Movies about oil

List of the best movies about oil, production and refining, selected by visitors to our site: Backstabbing for Beginners, Deepwater Horizon, Hell or High Water, American Honey, The Odyssey, The Oddsockeaters, The Runner, A Most Violent Year, The Salvation, Pioneer
In the top there are new films of 2018, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, history
CountryDenmark, Canada, USA
PlotConspiracies, Oil, Political, Blackmail
StyleTense, Disturbing

An idealistic young employee at the U.N. investigates the grizzly murder of his predecessor – and uncovers a vast global conspiracy that may involve his own boss.

Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.1)
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryHong Kong, USA
PlotDisasters, Survival, Death, Motorcycles, Oil, Fear, On real events
PlaceSea, USA, Hotels, Court, Ships, Aircraft
StyleTouching, Exciting, Unexpected ending, Inspirational

A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Hell or High Water (2016)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genrethriller, drama, western, crime
CharactersBrothers, Sheriffs, Dogs, Horses, Criminals
PlotAdventure, Robbery, Investigation, Weapon, Pursuit, Skirmishes, Bank robbery, Oil, Chase
PlacePrison, USA, Small cities
StyleAtmospheric, Tense

A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's farm in West Texas.

American Honey (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 7)
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersTeens, Losers, Thieves, Dogs, Cats, Horses, Cowboys, Spiders
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Money, Freedom, Youth, First love, Dancing, Hip Hop, Motorcycles, Obsession, Travel, Oil
PlaceUSA, Hotels, Party

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

The Odyssey (2016)
Mark4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genredrama, adventure, biography
CharactersFamily, Scientists, Sharks, Fish, Whale
PlotAdventure, Travel, Love, Dancing, Snow, Diving, Oil, On real events
PlaceSea, Aircraft, Ships, Party, Helicopters, Antarctica

Biopic of the great French ocean-going adventurer and filmmaker

The Oddsockeaters (2016)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryCzech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia
CharactersScientists, Orphans, Thieves, Singers, Twins
PlotChase, Missing people, Loneliness, Cars, Obsession, Robbery, Uprising, Chess, Oil

Oddsockeaters are small invisible creatures, responsible for socks that go missing when we only have one left from a pair. But unlike them, Seed’s gang wants to have a pair. In the end, they began their fight between two sets of values.

The Runner (2015)
Mark9 (imdb: 4.7)
PlotPolitical, Oil

In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, an idealistic but imperfect New Orleans politician (Nicolas Cage) finds his plans of restoration unraveling as his own life becomes contaminated with corruption, scandal and deceit.

A Most Violent Year (2014)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Arab Emirates
CharactersMafia, Lawyers
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Heavy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

The Salvation (2014)
Mark3.6 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, western
CountryDenmark, United Kingdom, South Africa, Sweden, Belgium
PlotRevenge, Rivalry, Money, Oil
PlaceWild West, Trains, Small cities
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family's murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.

Pioneer (2013)
Mark4 (imdb: 6)
CountryNorway, Germany, Sweden, France, Finland
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Death, Diving, Oil, On real events, Conspiracies
StyleAction, Fascinating, Disturbing

Pioneer is set in the early '80s, at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world's most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who's pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.

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Black Gold (2011)
Mark6.4 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, adventure, military
CountryFrance, Italy, Qatar, Tunisia
PlotOil, Rivalry, Political, Intrigue
StyleExciting, Disturbing

On the Arabian Peninsula in the 1930s, two warring leaders come face to face. The victorious Nesib, Emir of Hobeika, lays down his peace terms to rival Amar, Sultan of Salmaah. The two men agree that neither can lay claim to the area of no man’s land between them called The Yellow Belt. In return, Nesib adopts Amar’s two boys Saleeh and Auda as a guarantee against invasion. Twelve years later, Saleeh and Auda have grown into young men. Saleeh, the warrior, itches to escape his gilded cage and return to his father’s land. Auda cares only for books and the pursuit of knowledge. One day, their adopted father Nesib is visited by an American from Texas. He tells the Emir that his land is blessed with oil and promises him riches beyond his wildest imagination. Nesib imagines a realm of infinite possibility, a kingdom with roads, schools and hospitals all paid for by the black gold beneath the barren sand. There is only one problem. The precious oil is located in the Yellow Belt.

The Rig (2010)
Mark9 (imdb: 3.2)
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller
PlotSurvival, Supernatural, Oil
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Disturbing, For men

In the midst of a tropical storm, the crew of an offshore oil rig must survive the rampage of a creature after invading its undersea habitat.

There Will Be Blood (2007)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 8.2)
PlotOil, Obsession, Rivalry, Money
PlaceCalifornia, Small cities
StyleDepressive, Atmospheric, Action

Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local preacher Eli Sunday suspects Plainviews motives and intentions, starting a slow-burning feud that threatens both their lives.

Syriana (2005)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrethriller, drama
CharactersSpy, CIA
PlotPolitical, Oil
StyleAction, Tense, Makes me think

The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a Switzerland-based energy analyst, experiences both personal tragedy and opportunity during a visit with Arabian royalty. Meanwhile, veteran CIA agent Bob Barnes uncovers an assassination plot with unsettling origins.

Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.1)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure
PlotOil, Adventure, Survival, Radio, Chase
PlaceMongolia, Deserts
StyleExciting, Tense, Disturbing

When an Amacor oil rig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia proves unproductive, Captain Frank Towns and copilot "A.J." are sent to shut the operation down. However, on their way to Beijing, a major dust storm forces them to ditch their C-119 Flying Boxcar in an uncharted area of the desert.

Local Hero (1983)
Mark4 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFriends, Losers, Rabbits
PlotCheating, Oil
PlaceVillage, Scotland, Small cities
StyleTouching, Cute

An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.

Mad Max 2 (1981)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 7.6)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CharactersHunters, Heroes, Dogs
PlotApocalypse, Survival, Oil, Chase
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Depressive, For men

Max Rockatansky returns as the heroic loner who drives the dusty roads of a postapocalyptic Australian Outback in an unending search for gasoline. Arrayed against him and the other scraggly defendants of a fuel-depot encampment are the bizarre warriors commanded by the charismatic Lord Humungus, a violent leader whose scruples are as barren as the surrounding landscape.

The Wages of Fear (1953)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryFrance, Italy
CharactersPoor, Drivers
PlotAdventure, Oil
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Heavy, Exciting, Depressive, Disturbing, Fascinating, By books

In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers on the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can result in death.

Ghilli (2004)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, melodrama
CharactersTough guys
PlotRivalry, Death, Martial Arts, Obsession, Oil
PlaceIndia, Lighthouse, Village

Muthu Pandi, a village strongman, decides to marry Dhanalakshmi, and begins his quest by eliminating everyone who opposes their union - starting with both her brothers. In desperation, Dhanalakshmi decides to escape from the village, and in the process is unwittingly assisted by a university Kabaddi player Velu.

The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.4)
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersSpy, Scientists, Heroes
PlotFate, Oil
PlaceEngland, Asia, Turkey, London
StyleExciting, For men

Greed, revenge, world dominance and high-tech terrorism – it's all in a day's work for Bond, who's on a mission to protect a beautiful oil heiress from a notorious terrorist. In a race against time that culminates in a dramatic submarine showdown, Bond works to defuse the international power struggle that has the world's oil supply hanging in the balance.