Do you know any movies/novels/real-life stories with a "rags-to-riches" theme?
I know Cinderella Man is one of them but I don't know any other.
I know it's a shitty Sandler movie but John Turturro makes that movie for me.
"Whats Love got to do with it" Tina Turner story.
Also see post #47 in Tina Turners getting married thread.
Any one of dozens -- hundreds -- of multi-generational family sagas published during the 1960s and 70s. To start, you might look into Howard Fast or Belva Plain.
Tony Bennett sang "Rags To Riches." Big hit for Columbia in the fifties.
Coal Miner's Daughter
Charlie/Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Ragged Dick, Tattered Tom (Horatio Alger stories)
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser
An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser