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The Most Controversial Movies of All Time

Updated 14 Nov 2019 114.4k votes 12.4k voters 2.6m views45 items

List RulesEvery film on this list was publicly ridiculed or denounced in some way.

Since the beginning of cinema, films have been pushing the boundaries of what society deems to be “acceptable entertainment.” If filmmakers did not take chances, did not dare to question the establishment, and instead opt to walk the line - films like The Wild Bunch and Psycho would never have been made. Thankfully artists have always been there to challenge authority. These are the most controversial movies of all time.

Some of the movies on this list were banned and/or denounced because they were too graphic like Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Horror films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist may be considered tame by today’s standards, but at the time of their release, many moviegoers and critics were shocked and appalled by what they depicted.

Some of the movies on this list are made for nothing more than shock value. Horror films like Cannibal Holocaust are meant to disgust and push the boundaries of good taste, while other films like Midnight Cowboy and Bonnie and Clyde have stood the test of time and have become Hollywood classics.

For whatever the reason, these are the most controversial movies of all time. Upvote those you think are the most controversial, whether or not you like the film itself.

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