10 Films About the Immigrant Experience

The experience of immigrants across the world on film.

“I think ultimately it really is trying to find out who we are, and try to understand a little bit about what it was like to live as an immigrant at that time,” Martin Scorsese said in a 2007 interview about the popular theme of the immigrant experience amongst filmmakers. But the immigrant journey is not limited to our ancestors in decades past. In 2014, more than 42.4 million immigrants resided in the United States. Currently, our nation of immigrants is struggling to cope with the recent order prohibiting immigrant entry into the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries. As the discussions about our 45th president’s ban continue, we’re looking back at some of the ways the immigrant experience has been portrayed on the big screen.