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The Fircroft Film Club- Our top ten ‘oil’ films

12/02/2016
Here at Fircroft’s Marketing Department we like nothing better after a hard day’s work than kicking back and relaxing in front a Hollywood blockbuster.

Of course, seeing as we live and breathe all things engineering we can’t help but spot engineering themes in our favourite films.

Thus the Fircroft Film Club was born. And now we’re inviting you to join in…

So, in this month’s edition we’re talking about our top ten films that are either about oil or feature oil as a major part of the plot.

Read on to see which films have made the Fircroft Film Club cut.

1. There Will Be Blood (2007)

A story of family, religion, hatred, madness and oil, focusing on the early days of the oil business There Will Be Blood features a seismic performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as determined prospector Daniel Plainview.

Make sure you’re sitting comfortably though. At 2hours and 40minutes this one’s a real epic.

2. Mad Max 2 (1981)

In a world where everyone is fighting for oil- a vengeful policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

With guns, violence, fast cars and bikes, a post-apocalyptic backdrop and plenty of homebrew engineering Mad Max has everything you need in a high-octane action movie!

3. Oil Storm (2005)

What would happen if oil and gas supplies were severely restricted?

Oil Storm explores exactly this scenario, plotting the trouble that ensues through the eyes of news reporters, government officials, small business owners and stock traders.

4. Boom Town (1940)

A rags to riches tale that follows two buddies who use their wits and wiles to pull together the capital and equipment they need to make it big in the oil fields- becoming fantastically rich in the process.

All is going well for the pair until they come to blows over Elizabeth…

5. The Beverley Hillbillies (1993)

When simple Jed Clampett suddenly becomes a billionaire thanks to a freak oil strike he and his family de-camp to the glamourous heights of Beverley Hills. Hilarity ensues when society, high and low, come face-to-face.

6. The End of Suburbia (2004)

Emphasising how important oil is to our everyday lives The End of Suburbia chronicles how the very core assumptions of our everyday lives could be radically disrupted should cheap energy become a thing of the past.

A sobering watch that will give you plenty of food for thought.

7. Syriana (2005)

A tense political thriller, Syriana follows the machinations of high powered executives and mendacious politicians as they manoeuvre for power and prestige against the backdrop of the Gulf oil fields.

8. Oklahoma Crude (1973)

A David vs Goliath tale in which plucky Lena Doyle, aided by her father and a hobo drill for oil despite pressure from major oil companies who are desperate to stop her wildcat drilling operation.

9. The Formula (1980)

Detectives, Nazis, chemistry and murder. The Formula mixes a cocktail of plot essentials to create a storyline that would please the most ardent of conspiracy theorists…

10. Giant (1953)

Featuring an all-star cast, including the iconic James Deen, Giant is an epic tale that follows the life of a wealthy rancher and his family over a period of 25 years. The sprawling oil fields of Texas provide the setting for a tale that explores themes of discrimination along race, class and gender lines.


So that’s our top ten, but what about yours? Do you agree with our choices? Have we omitted one of your favourites? Drop us your thoughts in the comments below…

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