Controversial films of the 21st Centuryby ninjaalexs | created - 28 May 2012 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
A list of the all controversial films from 2000 onwards. List will be updated as films are released. I have based the list on films that have been talked about and received press interest, not just films which are shocking.
The list is in consecutive order, maybe reverse order would be better.
Not Listed: * Innocence of Muslims (not listed on Imdb)
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1. Battle Royale (2000)
Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
The violence and subject matter shocked some, it has been acclaimed by some more open-minded critics.
2. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
R | 102 min | Drama
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Votes: 643,560 | Gross: $3.64M
Controversial not just for its graphic drug scenes but also a sex scene
3. Rape Me (2000)
Unrated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences.
Votes: 15,377 | Gross: $0.01M
Banned or heavily cut in many countries.
4. Guizi lai le (2000)
139 min | Comedy, Drama, War
During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time... See full summary »
Votes: 5,500 | Gross: $0.02M
This film was critically acclaimed by many but, it was controversial in China and lead to the director being blacklisted.
5. Subconscious Cruelty (2000)
92 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
"Subconscious Cruelty" is divided in four segments: Ovarian Eyeball - a naked woman is sliced by a sharp blade and an eyeball is removed from her belly. Human Larvae - a deranged man that ... See full summary »
An early cut of the film caused mass disgust at a film festival, FantAsia. Unreleased in many countries.
6. The Profit (2001)
(Banned) | 128 min | Drama
This period piece is a fictional biography of a cult leader's rise to power and his subsequent descent into isolation and paranoia.
Scientology documentary - was subject to a court case that lead to it being banned
7. Koroshiya 1 (2001)
R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
Votes: 45,718 | Gross: $0.01M
Banned or censored in many countries. The film helped the director, Takashi Miike gain recognition amongst Western audiences.
8. Cause for Concern (2002 Video)
56 min | Documentary, Reality-TV
A video series featuring a teenage film crew recording homeless people fighting and performing in shenanigans across the Las Vegas and California metropolitan areas.
Bumfights - banned in some countries including New Zealand and UK. Concerns were raised for the welfare of the homeless people involved and whether they were exploited.
9. Ken Park (2002)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
Ken Park is about several Californian skateboarders' lives and relationships with and without their parents.
Banned in Australia, unreleased in the UK. Attracted controversy in every country it was released in.
10. The Piano Teacher (2001)
R | 131 min | Drama
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.
Votes: 44,572 | Gross: $1.90M
Could be considered an entry into the "new French extreme" film category. It was its combination of explicit sex and self harm scenes that offended some.
11. Le pornographe (2001)
Unrated | 108 min | Drama
Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970s and '80s, but had put that aside for 20 years. His artistic ideas, born of the '60s counter-culture, had elevated the entire genre. ... See full summary »
The explicit scenes caused some offence. The film was cut slightly in the UK for its 18 certificate DVD release.
12. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
R | 114 min | Drama
Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.
Votes: 23,613 | Gross: $4.89M
Condemned by the Catholic church
13. Dans ma peau (2002)
Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Horror
A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.
Votes: 4,332 | Gross: $0.03M
Graphic and disturbing scenes of self-harm shocked some audience members.
14. Irreversible (2002)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.
Votes: 96,877 | Gross: $0.75M
Also a great film in its own right. A graphic and prolonged rape scene and some violence disgusted some critics and audience members.
15. August Underground's Mordum (2003 Video)
Unrated | 77 min | Horror
Two friends bring along a newcomer to go on a killing spree.
A violent straight to video horror film, banned, unreleased or cut in many countries.
16. The Brown Bunny (2003)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
Professional motorcycle racer Bud Clay heads from New Hampshire to California to race again. Along the way he meets various needy women who provide him with the cure to his own loneliness, but only a certain woman from his past will truly satisfy him.
Votes: 12,282 | Gross: $0.37M
The last 20 or so minutes of the film caused controversy, anybody whose seen the film will know why. Director, Vincent Gallo was accused of sexism after the film was released.
17. Dogville (2003)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.
Votes: 117,494 | Gross: $1.53M
Provoked controversy from its screening at Cannes due to its perceived anti-American theme.
18. 15: The Movie (2003)
90 min | Drama, Comedy
Fast, frenetic, and furious, 15 is the story of five Singaporian teenagers who, abandoned by the system and estranged from their parents and life in general, build their own world in which ... See full summary »
Caused controversy in its native Singapore and was only allowed a release after a record-breaking 27 cuts were made.
19. El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)
R | 118 min | Drama, Romance
Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.
Votes: 11,660 | Gross: $5.71M
Condemned by the Catholic Church. The film was a hit in Mexico and drew critical acclaim.
20. Elephant (2003)
R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.
Votes: 76,010 | Gross: $1.23M
Caused controversy due to using the Columbine shootings as its storyline.
21. Saw (2004)
R | 103 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Votes: 330,184 | Gross: $56.00M
Received a lot of complaints about violence. This and "Hostel" helped to popularise the "torture porn" sub-genre.
22. The Dreamers (2003)
NC-17 | 115 min | Drama, Romance
A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
Votes: 91,680 | Gross: $2.53M
Received an NC-17 rating for nudity and sex. Surprisingly this is actually a good film.
23. High Tension (2003)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.
Votes: 59,378 | Gross: $3.68M
This "French extreme" horror film received some complaints for its violence.
24. The Principles of Lust (2003)
108 min | Drama
Crippled by his writer's block, Paul enters into a new, exciting relationship with risk-taking Billy and super-sexy Juliette. As it becomes increasingly tangled, however, he must choose one of them over the other.
This British film caused some controversy for real sex scenes and frontal nudity.
25. Paanch (2003)
130 min | Crime, Thriller
Four friends (Luke, Murgi, Joy and Pondy) wasted by youth and self destruction play together in a band along with a fifth female member (Shiuli). Luke the lead singer and self-imposed ... See full summary »
Banned in India due to sexual content, violence and no social message. The film is arguably a cult favourite.
26. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War
Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Votes: 118,290 | Gross: $119.19M
A lot was said about this film. The highest grossing documentary of all time. Was nicknamed FahrenHype 9/11.
27. Submission: Part I (2004 TV Short)
12 min | Short, Drama
Short film on the mistreatment of women in the Islam. It shows abused women, with Koran texts on their bodies that validate their mistreatment.
Director: Theo van Gogh
Controversial in its depictions of Islam.
28. 9 Songs (2004)
Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, Music, Romance
In London, England, love blooms between an American college student, named Lisa, and an English glaciologist, named Matt, where over the next few months in between attending rock concerts, the two lovers have intense sexual encounters.
Votes: 19,262 | Gross: $0.05M
Contains some explicit, real sex scenes. Some critics said they were inappropriate and sensationalist, some called for the film to be banned.
29. Murder-Set-Pieces (2004)
R | 105 min | Horror
Tells the story of a fashion photographer whose vocation is murder.
This ultra-gory horror was banned in the UK.
30. Team America: World Police (2004)
R | 98 min | Action, Comedy
Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.
Votes: 144,357 | Gross: $32.77M
Criticised for bad taste humour and its depiction Islamic terrorists.
31. Kinsey (2004)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.
Votes: 44,359 | Gross: $10.21M
Some people said it encouraged perversion and glorified Kinsey's work.
32. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
R | 127 min | Drama
Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.
Votes: 190,773 | Gross: $370.78M
Caused offence due it's depiction of Jesus Christ. It was questioned for its historical accuracy by some. Others criticised its graphic violence and use of Latin as the spoken language.
33. Gerumaniumu no yoru (2005)
107 min | Drama
Rou returns to the rural seminary farm where he studied as a boy and was molested by priests. Rou has recently had a history of violence, and he brings this anger to the seminary, ... See full summary »
This Japanese film was controversial for its violence, sex scenes and animal cruelty scenes. It has gone on to receive acclaim and awards since its release.
34. Hostel (2005)
R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Votes: 150,270 | Gross: $47.33M
A popular horror film, which like "Saw" received a lot of press for its violence and torture scenes.
35. Hard Candy (2005)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a pedophile.
Votes: 140,579 | Gross: $1.01M
The subject matter and vigilante-revenge theme shocked some people. Good acting, direction and scripting won many critics over.
36. All About Anna (2005 Video)
91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Anna is a modern, independent single girl, focused on her job and wary of getting caught in romantic relationships. Her life is all about fun. Strangers without strings. No commitment, no ... See full summary »
Caused some controversy for its explicit real sex scenes.
37. Abducted by the Daleks (2005 Video)
55 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A group of young women gets abducted by the Daleks.
This adults only version of Dr Who was subject to a legal case for copyright by the BBC. The film was withdrawn from sale (banned). Fortunately, a limited edition DVD was released and the film was leaked to the internet.
38. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
R | 134 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
Votes: 280,690 | Gross: $83.04M
Offended some right-wingers and conservatives for its depictions of homosexuality. The fact that the film became a box office smash angered them even more.
39. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller
A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
Votes: 350,121 | Gross: $217.54M
Caused offence to Christians and went onto be one of the biggest films of the 00s.
R | 84 min | Comedy
Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.
Votes: 316,308 | Gross: $128.51M
Banned in Russia. A lot of the controversy was simply hype.
41. Shortbus (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.
Votes: 29,143 | Gross: $1.99M
Explicit sex scenes.
42. United 93 (2006)
R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Votes: 88,598 | Gross: $31.57M
This film caused controversy at some American screenings. One complaint was "too soon".
43. September Dawn (2007)
R | 111 min | Drama, History, Romance
A love story set during a tense encounter between a wagon train of settlers and a renegade Mormon group.
Votes: 2,706 | Gross: $1.07M
The dramatisation of the 1857 Mormon massacre of California-bound settlers was described as a "distortion of history."
44. Destricted (2006)
Not Rated | 129 min | Drama
A compilation of erotic films intended to illuminate the points where art meets sexuality.
Directors: Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Marco Brambilla, Cecily Brown, Larry Clark, Sante D'Orazio, Marilyn Minter, Gaspar Noé, Richard Prince, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Tunga | Stars: Daniel, Goce Balkovic, Shirin Barthel, Richard Blondel
A collection of sexually explicit short films was bound to offend some. Both Larry Clark (Ken Park) and Gaspar Noe (Enter the Void) contributed films.
45. Slaughtered Vomit Dolls (2006 Video)
Unrated | 71 min | Horror
The gruesome tapestry of psychological manifestations of a nineteen year old bulimic runaway stripper-turned prostitute as she descends into a hellish pit of satanic nightmares and hallucinations.
This exploitation film was criticised for its: violence, sex scenes and poor taste depictions of eating disorders, some critics simply dismissed it as being trash.
46. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)
Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History
Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.
Controversial documentary, which discredits many religions.
47. Hounddog (2007)
R | 102 min | Drama, Music
A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.
Votes: 5,462 | Gross: $0.13M
Controversial for its child abuse theme.
48. Yasukuni (2007)
123 min | Documentary
Controversy abounds as Japanese officials honor the deceased at the legendary Yasukuni shrine, where swords used to kill Chinese soldiers were famously forged. Few know about the shrine's eerie past and the mysterious sword inside.
In its native Japan - this film was boycotted by Japanese nationalists.
49. Ore wa, kimi no tame ni koso shini ni iku (2007)
135 min | Drama, War
Young Japanese pilots are trained to sink Allied warships by flying into them.
This Japanese film was heavily criticised for its depiction of WW2 and attracted protests in Japan.
50. Inside (2007)
R | 82 min | Horror
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.
This excellent French horror\thriller contains some extreme violence and some disturbing abortion scenes.
51. The Golden Compass (2007)
PG-13 | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.
Votes: 159,279 | Gross: $70.11M
The novel it is based on featured an atheist subtext, the film diluted the atheism themes, but some religious groups protested the film.
52. Lust, Caution (2007)
NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.
Votes: 32,701 | Gross: $4.60M
This NC-17 rated film was controversial for its explicit sex scenes.
53. Martyrs (2008)
R | 99 min | Horror
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Controversial in its depictions of torture against women.
54. Otto; or, Up with Dead People (2008)
Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis wandering the streets of the city, until one day he auditions for a zombie film...
Votes: 1,648 | Gross: $0.01M
Some explicit zombie sex scenes offended some. The combination of sex and violence is always controversial.
55. Philosophy of a Knife (2008 Video)
Not Rated | 249 min | Drama, Horror
The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930s to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk, USSR, of many of the Japanese doctors from Unit 731. ... See full summary »
Said to be ultra violent
56. Enter the Void (2009)
Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy
A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.
Votes: 53,304 | Gross: $0.34M
Said to have been controversial for the sake of it. Attracted criticism at a Cannes screening for its numerous, offensive scenes and for being screened in an unfinished version.
57. Nf713 (2009 Video)
80 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
An extended sequence in which a man tortures a woman psychologically, physically and sexually. The woman is bound and restrained throughout and the man in question is in a position of ... See full summary »
Banned in UK for sexual violence.
58. Gurotesuku (2009)
Not Rated | 73 min | Horror, Thriller
An unnamed doctor has always had everything he's ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple in the prime of their life ... See full summary »
Banned in the UK
59. Zivot i smrt porno bande (2009)
90 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
Young director Marko, after several unsuccessful attempts to shoot his first feature film, makes an acquaintance with a porn director Cane and starts making films with him, showing his ... See full summary »
This is another Serbian film that attracted controversy for its sex scenes.
60. Antichrist (2009)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Votes: 98,114 | Gross: $0.40M
Some called it misogynistic, some criticised the violence and sex scenes.
61. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
R | 92 min | Horror
A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums.
Votes: 63,144 | Gross: $0.18M
Hyped upon its release. Said to be one of the grossest films ever made.
62. The Bunny Game (2011)
Not Rated | 76 min | Horror
A prostitute looking for her next meal hitches a ride with a trucker that leaves her praying for her next breath.
Banned in the UK
63. L.A. Zombie (2010)
Not Rated | 103 min | Adult, Horror
An extraterrestrial zombie, whose appearance constantly shifts between that of a corpse, a tusked beast with irregular genitals, and a normal man, emerges from the sea, and begins making its way to Los Angeles.
Another controversial Bruce La Bruce film featuring zombies and graphic sex.
64. Srpski film (2010)
NC-17 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.
Banned or heavily cut in many countries
65. Gandu (2010)
Unrated | 85 min | Drama
Gandu is an angry young man who raps about his hatred of life, and of his mother. He and his rickshaw-puller friend enter the world of smack, rap, porn and horror. Reality and fiction, ... See full summary »
Banned in India for containing an explicit scene of oral sex, also contains some explicit drug use.
66. Megan Is Missing (2011)
Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Two teenage girls encounter an Internet child predator.
Banned in New Zealand for "objectionable content".
67. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)
Not Rated | 91 min | Horror
Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy.
Votes: 29,813 | Gross: $0.12M
Banned in numerous countries. As controversial as its prequel.
68. Dam999 (2011)
108 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
After many years two mariners return to homeland with the hope of a new beginning, little did they know about a disaster that would change their destiny.
Controversial in India, due to its depiction of real-life disasters.
69. Killer Joe (2011)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.
Votes: 64,098 | Gross: $1.99M
70. Shame (2011)
NC-17 | 101 min | Drama
A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.
Votes: 161,188 | Gross: $4.00M
This NC-17 rated film was banned in Singapore.
71. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
Votes: 362,335 | Gross: $102.52M
Banned in India, UAE and Vietnam.
72. Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011)
Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Romance
In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.
Votes: 8,320 | Gross: $0.12M
Condemned by an Alabama pastor.
73. The Dictator (2012)
R | 83 min | Comedy
The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Votes: 233,355 | Gross: $59.65M
Banned in multiple countries.
74. Agent Vinod (2012)
Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Adventure
A series of seemingly unconnected events across the world leads to Agent Vinod undertaking a globe-trotting mission to discover why his colleague was murdered.
Votes: 6,163 | Gross: $0.63M
Banned in Pakistan for various controversial references to the Pakistani spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence.
75. L'antisémite (2012)
81 min | Comedy
Not allowed to be screened at Cannes
76. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
Votes: 757,492 | Gross: $408.01M
Banned in Vietnam for being "too violent". Caused some controversy in the US, due to its subject matter of kids killing kids.
77. The Killing Games (2012)
101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A man contemplates taking the law into his own hands, after his daughter witnesses a double homicide and narrowly escapes the grasp of two serial killers.
"Too violent for the Edmonton International Film Festival says Chairman Michael Hamm."
78. Jism 2 (2012)
130 min | Drama, Thriller
Izna, a porn star, is tasked by an Indian Intelligence Agency to seduce her ex-boyfriend Kabir, a dreaded assassin, in order to steal vital information relating to his sleeper cell contacts.
This film was cut in India. Some called for it to be banned due to it featuring an adult movie actress.
79. Klip (2012)
Unrated | 102 min | Drama
Jasna is a teenage girl living in the poor suburbs in the south of Belgrade, Serbia. She likes to record everything around her using a mobile phone camera. She is making videos of herself, ... See full summary »
Controversial in its depictions of sex and drug use.
80. Moebiuseu (2013)
Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror
A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy.
Kim Ki Duk's film features a theme of incest. One of the more controversial films to be shown at the Venice Film Festival.
81. Parkland (2013)
PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, History, Mystery
A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Votes: 13,068 | Gross: $0.65M
Another controversial film based on the assassination of JFK.
82. Only God Forgives (2013)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
Votes: 93,587 | Gross: $0.78M
Apparently booed at Cannes due to its violent nature.
83. Gerontophilia (2013)
Unrated | 82 min | Comedy, Romance
A male youth begins exploring his attraction to much much older men while working in a nursing home.
Votes: 1,901 | Gross: $0.00M
Bruce LaBruce is no stranger to controversy.
84. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Votes: 110,333 | Gross: $2.20M
The author of the original novel described the films sex scenes as being a "brutal and surgical display".
85. Madras Cafe (2013)
Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama, History
An Indian intelligence agent journeys to a war-torn coastal island to break a resolute rebel group and meets a passionate journalist.
Some UK cinemas chose to ban this film after protests.
86. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 517,617 | Gross: $56.67M
"A harrowing depiction of slaves being beaten, tortured and killed that forced some audience members to walk out of the Toronto Film Festival."
87. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama
A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.
Votes: 96,225 | Gross: $0.79M
Criticised for graphic sex scenes
88. Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama
The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adulthood, obsessions and what led to her being in Seligman's care.
Votes: 70,297 | Gross: $0.33M
Criticised for graphic sex scenes
89. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
R | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.
Votes: 254,757 | Gross: $166.17M
Some people condemned this as sexist, misogynistic and pushing gender equality backwards.
90. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Votes: 491,516 | Gross: $128.26M
Some dialogue lead to accusations of sexism.
91. The Danish Girl (2015)
R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Votes: 123,179 | Gross: $12.71M
Banned in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait.
92. Bangistan (2015)
135 min | Comedy, Drama
Two blundering terrorists with lofty ideologies, but ordinary talent, on a mission to change the world.
"The reason for the ban may be to do with religious sensitivities. In Inida protestors cited an 'objectionable' scene in which a character is dressed up as the Hindu God, Hanuman, and later seen indulging in terrorist activities. "
Banned in UAE, Pakistan and Singapore.
93. Deadpool (2016)
R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.
Votes: 693,338 | Gross: $363.07M
Banned in China for "graphic content".