Films based around Coal Mining

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1. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

PG | 103 min | Documentary

8.3
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80 Metascore

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks, John Corcoran

Votes: 3,922

2. Under Rich Earth (2008)

91 min | Documentary

8.9
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In a remote mountain valley in Ecuador, coffee and sugarcane farmers face the dismal prospect of being forced off their land to make way for a mining project.

Director: Malcolm Rogge

Votes: 14

3. Blood Diamond (2006)

R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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64 Metascore

A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kagiso Kuypers

Votes: 436,952 | Gross: $57.37M

4. Salt of the Earth (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History

7.5
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Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,423

5. Outland (1981)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

6.6
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In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James Sikking

Votes: 23,441 | Gross: $17.37M

6. Uranium Boom (1956)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Deep in the badlands of Colorado, Brad (Dennis Morgan) and Grady (William Talman) stumble across a large deposit of uranium. As Grady watches over the treasure, Brad goes into town to claim... See full summary »

Director: William Castle | Stars: Dennis Morgan, Patricia Medina, William Talman, Tina Carver

Votes: 24

7. Germinal (1993)

R | 160 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Renaud, Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Jean Carmet

Votes: 3,932 | Gross: $0.38M

8. Fury Below (1936)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Jim Cole, heir to a mining operation, takes over the mine, which is suffering from unexplained low production, and is facing a strike by the miners. Jim will soon loose the mine if ... See full summary »

Director: Harry L. Fraser | Stars: Russell Gleason, Maxine Doyle, LeRoy Mason, Sheila Terry

Votes: 22

9. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

6.8
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A poor, uneducated mountain girl leaves her cabin in search of respect, a wealthy husband, and a better life.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 2,832 | Gross: $13.17M

10. Paint Your Wagon (1969)

PG-13 | 158 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.6
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Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell

Votes: 10,191 | Gross: $31.68M

11. Matewan (1987)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History

7.9
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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: 6,257 | Gross: $1.68M