Top 10 Films:
Blue Collar (1978) - The film delivers, starting with a killer, stop-action opening-credit sequence infused with Captain Beefheart’s Jack Nitzsche-produced performance of "Hard Workin Man".
Death of a Salesman (1951) - Only version of the Arthur Miller play not made for TV; stars much of the original Broadway cast.
El Norte (1983) - Moving and surprisingly mystical; a story from a brother and sister’s perspective of their journey from their Guatemalan village through Mexico to the US. It will change your view of “undocumented workers” forever.
The Girlfriend Experience (2009) - Steven Soderbergh directs real-life adult-film actress Sasha Grey portraying an upscale Manhatten sex worker.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) - A Hollywood Murderers Row bring David Mamet’s screenplay to life: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Balwin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey.
Metropolis (1927) - Fritz Lang sci-fi classic about a futuristic society of workers and manager-elites. Settle for nothing less than the version with the Club Foot Orchestra soundtrack—they bring the film up to another level.
Modern Times (1936) - Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, and stars in this retro silent film about a man finding it difficult to adjust to the modern work environment. Lucille Ball may have been influenced by the assembly-line scene.
On the Waterfront (1954) - Tale of union corruption starring Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint. Nine Academy Awards, including most of the big ones: Best Picture, Directing, Editing, Writing, Cinematography, three out of the four Acting Awards.
Silkwood (1983) - True story of Karen Silkwood, an employee in Kerr-McGee’s plutonium-processing plant in Oaklahoma, who complained of lax security and safety irregularities. On her way to deliver alledgedly incriminating documents to a New York Times reporter, she died when her car veered off the road. The documents were missing, and an autopsy indicated a high level of Quaalude in her system.
Taxi Driver (1976) - Martin Scorsese directs Harvey Keitel, Jody Foster, Albert Brooks, Cybill Sheperd, and Robert De Niro portraying an alienated cabbie trolling for fares in pre-Giulaini Times Square. Paul Schrader script.
Tôkyô Sonata (2008) - Japanese horror-flick director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s film about a middle-class man who doesn’t tell his family he’s been fired.
If you're looking for a little humor, in honor of Labor Day, take a break from your own work and watch Office Space. This is one of the best Labor Day movies about working for cubicle dwellers that turn their office spaces into their own sanctuaries while trying to escape the many horrors of working hard by hardly working. It'll make you wish you could set your office on fire, create a computer virus that wreaks havoc within your company, and destroy that stupid fax machine!