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1. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 309,294 | Gross: $102.61M

2. Jarhead (2005)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.0
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58 Metascore

A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Scott MacDonald

Votes: 162,559 | Gross: $62.66M

3. Local Hero (1983)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay, Denis Lawson

Votes: 18,804 | Gross: $5.90M

4. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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94 Metascore

A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin

Votes: 18,425 | Gross: $0.11M

5. The Formula (1980)

R | 117 min | Crime, Thriller

5.6
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The synthetic fuel production formula, invented by the Nazis at the end of World War II, is sought after by some who aim to sell it, and by others who wish to destroy it.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: George C. Scott, Marlon Brando, Marthe Keller, John Gielgud

Votes: 2,237

6. The Age of Stupid (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

7.1
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A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

Director: Franny Armstrong | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Jehangir Wadia, Alvin DuVernay, Layefa Malini

Votes: 4,028

7. Strange Bedfellows (1965)

98 min | Comedy

6.0
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In London, stuffy statesman Carter Harrison meets Toni, a Bohemian artist with a hot Italian temper. The two impulsively marry and then find that they disagree on everything. Shortly ... See full summary »

Director: Melvin Frank | Stars: Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Gig Young, Edward Judd

Votes: 670

8. Hold the Dream (1986)

195 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Four-part, four-hour follow-up to A Woman of Substance (1984) with Deborah Kerr, now playing Emma Harte at age eighty in the last winter of her life and dealing with her granddaughter Paula... See full summary »

Stars: Jenny Seagrove, Deborah Kerr, Fiona Fullerton, Stephen Collins

Votes: 289

9. New York Confidential (1955)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A top syndicate crime boss and his corrupt politicians, make multi-million deals and order murders , until the vicious pattern finally catches up to him.

Director: Russell Rouse | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Richard Conte, Anne Bancroft, Marilyn Maxwell

Votes: 427

10. Mogul (1965–1972)

50 min | Drama

7.4
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Adventure drama series based around the fictitious Mogul Oil Company and the exploits of its chief 'troubleshooter' Peter Thornton.

Stars: Geoffrey Keen, Philip Latham, Ray Barrett, Robert Hardy

Votes: 35

11. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (1992– )

PG-13 | Documentary

8.5
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The globe-spanning story of the oil industry from the first strikes of the 19th century through the Gulf War. The industry's colorful characters and oil's key role in 20th century history are brought to life by participants and historians.

Stars: Donald Sutherland, Daniel Yergin, Norman Cooley, Stephanie Cran

Votes: 103

12. The Water Engine (1992 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

6.7
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In the 1930s, Charles Lang invents an engine that runs using water for fuel. But when he tries to get it patented, he is first offered a ridiculously low amount. When he refuses, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Schachter | Stars: Charles Durning, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, John Mahoney

Votes: 245

13. Bachelor Bait (1934)

Passed | 74 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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A well-meaning but bumbling clerk at the Marriage License Bureau winds up getting fired. He decides to open up his own "matchmaking" business and takes a personal interest in his clients, ... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Stuart Erwin, Rochelle Hudson, Pert Kelton, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 202

14. Untamed (1929)

Approved | 86 min | Drama

4.7
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When her rich oilman father is killed, Bingo, raised in the wilds of South America, inherits the company. Her guardians Ben and Howard send her to New York for civilizing but on the way she... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Ernest Torrence, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 406 | Gross: $0.71M

15. Onna goroshi abura no jigoku (1992)

115 min | Drama

6.5
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A young man's frequent patronage of a prostitute leads to debt.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Kanako Higuchi, Miwako Fujitani, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Hiroyuki Nagato

Votes: 109

16. Mister Cinderella (1936)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy

6.3
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Automotive mogul Peter Randolph needs backers for his diesel engine. Eccentric millionaire Aloysius P. Merriweather is invited to dinner, but he sends barber Joe Jenkins in his place.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Jack Haley, Betty Furness, Arthur Treacher, Raymond Walburn

Votes: 60

17. Oil Run

Crime, Drama | Announced

Bernie Napolino, compelled to leave the Chicago Mob Life behind, retreats south to save his daughter, with a prospect to find serenity in Texas Black Gold.

Director: Alessandro Capone | Stars: Mike Starr, Chris Caldovino, Alcides Dias, Kassandra Marron

18. La via del petrolio (1967– )

45 min | Documentary

6.8
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Stars: Giulio Bosetti, Nino Castelnuovo, Riccardo Cucciolla, Nino Dal Fabbro

Votes: 36

19. Assignment: Venezuela (1956)

24 min | Documentary, Short

2.3
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An American goes to work in the booming oil industry of Venuzuela.

Director: Jack Tobin

Votes: 110

20. Ghani (2006)

109 min | Drama

8.4
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Poor oil miller decides to use his daughter-in-law to spin the treadle due to lack of ox.

Director: Kazi Morshed | Stars: Raisul Islam Asad, Dolly Johur, Masum Aziz, Naznin Hasan Chumki

Votes: 19

21. Älä nuolase... (1962)

113 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

7.2
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Two guys working at a gas station invest their modest lottery prize in a scheme to increase their wealth by marrying some real money. Posing as Texas oil millionaires with Finnish descent, ... See full summary »

Director: Aarne Tarkas | Stars: Leo Jokela, Tommi Rinne, Leni Katajakoski, Elina Salo

Votes: 97

22. The Story of Gasoline (1948)

Not Rated | 24 min | Documentary, Short

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The Standard Oil Company of Chicago describes how gasoline was refined and used in the early 1950's. The film features a combination of animation and live-action scenes and displays gas ... See full summary »

23. Windfall (1980 Video Game)

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This real-time the player on the other side of the mid-1970's Oil Crisis. As the Chief Executive of Engulf Oil, you attempt to turn crisis into cash, making your windfall profits. The ... See full summary »

Director: David Mullich

24. NCIS: New Orleans (2014– )
Episode: Hell on the High Water (2017)

TV-14 | 40 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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During a murder investigation, Pride gets trapped on an oil rig that's about to explode due to a gas leak.

Director: Michael Zinberg | Stars: Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Vanessa Ferlito, Rob Kerkovich

Votes: 168

25. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: Life Under Water (1989)

56 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Young man, who can't get along with the rest of the world, especially his mother, decides to try to take his life in his own hands.

Director: Jay Holman | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Haviland Morris, Keanu Reeves, Joanna Gleason

Votes: 95

26. Racket Squad (1950– )
Episode: Small Town Racket (1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama

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Local businessmen take instantly to John Riley, a geologist who's moving to town from Cleveland. They do their research and find he's a geologist who's made a fortune in locating oil ... See full summary »

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Reed Hadley, Griff Barnett, Jackson Halliday, Ben Mazer

27. What Really Happened on September 11th (2002– )
Episode: The Oiligarchy (2002)

6 min | News

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Star: Barrie Zwicker



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