1941 John Ford-directed film about the life and struggles of a Welsh coal-mining community, as seen through the eyes of young Huw Morgan.
1948 John Huston film starring Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt, and Walter Huston as gold prospectors in Mexico, pursued by bandits masquerading as authorities without the proper credentials.
1969 Western movie musical starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg, set in a California gold mining camp that suffers from a lack of female companionship.
2005 film starring Charlize Theron as a female iron miner in Minnesota who brings a lawsuit against the mining company for sexual harassment.
2006 Leonardo DiCaprio movie set in Sierra Leone during a conflict in which civilians are forced to work gathering valuable gemstones.
Perhaps most famous as Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1955 cover version, this song describes the difficult lot of a coal miner after a hard day's work: another day older and deeper in debt.
Allen Toussaint song about coal mining (and goin' down, down) that was a 1966 hit for Lee Dorsey and a 1981 hit for Devo.
Signature 1970 Loretta Lynn single about growing up in the coal fields of rural Kentucky; it later provided the name of a 1980 biopic of Lynn starring Sissy Spacek.
In this song, the singer reminisces about going down to an old mine with a transistor radio on Tuesdays.
Neil Young song in which he declares himself to have been a miner for the titular metallic item.
Classic gut-wrenching 1885 novel by Émile Zola concerning a coal miners' strike in northern France.
Victorian adventure novel by H. Rider Haggard featuring Allan Quatermain in search of the treasure-filled mines of a Biblical figure in Africa.
1903 novel about the dognapping of a family pet to be used as support for a gold-mining operation in the Klondike.
Novel in which miners are said to have delved too greedily and too deep, unleashing Durin's Bane.
NASA engineer Homer Hickam's memoir about growing up in the mining community of Coalwood, WV and developing an interest in rocketry, later made into an anagramatically-titled movie.
Classic show about a family pet who helped to save Timmy after he fell down an abandoned mineshaft on at least one occasion.
Long-running TV Western featuring Lorne Greene and Michael Landon named after a large deposit of ore and set near Virginia City, Nevada, home to the Comstock Lode.
In the episode 'Mine Your Own Business', the gang discovers that the ghost said to be haunting a mine was really one of the two characters they had met earlier in disguise. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for these meddling kids!
Critically acclaimed HBO series set in a tumultuous South Dakota gold mining town.
Discovery Channel reality series about real-life gold miners (OK, there are at least three of them - name one).