The Movies About Immigration and Immigrants

by HalilKose | created - 17 Apr 2013 | updated - 04 Jun 2016 | Public

Immigration and immigrants one of the most important problems especially for developed countries, Here I listed some movies which is themed about this phenomenon. Please give me more suggestions :)

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1. The Immigrant (1917)

Unrated | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin

Votes: 6,655

2. A Fond Kiss (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

Sparks fly in Glasgow's south side when a young Asian man enters into a relationship with a Caucasian woman.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthistle, Ahmad Riaz, Shamshad Akhtar

Votes: 6,378

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: 4,380

4. 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: 3,638 | Gross: $0.85M

5. 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: 14,630 | Gross: $1.76M

6. Biutiful (2010)

R | 148 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Votes: 80,651 | Gross: $5.10M

7. The Border (1982)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

A corrupt border Agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine, Warren Oates

Votes: 5,396 | Gross: $6.12M

8. Brick Lane (2007)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Naeema Begum

Votes: 2,821 | Gross: $1.09M

9. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 431,374 | Gross: $35.55M

10. Crossing Over (2009)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

38 Metascore

Crossing Over is about illegal aliens of many nationalities in the Los Angeles area and the authorities and individuals dealing with them.

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

Votes: 21,876 | Gross: $0.45M

11. 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: 94,111 | Gross: $4.18M

12. 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: 38,758 | Gross: $8.11M

13. Distant Lights (2003)

105 min | Drama

This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid | Stars: Andrzej Górak, Anna Yanovskaya, Sergey Frolov, Bartek Wójtowicz

Votes: 1,847

14. Eden Is West (2009)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A drama centered around the illegal immigrants living in the EU.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Léa Wiazemsky, Tess Spentzos

Votes: 2,210

15. 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: 22,591 | Gross: $1.00M

16. Flowers from Another World (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: 754

17. For a Moment, Freedom (2008)

110 min | Drama

Centers on a group of weary Middle Eastern refugees who have made their way to Turkey to apply for European visas.

Director: Arash T. Riahi | Stars: Navid Navid, Pourya Mahyari, Elika Bozorgi, Sina Saba

Votes: 558

18. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

In 1862, 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: 373,293 | Gross: $77.81M

19. 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: 21,139 | Gross: $29.89M

20. 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: 62,029 | Gross: $13.01M

21. Machete (2010)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

60 Metascore

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba

Votes: 182,761 | Gross: $26.59M

22. 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: 838 | Gross: $0.00M

23. 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: 39,117 | Gross: $15.54M

24. Inch'Allah dimanche (2001)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama

The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the ... See full summary »

Director: Yamina Benguigui | Stars: Fejria Deliba, Rabia Mokeddem, Amina Annabi, Anass Behri

Votes: 504

25. It's a Free World... (2007)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

After being fired from her job, Angie teams up with her flatmate to find employment for immigrants.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Kierston Wareing, Juliet Ellis, Leslaw Zurek, Joe Siffleet

Votes: 5,300

26. Journey of Hope (1990)

PG | 110 min | Drama

The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally to Switzerland.

Director: Xavier Koller | Stars: Necmettin Çobanoglu, Nur Sürer, Emin Sivas, Erdinç Akbas

Votes: 1,725 | Gross: $0.26M

27. The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

61 Metascore

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

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni, Shaun Toub

Votes: 74,607 | Gross: $15.80M

28. Le Havre (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen

Votes: 18,573 | Gross: $0.61M

29. Live and Become (2005)

Unrated | 140 min | Drama

A Christian boy escapes to Israel from famine-stricken Ethiopia by pretending to be Jewish.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Yaël Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai, Moshe Abebe

Votes: 5,562

30. Machan (2008)

109 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A group of sad slum residents, living on the limits of society under immense pressure, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria.

Director: Uberto Pasolini | Stars: Dharmapriya Dias, Gihan De Chickera, Dharshan Dharmaraj, Namal Jayasinghe

Votes: 1,780

31. 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: 6,244 | Gross: $12.59M

32. Morgen (2010)

100 min | Drama

NELU, a man in his forties, works as a security guard at a supermarket in Salonta, a small town on the Romanian-Hungarian border. This is the place where many illegal emigrants try to cross... See full synopsis »

Director: Anca Puiu | Stars: András Hatházi, Yilmaz Yalçin, Elvira Rimbu, Dorin C. Zachei

Votes: 924

33. 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: 10,167 | Gross: $25.10M

34. 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: 18,102 | Gross: $8.66M

35. 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: 4,460

36. Golden Door (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: 4,543 | Gross: $1.06M

37. The Promise (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Jean-Michel Balthazar

Votes: 6,532 | Gross: $0.45M

38. Provoked: A True Story (2006)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

39 Metascore

It's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband.

Director: Jag Mundhra | Stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews, Ray Panthaki

Votes: 1,960

39. 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: 2,804

40. Shun Li and the Poet (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

Director: Andrea Segre | Stars: Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini, Roberto Citran

Votes: 1,601

41. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 962,354 | Gross: $659.33M

42. 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: 40,250 | Gross: $9.42M

43. Mother of Mine (2005)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Maria Lundqvist, Michael Nyqvist

Votes: 4,035

44. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 132,682 | Gross: $0.31M

45. The Party (1968)

PG | 99 min | Comedy

A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, Natalia Borisova, Jean Carson

Votes: 34,914

46. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 88,312 | Gross: $43.66M

47. 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: 4,713

48. The New Land (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: 3,284

49. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama