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Film The Best Movies Released Labor Day Weekend  

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List Rules Movies that were released over Labor Day weekend

This list includes the best movies released over Labor Day weekend. Overall, the choices are kind of slim compared to some of the other, much bigger film releases over other major holidays, like Memorial Day and the July 4th weekend. Still, there are a few gems are in the bunch, including 'The American,' 'The Constant Gardener' and 'Machete.' See a favorite film listed that was released over Labor Day? Vote it up! And of course, vote down any of these films you didn't like. Also, you can re-rank this list of Labor Day movie releases any way you like.

Is Labor Day a dumping ground for Hollywood's junkiest films? An argument can be made that it is, because some of the worst movies of all time saw release over Labor Day ('Babylon A.D.' anyone?).

Despite a notable lack of instant movie classics on this list, some cult favorites are included. Rob Zombie's 'Halloween' and Mike Judge's 'Extract' come to mind. But overall, yeah, Labor Day movie releases are nowhere near as great as the film debuts on or around other major holidays (including Christmas Day releases).

And interestingly, a lot of movies released on or around Labor Day are horror films. Why not wait until the Halloween season is in full swing? Because in some cases, the movie is just...well, it's not that great ('The Possession,' 'Jeepers Creepers II,' 'Apollo 18' and 'The Wicker Man' are prime examples. Disagree? Vote them up!

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone ...more

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Halloween 2007 Halloween is a 2007 American slasher film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie. The film is a remake/reimagining of the 1978 horror film of the same name; it is a reboot of the ...more

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The Illusionist 2006 The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser's ...more

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Jeepers Creepers 2001 Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song "Jeepers Creepers", which is featured in the film.

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Machete 2010 Machete is a 2010 American action film written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. This film is an expansion of a fake trailer that was included in Rodriguez's and ...more

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The Constant Gardener 2005 The Constant Gardener is a 2005 drama thriller film directed by Fernando Meirelles. The screenplay by Jeffrey Caine is based on the John le Carré novel of the same name. The film follows ...more

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The American 2010 The American is a 2010 suspense thriller film written by Rowan Joffe and directed by Anton Corbijn.

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