Environment The Best Documentaries About Oil  

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The best documentaries tackle the controversies and importance of oil, including how it affects different countries and regions, how it impacts the climate and environment, its complicated politics, and how much oil we must have to sustain our everyday lives. What are the Best Documentaries About Oil? The oil industry affects the deepest parts of the environment and just about every nation in the world. Massive oil spills and related pollution have dominated news outlets for decades. Who doesn’t remember seeing image after image of animals covered from an oil spill?

 This list discusses the best documentary films discussing the oil industry, including: Collapse, Crude, The End of Suburbia, Fuel, PetroApocalypse Now?, FrackNation, Pipe Dreams, and Gasline. Vote up the most educational and entertaining, and add any that are missing from the list.
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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash is an award-winning documentary film about peak oil, produced and directed by Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack.

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Collapse is a 2009 documentary film directed by Chris Smith.

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Trudie Styler, Steven R. Donziger
"Three years in the making, this cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the ...more

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Escape from Suburbia
Escape from Suburbia is a 2010 documentary short film directed by Mayana Bonapart.

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PetroApocalypse Now?
PetroApocalypse Now? is a 2008 documentary television film about the future of global oil production and peak oil.

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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is an American documentary film that explores the Special Period in Peacetime and its aftermath; the economic collapse and eventual recovery of ...more

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Collapsus
Collapsus is a 2010 documentary film written by Chuck Wendig and Lance Weiler and directed by Tommy Pallotta.

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The End of Suburbia
The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream is a 2004 documentary film concerning peak oil and its implications for the suburban lifestyle, written and directed by ...more

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Dick Cheney, Josh Fox
Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States ...more

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Oil
Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano
There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel ...more

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The Story of Petroleum

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Michael Caine, John Le Mesurier, Gordon Jackson
Blind Spot is a 1958 British drama film directed by Peter Maxwell and starring Robert MacKenzie, Delphi Lawrence, Gordon Jackson, John Le Mesurier and Michael Caine in an early screen

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Bernard Shakey, Sheryl Crow, Richard Branson
Fuel is a 2008 documentary film directed by Josh Tickell and produced by Greg Reitman, Dale Rosenbloom, Daniel Assael, Darius Fisher, and Rebecca Harrell Tickell. It won the audience award at ...more

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FrackNation
FrackNation is a feature documentary created by Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, the directors of Not Evil Just Wrong and Mine Your Own Business, and Magdalena Segieda, that aims to address ...more

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UNEARTHED: the Fracking Facade

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Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez
Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez is a 2008 documentary film directed by Robert Cornellier.

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Future Fuels

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Baked Alaska

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Crude – the Incredible Journey of Oil

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Jerry Mander, Thomas Berry, Derrick Jensen
What A Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire is a 2007 documentary film about the current situation facing humanity and the world. It discusses issues such as peak oil, climate change and the ...more

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Black Tide

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Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I

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Dear Governor Cuomo
Dear Governor Cuomo is 2012 documentary music film written and directed by Jon Bowermaster.

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Gladys Knight, Sally Kirkland, Bruce French
Pipe Dreams is a 1976 film starring soul singer Gladys Knight in her acting debut as a woman who attempts to regain the love of her husband played by real-life spouse Barry Hankerson. In this ...more

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Sweet Crude
Sweet Crude is a documentary film by Sandy Cioffi about Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta. The film premiered in April 2009 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and has since screened at 30 ...more