The Best Movies About Immigration Films

The Best Movies About Immigration

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List Criteria: Movies about immigrants, immigration, and life in a new country.

This is a crowdranked list of the top films where immigration is a major focus or plot element. Since America is a country of immigrants, settled by numerous different cultural groups over the years. It's no wonder that much of American cinema features stories about immigrants and immigration. From Ellis Island, to an influx of Irish Americans displaced by the Potato Famine, to Latino immigrants today, it's no surprise that this list has so many classic films about immigration - a classic American issue. But in recent times we have also seen an influx of films by non-American filmmakers tackling the subject of immigration, usually in a dramatic as opposed to comedic manner. 
 
The movies on this list all tackle the topic of immigration in one way or another – whether through a historical lens, looking at how life was affected by immigration through Ellis Island into New York City (including the formation of gangs for survival), or whether it takes a more dramatic approach by featuring a modern couple kept apart due to an immigration law. There are even "genre movies" in recent years that at their core are really about immigrants and cultural aliens - see District 9 or Children of Men
 
This list features the best immigration movies including: Scarface, Children of Men, Like Crazy, In America, House of Sand and Fog, The Border, The Kite Runner, and Journey of Hope. Vote up your favorite immigration film or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Shaun Toub, Saïd Taghmaoui, Khaled Hosseini

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    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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    Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Kim Dickens

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    Djimon Hounsou, Samantha Morton, Paddy Constantine

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    Lou Antonio, John Marley, Frank Wolff

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    Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Keeley Hazell, Felicity Jones

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    Richard Jenkins, Danai Gurira, Richard Kind

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    Demián Bichir, Joaquín Cosío, Gabriel Chavarria

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    Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson

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    The Other Side of Immigration is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration
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    Welcome is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration

    Vincent Lindon, Olivier Rabourdin, Yannick Renier

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    Dietmar Schönherr, Teco Celio, Nur Sürer

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    James Earl Jones, Phil Hartman, Ron Perlman

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    Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration

    Frank Grillo, David Rasche, Erica Gimpel

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    I Am Singh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration

    I Am Singh Puneet Issar, Rico Devereaux, Jack Chevanty

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    Christopher Walken, Clancy Brown, Edward Herrmann

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    Alexis Georgoulis

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    Men At Lunch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration

    Men At Lunch Fionnula Flanagan

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    A Mother's Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration

    A Mother's Story Pokwang, Rayver Cruz, Xyriel Manabat

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    Harrison Ford, Sarah Shahi, Ashley Judd

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    Myna Has Gone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration

    Myna Has Gone María del Barrio

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    Scarlett Johansson, Emmy Rossum, Nastassja Kinski

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    Four Sons is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration

    John Wayne, George Meeker, Earle Fox

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    Christelle Cornil, Anne Coesens, Olivier Schneider

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    Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina, Anjelica Huston

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    Letters from Alou is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration

    Eulalia Ramón, Albert Vidal, Akonio Dolo

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    For a Moment, Freedom is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Immigration

    Fares Fares, Johannes Silberschneider, Navíd Akhavan

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