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Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010). Droll documentary about Jack Abramoff, his confederates, and his victims.
Citizen Ruth (1996). A satire in which a delinquent, pregnant girl (Laura Dern) is exploited and then exploits the pro-life and pro-choice movements battling over her.
Harlan County, U.S.A. (1977). Powerful documentary about the strike of Kentucky mine workers against a mining company.
The Naked Gun 2 and ½: The Smell of Fear (1991). In one of the plots, oil, coal, and nuclear interests kidnap and replace the president’s proenvironment energy policy appointee.
Norma Rae (1979). Southern mill worker becomes an independent woman as she protests working conditions and strives to organize a union.
On the Waterfront (1954). Marlon Brando is memorable as a man who accepts then fights against union corruption.
The People and the Power Game: The Lobbies (1996). A television program that analyzes the relationship between members of Congress and the lobbyists who seek to influence them.
Roger & Me (1989). A docucomedy in which Michael Moore pursues General Motors’ president to show him how the closing of automobile plants and firing of workers affected Flint, Michigan.
Thank You for Smoking (2005). Comedy about the tribulations and triumphs of a public relations operative for big tobacco.