Movies that "made a differance"


We all know the entertainment value of movies. Sometimes we watch them, enjoy them and go about our business.

Other movies touch us personally and we love them for it. They hit a nerve, make us happy, bring joy to our lives or made us think.

Many here watched a movie once upon a time and said “I want to be a part of that” and here you are years later working on movies as a way to make a living.

But I was wondering can you think of a movie that changed the world or changed anything for the positive or negative?

Recently I watch an Asian film from South Korea called “Silenced”
It is based on a true story of “deaf children” who were abused at their boarding school.

So powerful was the movie it affected an entire country. And made real changes.

Depicting both the crimes and the court proceedings that let the teachers off with minimal punishment, the film sparked public outrage upon its September 2011 release, which eventually resulted in a reopening of the investigations into the incidents. With over 4 million people in Korea having watched the film, the demand for legislative reform reached all the way to the National Assembly, where a revised bill, dubbed the Dogani Bill, was passed in late October 2011 to abolish the statute of limitations for sex crimes against minors and the disabled.

What movies do you think or know of that have changed things?


James Cameron’s AVATAR struck a chord with many people in China and called attention to the way the government sometimes re-possesses property.

I also think “The Shinjuku Incident” was very powerful… as sort of a reminder that a country should take care of its people better so that they do not take extreme means to leave and end up in a worse place.


Down here in Argentina we had a movie called “Rati horror show” (“Rati” is a pejorative term that offenders use to refer to the police). It´s a documental movie about a case where an innocent person was held in prision for years withouth a trial. The movie had the director (Enrique Piñeyro) and his family threatened to death. But, as the movie gained attention, the man in jail had to be released for lack of any evidence. The story is longer than that, and pretty interesting. I think it´s brilliant a director actually achieved the freedom of a man with a movie.


I was going to list some but a lot of them are posted here. People have many different yardsticks.


Cloud Atlas and Looper are two recent films that left me thinking of how fast life can fly by and to cherish every moment. Highly recommended films!


There are very well made anti-war films that made a serious difference to people’s perception of what realworld war is like - hellish.

In this category, I would list:

  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Platoon
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Born on the 4th of July
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Casualties of War
  • Birdy
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • No Man’s Land
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Doctor Strangelove
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Flags of our Fathers
  • Letters from Iwo-Jima
  • Downfall
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Blood Diamond


Ugh I hate this movie, so stupid with bad acting.


Hotel Rwanda is the only film on the list that I haven’t seen personally. I included it because Wikipedia listed it under “Anti-War Movies”.


My three favourite war films of all time. The Thin Red Line, in particular, is one of the most poignant, beautiful and tragic films I’ve ever seen, and is very unique in the genre of war films, as it’s not about action, but deep introspection (the other two at quite introspective too, especially Apocalypse Now, but not nearly as much as The Thin Red Line). It’s truly a work of art.


So how it’s CG-related?


The Thin Red Line is a brilliant film, especially visually. Too bad that Terence Malick’s more recent “Tree of Life”, while visually quite poetic too, wasn’t as good.


I think they probably used spreadsheet software for the accounts management on most or all of those films, so that’s a form of “computer graphics.” It’s a graphical spreadsheet on a computer, right? :curious:


I dont think war films ever change people’s perception of war. Was it Truffaut who said that war movies cant help but glamorize it?

The Godfather likely changed the way people working in the mafia regarded their “special thing.”

Jaws is said to have led to the targeted hunting of great white sharks–and Benchley eventually regretted writing the book since it demonized sharks.

Capricorn One helped push the Moon landing was fake idea.

JFK led to a greater belief in assassination conspiracy theories.

ET caused a big jump in reese’s pieces sales.


The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan, in the cinema, with surround sound, was the first time I really went “Man oh man is war a brutal, savage thing!”.

No war movie I had watched before had had that much effect on me.

So yes, a well made war film can change your perception of war. A lot, imho.


Well applying the topic as CG related, I was more heavily drawn to CG after seeing District 9 and seeing that it had quite a few students from VFS that worked on it ( That was because at the time I was highly looking at attending that school so it had more relevance with me.

The Transformers films also drew me in a bit (only for the visual effects aspect) because of how complicated the animations were. I just wanted to be a part of a community capable of creating anything creative minds wanted.


Just like every Disney movie or romantic comedy makes women think that the perfect mate will magically appear (eventually) and make them happy because they are incapable of making their own happiness.


Well people can come to regard war as hell through channels other than a movie but if we are talking about movies then they said the same thing about All Quiet on the Western Front in the 30s.
I dont think its a seismic shift in society to realize “war is hell.”

And in the case of Ryan at the end the soldier gets a heroic shot through a tank barrel to kill the enemy which is exactly what Truffaut was talking about.No matter what, war gets glamorized.I didnt know about allied soldiers looting and raping across Europe since I had never seen that depicted in movies–found that out through historical articles. WW2 was called the “Good” war.

Apocalypse Now and the Ride of the Valkyries sequence is another example where war is glamorized.


Ok here are some of my pics:

A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Talk about inflential. Most of the visual efffects techniques (that BTW we still use today), were shown in this film.

The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The movie was incredibly influential about how the US South saw itself.
Incredibly racist film by D.W. Griffith that brought the resurgance of the KKK in the

Triumph of the Will (1935)
It has some of the iconic cinematography in the history of documentaries.
Leni Riefenstahl was definetly a master of cinema. too bad that her subject matter was the Olympics in Nazi Germany.

Gone with the Wind (1939)
It is the MOST SUCESFUL film ever mande
$6,501,038,381.29 (adjuster for Inflation)

And belive it or not , the book and the film is incredibly popular in NORTH KOREA, of all places.

Citizen Kane (1941)
If is difficul to explain this film but it use of film language is impressice.
Casablanca (1942)
The storytelling of this film was groundbreaking. I personally love this film.

Some more influential

Seven Samurai (1954)

Influnetial films for the civil rights movement:
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966

Anti war films that defined how war is portrayed:
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Platoon (1986)
Black Hawk Down (2001)

The birth of the blockbuster:
Jaws (1975)
Star Wars (1977)
Road Warrior

And of course I have to mention:
Blade Runner (1982)
And of course
The Matrix (1999)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Robocop (1987)

If is funny that I am having problems listing films for the 0’s.


So how it’s CG-related?

Everything and nothing Mister 3d, other than many here work on movies, some heavy on the CG.
There are films that changed their perspective and like I mentioned may have got them into what they now do for a living today.

There are other films that some of our fellow CGtalkers have been involved in and at the time they did not know the impact their film if any would have. Imagine someone here working on a film that helped define a generation, helped inspire young ones, or played a part in something bigger.

So that is the question.

Like music9ians, which has helped change the world and inspire that change, visually movies can and have done the same. Just sparking the question on that point. So yes it does relate. Directly and indirectly.


Funny i always have seen that sequence as an ironic view on how the US viewed itself when fighting a war. and picking the Ride of the Valkyries considering its WWII relation with the invasion of Poland.

Another films that made a STRONG impression on the hell that war is is Full Metal jacket.