Films That Inspired Social Change

Hollywood has spent the last few years in the midst of a reckoning about how its films influence society at large in good and bad ways. Movements from #MeToo to Black Lives Matter have sparked discussions about ending harmful stereotypes and tropes — as well as a backlash from people who say Hollywood’s efforts, however well meaning, can feel like pandering or tokenism.

But great films have the power to raise awareness, change viewers’ minds, and make them think in ways they haven’t before. Here are 11 films that inspired or fueled social change.

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