Movies are entertainment. Most movies don’t set out to cause controversy, but these movies are definitely worthy of a top ten list of controversial movies! From movies that were banned due to violence or deemed too provocative for the public, these movies have certainly irritated and offended people in the past.
Some films just went a bit too far with the likes of graphic rape scenes, to explicit porn scenes not even passing the 18 rating. But here they are, the top 10 movies that caused controversy in the past century.
1. The Wild One (1953)
Marlon Brando starred in this movie about a motorcycle that caused havoc in a small American town. It was denied a release in the UK fearing it would cause civil unrest. It was eventually released in 1957 with a PG certificate reflecting its fairly timid content.
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
This violent movie about a group of teenagers who are terrorised/murdered by a leather mask wearing nut job was banned in the UK until 1999 when it was reclassified for its 25th anniversary.
3. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
While the movie itself wasn’t banned, Kubrick withdrew the movie from distribution between 1973 and 2000 due to death threats. It was re released following his death in 1999.clockwork
4. Enter the Dragon (1973)
Again it was never banned but it was heavily edited to cut out all scenes with flying stars and nunchucks as it was feared it would glorify their use.
5. Natural Born Killers (1994)
The fear with this movie was that it would lead to copycat killings as the movie made celebrities out of the murdering main characters. It was deliberated over for nearly a year until it was finally released.
6. Monty Pythons Life of Brian (1979)
This comical tale of Brian who was mistaken for the Messiah, and was crucified along to a comical sing a long. Many thought the movie was far too blasphemous. It was released many years later.
7. Straw Dogs (1971)
This was banned for having a four-minute rape scene and it was accused of glorifying sexual violence. The UK finally released the movie under advisement from the BBFC.straw
8. The Exorcist (1974)
This is one of the most controversial horror films ever released. It fell foul of the Video recordings act and despite being passed for a cinema release in 1974, it didn’t get a video release until 1999.
9. Deep Throat (1974)
Many saw this as a pioneering porn movie, but it was charged with obscenity in many cities across the UK and America. It was banned in the UK until 2000 when it received an 18 cert on its release to DVD.
10. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Tarantinos debut movie was never officially banned from a home video release in the UK but it was denied a classification amid hysteria over the film’s violence. It didn’t surface for 3 years on VHS at which stage his other 2 classics were released, Pulp Fiction and True Romance.