Industrial Relations on Film

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1. The Angry Silence (1960)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

A young factory worker decides to stand up against his workmates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, Michael Craig, Bernard Lee

Votes: 1,076

2. I'm All Right Jack (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labor union.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 3,294

3. Chance of a Lifetime (1950)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

The workers in a small plough factory take over the firm, but when a large order falls through, the old management come back to help out.

Director: Bernard Miles | Stars: Basil Radford, Niall MacGinnis, Bernard Miles, Julien Mitchell

Votes: 236

4. Carry On at Your Convenience (1971)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

This is the tale of industrial strife at WC Boggs' Lavatory factory. Vic Spanner is the union representative who calls a strike at the drop of a hat; eventually everyone has to get fed up ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims

Votes: 2,607

5. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough

Votes: 8,184 | Gross: $0.01M

6. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Romance

A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Votes: 7,053

7. Animal Farm (1954)

Approved | 72 min | Animation, Drama

A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.

Directors: Joy Batchelor, John Halas | Stars: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham

Votes: 13,840

8. Comrades (1986)

183 min | Drama, History

The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of nineteenth century English farm laborers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages.

Director: Bill Douglas | Stars: Keith Allen, Dave Atkins, Stephen Bateman, Katy Behean

Votes: 627

9. Brassed Off (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 17,706 | Gross: $2.56M

10. The Full Monty (1997)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Wim Snape

Votes: 94,233 | Gross: $45.95M

11. Made in Dagenham (2010)

R | 113 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

Director: Nigel Cole | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Andrea Riseborough, Jaime Winstone

Votes: 13,336 | Gross: $1.09M

12. Pride (I) (2014)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Director: Matthew Warchus | Stars: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine

Votes: 47,811

13. Suffragette (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

67 Metascore

In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.

Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep

Votes: 35,125 | Gross: $4.69M

14. The Stars Look Down (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Drama

Davey Fenwick (Sir Michael Redgrave) leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners. But he falls in love with ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, Edward Rigby, Emlyn Williams

Votes: 826

15. The Life Story of David Lloyd George (1918)

152 min | Biography, Drama, History

Bio-pic of Britain's World War 1 Prime Minister.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Norman Page, Alma Reville, Ernest Thesiger, Douglas Munro

Votes: 67

16. Fame Is the Spur (1947)

96 min | Drama

A British politician finds that his intense liberal views become more conservative with his rise to power.

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Tony Wager, Brian Weske, Gerald Fox, Jean Shepeard

Votes: 162

17. Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Biography, Drama

In the 1950s, Margaret Thatcher works as a research chemist, begins her attempts to be selected for Parliament and meets her future husband Denis Thatcher.

Director: Niall MacCormick | Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Philip Jackson, Michael Gould, Jonathan Aris

Votes: 384

18. Left Right and Centre (1959)

95 min | Comedy, Romance

At the Earndale by-election natural history expert and TV personality Bob Wilcot for the Conservatives finds himself up against Billingsgate girl Stella Stoker for the socialists. Amateur ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Patricia Bredin, Eric Barker, Jack Hedley, Leslie Dwyer

Votes: 244

19. No Love for Johnnie (1961)

110 min | Drama

Johnnie Byrne is a member of the British Parliament. In his 40s, he's feeling frustrated with his life and his personal as well as professional problems tower up over him. His desires to ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Peter Finch, Stanley Holloway, Mary Peach, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 502

20. The Project (2002 TV Movie)

220 min | Drama

In 1992 a group of labour activists, Paul, Maggie and Irène, are dismayed by yet another Labour defeat to a Conservative Government. They each wish to support Labour in different ways. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Naomie Harris, Paloma Baeza, James Frain

Votes: 103

21. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 97,917 | Gross: $30.02M

22. The Deal (2003 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama

Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: David Morrissey, Matt Blair, Michael Sheen, Dexter Fletcher

Votes: 1,224

23. The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

91 Metascore

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Votes: 99,307 | Gross: $56.44M

24. The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization that traces former UK prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Michael Sheen, Demetri Goritsas, Adam Godley, Marc Rioufol

Votes: 4,093

25. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 131,782 | Gross: $9.60M

26. Reg (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 89 min | Drama

The story of Reg Keys who lost his son in the Iraq War and then went on to contest Tony Blair's seat at Sedgefield in the 2005 General Election.

Director: David Blair | Stars: John Ammirati, Charlie Anson, William Atkinson, Kelva Barrett

Votes: 259

27. Hoffa (1992)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

50 Metascore

The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who organizes a bitter strike, makes deals with members of the organized crime syndicate and mysteriously disappears in 1975.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 20,049 | Gross: $24.28M

28. Gung Ho (1986)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 11,061 | Gross: $36.61M

29. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 198,138 | Gross: $0.16M

30. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

96 Metascore

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 82,339 | Gross: $0.06M

31. Newsies (1992)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Family, History

46 Metascore

A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret

Votes: 17,629 | Gross: $2.82M

32. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

80 Metascore

An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin

Votes: 90,222 | Gross: $10.73M

33. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 17,082 | Gross: $35.62M

34. The Molly Maguires (1970)

M | 124 min | Drama, History

62 Metascore

In the Pennsylvanian coal mines of 1876, a group of Irish immigrant workers begin to retaliate against the cruelty of their work environment.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Harris, Samantha Eggar, Frank Finlay

Votes: 3,086

35. Matewan (1987)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History

73 Metascore

A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham

Votes: 6,685 | Gross: $1.68M

36. Norma Rae (1979)

PG | 114 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle

Votes: 9,618 | Gross: $22.23M

37. The Pajama Game (1957)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay raise.

Directors: George Abbott, Stanley Donen | Stars: Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr.

Votes: 2,964

38. Native Land (1942)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Paul Robeson narrates a mix of dramatizations and archival footage about the bill of rights being under attack during the 1930s by union busting corporations, their spies and contractors. ... See full summary »

Directors: Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand | Stars: Paul Robeson, Fred Johnson, Mary George, John Rennick

Votes: 286

39. North Country (2005)

R | 126 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States, Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner, Frances McDormand, Thomas Curtis

Votes: 37,784 | Gross: $18.32M

40. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 49,251 | Gross: $0.05M

41. The Ugly American (1963)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

An ambitious scholar becomes the ambassador of Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war is brewing.

Director: George Englund | Stars: Marlon Brando, Eiji Okada, Sandra Church, Pat Hingle

Votes: 1,757

42. How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Family

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp

Votes: 19,621

43. With These Hands (1950)

52 min | Drama

Film produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union -- featuring several well-known Broadway actors -- recreates Triangle Fire of 1911 and compares working conditions of the 1910's with the 1950's.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Sam Levene, Arlene Francis, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Arnold

Votes: 28

44. The Big Operator (1959)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama

During the 1950s, a corrupt labor union boss and the mob silence all those who witness their shady activities but an honest union member threatens to testify in front of a Senate Committee, thus becoming a murder-target.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren, Mel Tormé

Votes: 143

45. The Garment Jungle (1957)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The struggle of a lady's garment workers' organization to unionize a New York clothing sweat shop; the owner of which is determined to keep the union out of his business at any cost.

Directors: Vincent Sherman, Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Kerwin Mathews, Gia Scala, Richard Boone

Votes: 493

46. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey

Votes: 7,786

47. Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)

GP | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions.

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Riccardo Cucciolla, Cyril Cusack, Rosanna Fratello

Votes: 2,450

48. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

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