14 Life Changing Movies That Have Influenced The Whole World
Some movies make us laugh, other make us think, and most make us emotional. But a good film does more than just entertain us or pique our emotions. The best movies are those that did not just touched a portion of our hearts but totally changed the mind and hearts, not just of the viewers but the entire society.
Want to watch the best movies? Well, below is a list of some of the movies that have been influential in raising awareness about different environmental and societal issues and changed the world forever.
The movie tells about the story of the killer whale Tilikum who has taken the lives of many people. But it is more than just another thriller film as this documentary highlighted the dangers of keeping whales in captivity—not just to these mammals but the human trainers and the environment as well.
A Girl in The River (2015)
The movie shows the story of Saba Qaisera who was able to survive the so-called honor killings of her country’s harsh judicial system. This film opened the eyes of people about this inhumane tradition, and it is so powerful that the Pakistani prime minister decided to change the law on honor killing after watching it.
Cathy Come Home (1966)
The movie tells the story of Cathy who lost her home, husband, and son due to the intransigence of the British welfare system. At that time, homelessness is an invisible problem and thanks to this film, the public awareness about this issue grew. And 50 years later, the impact of this movie is still being felt worldwide.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
In this sci-fi film, the world is shown to be experiencing a second Ice Age with tornadoes, tidal waves, and grapefruit-sized hailstones destroying cities. Even if the science behind the film’s plot is not as reliable as claimed by experts, we cannot deny the fact that it has helped increase climate change awareness.
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
The documentary follows Al Gore as the presidential candidate hosts programs and shows to educate the public about global warming. Within just two years of its release, there has been 5% increase in the population that considers global warming to be a serious problem.
The drama movie shows the life of Andrew Beckett, a homosexual and HIV-positive lawyer who got fired when a colleague ratted him out, He teamed up with the only lawyer willing to help to sue his firm for discrimination. This film has busted many misconceptions about HIV and homosexuality.
Super Size Me (2004)
In this indie film, Director Morgan Spurlock ate only McDonald’s meals for one whole month which lead to weight gain of 25 pounds, high blood cholesterol levels and a liver similar to that of an alcoholic. After its release, McDonald’s started offering healthy options and got rid of their super size option.
The short film shows the life of Trevor, a 13-year-old gay who tried taking away his life after he has been shunned by his peers. The awareness about homosexuality that has been raised by the film leads to the establishment of a 24-hour crisis hotline for the LGBT youth.
The movie is about the struggles of a Belgian teenager who lives in a trailer park with her alcoholic mother as she tries to find a job. The movie touched the hearts not only of the public but also of the Belgian policy makers that they decided to establish Rosetta’s law which aims to uphold the rights of working teenagers.
The End of The Line (2009)
Rupert Murray’s film takes a closer look at the consequences of unregulated and overlooked fishing practices all around the world. The film revealed the devastating effects that overfishing did to our oceans. After watching the film, large UK companies made their fishing source policies more sustainable.
A Trip To The Moon (1902)
The sci-fi film follows a group of astronomers as they travel to the moon through a capsule that has been shot from a giant cannon, captured by moon creatures, got away and went back to earth. At that time, there was still no CGI and used only magical illusions which started the first generation of special effects.
The movie is set in a futuristic city who is divided between city planners and working class whose differences will be mediated by a savior, according to a prophet. This is the first ever science fiction film and paved the way to the futuristic themes and concepts that science fiction films incorporate today.
This biography chronicles Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 with the goal of establishing equal voting rights. It was released 50 years after the event took place but was just in time to help people recognize that black lives matter during the renewed racial tensions in the US.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
The movie chronicles the Algerian War of Independence during the 1950’s. It has plenty of scenes showing the revolutionaries bombing Parisian militaries, even the civilians. This film caused the viewers to question where the line between terrorism and revolution lies.
These great movies opened the eyes of society to the different societal and environmental problems that we have and made the world a better place to live in.
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