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35 Movies That Were Ridiculously Banned Around the World 

Jacob Shelton
Updated April 3, 2020 9.3k votes 1k voters 134.7k views 35 items

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The history of film is littered with movies that were banned for explicit scenes of excessive violence or gratuitous sex. But sometimes films are banned for the most arbitrary of reasons. It can be because of whatever is trending that month, or it can be that the government of certain countries are terrified of time travel. These banned movies were kept from audiences for some seriously ridiculous reason, and most of the time, it was because whoever was in control of the censorship board was just a total square.. 

Across the globe films from The Interview to The Wild One (starring Marlon Brando), and even ET have been censored for everything from an intent to incite anarchy to the possibility of a film having a negative impact on the film industry of another country. When it comes to movies, the rest of the world does not play around! Check out this list of movies that were banned across the globe and head to the comments section to let us know if there are any internationally banned films that we missed or if you think there's a movie listed here that should definitely be locked away in a vault forever. 

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Back to the Future is a touch stone of cinema history, but it was too much for the Chinese government. The government deemed that the film was "disrespectful to history" for its use of time travel as a plot device. In 2011, time travel as an artistic theme was outlawed in China, just when it was becoming especially popular in film and television. 

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The 1994 Steven Spielberg tour de force about Oskar Schindler, the German Nazi party member who risked his life to save 1,200 people, was quite rightly considered a high point in Spielberg's filmmaking career. But it caused an uproar among some Muslim clerics in Indonesia for being "too sympathetic to the Jewish cause." Authorities in the Philippines asked Spielberg to edit the film, but he refused. 

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Think long and think hard about why The Simpsons Movie was banned in Burma. Was it the cursing? Maybe, but no. Was it Bart's nude scene? You're close. As luck would have it, the colors yellow and red are banned from films in Burma.

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If you were a child of the '80s, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial made huge impact on your life. Whether you were touched by the heartwarming story of a boy and his alien, or you were creeped out by the scary raisin monster, the film still has a special place in your heart. Unless you grew up in Finland, Norway, or Sweden, where children were banned from seeing the movie when it was released because it portrayed adults as enemy figures.

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