The story of the poor, oppressed and suffering protagonist reaching on top of the world has universal appeal. Hundred of thousands of movies have been made on the plot. From a Cinderella sliding on the glass slipper to the journey of the orphaned Pip in Charles Dickens ‘Great Expectations,’ classic literature used the plot to ponder on the mercurial nature of human existence. World cinema has never been shied away from the universal appeal of rags to riches plot. Moviegoers around the globe identify themselves and experience the cathartic moment of relief with the protagonist on the screen who conquers and breaks the obstacles blocking his destiny. Such movies console the wounded souls of the viewers by depicting an imaginary feature in which they might win unexpected wealth and success.
Even though the rags to riches movies stopped being the darlings of major Hollywood production houses as they were in the 30s, a years after the Great Depression, they are still on high demand on various platforms; a reason why the streaming platform Netflix keeps a diverse repository of rags to rich movies. So, here’s the list of really good rags to riches movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
11. 42 (2013)
The real-life story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, took a long time to make it to the big screen. Even though filmmaker Spike Lee nurtured it as a dream project since the 90s with Denzel Washington, the movies didn’t happen. Later, Academy Award-winning director Brian Helgeland realized Jackie’s inspiring life as a biopic, ’42.‘ While Chadwick Boseman played Robinson, Harrison Ford appeared as Branch Rickey, the sports executive who changed his destiny. Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, had also taken part in the production days of ’42.’
10. Lion (2016)
‘Lion’ is the true story of Saroo Brierley‘s path-breaking journey from a poor neighborhood in the streets of Burhanpur, India to Australia as the adopted son of an Australian couple. The movie explores his predicament in the new world as an uprooted individual. ‘Lion‘ becomes emotionally gripping when he decides to go back to India to trace back his origin, with the help of the omnipresent eyes of Google. Garth Davis‘s haunting and emotive narrative, powered by a stunning performance from Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman made the movie a global success with six Academy Award nominations.