A friend recently asked on Facebook for suggestions of films depicting, as he put it, " films about collective activity (workers banding together)." And I was thinking of suggestions, it occurred to me that one director has spent much of his career depicting people at work - Ron Howard. His films have been about all kinds of workers, including prostitutes (Night Shift), auto workers (Gung Ho), firemen (Backdraft) and race car drivers (Rush). "Apollo 13" might be one of the best movies about guys doing their jobs that was ever made. Yet, Howard is held in low regard by critics. They prefer a guy like Terrence Malick, who makes movies about people staring at their navels, or Stanley Kubrick, who made movies about people going insane.
ADDENDUM: For full disclosure I should add that one of Howard's movies about people working is about journalists – "The Paper."