short, Drama

Joe Thompson is a homeless young man in London. Through a series of phone calls, we learn of his troubled life as he finally summons the courage to confront the past that has been haunting him.

Director: Chloe Pemberton | Stars: Tom Nunez, Nell Hudson, Louise Brealey, Osy Ikhile

22. Wasted (2018)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

A homeless teenager with attachment issues searches for a place to fit in.

Director: Lee Price | Stars: Paul Mackenzie, Tristan March, George Welton

23. Sleeping Rough (2018)

60 min | Documentary, Drama

Adapted from interviews held with rough sleepers and members of the homeless community around the UK, Sleeping Rough follows three different characters, looking at how each of them becomes homeless, and displaying the reality of living on the streets.

Director: Owain Astles | Stars: Megan Prescott, Nolan Willis, Katie-May Langridge, David Olapoju

24. Rosie (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama

83 Metascore

ROSIE tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless.

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford, Ellie O'Halloran, Ruby Dunne

Votes: 569 | Gross: $0.01M

25. A Child's Voice (2018)

82 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

(Supernatural Thriller) A homeless teen answers the voice of a child calling out for help and is sent on a journey to find a human trafficking network run by the child's killer.

Director: Edgar Michael Bravo | Stars: Joey Burke, Angela Mavropoulos, Joseph Lopez, Jalen Vasquez

Votes: 104

26. You Think You're Better than Me? (2018)

4 min | Short, Comedy

Aman is accosted by a hobo trying to exert his self-worth in defiance of his actual personality.

Director: Richard Jensen | Stars: Scott Ford, David Schepper

27. 88 Cents (2018)

38 min | Short, Drama

After losing five years behind bars, a man begins his new life in San Francisco, eager to find a job, a home, and a second chance.

Director: Tyler Pina | Stars: Matthew Weitz, Jessica Angelina, Jean-Claude Bourgmans, Joseph Camilleri

28. Rough in Manchester (2018)

Documentary, Short

This is a short documentary about the dramatic increase of homeless people and rough sleepers in Manchester, UK. I have spoken with the homeless organization Lifeshare and some of the rough sleepers to have their view on the situation.

Director: Mads Glesaaen Leirvik

29. The Nest (II) (2018)

20 min | Short, Drama, Family

A single-mum family in London are driven to extreme behaviour when they are evicted from the house they live in illegally and replaced with second-generation immigrants.

Director: Jamie Jones | Stars: Barry Ackroyd, Jayden Ali, Amy Bowden, Ava Charles

Votes: 16

31. Cowboy Drifter (2017)

104 min | Drama

Can a man find redemption when he's never placed any value on his own life? When Caskie Jones goes searching for a father he hasn't seen in thirty years he gets more than he bargained. Will it be enough to win back those he loves?

Director: Michael Lange | Stars: Lynn Collins, Aubrey Peeples, Chelcie Ross, Kerry O'Malley

Votes: 17

32. Hampstead (2017)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home.

Director: Joel Hopkins | Stars: James Norton, Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, Lesley Manville

Votes: 3,420 | Gross: $0.14M

33. Transient (III) (2017)

99 min | Adventure, Drama

An undocumented immigrant, deported from the only home he's ever known, risks everything to make it back over the border.

Director: Alexander Stockton | Stars: Michael Ocampo, Cesar Marquez, Ana Sofia Rodriguez, Emily Ruby Fierros

34. Skid Row Marathon (2017)

85 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A criminal court judge starts a running club on L.A.'s skid row, where he trains a motley group of homeless people to run international marathons.

Director: Mark Hayes

Votes: 61

35. Discreet (2017)

Unrated | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

After years in hiding and struggling to control his demons, an eccentric drifter returns home and discovers that his childhood abuser, the center of his pain, is still alive. Armed with ... See full summary »

Director: Travis Mathews | Stars: Jonny Mars, Atsuko Okatsuka, Joy Cunningham, Jordan Elsass

Votes: 131

36. Leatherface (2017)

R | 90 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

40 Metascore

A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell, while being pursued by a lawman out for revenge.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse

Votes: 16,986

37. Panettone (2017)

7 min | Short, Drama

Panettone is a typical Italian Christmas cake and, in this case, a short film about a homeless guy who tries to reconcile with his past.

Director: Roberto Minelli | Stars: Kathryn Lincoln, Clea Myers, Clea Myers, Tino Orsini

38. Le Vagabond (2017)

Short, Drama, Romance

A silent film about a lost soul who experiences the redemptive power of love.

Directors: Daniel Fulloon, Eric Michael, Jon Monastero | Stars: Karine Denoncourt, Jenya Elshova, Alexandre Hudon, Nicole Jellen

39. All We Did Was Live (2017)

25 min | Documentary, Short

A hard look at homelessness in the East Bay from the points-of-view of individuals evicted from their home at the Albany Bulb.

Directors: Andrew Schrader, Travis Schirmer

40. Black Sheep (I) (2017)

21 min | Documentary, Short | Completed

After the loss of his wife, Jerry Clark found himself in a downward spiral; now he has to battle physical, emotional, and spiritual trials that come from over a decade of homelessness.

Directors: Tom Schuyler Aijian, Emily Biehl, Tori Edgar, Rachel Lattin, Tom Aijian, Emily Biehl, Tori Edgar | Stars: Jerry Clark, Gina Seriel

41. Stringed (2017)

20 min | Short, Drama, Music | Completed

A homeless violinist's dreams of success take a radical change after a special encounter.

Director: Daniel Grabczewski | Stars: Elzbieta Grabczewska, Artur Grabczewski

42. A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

Not Rated | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt

Votes: 23,763 | Gross: $0.04M

43. Down in Suntown: San Diego's Homeless (2016)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary

"Down in Suntown: San Diego's Homeless" is a documentary film from director/producer Corey B. Stevens and host/producer Michael Potter that explores different opinions and viewpoints on homeless life and issues in San Diego.

Director: Corey B. Stevens

45. The Unkindness of Ravens (2016)

85 min | Drama, Horror

A homeless veteran battles to survive against his demons in the remote Highlands of Scotland

Director: Lawrie Brewster | Stars: Michael Brewster, Ross Campbell, Leon Carrington, Daniel Casey

Votes: 209

46. The Cambridge Squatter (2016)

99 min | Drama

Shows the unusual situation of homeless Brazilians movement and refugees that squat together an abandoned building in downtown Sao Paulo. The daily tension caused by the treat of eviction reveals the dramas and joys.

Director: Eliane Caffé | Stars: Isam Ahmad Issa, Paulo Américo, Juliane Arguello, Thais Carvalho

Votes: 383

47. The Great & The Small (2016)

104 min | Drama

Twenty-six year old Scott is living on the streets and trying to find his way back into society while on probation for petty crimes. He attempts to navigate his relationship with his two ... See full summary »

Director: Dusty Bias | Stars: Nick Fink, Ritchie Coster, Melanie Lynskey, Louisa Krause

Votes: 233

48. Hollowman (2016)

50 min | Thriller

A travelling writer with a secret, arrives to "Suburbia" to spend Halloween with a strange individual, known as the "Hollowman".

Director: Buster C.J. Berg | Stars: Jesper Berg, Julian Forsbäck, Stina Liman, Kaya Pakaslahti

Votes: 19

49. Cardboard Boxer (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

41 Metascore

Gentle and broken, a homeless man is coerced by two teens to fight other men on video for cash but soon finds comfort in an unlikely friend and the lost diary of a young girl.

Director: Knate Lee | Stars: Thomas Haden Church, Terrence Howard, Boyd Holbrook, Rhys Wakefield

Votes: 2,419

50. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Sheltered Outcasts (2016)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Carisi goes undercover at a homeless shelter to find out if a resident is the suspect in a series of neighborhood rapes.

Director: Mariska Hargitay | Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino

Votes: 434

51. Peaceful Life (2016 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A homeless man lies in a crowded street. Ignored by the pedestrians, the old man is robbed of one of his only possessions : a football. To take it back, the poor man stands up and shows everyone he is not only what he looks like.

Director: Sébastien Bellaval | Stars: Jean Drolet, Gautier Fayolle

52. Hobo with a Trash Can (2015)

89 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

An empathic vagrant sees the horror that's discarded with the trash. The truth is in the trash.

Directors: Mark Charles Adams, Tonjia Atomic, Lloyd Emmons, Steven A. Grainger, Christopher Kahler, Kyle Leonard, Claire 'Fluff' Llewellyn, Vincent Marshall | Stars: Marc Arturi, Tonjia Atomic, Don Ayers, James Baack

Votes: 17

53. The Curve (2015)

80 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Radi, an isolated mysterious guy, who lives in his old VW minivan, finds himself starting an interesting journey.

Director: Rifqi Assaf | Stars: Ashraf Barhom, Fatina Laila, Mazen Moadam, Ashraf Telfah

Votes: 35

54. Spree (II) (2015)

70 min | Crime, Horror

Seeking fulfillment, a young drifter forgoes isolation to embark on a year-long murder spree.

Director: Henry Chastain | Stars: Noah Davenport, Brett Fike, Silas Finley, Connor Maginnis

Votes: 8

55. Queen Mimi (2015)

TV-PG | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Forced onto the streets in her 50s, Marie found "home" at a Santa Monica laundromat. Taking shelter there for 20 years, Mimi's passion for pink, and living without looking back, has taken her from homelessness to Hollywood's red carpets.

Director: Yaniv Rokah | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Renée Zellweger, Yaniv Rokah, Graham McTavish

Votes: 509

56. The Lady in the Van (2015)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that's parked in his driveway.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Clare Hammond

Votes: 23,619 | Gross: $10.02M

57. Homeless (II) (2015)

92 min | Drama

An 18 year old boy navigates his way through life in a shelter after the passing of his grandmother.

Director: Clay Riley Hassler | Stars: Michael McDowell, Lance Megginson, Julie Dunagan, Hosanna Gourley

Votes: 126

58. Up Willie's Alley (2015–2018)

Comedy, Drama

Willie is down and out, living in an alley, and each episode he comes into contact with a variety of characters that happen to walk up his alley.

Stars: Cory Aycock, Allen Merritt, Megan McIver, Zack Pursley