Top 10 Movies about Mining
Posted: 10/28/2012 12:00:00 AM EDT | 4
Hollywood and mining are two words you rarely see together, but the truth is, mining has all the elements of a solid narrative; it’s got drama, greed, conflict and of course, the ultimate debate about mankind versus nature.
Here, we’ve collected what we think are the top movies about mining.
Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments section.
A political war thriller at its best, the movie helped introduce such the origins of blood diamonds to the wider public. It was nominated for five Academy Awards in 2007.
In his review in the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert said, "North Country is one of those movies that stir you up and make you mad, because it dramatizes practices you've heard about but never really visualized.”
The film is set in a humble mining camp, but at heart, North Country is a movie about justice and equality.
Adapted from the US country music legend’s 1976 autobiography, Coal Miner’s Daughter is the movie about the life of Loretta Lynn who grew up in a coal mining family. She married when she young and the movie traces her transformation into a chart-topping singer.
Harlan County, USA is an Oscar-winning 1976 documentary film about the ‘Brookside Strikes’ which happened in Kentucky, USA.
In 1973, 180 coal miners and their families held a strike against their employer, the Eastover Coal Company's over unfair workers’ right. The documentary follows the labour strike and what it meant for the miners.
Based on the same name novel by Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, Zobra the Greek is a movie set in a lignite mine in Greece and covers diverse themes about friendship and life.
Starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg, Paint Your Wagon was adapted to a Western musical movie from its original stage musical in 1969.
When a South American oil well owned by an American company catches fire, the company hires four European men, down on their luck, to drive their trucks over mountain dirt roads, carrying the nitroglycerine needed to extinguish the fire
Technically, the film is about oil, but the themes are suitable for mining.
Bosley Crowther of The New York Times said of the film: "The excitement derives entirely from the awareness of nitroglycerine and the gingerly, breathless handling of it. You sit there waiting for the theatre to explode.”
The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison.
The man versus nature debate never received as much royal treatment as in Avatar. Set in the mid-22nd century, director James Cameron crafts a story about how humans want to mine a precious mineral called unobtanium on a distant planet Pandora.
The movie is a not-so-subtle allegory about how we treat planet earth, but the public lapped it up and Avatar ended up grossing over USD 2 billion. The first film to do so, may we add.
Costing over $237 million to produce, the movie was nine Academy Awards in 2010, and there’s no doubt in our minds that Avatar will a classic sci-fi film.
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Are you kidding me? Leave out The Wages of Fear, which as you say is not about mining, but about oil, and Blood Diamond, which was about movement of product, mot mining, and include Treasure of the Sierra Madre, with Humphrey Bogart and Walter Houston, and Giant Mine, a TV movie about a miners' Strike, in which a disgruntled striker set explosives and killed a crew of picket line crossers.
Brassed off (Coal miners in England)
Tap Dogs (Australian miners and how they overcame the adversity of being laid off)
Full Monty (English coal miners)
Gold (About the flooding of West Driefontien Gold mine in 1968)