Most Controversial Movies of All Time - Banned and Barred

Most controversial movies are barred from watching for a reason, but there are some pieces of work that you should go ahead and watch anyway!

Hail Mary (1985)

Most controversial movies are barred from watching for a reason, but there are some pieces of work that you should go ahead and watch anyway! Controversial movies are averted because of religion, politics, explicit content and violence. Here is a list of such movies, which were deemed non-watchable for various reasons. 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)


This is said to be a horror masterpiece and it still holds the position of the most popular film in this genre. It was then followed by a number of spin-offs, sequels and remakes however nothing beats the uncanny charm of the original. It was banned in West Germany, Singapore and several Scandinavian countries due to its extreme level of violence and gore. Some countries on the other hand chose a  middle ground and went ahead and released a censored version of this movie. 

Battle Royale (2000)


Battle Royal is often compared to The Hunger Games, which also received a similar reaction to this one, based on similar grounds. The film tells the story of a group of 9th-grade Japanese kids who were sent to an island where must kill each other until the final survivor is declared. Sounds like Squid Game, no?

Hail Mary (1985)


This movie was banned in Brazil and Argentina upon its release. Acclaimed French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard retells the story of the Virgin birth in a modern setting. Its explicit content and blasphemy called for the fitting reaction that it got. However, there were many critics who praised the cinematography. 

The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)


Legendary director Martin Scorsese tells the story of Jesus Christ's life, he presents the earthly temptations that Christ may have gone through. Scorsese particularly focused on sexual temptations that weren't received in the correct light. The film was banned in Israel and Singapore. 

Last Tango in Paris (1972)


Starring Marlon Brando, Last Tango in Paris was banned from South Korea, Portugal, Singapore, Italy and Chile. In Britain, the film was re-cut to eliminate the sexual scenes which resulted in the reaction. The film follows a sexual relationship between an American man And a Parisian woman and is regarded by some as one of the most erotic films of all time. However, the controversy stemmed from the alleged behaviours of Brando and director Bernardo Bertolucci's behaviour on set. 

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)


This movie tells the story of a man called Brian who was born in Bethlehem on the original Christmas day in the stable next door and he spends the rest of his life being mistaken for Jesus. This is the solo movie in this list that doesn't have a solid reason behind its banning and the banning also worked in their favor, with posters reading "So Funny that was banned in Norway" - Marketing Strategy FTW! 

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

This right here is a dystopian crime film directed by the critically acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick and is based on the Novel by Anthony Burgess which also goes by the same name.  It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile delinquency, youth gangs, and other social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian near-future Britain. The film was banned in several countries including Ireland, Singapore, South Africa and Brazil.