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  1. Andrew Burt at |

    Very nice list, some classic films on there.

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  2. Sheema at |

    Great list! I think you forgot Battleship Potemkin, which was (and is) one of the best propaganda films ever.

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      “Battleship Potemkin” is a very agreeable movie for this Top 10 list. Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece is the ultimate statement of the term “Mutiny”. And of course one of the most famous scenes in movie history : The baby carriage going down the steps

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  3. Josh at |

    Nice addition to the movies that changed the world, Sheema.

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  4. Simply Ridiculous at |

    You can put Schindler's List among these top 10.. It was a really good movie!!

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    1. Pedro Urrutia at |

      But it changed nothing, Jews are still dead and making a movie about buying 3 thousand Jews isn’t the right message.

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  5. Dave at |

    How could you start out one of your descriptions – Although it’s not that well known…

    How about "10 movies that may have changed something"

    A couple on here are legit – but JFK?!? What has changed?

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  6. Evan at |

    JFK is on the list because it led to the creation of the assassination records review board and the records collection act of 1992. That's what changed, and it absolutely wouldn't have changed without JFK being released when it was, so that's why I included it. And as for Rosetta, just because it's not well known doesn't mean it didn't change something, even it was only a minor law in Belgium.

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  7. Josh at |

    Dave, I see your point, but I also think the author says the movie isn't that well known because the changes the movie initiated aren't connected publicly with the movie.

    Some changes initiated weren't felt as strongly in the US either and the author is addressing a US audience for the most part. This title might be a bit sensational but all these movies did affect large numbers of people.

    Thought provoking list for sure and that is more than can be said for most of the content on the Internet, agreed?

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  8. Dave at |

    The claim is that they changed the world. This is a huge standard. The automobile, the atomic bomb and the cell phone changed the world. You invoke these type of expectations.

    I wish JFK had really accomplished something. In this day and age that the government would withhold evidence is appalling. And not even hide the fact!

    One of these movies changed minimum wage law in Belgium. Another changed the drive-thru menu ?!?

    How about "The Burning Bed" – it changed how we looked at victims of abuse and their responses to that abuse.

    How about "The China Syndrome" – it frightened the most technologically advanced and modern nation away from the peaceful use of nuclear power. In the years since we have used more fossil fuels and empowered dangerous areas of the world.

    Yes, it is thought provoking.

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    1. amanda at |

      LOL you both are very incorrect.

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  9. WordyGrrl at |

    It is a good list, especially since it was limited to only 10. There are plenty more films that could be added. "The Burning Bed" and "China Syndrome" had huge impacts on American cultural views of spousal abuse and nuclear power, respectively.

    Granted, I adore a trashy old John Waters flick as much as the next person, but movies that can really make you think, ask questions, look for answers about humanity? Those are works of art.

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  10. Claus at |

    great list, though i'm missing "Star Wars" on it. I don't think that another film has been made which is as widely cited and referenced as the original star wars movie.

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  11. gern at |

    Star Wars A New Hope changed my world!

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  12. Arscek at |

    Nice list, but I would say these are more like movies that changed the US, not the entire world.

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    1. maaz at |

      yes, u r Right Arscek

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  13. Billius at |

    Good list. I particularly like the inclusion of "Triumph of the Will." While not as visually stunning as other propaganda films of the era (Battleship Potemkin comes to mind), it is certainly the most significant of that genre.

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      “Triumph Of The Will” also sent chills up and down my spine. If their any microscopic thread of evidence that the Nazi’s did do something good, it was the film making of Leni Riefenstahl

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  14. N1KI at |

    uhhh? did u guys ever heard of passion of the christ???

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  15. Megan at |

    Alfie, the original, it was involved in the legalisation of abortion in the UK?

    Stopping backstreet abortions, which killed many women.

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    1. Megan at |

      Ohh and Children of men, It makes you think about the future, and wonder, what we've done to the human population and what might become, I guess.

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  16. smg45acp at |

    The Triumph of the Will clip was absolutely frightening!!

    The Cult of Personality phenomenon was never more on display than with Hitler. Yet even today we continue to see blind obedience to leaders, not because of anything they have done, but people simply worshiping the person.

    And yes I’m talking about Obama.

    The man had not done a damn thing in his entire life, except make speeches. He had no record of accomplishments. His resume would easily fit on a business card, yet the ignorant masses rallied behind him. All on the power of his spoken word.

    I read a story once written by a young Jewish girl growing up in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power. She had heard about Hitler enough to know he hated Jews, but out of curiosity she went to one of his political rallies just to check things out.

    By the end of the speech she said she was standing on the armrests of her chair jumping up and down cheering for Hitler. Such is the power of the spoken word.

    Some things never change.

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  17. vince087 at |

    the day after tomorrow maybe must be there

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      Vince087 : Very Good choice indeed and what really “Grinds My Gears” is the fact that a lot of people out there that either don’t believe or have no concept of what Global Warming is or that it does not exist. “The Day After Tomorrow” may be somewhat extreme by today’s standards, but long after we are both dead and buried the cataclysm will occur. But that’s just my opinion.

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  18. MergedLoki at |

    With super size me is it only in america that the 'super size' option has been removed from mcdonalds menus?

    Or was it a temporay thing and is now available again? Because up here in Canada while the workers no longer ASK 'do you want to super size that' it's still an option if you want larger fries/drinks with a meal.

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  19. name required at |

    Fahrenheit 9-11.

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  20. manuel at |

    i reckon 2012 is probably the most world changing and world thinking movie.when it came out everyone was talking bout it and it scared the "beep" out of ppl and me included.i dont really believe it but if it does happen then i have wasted my life on school as im in yr 9.lol

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    1. Faheem at |

      well this movie is based on the fiction and has no real proof. It was made at the peak time when the rumour was spread among the people that 2012 is coming and this would be the end of the world.

      As the NASA has proved that there is no sign of such thing happening. so its totally fake¬¬¬

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  21. Wally at |

    Star Wars is not on the list. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  22. Hone at |

    Citizen Kane, if not for it’s content, for the revolutionary techniques that were introduced to the film making world.

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  23. Peter Boucher at |

    How about “JAWS” that is the movie that coined the term “Summer Blockbuster” and the monologue of Quint the fisherman (Robert Shaw) about the disaster of the USS Indianapolis made this country much more aware of that horrible incident

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  24. melissa at |

    I just wanted to say thank you. this is a great list and helped a lot with a really annoying school assignment :)

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  25. Matt Shirley at |

    An interesting note about Al Gores “An Inconvenient Truth”.
    About the global warming debate we are always told the time for debate is over yet the greens do there very best to avoid a debate. John Colman from the weather channel decided that the only way to get a debate happening would be to sue Al Gore so they could discuss the issues in a court of law.
    There were over 30 major faults with Al Gores movie so John Colman with the backing of 32,000 scientists (9000 phds) took Al to court and sued him for his misleading of the public.
    They only had time to discuss 9 issues but the Judge ruled in John Colman favor and Al Gore was sued. Al wanted to promote his documentary heavily through Britain but the Judge said if he did he would have to list the 9 faults (the only ones that were discussed do to time restrictions) and if he didn’t they would list the film propaganda.

    CO2 is a naturally accruing gas and nature produces far more of it than humans do. insects produce far more than people do as well and rotting vegetation. By far the biggest producer is the oceans. Mans total is less than half of a percent of the total CO2 released. Water vapor is by far the biggest greenhouse gas at around 75% of the total greenhouse gases.
    If man reduced his output to zero there would be no significant change as the amount is so small.

    CO2 is not a deadly toxin like many greens would have you believe and is in fact plant food. Plants take in CO2 use the carbon to bulk up and release oxygen. Much of our planet has been greening up especially around the fringes of many deserts as shown by satellite data over the last 30 years with CO2 playing a major role in this.
    If you really want to be green and break free from all the bad science and propaganda then more CO2 is the way to go.

    Al Gores mentor, Maurice Strong is an associate of many international bankers such as the Rocker-fellers and the Rothschilds. He is the founder of the UN environmental program and in his opening speech at the Rio Earth summit 1992 he said the following…
    Isn’t the only hope for the world that the western civilizations collapse, Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about. Please remember that statement and the agenda being promoted next time you here about the world economy worsening and the 100’s of new green taxes that will be imposed on western societies to enlarge the divide between the global elite 1%ers and the rest of society.
    It’s time to break free from the mind numbing entertainment industry and start looking at the real issues going on around us.

    Please feel free to search out the information I have given as you will find it’s freely available.

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