Controversial, these 7 movies are banned in several countries!
To this day, the global film industry, especially Hollywood, has created many works intended to inspire, entertain, and open our minds as film connoisseurs. But not infrequently, in the history of cinema, there are several movies that actually caused so much controversy that they were finally banned from showing in several countries. Some of these bans usually arise due to SARA issues, such as offending certain religions, or because they are seen as damaging the morals of the younger generation. Here are seven movies that have been banned in multiple countries due to their controversy!
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange It is one of the most controversial films that director Stanley Kubrick has worked on. The plot of the film itself tells of a psychopath named Alex who robs a house and kills its owner. Although the plot sounds simple, there are many scenes that show violence and sexual crimes. That is why this movie was eventually banned in several countries, including England, Brazil, Ireland, and South Africa.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a classic horror film directed by Tobe Hooper, which from the beginning was planned to feature scenes of sadistic murder and excessive violence. This can happen because basically this movie talks about a series of young murderers committed by Leatherface with his iconic chainsaw. All the horrible and disgusting things that are included make a movie in the end. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and almost all sequels were banned by Germany, France, Sweden, Sri Lanka and many more
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
As a film by director Martin Scorsese based on the novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis, The last temptation of Christ basically narrates the life of Jesus of Nazareth, played by actor Willem Dafoe. But because the movie shows a lot of internal conflict about the divinity and desire of Jesus as a human being, in the end The last temptation of Christ Banned by many countries including Greece, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, and Mexico. The streaming channel Netflix even removed the movie from its collection of local shows in Singapore.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Detective story adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel, film The Da Vinci Code it doesn’t actually feature scenes of violence or the like at all. Because basically this movie just tells the adventures of a symbolist professor named Robert Langdon from Tom Hanks who has to unravel a murder mystery based on a Leonardo da Vinci painting. However, because his research led Robert deeper into the history of Christianity, in the end this film was banned by countries including India, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, and even the Vatican, because it was deemed to have insulted Christianity. .
The Dictators (2012)
The dictator It is the next movie that has been banned by several countries because it is considered to have insulted a certain religion, namely Islam. The film, starring controversial actor Sacha Baron Cohen, tells the story of a Middle Eastern dictator named Aladeen who gets trapped in the United States with culture shock from him. Many of the movie’s scenes and jokes are finally making The dictator Banned in several Muslim countries, including Belarus, Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan.
Fifty Shades of Gray (2015)
Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic movie that is very popular all over the world including Indonesian fans. In the film itself, it is said that a woman named Anastasia Steele has to have a toxic and ‘very open’ relationship with a wealthy businessman named Christian Grey. This is what makes scene after scene of the movie considered very vulgar and controversial. Where at the end of the movie fifty shades as well as all the sequels banned in countries like Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and even Indonesia.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)
It has just been released in theaters and is quite successful worldwide, who would have thought of an animated film Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse It will be banned by many countries. Because this movie basically just tells the adventures of a Marvel superhero named Miles Morales who becomes one of the Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse. Apparently, because Gwen Stacy aka Spider-Gwen’s room had a sign reading ‘Protect Trans Children’, this film was eventually banned in Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries.
Those are seven great movies that are considered controversial and eventually banned by various countries. We must bear in mind that the ban on several of these films is somewhat different in each country and, in fact, may be inversely proportional in certain countries that support it. This is what makes these movies continue to be considered the most popular and successful movies in the world because they have a huge fan base and fantastic revenue as well.