Black Gold: 11 feature films about oil

Oil casts a greasy crimson sheen and takes new souls: bloody wars have been unfolding around black gold from time immemorial and conspiracies have been organized. And it is not surprising that the cinema turned its attention to this topic. For you, we have compiled a list of the best films about oil – from thrillers based on real events to historical dramas and classic westerns.

Oil (TV series 2018)

The action of the novelty of European cinema about oilmen takes place in 1969. A small town in southwestern Norway is on the brink of crisis. The fishing industry , which the locals live on, is gradually declining. However, Phillips soon wins an offshore drilling contract and discovers the largest subsea oil pool ever. The plot follows the fate of four young people who grew up in a country that suddenly became the leading oil power.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Lykkeland

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Anne Regine Ellingsæter, Amund Harboe, Bart Edwards…

Country:
Norway, Belgium

Rating:
IMDb – 7.8


Son (TV series, 2017 – 2019)

The protagonist of the epic series, Eli McCullough, is a wealthy tycoon whose personal history reflects the fateful events in the southern United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries . As a young boy, he lost his parents and was captured by the Indians . The boy has grown into a strong, confident and intelligent man. Years later, Eli evolves from rancher to ruthless head of an oil empire in Texas, where he and his family fend off Mexican attempts to reclaim their land.

Original title:
The Son

Genre:
Drama, Western

Actors:
Pierce Brosnan, Jacob Lofland, Henry Garrett…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Deepwater Horizon (2016)

The story will take the viewer straight to the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. A film about an oil platform accident at sea will tell how this terrible catastrophe ended the lives of many people who worked there. Among them is engineer Mike Williams, who, going to the next watch, did not suspect that he might never return home. The large-scale film will tell about heroism and greed, about how saving on the necessary investments in the enterprise became more important than human lives and led to an explosion.

Original title:  
Deepwater Horizon

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama, history

Actors:  
Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson …

Country:  
Hong Kong, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Blood and Oil (TV series 2015)

The main characters of the series are Cody and Billy Lefever. An enterprising couple moves to North Dakota hoping to cash in on the oil boom. The state has recently become the largest source of black gold deposits in the United States, thereby attracting people from all over the country who want to get rich. Soon the young family will be under the gun of a heartless tycoon, risking losing not only what they have earned, but also their love.

Original title:
Blood and Oil

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, crime

Actors:
Don Johnson, Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Trailblazer (2013)

The list of the best films about oil production will be supplemented by a thriller based on real events . In 1981, Norway began to explore the possibility of building a pipeline to bring oil from fields in the North Sea. Diver Petter and his team agree to take part in the descent. However, as a result of an accident, one of the daredevils dies. Now Petter is determined to find out what happened. The man begins to ask uncomfortable questions, gradually realizing that he is on the verge of revealing a large-scale conspiracy.

Original title:  
Pionér

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:  
Axel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang …

Country:  
Norway, Germany, Sweden, France, Finland

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:  
18+


Black November (2012)

Named after November 1995, the day activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed, the film is inspired by a true story and follows a Nigerian community waging war against a corrupt government. The cause of public unrest is an oil corporation that causes irreparable harm to African nature with excessive drilling and oil spills.

Original title:
Black November

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Sarah Wayne Callies …

Country:
Nigeria, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.4


Black Gold (2011)

Fiction adventure movie about oil with good reviews from the audience – adaptation of the novel by Hans Rüsch. The film takes place in the first half of the last century on the Arabian Peninsula, where oil was discovered in the desert at that time. It is here, on the territory of the future Saudi Arabia, that the story of the confrontation between two Arab principalities and the rivalry of two rulers begins – a story full of power struggles and love vicissitudes.

Original title:  
Black Gold

Genre:  
Drama, adventure, military

Actors:  
Antonio Banderas, Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong …

Country:  
France, Italy, Qatar, Tunisia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Big Oil (TV series 2009)

The events of the series take the viewer to the 60s, to Western Siberia. In the center of the plot, the head of the Burov section is a strong-willed man, strict, but fair. Against the backdrop of severe weather conditions, the fate of Soviet people engaged in hard work will unfold for 20 years. And although for the workers of that time the concept of duty was above all, they also fell in love, quarreled, made mistakes and found a way out of difficult situations.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Andrey Egorov, Sergey Plotnikov, Alexander Feklistov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Oil (2007)

An Oscar-winning film about an oilman-entrepreneur who got out from the bottom. Daniel Plainview was a miner and lived in poverty, trying to find at least some silver or gold to earn a living. But one day he discovers oil, and from that moment on, his whole life begins to revolve around the black liquid. Later, the man organizes a drilling company with the fastest oil production. In the presence of power and constantly growing capital, the hero of the film becomes a cruel, obsessed and deeply unhappy person.

Original title:  
There Will Be Blood

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O’Connor …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.2

Age Limits
16+


Siriana (2005)

A thriller film about the global oil industry, shown at different levels – from hard workers who work on derricks to big players making deals in Washington. Numerous storylines originate from the moment when the head of an oil company from America is preparing to conclude an agreement with a sheik from the Middle East. And CIA veteran Robert Baer finds himself embroiled in a furious pursuit of wealth and power.

Original title:
Syriana

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright …

Country:
USA, UAE

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Siberiada (mini-series, 1978)

A spectacular movie with a powerful ensemble cast is worth watching for fans of historical epics. The plot covers most of the 20th century – from the revolution to the Great Patriotic War and the beginning of the construction of boreholes in Siberia. All the events that the country went through in these years are reflected in the fate of ordinary Russian people – hardworking Siberians. Here, side by side with the harsh nature, two warring families live: the wealthy Solomins and the poor Ustyuzhanins.

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, military

Actors:
Natalia Andreichenko, Sergey Shakurov, Nikita Mikhalkov …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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