Good movies about bad times

A scene from "Brother, Where Art Thou?"

A scene from "Brother, Where Art Thou?"

During tough economic times, it’s easy to imagine entertainment falling by the wayside. But during the Great Depression, movies remained popular. In part, that’s because films were a relatively inexpensive form of escapism. Since America is once again facing economic troubles, we thought it would be fun to look at some of the greatest movies ever to address financial concerns. Don’t worry. They aren’t all downers. Plenty of movies built around poverty and strife are not only entertaining but inspirational. In fact, we found several sub-genres that fit neatly beneath the umbrella of “Spare-change cinema.”

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