Films of All-Time
100+ Most Controversial Films of All-Time: Films always
have the ability to anger us, divide us, shock us, disgust
us, and more. Usually, films that inspire controversy, outright
boycotting, picketing, banning, censorship, or protest have
graphic sex, violence, homosexuality, religious, political
or race-related themes and content. They usually push the envelope
regarding what can be filmed and displayed on the screen, and
are considered taboo, "immoral" or
"obscene" due to language, drug use, violence and sensuality/nudity
or other incendiary elements. Inevitably, controversy helps to
publicize these films and fuel the box-office receipts.
Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star are
the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected
as the "100 Greatest Films".
Controversy-invoking films may be from almost any genre - documentaries, westerns, erotic-thrillers, dramas, horror, comedy, or animated, and more. Standards for what may be considered shocking, offensive or controversial have changed drastically over many decades. From the earliest silent films, to the gunfights in early 30s gangster films, to the mid-60s countercultural changes when the ratings were modified, to current day bloodbaths, violence in films has always stirred controversy. The voluntary ratings system of the Motion Picture Association of America can influence a film's public showing in a theatre -- an NC-17 rating or an unrated film may often close down a film's screening and lead to commercial failure.
|The following illustrated list is a solid collection of over 100 of the Most Controversial Films in cinematic history. They are found in the next set of web pages, in chronological order by film title. Each one is described and provides information about the controversy.|
|For the many other milestone films with sexual scenes that were especially notorious, infamous, controversial, or scandalous, see this site's special write-ups on Sex in Cinema, Sexiest Films of All Time, and the genre of Sexual/Erotic Films. Entertainment Weekly's June 16, 2006 issue contained a listing of their top 25 "Most Controversial Movies of All-Time" - all included here plus many more entries.|
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(chronologically, by film title)
Intro | Silents-1930s | 1940s-1950s | 1960-1961 | 1962-1967 | 1968-1969
1970-1971 | 1972 | 1973-1974 | 1975 | 1976-1977 | 1978 | 1979
1980-1982 | 1983-1986 | 1987-1989 | 1990-1992 | 1993-1995 | 1996-1999
2000-2002 | 2003-2005 | 2006-Present