Homeless, Hobos and Tramps

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1. À Nous la Liberté (1931)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France, Paul Ollivier

Votes: 3,545

2. The Adventures of Billy (1911)

18 min | Drama, Short

Billy witnesses two tramps accidentally kill someone during a robbery. The tramps lock him up and decide that he must be killed, too.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Edna Foster, Donald Crisp, Joseph Graybill, Dell Henderson

Votes: 59

3. Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Crime

55 Metascore

A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Mounïm Kbab, Mustapha Hansali, Hicham Moussoune, Abdelhak Zhayra

Votes: 2,325

4. Playwrights '56 (1955– )
Episode: The Battler (1955)

Comedy, Drama

Wandering around America, young Nick Adams encounters a washed-up punch-drunk boxer known as "The Battler".

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Richard Collier, Marty Green, Phyllis Kirk, Dewey Martin

Votes: 14

5. Beggars in Ermine (1934)

Passed | 72 min | Drama

John Dawson loses control of his factory when he is crippled in an accident caused by a rival. Destitute, he travels the country organizing the homeless to help him regain control of his ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Betty Furness, Henry B. Walthall, Jameson Thomas

Votes: 81

6. Beggars of Life (1928)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington

Votes: 762

7. Biao (1949)

105 min | Drama

A street-wise and tough orphan called Maverick is arrested for a petty theft and sent to an orphanage, but succeeds in concealing a watch he had stolen from an old shopkeeper just before ... See full summary »

Director: Zuolin Huang | Stars: Zhaoqian Sun, Zhi Cheng, Yang Shen, Zhongying Yu

Votes: 7

8. Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

A bookseller saves a tramp from drowning and shelters him, but the tramp's odd behavior starts to wear everyone down.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia, Sévérine Lerczinska, Jean Gehret

Votes: 4,509

9. Bound for Glory (1976)

PG | 147 min | Biography, Drama, Music

70 Metascore

The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland

Votes: 4,188

10. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey

Votes: 7,212

11. Catching Out (2003)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Crime

57 Metascore

This documentary explores the world of hobos and freight train hopping. Filmmaker Sarah George follows Switch and Baby Girl, two hobos who must give up the rails when Baby Girl becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah George | Stars: Baby Girl, Isaiah, Jessica, Luther the Jet

Votes: 99

12. Central Station (1998)

R | 113 min | Drama

80 Metascore

An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra, Soia Lira

Votes: 31,699 | Gross: $5.60M

13. La Ciudad (The City) (1998)

88 min | Drama

76 Metascore

The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City.

Director: David Riker | Stars: Anthony Rivera, Joseph Rigano, Miguel Maldonado, Ricardo Cuevas

Votes: 344 | Gross: $0.24M

14. De la calle (2001)

84 min | Drama

Authentic and committed, moving and stormy drama of street kids from Mexico City. Wonderful adaptation of successful play about street kids who have more trouble with corrupt cops, than with dirty and heavy work.

Director: Gerardo Tort | Stars: Luis Fernando Peña, Maya Zapata, Armando Hernández, Mario Zaragoza

Votes: 477

15. Crainquebille (1922)

TV-G | 50 min | Drama

A poor vegetable peddler in Paris runs afoul of the law and finds himself ground up in the cogs of the corrupt French judicial system.

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Maurice de Féraudy, Félix Oudart, Jean Forest, Marguerite Carré

Votes: 282

16. Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama

After falling pregnant to a pharmacist and refusing to marry, a young woman is thrown from her home and sent to a scrict girls' reform school.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp, André Roanne

Votes: 3,508

17. A Dog's Life (1918)

Not Rated | 33 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Dave Anderson, Bert Appling

Votes: 6,037

18. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

R | 103 min | Comedy

82 Metascore

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss, Little Richard

Votes: 14,123 | Gross: $62.13M

19. The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)

R | 113 min | Drama

In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is ... See full summary »

Director: Erick Zonca | Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier, Grégoire Colin, Patrick Mercado

Votes: 6,920 | Gross: $1.73M

20. 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: 71,368 | Gross: $41.90M

21. God Bless the Child (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters.

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Mare Winningham, Grace Johnston, L. Scott Caldwell, Obba Babatundé

Votes: 369

22. The Great McGinty (1940)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy

Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics, but he endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 2,872

23. Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A New York tramp (Jolson) falls in love with the mayor's amnesiac girlfriend after rescuing her from a suicide attempt

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Al Jolson, Madge Evans, Frank Morgan, Harry Langdon

Votes: 681

24. O Herói (2004)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

A 20-year veteran of the Angolan civil war returns to the capital city of Luanda where he faces the challenges of assimilation and survival.

Director: Zézé Gamboa | Stars: Makena Diop, Milton 'Santo' Coelho, Maria Ceiça, Patrícia Bull

Votes: 137

25. Heroes for Sale (1933)

76 min | Drama, War

A veteran fights drug addiction to make his way in the business world.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Loretta Young, Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon, Gordon Westcott

Votes: 1,866

26. The Hobo (1917)

15 min | Comedy, Short

Billy is a hobo who hangs around the train station. He creates disruption in the ticket office, at the lunch counter, and in the lives of some of the customers.

Director: Arvid E. Gillstrom | Stars: Billy West, Oliver Hardy, Leo White, Bud Ross

Votes: 83

27. Hobo Gadget Band (1939)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

At the hobo hotel, it's morning. One hobo awakens, and carefully avoids the shower, except for a drop on each eye. He stops at the medicine cabinet for some "soda fizz" which jets about, ... See full summary »

Directors: Cal Dalton, Ben Hardaway | Stars: Mel Blanc, Pinto Colvig

Votes: 55

28. Just Pals (1920)

Not Rated | 50 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

Small-town tramp befriends runaway boy.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Buck Jones, Helen Ferguson, Georgie Stone, Duke R. Lee

Votes: 285

29. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

Votes: 103,149 | Gross: $93.60M

30. Lady for a Day (1933)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell

Votes: 3,274

31. Land of Plenty (2004)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War

62 Metascore

A drama that investigates anxiety and disillusionment in America.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Michelle Williams, John Diehl, Wendell Pierce, Shaun Toub

Votes: 3,563

32. Meet John Doe (1941)

Not Rated | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan

Votes: 10,578

33. Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Alan Mowbray, Billie Burke

Votes: 1,260

34. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 87,379 | Gross: $44.79M

35. Miracle in Milan (1951)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the streets of Milan.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò

Votes: 5,098

36. Mondo (1995)

80 min | Drama

Mondo is a homeless young boy, with a big smile, who wanders around Nice looking for food and a place to sleep.

Director: Tony Gatlif | Stars: Ovidiu Balan, Philippe Petit, Pierrette Fesch, Jerry Smith

Votes: 497

37. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 120,813 | Gross: $34.47M

38. My Man Godfrey (1936)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

Votes: 17,928

39. Conqueror of Destiny (1978)

189 min | Drama, Romance

As an orphan on the streets in Shimla, young Sikandar (Amitabh Batchchan) has no one to care of him. For a short while he works for Mr. Ramnath, Little Kamna Ramnath (Rakhee Gulzar) gives ... See full summary »

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rakhee Gulzar, Rekha

Votes: 2,183

40. Night Shapes (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants. The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi ... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Dresen | Stars: Myriam Abbas, Dominique Horwitz, Oliver Breite, Susanne Bormann

Votes: 612

41. Noise (2002)

Crime, Drama

Convicted counterfeiter Ben Malafide gets out of prison after 20 years and ends up in the Tenderloin. Seeking the bare essentials to make ends meet, he confronts the Information Age, a ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Nilsson | Stars: Robert Viharo, Paige Olson, Edwin Johnson, Bill Ackridge

Votes: 9

42. Used (2007)

84 min | Drama

Certain he's been betrayed, Malafide leaves his lover and hops freights to Reno to find a Cherokee healer he met in prison named People T. Joined by a black homeless man named Johnny, they ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Nilsson | Stars: Robert Viharo, Paige Olson, Edwin Johnson, David Hess

44. Singing (2000)

78 min | Drama

Estranged from his longtime girlfriend, suburban accountant Perry wanders into the Tenderloin at night and is drawn into a series of dangerous and erotic encounters.

Director: Rob Nilsson | Stars: Jim Carpenter, Barbara Jaspersen, Domenique Lozano, Devin Qualls

Votes: 5

46. Scheme C6 (2001)

97 min | Romance, Crime, Drama

Bid, a biker maverick, lives on wits and adrenalin, selling stolen auto parts, sleeping in alleys chained to his bike. He taunts his cop father who tries to protect him from his inevitable downfall.

Director: Rob Nilsson | Stars: Cory DuVal, Monica Cortes Viharo, David Fine, MC Mars

Votes: 12

47. Need (2005)

95 min | Drama

NEED is film #6 in the nine film 9@ Night cycle. A cinema portrait of 40-50 inner city characters living in the San Francisco Tenderloin circa 2001-2005 cast from the Tenderloin yGroup ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Nilsson | Stars: Diane Gaidry, Marianne Heath, Brette McCabe, Mira Larkin

Votes: 13

48. Pan (II) (2006)

90 min | Drama

A small band of dysfunctional renegade homeless people led by charismatic "Pan" befriends a lonely youngster, a fatherless "Bobby" who stumbles upon their homeless encampment nestled by the... See full summary »

Director: Rob Nilsson | Stars: Kieron McCartney, Kara McCartney, Nighttrain Schickele, Mantra Plonsey

Votes: 7

49. Number 17 (1932)

TV-PG | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart, Donald Calthrop

Votes: 3,989