Our The Most Infamous Movies Ever Made top nine list at most09.com. Generally, movie controversy sparked when the director touched, in an unusual way, sensitive subjects like sexuality, religion or violence. These are areas of artistic expression that can easily challenge people’s mentalities and expectations. When the audience think the manner that film directors chose to express has a bit too much of anything, controversy is ready to start.
1. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Viewers were outraged not only by the two rape scenes depicted in the movie but also by the overall violence of the Stanley Kubrik’s film. The director’s family received death threats. This made him withdraw the film from cinemas in United Kingdom. One year after Kubrick’s death, in 2000, the movie was allowed for screening in U.K.
2. Last House on the Left (1972)
Vividly rejected by the critics, the film tells the terrifying story of two girls who are kidnapped and abused by a gang of four psychopaths. After a series of insane torture episodes, the men kill the girls. The movie was a shock at the time of premiere and quickly banned from distribution.
3. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
A court in Bologna banned the movie public screening because of its “obscene content, offensive to public decency… presented with obsessive self-indulgence, catering to the lowest instincts of the libido”. Because of the sadistic scenes in the movie, the director Bernardo Bertolucci was sentenced to four months suspended prison.
4. The Exorcist (1973)
Critics said about this iconic movie, winner of two Oscars, that it is “nothing more than a religious porn film”. They also accused the producers of using subliminal messages to tamper with viewer’s subconscious. In 1984 the movie was banned in U.K.
5. Saló/The 120 days of Sodom (1975)
The film is about how a group of fascists kidnap a few young men and women and subject them to torture and perversion. This was the last film made by the Italian director, Pier Paolo Pasolini. He was murdered shortly after Saló was released.
6. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
A woman, kidnapped and gang-raped by a group of four men, decides to take revenge. She systematically hunts the men down and makes them pay in a terrible manner. The movie was censored before its release in US and banned in several European countries.
7. Life of Brian (1979)
Different churches accused this movie of blasphemy as it is a parallel between the life of its main character, Brian, and that of Jesus Christ. The story culminates with Brian’s crucifixion. While on crosses, they sing together the song “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life”.
8. Kids (1995)
Viewers and critics were appalled by the violence and drug use depicted in the movie. The plot itself, a young boy diagnosed with AIDS tries to deliberately infect with HIV as many girls as he can, touched a sensitive nerve. At the time of release, AIDS epidemic was at a peak.
9. Baise-moi (2000)
Two women fall victims of violence and abuse. One of them ends shot by a salesman and the other commits suicide. Their story becomes national news. The movie was criticized in France for using porn actresses. The movie was banned in UK beacuse of its title’s offensive meaning in French.