Poverty In Movies: How Hollywood Handles The Difficult Subject Matter

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood exists in stark contrast to the harsh economic realities millions of Americans face on a daily basis. Yet throughout history, filmmakers have often tackled poverty onscreen in ways that spoke to their respective generations.

From Great Depression-era classics like "Grapes of Wrath" and "Sullivan's Travels," to 2012 blockbusters like "Hunger Games" and "The Dark Knight Rises," Hollywood has often used big-screen entertainment to mirror society's economic disparities and hardships.

HuffPost Entertainment has gathered some of the most popular films that deal with poverty. Weigh-in with your own thoughts about how the filmmaking industry can do a better job of highlighting the issue in the comments below.

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Poverty In Film