's "Most Controversial Films Of All Time"

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The following illustrated list in the next few web pages, in unranked alphabetical order, presents a solid collection of the most controversial films in cinematic history.

Note: Entertainment Weekly’s June 16, 2006 issue contained a listing of their top 25 "Most Controversial Movies of All-Time". That list is included here; however, this list is an expansion of the EW list.

Updated: 2012

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  1. 1.
    9 songs - Unrated Full Uncut Version
    by Michael Winterbottom

  2. 2.
    Aladdin (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
    by John Musker

  3. 3.
    All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics)
    by Lewis Milestone

  4. 4.
    Antichrist (The Criterion Collection)
    by Lars von Trier

  5. 5.
    Baby Doll
    by Elia Kazan

  6. 6.
    by Coralie

  7. 7.
    Bandit Queen
    by Shekhar Kapur

  8. 8.
    Basic Instinct
    by Paul Verhoeven

  9. 9.
    The Birth of a Nation
    by D.W. Griffith

  10. 10.
    Bloodsucking Freaks
    by Joel M. Reed

  11. 11.
    Blue Velvet (Special Edition)
    by David Lynch

  12. 12.
    Bonnie and Clyde
    by Arthur Penn

  13. 13.
    Boxing Helena
    by Jennifer Chambers Lynch

  14. 14.
    Brokeback Mountain (Widescreen Edition)
    by Ang Lee

  15. 15.
    The Brown Bunny
    by Vincent Gallo

  16. 16.
    Caligula (Unrated Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
    by Bob Guccione

  17. 17.
    Cannibal Holocaust Deluxe Edition
    by Ruggero Deodato

  18. 18.
    Carnal Knowledge
    by Mike Nichols

  19. 19.
    Child Bride
    by Harry J Revier

  20. 20.
    Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)
    by Orson Welles

  21. 21.
    A Clockwork Orange
    by Stanley Kubrick

  22. 22.
    The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
    by Peter Greenaway

  23. 23.
    by David Cronenberg

  24. 24.
    The Crime of Padre Amaro

  25. 25.
    Cruising (Deluxe Edition)
    by William Friedkin

  26. 26.

  27. 27.
    Deep Throat

  28. 28.
    The Deer Hunter (Legacy Series)
    by Michael Cimino

  29. 29.
    The Devils
    by Ken Russell

  30. 30.
    Dirty Harry
    by Don Siegel

  31. 31.
    Do the Right Thing: The (The Criterion Collection)
    by Spike Lee

  32. 32.
    Dogma (Special Edition)

  33. 33.
    The Dreamers (Original Uncut NC-17 Version)
    by Bernardo Bertolucci

  34. 34.
    Ecstasy (Extase)
    by Gustav Machatý

  35. 35.
    Evil Dead (Special Edition)
    by Sam Raimi

  36. 36.
    The Exorcist
    by William Friedkin

  37. 37.
    Fahrenheit 9/11

  38. 38.
    by Tod Browning

  39. 39.
    Hail Mary
    by Jean-Luc Godard

  40. 40.
    Hard Candy
    by David Slade

  41. 41.
    Heaven's Gate
    by Michael Cimino

  42. 42.
    Henry & June
    by Philip Kaufman

  43. 44.
    by Deborah Kampmeier

  44. 45.
    The Human Centipede
    by Tom Six

  45. 46.
    I Am Curious (Yellow) - Criterion Collection
    by Vilgot Sjöman

  46. 47.
    Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS
    by Don Edmonds

  47. 48.
    In the Realm of the Senses (The Criterion Collection)
    by Nagisa Oshima

  48. 49.
    by Gaspar Noé

  49. 50.
    I Spit On Your Grave (Millennium Edition)
    by Meir Zarchi

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Created by Pelsie on Nov 02, 2006.


Updated the list — 6 years ago

I updated the list from the site which has been updated recently to include some new titles. There were four: Dirty Harry, Lolita (Lynne’s version, now both are on it), Men Behind the Sun (aka Hei tai yang 731), and September Dawn [Edit: now out on DVD, Jan 08].

Untitled — 7 years ago

I just copied the intro from my list source. It says this list includes the top 25 of Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 25 of Most Controversial Films of All Time”, you can find this list here too. The list is not finished, I’m gonna finish it tomorrow.

Anyway, I forgot to mention my list source also, that’s

I’m sorry, it’s my first list I make here, I’m still learning…

Why are there 35 titles? — 7 years ago

In the description you say it’s the top 25…has someone been adding non-list entries?

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