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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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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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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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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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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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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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2019
Don’t Let Go is a 2019 American supernatural thriller film directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. After the demise of a man's (David Oyelowo) family, he receives a phone call from his deceased niece.
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2006
Crank is a 2006 American black comedy/action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The plot centers on a ...more

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1993
Kalifornia is a 1993 American road thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny, and Michelle Forbes. The film focuses on a graduate student and ...more
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2005
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2010
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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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2012
Lawless is a 2012 American drama film directed by John Hillcoat. The screenplay by Nick Cave is based on the historical novel The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant. The film stars ...more
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2003
Jeepers Creepers 2 is a 2003 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva, produced by American Zoetrope, Capitol Films, Myriad Pictures and distributed by United Artists, a ...more

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2009
Extract is a 2009 American comedy film written and directed by Mike Judge. The film stars Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Dustin Milligan, J. K. Simmons, and Ben Affleck. This was said ...more
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2002
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Gamer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Released Labor Day Weekend
2009
Gamer is a 2009 American science fiction action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The film stars Gerard Butler as a participant in an online game in which ...more
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1995
The Prophecy is a 1995 American fantasy horror-thriller film starring Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen. It was written and directed by Gregory ...more
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1990
Wild at Heart is a 1990 American thriller film written and directed by David Lynch, and based on Barry Gifford's 1989 novel of the same name. Both the book and the film revolve around Sailor ...more

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1991
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2015
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a 2015 American action spy comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the 1964 TV series. In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB ...more

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1991
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1997
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2007
Balls of Fury is a 2007 American sports comedy film directed by Ben Garant, and starring Dan Fogler, George Lopez, Christopher Walken and Jason Scott Lee. The film was released in the United ...more
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2011
Apollo 18 is a 2011 American-Canadian science fiction horror film written by Brian Miller, directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Ron Schmidt. After ...more

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1982
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