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12 Times Movies Influenced Real-World Legislation

Most movies are made to entertain, but sometimes films can literally change the world. These 12 times movies influenced real-world legislation proves the power of cinema. 

In Pakistan, over 1,000 females are slain every year under Islamic law in the name of “honor killings.” Prior to the 2015 Oscar-winning documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, the men behind those honor killings would usually go unpunished. Now, they must serve at least a 25-year prison sentence. 

Find out which Oliver Stone drama reopened a government investigation. Which political satire inspired the Pentagon to rethink its nuclear safety regulations? Find out why the Harry Potter franchise almost got made in the United States. 

Many of these landmark legislation reforms have saved countless lives around the world.