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1. Idiocracy (2006)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.6
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66 Metascore

Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews

Votes: 119,501 | Gross: $0.44M

2. Carnivàle (2003–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

8.5
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During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 37,534

3. I'm Not There. (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 50,944 | Gross: $4.02M

4. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, History

8.1
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A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 70,536

5. Bound for Glory (1976)

PG | 147 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland

Votes: 3,984

6. The Dust Bowl (2012– )

Documentary

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A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.

Stars: Dorothy Williamson, Donald Worster, Timothy Egan, Calvin Crabill

Votes: 1,131

7. Charlotte's Song (2015)

88 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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Done Four Productions' "Charlotte's Song" is a dark homage to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" set in the 1930s Dust Bowl, and stars "Game of Thrones" baddie Iwan Rheon.

Director: Nicholas Humphries | Stars: Iwan Rheon, Katelyn Mager, Brendan Taylor, Jessie Fraser

Votes: 77

8. When Strangers Appear (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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A man enters a roadside diner run by a young woman and claims he is being chased by murderers.

Director: Scott Reynolds | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Josh Lucas, Barry Watson, Kevin Anderson

Votes: 2,461

9. Three Faces West (1940)

Approved | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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Viennese surgeon Dr. Braun and his daughter Leni come to a small town in North Dakota as refugees from Hitler. When the winds of the Dust Bowl threaten the town, John Phillips leads the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: John Wayne, Sigrid Gurie, Charles Coburn, Spencer Charters

Votes: 559

10. The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)

Unrated | 25 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

6.3
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This documentary is about what happened to the Great Plains of the United States when a combination of farming practices and environmental factors led to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Director: Pare Lorentz | Stars: Thomas Chalmers, Bam White

Votes: 535

11. The Great Depression (1993– )

Documentary, History

7.3
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Stars: Joe Morton, Gore Vidal, Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis

Votes: 23

12. Under Western Stars (1938)

Passed | 65 min | Western

6.4
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Roy is elected to Congress to bring the misery of the "dustbowl" of the 1930s to the attention of Washington politicians.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, Maple City Four

Votes: 130

13. Black Blizzard (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Black Blizzard brings to life the Dust Bowl that decimated the American Great Plains in the 1930's. We match modern science with special effects wizardry to reinvent the experience of ... See full summary »

Stars: William Beaty, John H. Euber, Cynthia Lee, Randy E. Moore

Votes: 19

14. Mystic Dreams and Dusty Roads (2018)

Drama | Announced

A pre-teen tomboy deals with life, her alcoholic father and growing romantic feelings on a dust-ridden Oklahoma farm.

15. Harvesting the High Plains (2012)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary

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Colby, Kansas, 1933, America is beginning to recover from the Great Depression but while recovery is beginning, the Great Plains, from the panhandle of Texas to western Nebraska is battling... See full summary »

Director: Jay Kriss | Stars: Andrew C. Boothby, Bob Dole, Kevin Grantz, R. Douglas Hurt

Votes: 130

16. Staub (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.3
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A look at the pervasive power of dust from its tiny particles settling in unseen places to its ability to cause illnesses and create the cosmos.

Director: Hartmut Bitomsky | Stars: Marga Beck, Cornelia Hoepfner, Ayni Iloar, Hiltrud Jehle

Votes: 111

17. Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life (1995)

Documentary, Biography

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Director: Meg Partridge

18. Windbreaks on the Prairies (1943)

21 min | Short, Documentary

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Director: Evelyn Cherry | Star: Tommy Tweed

19. The March of Time: Volume 3, Number 11 (1937)

16 min | Short

6.8
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Segments: "Poland and War," "Dogs for Sale," and "U.S. Dust Bowl."

Stars: Hugh H. Bennett, Harry E. Claus, Joseph Goebbels, Herbert Lehman

Votes: 6

20. The Hot Spell (1936)

7 min | Animation, Short

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Farmer Al Falfa and Puddy's farm is shriveling up under the intense heat. A peddler provides magic explosive pills that cause it to rain, and the crops swell up instantly. Unfortunately, it's all a dream.

Directors: Mannie Davis, George Gordon

21. Fifty Years Before Your Eyes (1950)

72 min | Documentary, History, Sport

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Director: Robert Youngson | Stars: André Baruch, Norman Brokenshire, Enrico Caruso, Charles Chaplin

Votes: 12

22. The Century: America's Time (1999– )
Episode: 1929-1936: Stormy Weather (1999)

Not Rated | Documentary

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Stars: Bill Bailey, Marvin Belli, Smedley Butler, William Collins

23. The Great Depression (1993– )
Episode: A Job at Ford's (1993)

Documentary, History

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Just before the advent of the Great Depression, Henry Ford controlled the most important company in the most important industry in the booming American economy. His offer of high wages in ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Else | Stars: Henry Ford, Herbert Hoover, Francis Immoberstag, Joe Morton

24. Mega Disasters (2006– )
Episode: Comet Storm (2008)

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary

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13,000 years ago, a large comet exploded over eastern Canada unleashing a mass of burning fragments that ignited a mega storm of fire spreading for thousands of miles. Nearly every living ... See full summary »

Stars: J.V. Martin, Roger Tilling

25. How the States Got Their Shapes (2011–2012)
Episode: Force of Nature (2011)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

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How massive geological events helped create the American map. Long before the Founding Fathers drew the map, mother nature shape some states: how an asteroid created the border for three ... See full summary »

Director: David Konschnik | Stars: Brian Unger, H.W. Brands, Keith Milam, Scott Teodorski

Votes: 21

26. Carnivàle (2003–2005)
Episode: Milfay (2003)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Oklahoma Dust Bowl, 1934. 18-year-old Ben Hawkins is a young man who lives with his physically sick, God-fearing mother. After his mother dies from a long illness, Ben unceremoniously ... See full summary »

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Nick Stahl, Adrienne Barbeau, Patrick Bauchau

Votes: 680

27. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Surviving the Dust Bowl (1998)

TV-G | 55 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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In 1931 the rains stopped and the "black blizzards" began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains--the panhandles ... See full summary »

Director: Chana Gazit | Stars: Matthew Modine, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 39

28. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: The Grapes of Wrath (1991)

142 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Directors: Kirk Browning, Frank Galati | Stars: Gary Sinise, Robert Breuler, Ron Crawford, Mark Deakins

Votes: 81