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1. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 468,621 | Gross: $40.22M

2. Body of Lies (2008)

R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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57 Metascore

A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani

Votes: 200,900 | Gross: $39.39M

3. Deepwater Horizon (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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68 Metascore

A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont

Votes: 135,255 | Gross: $61.28M

4. A Most Violent Year (2014)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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79 Metascore

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 60,778 | Gross: $5.74M

5. Lykkeland (2018– )

45 min | Drama

7.9
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The night before Christmas 1969, the gas flare at the Ocean Viking is lit. Phillips has found the largest sub sea oil basin in history. And everything is about to change.

Stars: Anne Regine Ellingsæter, Amund Harboe, Bart Edwards, Malene Wadel

Votes: 677

6. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 31,457 | Gross: $35.00M

7. Toni Erdmann (2016)

R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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93 Metascore

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

Votes: 38,657 | Gross: $1.48M

8. The Chase (1966)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 9,234 | Gross: $5.00M

9. State of Play (2003)

TV-14 | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.

Stars: John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, Philip Glenister

Votes: 8,753

10. The Runner (I) (2015)

R | 90 min | Drama

4.7
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39 Metascore

In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.

Director: Austin Stark | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Paulson, Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 4,627

11. Ice (2011)

184 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.6
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It is 2020. Findings by environmental scientist Professor Thom Archer suggest that Halo, the corporate energy company drilling on the Greenland Glacier are causing it to melt. Archer's ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Frances O'Connor, Claire Forlani, Ben Cross

Votes: 1,092

12. Pioneer (2013)

R | 111 min | Thriller

6.0
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58 Metascore

A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Stephanie Sigman

Votes: 4,488 | Gross: $0.01M

13. 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: 2,241

14. The Overnighters (2014)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Drama

7.4
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89 Metascore

Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.

Director: Jesse Moss | Stars: Jay Reinke, Andrea Reinke, Alan Mezo, Shelly Schultz

Votes: 2,235 | Gross: $0.11M

15. The Secret Life of Words (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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68 Metascore

A hearing impaired factory worker gives up her first holiday in years and instead travels out to an oil rig, where she cares for a man suffering from severe burns.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Javier Cámara

Votes: 11,425 | Gross: $0.02M

16. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

7.7
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70 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Reverend Gadget

Votes: 11,880 | Gross: $1.68M

17. The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.5
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Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith, Carl Raddatz

Votes: 2,151

18. Blowing Wild (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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In South America, when Jeff Dawson and Dutch Peterson's oil rigs are dynamited by local bandits, the two partners resort to risky transportation of nitroglycerin to raise money.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Ruth Roman, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 747

19. Tulsa (1949)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.2
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In Tulsa, when a rancher dies during a feud with a major oil company, his daughter, driven by revenge, starts digging for oil herself.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Susan Hayward, Robert Preston, Pedro Armendáriz, Lloyd Gough

Votes: 937

20. The Age of Stupid (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, News

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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: 4,050

21. Merchants of Doubt (2014)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

7.7
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70 Metascore

A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Frederick Singer, Naomi Oreskes, Jamy Ian Swiss, Sam Roe

Votes: 3,364 | Gross: $0.19M

22. The Deal (2005)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.0
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46 Metascore

A political thriller steeped in illegal oil trading, the Russian Mafia, and governmental cover-ups.

Director: Harvey Kahn | Stars: Christian Slater, Selma Blair, Robert Loggia, Colm Feore

Votes: 1,772

23. The Big Fix (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

7.7
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57 Metascore

A documentary that examines the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell | Stars: Peter Fonda, Amy Smart, Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell

Votes: 378

24. Dark Souls (2010)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

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A revengeful father embarks on a dark thrill ride of lost memories, conspiracy and zombie-like symptoms. Finding the mysterious darkness within is the source of the bizarre world he has uncovered.

Directors: César Ducasse, Mathieu Peteul | Stars: Johanna Gustavsson, Kristian Holter, Ida Elise Broch, Morten Rudå

Votes: 1,651

25. Louisiana Story (1948)

Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Drama

6.7
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The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Joseph Boudreaux, Lionel Le Blanc, E. Bienvenu, Frank Hardy

Votes: 1,491

26. House of Saud: A Family at War (2018– )

180 min | Documentary

7.2
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A look at the role of Saudi Arabia in recent years in politics and international conflicts, in particular at the changes in politics in recent years, as the kingdom is changing under the rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Stars: Saskia Reeves, Bruce Riedel, Ali Shihabi, Madawi Al-Rasheed

Votes: 97

27. The Water Engine (1992 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

6.9
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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

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

PG-13 | Documentary

8.4
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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: 104

29. The Law of Enclosures (2000)

111 min | Drama

6.2
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Story of the same couple, first in their teenage years and then in their twilight years, paradoxically set in the same time during the backdrop of the Gulf War in the Middle East.

Director: John Greyson | Stars: Sarah Polley, Diane Ladd, Brendan Fletcher, Sean McCann

Votes: 199

30. How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016)

TV-14 | 127 min | Documentary

7.0
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50 Metascore

Documentarian Josh Fox ("Gasland") travels the globe to meet with global climate change "warriors" who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny and tragic, inspiring and... See full summary »

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Lester Brown, Ella Chou, Tim DeChristopher, Wu Di

Votes: 331 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Crude (2009)

Unrated | 105 min | Documentary

7.5
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75 Metascore

The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Dan Ashley, Pablo Fajardo, Kent Robertson, German Yanez

Votes: 786 | Gross: $0.17M

32. Killing Cars (1986)

R | 104 min | Action, Thriller

4.1
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In a complex story of automotive intrigue, oil barons, corporate finance, and international villainy, the inventor of an environmentally friendly car powered by energy cells becomes the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Verhoeven | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Senta Berger, Agnès Soral, Daniel Gélin

Votes: 146

33. Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (1992 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

6.5
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The real-life struggle to contain the environmental and financial damage caused to Alaska by the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez is dramatized.

Director: Paul Seed | Stars: John Heard, Bob Gunton, Mark Metcalf, Bruce Gray

Votes: 242

34. Pump (2014)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

7.7
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56 Metascore

A documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump.

Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell | Stars: Adhemar Altieri, Greg Anderson, Edwin Black, David Blume

Votes: 612 | Gross: $0.07M

35. The Doubt Machine: Inside the Koch Brothers' War on Climate Science (2016)

29 min | Short

8.3
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Narrated by two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson, this documentary exposes how two of America's richest citizens, Charles and David Koch, built a vast apparatus to deny the science of climate change and get Republicans elected to office.

Director: Bruce Livesey | Stars: Charlie Cray, Robert Maguire, Michael E. Mann, Jane Mayer

Votes: 11

36. The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, War

7.5
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The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil, when the automobile became the center of the way people ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Greene | Stars: Barrie Zwicker, James Howard Kunstler, Peter Calthorpe, Michael Klare

Votes: 978

37. Greedy Lying Bastards (2012)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

5.7
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56 Metascore

Melting sea ice, glacier loss and rising sea levels. Severe droughts and wildfires. Increasingly severe tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding. Record heat waves. Climate change is no longer a... See full summary »

Director: Craig Scott Rosebraugh | Stars: Enoch Adams, George W. Bush, Philip Cooney, Kert Davies

Votes: 236 | Gross: $0.09M

38. Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez (2008)

99 min | Documentary

7.4
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In the early hours of March 24th 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil supertanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental... See full summary »

Director: Robert Cornellier

Votes: 30

39. The Curse (1973)

100 min | Drama

6.9
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An old man who works for a landlord brings a young worker to paint the house for him. The old landlord is alcoholic and has a young wife and together they manage a ranch. Little by little ... See full summary »

Director: Naser Taghvai | Stars: Mohammad Taghi Kahnemoui, Fakhri Khorvash, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Behrouz Vossoughi

Votes: 67

40. Elemental (2012)

TV-G | 92 min | Documentary, News

7.0
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63 Metascore

Elemental follows three outsiders who are obsessed by nature and driven by a deep desire to change the status quo. Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, mounts a ... See full summary »

Directors: Gayatri Roshan, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | Stars: Chief Alan Adam, Francesca Bertone, Kelsey Chapman, Eriel Tchekwie Deranger

Votes: 25

41. The New American Century (2007 Video)

97 min | Documentary

7.5
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Covers the historical, philosophical and economical background that suggests how the terrorist attacks of 2001 may have been perpetrated not by Muslim hijackers, but were conceived and orchestrated from within the very US administration.

Director: Massimo Mazzucco

Votes: 18

42. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, War

7.8
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A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources.

Directors: Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack, Reto Caduff | Stars: Wade Adams, Abdul Samad Al-Awadi, Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi, Roscoe Bartlett

Votes: 1,888

43. Born in Freedom: The Story of Colonel Drake (1954)

30 min | Drama, Short

6.8
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In 1857 Edwin L. Drake is sent to investigate an oil seep in a creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania. After conferring with Dr. Brewer (the land owner) and Joel D. Angier (who devised a ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Pierson | Stars: Vincent Price, Andy Clyde, Alan Hale Jr., Thurston Hall

Votes: 23

44. La madone des sleepings (1955)

96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

4.6
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Director: Henri Diamant-Berger | Stars: Gisèle Pascal, Jean Gaven, Erich von Stroheim, Philippe Mareuil

Votes: 32

45. La via del petrolio (1967– )

45 min | Documentary

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

Votes: 36

46. Assignment: Venezuela (1956)

24 min | Documentary, Short

2.4
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An American goes to work in the booming oil industry of Venuzuela.

Director: Jack Tobin

Votes: 110

47. Cuba Cabana (1952)

90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.4
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Director: Fritz Peter Buch | Stars: Zarah Leander, O.W. Fischer, Paul Hartmann, Hans Richter

Votes: 26

48. Wiebo's War (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

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Tells the story of a Christian community, at war with the oil and gas industry. Wiebo Ludwig is a suspect in a series of pipeline bombings near his farm. The bombings echo a campaign of ... See full summary »

Director: David York | Star: Wiebo Ludwig

Votes: 62

49. Burn: The Robert Wraight Story (2003 TV Movie)

Biography, Crime, Drama

5.9
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Robert Wraight moves to a small town with his family to make a fresh start. Unfortunately things take a turn for the worst when the family is struck by disaster. Robert's recently purchased... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Scaini | Stars: Jonathan Scarfe, Alan Scarfe, Kristin Booth, Alexandra Harvey

Votes: 56

50. Act of War: Direct Action (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Thriller

8.4
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Act of War is a frightening tale of suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict. This real-time strategy experience puts you squarely in control of counterterrorist ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Lampron | Stars: Christian Fanning, Phil Harrison, Lita Tresierra, Rick Bramucci

Votes: 53



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