Top 10 Most Controversial Movies of All Time

Though movies are meant for entertainment it carries a wide range of emotions along with it. Based on the story line quite a number of them have got applauses from its audience while few others have seen criticism. Every year at least one movie with a controversial story comes up and sometimes few of them are also banned. Gender related graphics, excessive brutality,etc. are some such topics which create hue and cry among its people. They make a distinction between what actually should have been presented and what was shown. While directing a movie it is also important not to hurt the religious and regional sentiments of the public as it can also attract controversy. The list below will give us an idea of which particular movies have been most talked about through the centuries.

List of Most Controversial Movies

  1. The Passion of Christ (2004)
  2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  3. Salo (1975)
  4. Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
  5. Freaks (1933)
  6. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
  7. Birth of a Nation (1915)
  8. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
  9. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
  10. Deep Throat (1972)

 Most Controversial Movies Overview

1. The Passion Of Christ
Mel Gibson
’s The Passion of Christ is the most argumentative movies that the audience has come across. The film portrays the last twelve hours of Jesus, how he was betrayed by Judas, was arrested and persecuted by the leaders of the Pharisees. Through in the movie Gibson wanted to show how Christ sacrificed his life for the sake of his fellow beings. Things took a turn and people got agitated. According to reports it had brutal scenes and compromised by anti-Semitic sentiments

2. A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange (1971), by Stanley Kubrick is an adaptation of Stanley Kubrick. It is about a guy who was one among the gang of hooligans, used to rape women and later becomes a good citizen after police had some sorts of treatment on him. The film reached a fever pitch of criticism for excess violation and abuses. Social critics and media have also named it as misogynistic.

3. Salo ( The 120 Days of Sodom)
Another victim of controversy was the Salo of 1975. The movie featured the atrocities done by the fascist Italy during World War II. Viewers did not appreciate the sadistic portrayal of the persecution of a group of underage victims.

4. The Last Temptation of Christ
Adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ speculative novel, the last Temptation of Christ by Martin Scorsese depicted the story of Christ being tormented by the temptation of Satan. Christ sets out to find what God wants from him. Jesus building crosses for the Romans, kissing men on the lips, telling Judas to betray him etc were some of the scenes which had ignited fumes among the religious fundamentalists.

5. Freaks
Chills ran down the veins of the theatres when Freak was released in 1932 by the famous director Tod Browning. In spite of cutting down many horrifying act, Freak could not escape from controversy. Even now it gives a feeling of fright and shock to its viewers.

6. Fahrenheit 9/11
Director Michael Moore made Fahrenheit 9/11 for his people just before the 2004 American election. It was a documentary which gave a blow to Bush’s administration and spoke about the Iraq war. This has disappointed the defenders of Bush and the movie was much criticized.

7. Birth of a Nation
The affect of Civil war and racism on the lives of American African of both south and north, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan was what this movie presented. It was story of Phil and Ted Stoneman, two brothers who have sacrificed their friendship by joining the opposite armies. Protestors were of the opinion that the film had proved the African American weak compared to the Ku Klux Klan and this didn’t go well with its people.

8. Last Tango in Paris
Bernardo Bertolucci’s romantic drama film, Last Tango in Paris talks about a young American widower who goes for a sensuous physical relationship with a young lady. The crude gender based scenes did not suit the taste of the theatre and had become internationally controversial.

9. Cannibal Holocaust
Ruggero Deodato directed Italian thriller; Cannibal Holocaust of 1980 had the backdrop of Amazon Rainforest. This Hollywood film was banned in Italy, Australia and a few more places because of its graphic violence.

10. Deep Throat
1972’s Deep Throat by Gerard Damiano  is a  pornographic film. Due to the subject of obscenity trials the movie was a topic of discussion and was even banned in some places.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Controversial Movies of All Time

  1. Mohnish

    Thanks for the list! I have watched a few of these movies and will try to watch remaining ones as soon as possible. It seems almost impossible to dethrone The Passion of Christ from the first place as it has been there for several years now.


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