With all the crazy movies that are to be released this year, there’s always at least one that is too obscene to watch or just obscene enough to be a giant hit. “The Human Centipede,” “Hostel,” “A Clockwork Orange” and more have been banned in several countries for depicting frightening scenes of violence, sex or blasphemy.
But what about the movies that are too controversial for even the United States?
Many of these 15 films are notorious for their explicit scenes and they have each been banned in at least a few cities and more. But only a few of them are still prohibited in our country.
Not surprising considering “Hostel” alone has enough sex and gore to be banned in any other time period except ours.
Check out the Hollywood and foreign ventures that were just too much to handle for many American audiences.
When this extremely racist film first opened in 1915, it was rightfully banned in several states like Ohio, Kansas and West Virginia.
Many big cities like Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Chicago also banned the film due to its treatment of the Ku Klux Klan as the heroes of the movie and its terrible representation of African Americans (they used white actors in Blackface makeup).
Sex education teacher and birth control activist Margaret Sanger wanted the world to know that family planning is possible and so she made a film about the matter.
People were not pleased.
The New York Court of Appeals heard the case and agreed with the ban saying the film could be censored 'in the interest of morality, decency, and public safety and welfare.'
Nope, not that 'Scarface'. Though that one is pretty violent and is based off this original.
In 1932, this Howard Hughes-produced gangster film was banned in five states and five cities for glorifying crime and violence.
If only industry members of 1930s Hollywood could see the violence in movies now, this 'Scarface' would be a romantic comedy in comparison.
Another Howard Hughes backed film.
'The Outlaw' was banned for three years because Hughes was transfixed by actress Jane Russell's breasts onscreen. After finally backing down from the Hollywood Production Code Administration (the old time-y MPAA), Hughes cut a minute of content (aka a minute of Russell's breasts) and was then able to release the film.
It later became a gigantic success.
No, it's not a film about the highs and lows of having breasts.
This documentary film about the treatment of criminally insane patients in the Massachusetts Correctional Institution was banned because of violation of the patients' right to privacy.
But really, the Massachusetts Correctional Institution was probably worried about American audiences seeing how they abused their patients more than anything else.
This film about the sexual awakening of a young girl was banned in Massachusetts for basically being a pornographic film.
The movie was considered obscene and not decent because of several explicit sex scenes including one that depicts the young actress kissing a flaccid penis.
However, the Supreme Court overturned the ban and changed the obscenity rules for film shortly after that.
The comedy by 'Hairspray' director and pencil-mustached man John Waters was banned in many a small town.
Why? Because of 'perverse acts' depicting homosexual and heterosexual sex and many scenes of indecent exposure.
The film became notorious and helped launch the underground stardom of drag queen/actress Divine.
This satire about Christian evangelism was banned several times because of exploiting its star Bette Midler's success to gain attention.
The film, which was originally called 'The Divine Mr. J' to capitalise on Midler's fame as 'The Divine Miss M,' was contested by Middler's agent and subsequently blocked.
When filmmakers tries to re-release the movie under the new title, it was banned yet again by the courts.
This German film was first censored in Canada and Oklahoma for depicting a scene of oral sex between an underage boy and a legal woman.
Over the next few years, the film was allowed to be seen in Oklahoma and a documentary (banned in Oklahoma) was made about the obscenity issues the film faced.
The film also won the Palme d'Or (Best Film) award at the Cannes Film Festival as well as Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars.
One of the funniest British movies of all time, 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' was banned in many small towns for mocking Christianity.
To be fair, the film does poke fun at the Christian stories. But it's just too funny to resist.
It's probably pretty obvious why this film was banned.
The 'found-footage' movie is about an Italian film crew that travels into the rain forest and meets an indigenous tribe.
The movie is still banned in several countries because of it's obvious cannibal scenes and sexual violence as well as animal cruelty.
Check out the trailer:
'Far From Heaven' and 'I'm Not There' director Todd Haynes gained international notice with this 43-minute documentary about the life of The Carpenters' singer Karen Carpenter and her struggle with anorexia.
The movie was shown at many film festivals but as soon as Richard Carpenter saw the film, he objected to the insinuations it made about his sexual identity as well as the bad light it shed on his family.
He argued that Haynes never obtained the proper music licence and the film was banned.
This Martin Scorsese film imagines what would have happened had Jesus not sacrificed himself and died on the cross.
That upset a lot of people in Savannah, Georgia.
The townsfolk put together a petition to get the film banned and were successful ... for about six weeks.
This short film looks at what might have happened behind closed doors between 'Sesame Street' friends and possible lovers Bert and Ernie.
The documentary spoof was a massive hit at Sundance but when it came time for release, the film was blocked due to legal action was taken against the director Peter Spears for copyright infringement.
Scientology may have more power than we all might think.
This film, which borrows information from the life of Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard, is a parody about a paranoid cult leader who basically cons his disciples with ridiculous tricks and lessons.
The Church of Scientology got an injunction against the film because of its similarities to Hubbard and distribution was blocked.
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