Most Controversial Movies of All Time


The Top Ten

1 A Clockwork Orange

Withdrawn in all forms and not re-released until after the death (27 years later) of the director, Stanley Kubrick, who feared the "droogs" would come and get him and his family, as there had already been copycat crimes committed.

This movie was released back in 1971? That's pretty old for such a controversial film like this.

A classic movie! Crossed all the boundaries

Heard it was banned - zxm

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2 The Passion of the Christ

this is one of the movies in which I suffered more, beacuse my saw how Father was punished wrongly; but I felt worse, when I realized that He died because of all the sins I have made - rock2metal

Mel Gibson Details the Last 12 Hours of Jesus' Life in a brutal way (maybe that's the truth maybe not... ) and that has given birth to a big controversy for his movie - MatrixGuy

Maybe Gibson exaggerated some things with Jesus punishment. We don't know it exactly but still this movie is classic! - Alexandr

When there's a movie that doesn't involve white Christians feeling sorry, it sucks

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3 A Serbian Film

Anyone who watches the unrated version would almost certainly vote for this film.

This movie may be disgusting but it's not horrible. Just don't watch if you get sick easily of if you find some of the scenes in the film offensive. - DumbBich

This movie deserves to get banned in every country. - PerfectImpulseX

NEVER EVER watch this - harr4

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4 Cannibal Holocaust

The possible snuff film. - MoldySock

No it's not. The director was released after everyone found out the actors were still alive, though they did actually kill animals in the movie - Kfox101

This deserves the #1 spot. Judging by the synopsis, I will never watch this.
It sounds like the worst thing to ever come out of Italy since Benito Mussolini. - PerfectImpulseX

5 The Last Temptation of Christ
6 Salo

It shows how barbaric, twisted and perverted human beings can be. In my opinion, this movie is the most controversial and disturbing of them all. I can't imagine people sitting in a movie theater watching it! - mood333

7 Fahrenheit 9/11
8 Natural Born Killers
9 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

When I first watched this and the "shut your face" song started playing, I was silent for a few seconds and then I'm like, "this is the greatest movie of all time" - Kfox101

This movie's original rating was NC-17 but it was changed to R two weeks before it's release - CommentandList

Okey, in Norway where I came from, this movie got 11+ And the racism, voilence and swearing in this movie maked me gasp as a 13 yer old!

10 Freaks

The Contenders

11 Caligula
12 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

One of the most disturbing movies in history the shocking deaths and brutal violence will make you cringe - egnomac

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13 Kids

When I saw this movie I found it extremely lame. Nothing shocked me in this overrated movie. I live in Europe and if it's typical American to call a film like this controversial,I think you got very restricted lifes back there.

14 Titicut Follies
15 The Birth of a Nation
16 Borat


17 Song of the South

Huh. Doesn't look controversial from the picture of a happy cartoon bunny on the cover. I have been wrong before though. - RalphBob

18 The Interview


19 The Da Vinci Code
20 I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
21 Pretty Baby
22 The Human Centipede

This movie is SO screwed up on so many ways. It should definitely be higher on the list.

23 Melancholie der Engel
24 Antichrist
25 Last Tango in Paris
26 Do the Right Thing
27 Scarface

One of the more violent gang movies, it was originally given an NC rating at one point. - egnomac

This movie is beyond anything bad. It has a lot of drugs, nudity, sex, and gore.

But the movie was awesome.

28 Brokeback Mountain

Controversial for a stupid reason.

29 Pink Flamingos
30 The Exorcist

That should be number 2

A lot of people thought that linda blair was possessed the whole time and that the movie was cursed. She was injurred onset and another actor on set, jack macgowen, died unexpectedly.

31 The Deer Hunter
32 JFK

There is no way you can watch this movie and not completely question the American government. Oliver Stone's 1991 film was extremely controversial because of its cold, hard facts about the Kennedy assassination. After watching this film, your views will be forever changed. - rambocrazyhorse

"Cold, hard facts"?
Not really, more like convoluted hallucinations.
If you think this movie presented anything but fictional drama, you are hallucinating too.

33 Deliverance
34 Hostel: Part II
35 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

It stars a very controversial music artist who loves to pee in mop buckets, do drugs, and lick stripper's boobs.

36 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
37 Apocalypse Now
38 Sausage Party
39 Beauty and the Beast (2017)

*cough* *cough* LeFou *cough* *cough* - PerfectImpulseX

40 Nadesico the Motion Picture: Prince of Darkness
41 Meat Grinder
42 Deep Throat
43 Crash
44 The Green Mile
45 Toy Story 3

I don't even know how this movie was released. I was deeply disturbed by it

46 Spider-Man 3

Is it controversial because of Emo peter or that they didn't do venom right at all?

Harry dies in this one, when he finally forgives Peter! - roblist

47 The Godfather, Part III
48 Angels & Demons
49 Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Is it because the ending wasn't powerful enough?

50 Memento
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1. The Last Temptation of Christ
2. Salo
3. Fahrenheit 9/11
1. A Clockwork Orange
2. The Passion of the Christ
3. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
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