Most Controversial Movies of All Time


The Top Ten

1 A Clockwork Orange

And it's my favorite one.

Withdrawn in all forms and not re-released until after the death (27 years later) of the director, Stanley Kubrick, who feared the "droogs" would come and get him and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

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

The Leftist-Atheist organizations were extremely upset that a movie was mad without their blessing or permission.

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

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 Contenders

11 Caligula
12 Song of the South

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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 Last Tango in Paris
29 Do the Right Thing
30 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.

31 Ghostbusters (2016)
32 Brokeback Mountain

Controversial for a stupid reason.

33 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.

34 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.

35 Sausage Party

I can understand why.

36 Show Dogs
37 The Deer Hunter
38 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.

39 Deliverance
40 Hostel: Part II
41 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.

42 Apocalypse Now
43 Wild Wild West
44 Nadesico the Motion Picture: Prince of Darkness
45 Meat Grinder
46 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
47 I'm Not Ashamed
48 The Prince of Egypt
49 Freakshow
50 El Arca (Noah's Ark)

I'm talking about the 2007 Argentinean animated film with anthropomorphic animals. - PerfectImpulseX

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