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The Best Movies Released Labor Day Weekend

Updated August 29, 2019 3.4k votes 245 voters 14.3k views52 items

List RulesMovies 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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  • 1
    The Constant Gardener

    ActorsRachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Archie Panjabi, Pete Postlethwaite

    Directed byFernando Meirelles

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    The American
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    ActorsGeorge Clooney, Violante Placido, Isabelle Adriani, Filippo Timi, Thekla Reuten

    Directed byAnton Corbijn

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    Kalifornia
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    ActorsBrad Pitt, David Duchovny, Juliette Lewis, Michelle Forbes, Brett Rice

    Directed byDominic Sena

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    Lawless
    57
    20

    ActorsJessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

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  • 5
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    ActorsNicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Forest Whitaker

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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    The Illusionist

    ActorsJessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Rufus Sewell

    Directed byNeil Burger

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  • 7
    Transporter 2

    ActorsJason Statham, AnnaLynne McCord, Amber Valletta, Keith David, Matthew Modine

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

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  • 8
    The Good Girl

    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, Aimee Garcia

    Directed byMiguel Arteta

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  • 9
    Extract
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    ActorsMila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, Gene Simmons, Jason Bateman

    Directed byMike Judge

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  • 10
    Gamer
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    Gamer

    2009

    ActorsGerard Butler, Ludacris, Michael C. Hall, Logan Lerman, Kyra Sedgwick

    Directed byMark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

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  • 11
    Wild at Heart

    ActorsNicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Crispin Glover

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • 12
    The Prophecy
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    ActorsViggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, Adam Goldberg

    Directed byGregory Widen

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    Dead Again
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    ActorsRobin Williams, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • 14
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ActorsHenry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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  • 15
    Apollo 18
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    ActorsWarren Christie, Michael Kopsa, Andrew Airlie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins

    Directed byGonzalo López-Gallego

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  • 16
    Emma
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    Emma

    1996

    ActorsGwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette, Alan Cumming, Jeremy Northam

    Directed byDouglas McGrath

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  • 17
    Outside Providence

    ActorsAlec Baldwin, Amy Smart, Richard Jenkins, Jonathan Brandis, George Wendt

    Directed byMichael Corrente

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  • 18
    Zapped!
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    ActorsHeather Thomas, Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Scatman Crothers, Robert Mandan

    Directed byRobert J. Rosenthal

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    O
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    O

    2001

    ActorsJulia Stiles, Martin Sheen, Josh Hartnett, Andrew Keegan, Mekhi Phifer

    Directed byTim Blake Nelson

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  • 20
    Milk Money
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    Milk Money

    1994

    ActorsMelanie Griffith, Ed Harris, Anne Heche, Malcolm McDowell, Kevin Youkilis

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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  • 21
    Halloween
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    ActorsMalcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris, Clint Howard, Micky Dolenz

    Directed byRob Zombie

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  • 22
    All About Steve

    ActorsSandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong, Geraldo Rivera, Keith David

    Directed byPhil Traill

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  • 23
    Bolero
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    Bolero

    1984

    ActorsBo Derek, George Kennedy, Olivia d'Abo, Ana Obregón, Andrea Occhipinti

    Directed byJohn Derek

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  • 24
    Saving Grace
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    ActorsCraig Ferguson, Brenda Blethyn, Bill Bailey, Leslie Phillips, Phyllida Law

    Directed byNigel Cole

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    Don't Let Go

    ActorsDavid Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann, Mykelti Williamson

    Directed byJacob Aaron Estes

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