Even movie stars get bored, and the film industry in the '90s had plenty to offer them if they wanted to spice things up a bit. During this decade, erotic thrillers, blockbuster action movies, and stylized indies thrived. Controversial directors like Oliver Stone, Brian De Palma, and David Cronenberg had their niches carved out but were still treated seriously by studios and critics. Meanwhile, movie stars were ready to take risks. Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Denzel Washington, and Tom Hanks all stepped out of their comfort zones during this period, and while some risk-takers like Sharon Stone and Brad Pitt were rewarded with career-defining performances, others, like Woody Harrelson and Bruce Willis, fell on the wrong side of controversy.
From Fight Club to Eyes Wide Shut, here are the most controversial movies that offered '90s movie stars a respite from their usual fare and stoked public debate. Whether you love them or hate them, vote up the ones that earned their contentious reputations.
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