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The Best Movies About Oil

Updated October 9, 2019 312 votes 85 voters 9.4k views

List RulesFilms about oil and oil tycoons.

The world’s dependency on oil and the effects its use has on the climate, culture, economics, and politics of different countries is a fascinating subject. Many wars have even been started over oil and oil drilling, and tons of conspiracy theories have been built around this concept. It’s no wonder that so many movies have told stories about oil. What are the best movies about oil? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank.
 
The movies featured on this list have been ranked as the absolute best oil movies in film, whether the movie takes more of a literal, fact-based approach to the controversial topic of oil or whether it is a completely fictional story.
 
This list has the best movies about oil including, Syriana, There Will Be Blood, Black Gold, The Abyss, On Deadly Ground, The Night They Saved Christmas, The Burning Season, The Big Fix, and The Wages of Fear. Vote up the best, slickest oil films below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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    There Will Be Blood

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds
    There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas...  more

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    The Grey

    Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney
    The Grey is a 2011 American survival thriller co-written, produced and directed by Joe...  more

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    Giant

    Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean
    Giant is a 1956 American drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by...  more

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    Lorenzo's Oil

    Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte
    Lorenzo's Oil is a 1992 American drama film directed by George Miller. It is based on the true...  more

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    Mad Max 2

    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence
    Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The...  more

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    Black Gold

    Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas
    Black Gold is a 2011 drama film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud....  more
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    The World Is Not Enough

    Pierce Brosnan, Denise Richards
    The World Is Not Enough is the nineteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to...  more

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    The Beverly Hillbillies

    Rob Schneider, Lea Thompson
    The Beverly Hillbillies is a 1993 20th Century Fox comedy motion picture starring Jim Varney,...  more
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    Hellfighters

    John Wayne, Katharine Ross
    Hellfighters is a 1968 American film starring John Wayne and featuring Katharine Ross, Bruce...  more

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    The Abyss

    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
    The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James...  more

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    Tulsa

    Susan Hayward, Robert Preston
    Tulsa is a 1949 Technicolor film that was directed by Stuart Heisler and starred Susan Hayward...  more
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    Syriana

    George Clooney, Matt Damon
    Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and...  more

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    The Mattei Affair

    Gian Maria Volonté, Peter Baldwin
    The Mattei Affair is a 1972 film directed by Francesco Rosi. It depicts the life and...  more
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    Sector 7

    Ha Ji-won, Oh Ji-ho
    Something awaits 8,000 feet under the sea off the southern tip of Jeju Island. The Eclipse is...  more
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    Lessons of Darkness

    Werner Herzog
    Lessons of Darkness is a 1992 film by director Werner Herzog. Shot in documentary style on...  more
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    Clambake

    Elvis Presley, Robert Redford
    Clambake is a 1967 American musical film directed by Arthur H. Nadel and starring Elvis...  more
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    Local Hero

    Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi
    Local Hero is a 1983 British comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill Forsyth and...  more
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    Woman Sesame Oil Maker

    Siqin Gaowa, Chen Baoguo
    Woman Sesame Oil Maker is a 1993 Chinese film. In the English speaking world it has been...  more
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    The Burning Season

    The Burning Season is a 2009 film directed by Cathy Henkel....  more
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    The Wages of Fear

    Yves Montand, Darío Moreno
    The Wages of Fear is a 1953 French-Italian thriller film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot,...  more
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    Atlantic Rim

    Graham Greene, Treach
    Atlantic Rim is an American science fiction monster film produced by The Asylum and directed...  more
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    The Big Fix

    Amy Smart, Bernie Sanders
    The Big Fix is a 2012 documentary film about two filmmakers, Josh and Rebecca Tickell, as they...  more
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    City on Fire

    Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda
    City on Fire is a 1979 disaster film directed by Alvin Rakoff and featuring an all-star cast....  more

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    Crude Impact

    Richard Heinberg
    Crude Impact is a 2006 film written and directed by James Jandak Wood. It is a documentary...  more
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    The Night They Saved Christmas

    Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney
    The Night They Saved Christmas is a 1984 RHI Entertainment Christmas film, executive produced...  more