Homelessness on film

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1. This Dust of Words (2008)

60 min | Documentary

Thirty years after he last saw her, Stanford English professor John Felstiner finds mystery and wonder in the life of a former student, and in her death.

Director: Bill Rose | Star: Allison Jean White

Votes: 73

2. American Refugees: Homelessness in Four Movements (2010)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A fast-paced, gripping documentary about life on the streets.

Directors: Jason Wasserman, Jeffrey Clair

Votes: 10

3. Nomad (2002)

Jack is the nomad of the film's title. He is a homeless street performer who brings Shakespeare's soliloquies to life each afternoon on various street corners around the city of Denver. He ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Eggers | Stars: Matthew Pinkerton, Amanda Revell, Richard Dean, Jeff Nicholson

Votes: 11

4. Radioman (2012)

75 min | Documentary

The New York film set mascot who overcame homelessness and alcoholism to become a fixture of the New York film industry, with over 100 small parts to his name.

Director: Mary Kerr | Stars: Josh Brolin, Craig Castaldo, George Clooney, Matt Damon

Votes: 168

5. Monday Morning (2012)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

Radio commentator, Thomas Bach, runs for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota. Through a circumstance, he ends up in the middle of L.A.'s brutal homeless community. What he does with his new awareness is pitted against the forces. of security.

Director: Nat Christian | Stars: Victor Browne, Molly Kidder, Jessica Spotts, Nat Christian

Votes: 39

6. Waiting for Tomorrow (2007)

90 min | Drama

A young couple living in the streets of Hollywood master a plan to leave Los Angeles in order to escape jail, drugs and a life of hopelessness.

Director: George Gomez | Stars: Victoria Allen, Ronnie Alvarez, Jason Burnham, Carolina Carvajal

Votes: 15

7. My Gift (2008)

17 min | Short, Adventure, Family

A homeless man finds a lost dog in a small town. Together, fate gives them a new leash on life.

Director: Sage Christian Drake | Stars: Bob O'Brien, Elizabeth Pickett, Ashley O'Brien, Conor Hamill

Votes: 13

The story of a homeless man and his dog and their journey together.

8. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 386,371 | Gross: $163.57M

A single father and his son struggle to get off the streets of San Francisco, CA. Based on the real life story of Chris Gardner.

9. Dark Days (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

Director: Marc Singer | Star: Marc Singer

Votes: 5,924 | Gross: $0.43M

An underground community of homeless men and women living underneath the NY subway and in abandoned subway tunnels

10. When I Came Home (2006)

70 min | Documentary

Iraq War veteran Herold Noel suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and lives out of his car in Brooklyn. Using Noel's story as a fulcrum, this doc examines the wider issue of homeless... See full summary »

Director: Dan Lohaus | Stars: Nicole Goodwin, Anthony Manto, Herold Noel Jr., Nicole Prince

Votes: 50

Iraq War veteran Herold Noel suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and lives out of his car in Brooklyn, NY.

11. Streetwise (1984)

91 min | Documentary

Gritty documentary looks at the life and lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

Director: Martin Bell | Stars: Roberta Joseph Hayes, Baby Gramps, Erin Blackwell, Lou Ellen Couch

Votes: 1,342

Homeless teens in Seattle

12. Lost Angels (2009)

R | 60 min | Drama

Rachel Allen, a teen runaway from Salt Lake City seeks revenge against the man that destroyed her family. The hunt takes her to LA. Now she's one of the cities homeless youth, one of the Lost Angels.

Director: Justin Voskian | Stars: Misty Madden, Allen Maldonado, Kevin Barrett, Traycee King

Votes: 15

Rachel Allen, a teen runaway from Salt Lake City seeks revenge against the man that destroyed her family. The hunt takes her to LA. Now she's one of the cities homeless youth, one of the Lost Angels.

13. The Fisher King (1991)

R | 138 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi

Votes: 70,468 | Gross: $41.90M

A former radio DJ, suicidal and despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

14. What About Me (1993)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

A young woman becomes homeless on the streets of New York City.

Director: Rachel Amodeo | Stars: Rachel Amodeo, Judy Carne, Gregory Corso, Richard Edson

Votes: 82

A young woman becomes homeless on the streets of New York City.

15. Being Flynn (2012)

R | 102 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Paul Dano, Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby

Votes: 15,340 | Gross: $0.53M



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