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1. F.I.S.T. (1978)

PG | 145 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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54 Metascore

A rebellious Cleveland warehouse worker rises through the ranks of a trucking industry union to become union president but his organized crime links cause his eventual downfall.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 6,705 | Gross: $20.39M

2. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 19,484 | Gross: $40.38M

3. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)

R | 102 min | Drama

6.8
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Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers. Also a disturbed man discovers that he is homosexual.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephen Lang, Burt Young, Peter Dobson

Votes: 5,455 | Gross: $1.73M

4. Norma Rae (1979)

PG | 114 min | Drama

7.3
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61 Metascore

A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle

Votes: 9,648 | Gross: $22.23M

5. In Dubious Battle (2016)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.1
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43 Metascore

An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.

Director: James Franco | Stars: Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D'Onofrio, Selena Gomez

Votes: 3,350

6. Come See the Paradise (1990)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.7
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The passionate romance between an Irish-American man and a Japanese-American woman is threatened when the Pearl Harbor attacks happen and the woman is forced into a prison camp because of her ethnicity.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Shizuko Hoshi

Votes: 2,387 | Gross: $0.85M

7. At War (2018)

113 min | Drama

6.9
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61 Metascore

After promising 1100 employees that they would protect their jobs, the managers of a factory decide to suddenly close up shop. Laurent takes the lead in a fight against this decision.

Director: Stéphane Brizé | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Mélanie Rover, Jacques Borderie, David Rey

Votes: 1,146 | Gross: $0.00M

8. The Jungle (1914)

Approved | Drama

6.8
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Imagrants' mistreated lives in Chicago

Directors: George Irving, Jack Pratt, Augustus Thomas | Stars: George Nash, Gail Kane, Julia Hurley, Robert Cummings

Votes: 44

9. Fire of the Stars (1959)

90 min | Drama, Musical

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Set in 1920s, Yang Guiying comes to Shanghai with her son after her husband died. The life in Shanghai is also miserable, so she participates in the labor movement.

Director: Eryi Gu | Stars: Aiqin Xiao, Binsun Shao, Zhichun Gu, Hongyuan Xie



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