Now that you’re done catching up on the nominees for Best Picture — and the Oscars have officially closed out awards season — you may need some new movie recommendations.
If that’s the case, why not pair your entertainment with some education and social awareness? The films in this list are considered some of the best about homelessness (as well as relevant issues like poverty, mental health, hunger and addiction). We hope you enjoy these Top 10 Movies About Homelessness.
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton
Directed by Gabriele Muccino
2015 – PG-13 – 104 minutes – Biography, Drama, Comedy
Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Alex Jennings
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Richard Gere, Jena Malone, Ben Vereen
Directed by Oren Moverman
George seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter.
2018 – PG-13 – 119 minutes – Drama
Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Taylor Schilling
Directed by Emilio Estevez
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.
Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener, Robert Downey Jr.
Directed by Joe Wright
Robin WIlliams, Jeff Bridges, David Hyde Pierce
Directed by Terry Gilliam
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.
Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger, Jon Voight
Directed by Michael Carney
International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.
Directed by Marc Singer
A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.
2014 – TV-MA – 165 minutes – Drama
Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie,
Directed by Paul Bettany
Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.
2016 – Not Rated – 103 minutes – Biography, Drama, Family
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
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.
* Some of these movies are not suitable for children due to profanity and graphic content. These are movies that have been included on many lists of the top movies about homelessness, and are not necessarily the recommendation of staff at Springs Rescue Mission. The information in this article was aggregated from IMDB and Wikipedia.
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