What fiction films have had the greatest effects on the ‘real’ world?

And put us on the path to unending Global Warming, too. :mad:

A similar thing happened with people adopting owls because of Harry Potter.

Capricorn One may have started, or at least spurred on, the Moon landing hoax nonsense.

Sez who?


But yes, research on any breed is critical. Dalmatians make good family pets- *for the right family. *

Good one.

Hey, he said fiction! :mad::mad::mad:


And clownfish after Finding Nemo and “setting them free” by flushing them down the toilet.

Easy Rider had a huge cultural impact.

After the release of the film Sideways (2004), sales of Merlot dropped by 2%, while Pinot Noir sales increased 16%.

This is a minor thing, but I swear I never noticed anyone leaving stones or pebbles on tombs or memorials until they showed people doing that to Oskar Schindler’s tomb at the end of * Schindler’s List*. Now I see it everywhere.
It’s possible that the film merely brought it to my attention, but I don’t think so. I don’t recall seeing it earlier, and it stood out when I saw the film simply because it was a practice I’d never seen or heard of before. I gather than leaving Memorial Stones is an old Jewish practice, but I don’t think other groups did it until the film popularized the idea.

Now I see it frequently at memorials. In particular, the Holocaust Memorial in Boston invariably has stones heaped upon the granite portions.


Yes. The real life Klan got the idea to burn crosses from the movie. They had never done it before. True.

Why what?

Why do they do it?

As I say, it’s an old Jewish tradition, apparently:

But it’s not an old tradition for most other folks. You didn’t see a lot of this elsewhere. But Schindler’s List brought the notion to people’s attention, so now they know about it. And, being an easy thing to do (stones are always nearby), a lot more people have started doiing it. I see stones placed at the SAlem Witch memorials – which aren’t Jewish. I see them of random historic tombstones.
The Boston Holocaust Memorial went up two years after Schindler’s List, so I have no “control” data. But, ever since it went up, I see stones there. And I suspect that not only Jewish people are leaving them there.

Hard to say; I think that there was probably some synergistic effects going on there, in that the real-life event was about 2 weeks after the release of the somewhat controversial and popular movie and sort of primed the public for 3 Mile Island.

I kind of think either one in isolation wouldn’t have been nearly so popular, for lack of a better term.

According to Wikipedia: “As a name, [Madison] has become popular for girls in recent decades. Its rise is generally attributed to the 1984 release of the movie Splash. From a practically non-existent girl’s name before 1985, Madison rose to being the second-most-popular name given to female babies in 2001.”

I don’t know about that. Scots routinely burned crosses as a “calling of the clan.” A lot of Scots emigrated to the States and that’s probably how the custom got corrupted, as some yokel saw the symbolism and decided to make it their own.

I recall pretty clearly that there was a strong anti-nuke movement before either the movie or 3 Mile Island. In fact, I think the movie was made at least partly as a statement against nuclear energy,

Deep Throat

One of the first pornographic films to feature a plot, character development and relatively high production values, Deep Throat earned mainstream attention and launched the “porno chic” trend

That was certainly a trend that didn’t last.

It has a Scottish history, but the KKKs actions are directly related to the movie.