13 Controversial Movies that Were Banned- Watch Them Here!


Since the inception of the entertainment industry, several movies have been restricted to broadcast. Or completely banned in the US and many other countries too.

Here is the list of 13 movies that were banned in the US due to controversial content, according to American theaters, including Hillary (2008) and Profit (2001).

13 Films that were Banned in the USA

1.   The Thorn (1974)


This movie was initially released as “The Divine Mr J”. Starring “Bette Midler” plead on the basis that it exploited her professional status.

After ten years, the movie released on VHS as “The Thorn”. And Magnum Enterprises was responsible for its distribution.

2.   Ecstasy (1933)

Ecstasy is the most scandalous banned movie in history. The movie star was 1933 Czech-Austrian popular actress and inventor “Hedy Lamar”.

Ecstasy 1993

In this movie, she played the role of an unhappy married young girl.

One of the most intense scenes in the film is when Lamar is skinny dipping in a lake. And then forced to run naked through the countryside after her horse.

At that moment, a young man sees her, she becomes obsessed with him, and the two meet for a secret rendezvous.

3.  Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

The Monty Python’s series are always ideal for pop-culture. However, in “Life of Brian”, British Comedy group mocked conservative buttons.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Due to ungodly concerns, forced EMI to pull funding. This Monty Python’s movie was banned in Norway, UK and many states of the US.

Additionally, the ban was removed years later. And the movie experienced revival after re-released in 2004.

4.  Hillary: The Movie (2008)

During US Presidential Election Campaign, Hillary Clinton, released the documentary “Hillary: The Movie”.


But, the movie is immediately banned under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Due to material campaigning content to use against the political candidate.

The Republicans saw the movie as voters brainwashing strategy.

5.  I am Curious (Yellow) (1967)

“I am Curious (Yellow)” was the creation of famous Swedish film producer “Vilgot Sjöman”.


The story of the movie is about a young girl who examines her eroticism. And contemplates social issues while rambling around Stockholm.

The major reason for banning this movie is due to one explicit scene. Where the main character kisses her lover’s flabby plonker.

6.  Häxan (1922)

According to IMDB, this Danish-Swedish movie portrays the background of witchery in Europe. Representing from ancient pagan starting to its advanced conflation with hysteria.

Häxan (1922)

By showing recreations of demonic satanic rites. And pagan rituals, Häxan main aim is to educate viewers about the progression of witchery throughout the centuries.

Another reason for banning this movie, it shows a woman giving birth to demonic creatures. Showing witches kissing the “penis” of Satan during a Sabbath frolic.

Also nudity, vomiting, urination, and all sort of sacrilegious and sexual high jinks.

7.  The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

“The Yes Men Fix the World” is an HBO documentary. This movie is a sequel to “The Yes Men”, released in 2003.

THE YES MAN save the world

Following the exploits of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, the film depicts the. Troublemakers attempting to stir up controversy around real political issues.

In 2010, this movie banned to release due to a pending lawsuit from the US Chamber of Commerce. They allowed peer-to-peer sharing site “BitTorrent” for the distribution of the film.

8.  Titicut Follies (1967)

It is a dilemma of the entertainment industry that many movies get ban due to controversial content. For the same reason, Massachusetts Court banned the release of this 1967 film.

Titicut Follies (1967)

The film shows actual scenario of life inside Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane patients

9.  The Profit (2001)

This is not the first time that religious communities raise voice against the movies, which target their beliefs.


Moreover, for the same reason “The Profit” banned in the US and Spain due to mocking Christian Community.

However, in the beginning, the film’s production team denied the relationship between the movie and their church. But after some time they objected it with a statement that it may impact a case going to trial

10.  The Vanishing Prairie (1954)

In the late 1940s, Disney created a chain of live-action documentary series. One of the series, “The Vanishing Prairie” explores the breathtaking natural scenes of the American West.

The vanishing prairie

The critics also loved the movie when it released back in 1954. However, the New York authorities banned the documentary due to uncensored scene of buffalo’s birth.

The ban was pretty absurd at that time. Following is the first line of review of the movie by New York Times:

“Now that the New York State censor has agreed that a film may show a buffalo’s birth without tending to corrupt morals or incite to crime, “The Vanishing Prairie” of Walt Disney should be very much in evidence for some time on the unhindered screen of the Fine Arts, where it opened yesterday.”

11.  Scarface (1932)

Most of the binge lovers imagine of “Al Pacino” when they hear “Scarface”, all-time favorite gangster movie. However, the original production of “Scarface” was long before the 80’s crime series.


The movie, made in 1932, based on Al Capone. It received vast viewership and fan following for its impressive direction and accurate picture of gangster violence.

However, after watching the movie, several Italian-American community members observed that the film portrays their culture negatively.

This is why Scarface was banned in several states of US in early 1930s

12.  Birth Control (1917)

Margaret Sanger, emerging sex education activist directed, starred and wrote this movie to portray her struggle to extend the birth control options for women.

However, only 200 people saw this movie on a private show.


Sadly, George Bell (New York License Commissioner) banned the movie, by saying the film is contrary, immoral and indecent to public welfare.

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13.  The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Another movie “The Last Temptation of Christ” criticized by Christian Communities globally. The film portrays wrong image of Jesus by showing that he had lustful thoughts.

the last temptation

For this reason, the protests from religious communities spread all over the world like fire against Universal Studios.

While General Cinemas, United Artists and Edward Theaters refused to screen the movie.


Mohid Moosani

Moosani is a night owl who is either binge watching his favorite shows or scribbling on his notebook writing short stories. Often showing up late at work and gulping down 6-7 cups of coffee is his usual practice.

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