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The China Syndrome (1979)
This film shows a near accident at a nuclear plant and the cover up that follows. Jane Fonda plays a journalist, and Michael Douglas plays her cameraman. They work with Jack Lemmon, a plant employee, to make the plant's secrets public knowledge. The events are based on the Silkwood story, but it is a much fictionalized version. The China Syndrome is mostly from a journalist's perspective but focuses on the rampant problems within the nuclear industry and how little employees can do to improve conditions.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Here is the story of a woman completely down and out, with three kids and no money. Brockovich forces her way into a legal clerk position, in which she stumbles upon a suspicious pattern of illnesses and real estate transactions. She completely absorbs herself in her work and ends up putting together a class action suit against PG&E, a huge corporation. This is a great example of a true life tale where the little guy (or gal) wins. Like Karen Silkwood, Erin Brockovich has her faults, one of which may be her extreme passion for her work.
See for a long list of "Hollywood's 'Nuclear' Flicks."
Norma Rae (1979)
Based on real events, Norma Rae tells the story of a textile worker's fight for better working conditions. Sally Field plays Norma Rae, a tough woman with an urgent need to do what she feels is right. In this case, that is unionizing the factory where she -- and most of the town -- works. She is not a flawless character by any means and is actually quite promiscuous. This film is great at showing what happens when one employee decides to rock the boat; co-workers reactions range from supporting to lashing out against Norma Rae, and there is unabashed ill treatment from the factory managers.

See Also

Acceptable Risks (1986)

Afterburn (1992)

All the President's Men (1976)

Ground Zero (1988)

Harlan County War (2000)

The Insider (1999)

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

Nine to Five (1980)

Special Bulletin (1983)

Stronger Than the Sun (1980)