Most Controversial Movies of All Time

The Top Ten

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Withdrawn in all forms and not re-released until after the death (27 years later) of the director, Stanley Kubrick, who feared the "droogs" would come and get him and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


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!

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.

Triumph of the Will
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.

This movie deserves to get banned in every country.

This movie is so messed up! Scarred me for

Cannibal Holocaust

This is very controversial due to how graphic it is.

The possible snuff film.

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.

The Last Temptation of Christ
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.

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

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

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

Last Tango in Paris
In the Realm of the Senses

The Newcomers

? Midnight Cowboy
? Twilight Zone: The Movie

The Contenders

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Well It's South Park

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

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!

Titicut Follies
The Human Centipede

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

Fahrenheit 9/11
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.

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

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

A girl gets raped and she gets revenge and kills them in the most gruesome and disturbing ways.

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Natural Born Killers

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.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

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

Much better than Psycho

The Interview

Controversial due to being about North Korea


Pink Flamingos

This guy (the actor) has no fear for embarrassment


Melancholie der Engel
The Da Vinci Code
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

But it is a good slasher film nonetheless.

Pretty Baby
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.

Ghostbusters (2016)
Show Dogs
Do the Right Thing

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.

But the movie was awesome.

Brokeback Mountain

Controversial for a stupid reason.

Sausage Party

I can understand why.

Battle Royale
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I'm Not Ashamed
The Incredibles 2

This movie is awesome.

The Deer Hunter

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.

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

Hostel: Part II
Apocalypse Now
Wild Wild West
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Zack Snyder's Mass-Murderer Batman, enough said

Nadesico the Motion Picture: Prince of Darkness
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