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Withdrawn in all forms and not re-released until after the death (27 years later) of the director, Stanley Kubrick, who feared the "droogs" would come and get him and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

An incomprehensible mess of a movie.

2 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

This movie is so messed up! Scarred me for

3 Cannibal Holocaust

This is very controversial due to how graphic it is.

The possible snuff film. - MoldySock

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

4 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

5 The Passion of the Christ

What's wrong with this one? I've seen it in school and I don't understand why it's controversial. - Misfire

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

6 The Last Temptation of Christ
7 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Well It's South Park - JPK

It's South Park. Get over it

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!

8 Freaks
9 Fahrenheit 9/11
10 The Human Centipede

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

The Newcomers

? The Lion King (2019)
? The Emoji Movie

The Contenders

11 Caligula
12 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

Shouldn't that movie be number one!? I mean, it's racist!

13 Natural Born Killers
14 I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
15 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

Much better than Psycho - Strobo

16 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.

17 Borat

This guy (the actor) has no fear for embarrassment


18 Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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

How is this controversial?!?!?!? -Strongfish91

Why is this on here it’s s Disney magic movie!

19 Melancholie der Engel
20 The Interview

Controversial due to being about North Korea - PerfectImpulseX


21 The Da Vinci Code
22 Pretty Baby
23 Pink Flamingos
24 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
25 Saw
26 Antichrist
27 Battle Royale
28 Ghostbusters (2016)
29 Show Dogs
30 Last Tango in Paris
31 Do the Right Thing
32 Scarface

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

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

But the movie was awesome.

33 The Exorcist

Audiences were terrified. Some even fainted

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.

34 Brokeback Mountain

Controversial for a stupid reason.

35 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

This pathetic creature deserves to be tarred and feather then forced to relive the terrors that Harry and Marv went through in Home Alone One and Two. And then he should be feathered and tarred. Then he should be forced to watch all the Adam Sandler Movies on a loop for a decade. Then he should be machine-gunned to death like Sonny in The Godfather. Then his skin should be recycled and used for the Kardashians' next plastic surgeries. Then we'll cremate the rest of him and scatter them in gas station bathroom.

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

36 Sausage Party

I can understand why.

37 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
38 I'm Not Ashamed
39 The Incredibles 2

This movie is awesome.

40 The Deer Hunter
41 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.

42 Deliverance
43 Hostel: Part II
44 The Birth of a Nation

Let's see, it's loved by critics due to its insane technical achievement (most movies back then were very short, this one ran over 3 hours) as the first "epic" movie. On the other hand, it is hated by audiences due to its insane racism (the movie concerns a black revolution and the heroes of the movie are the Ku Klux Klan). I don't think it can get more controversial than this.

45 Apocalypse Now
46 Wild Wild West
47 Nadesico the Motion Picture: Prince of Darkness
48 Meat Grinder
49 The Prince of Egypt
50 Freakshow
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