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The Best Controversial Movies of All Times

I've never intended to be controversial, but it's very easy to be controversial in pop music because nobody ever is.
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We have compiled the most controversial films of the cinema. You will see the works of many great directors like Luis Bunuel,  Ingmar Bergman, Gaspar Noe, Pier Pablo Pasolini, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg etc.

The movies on the list is selected by us and we deliberately excluded many films. We have tried to select only niche works of controversial cinema. We can expand the list with your suggestions.  

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  • 8.5/10

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    1998

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    American History X

    Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that co ...

    black and white

    controversial

    corruption

    crime

    drama

    family

  • 8.3/10

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    1971

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    Clockwork Orange, A

    Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the ...

    absurd

    anti-hero

    artistic

    based on book

    bizarre

    controversial

  • 8.2/10

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    1961

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    Viridiana

    Viridiana, a young novice about to take her final vows as a nun, accedes to a request from her widowed uncle to visit him. Moved purely by a sense of obligation, she does so. Her uncle is moved by her resemblance to his late wife to attempt to seduce Viridiana, and tragedy ensues. In the aftermath, ...

    black and white

    controversial

    golden palm

    melancholy

    morality

    Palme d'Or winner (Cannes Film Festival)

  • 8.1/10

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    1960

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    The Virgin Spring

    Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, it is the sombre, powerful fable of wealthy land-owning parents whose daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by goat herders after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse. By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter fro ...

    black and white

    controversial

    drama

    golden palm

    medieval

    morality

  • 8/10

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    1959

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    Nazarin

    Nazarin is a priest, attempting to living a pure and honest life strictly according to Christian principles - but others only show him distrust and hatred, apart from the local prostitute...

    black and white

    controversial

    golden palm

    melancholy

    satirical

  • 7.8/10

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    1986

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    Blue Velvet

    College student Jeffrey Beaumont returns to his idyllic hometown of Lumberton to manage his father's hardware store while his father is hospitalized. Walking though a grassy meadow near the family home, Jeffrey finds a severed human ear. After an initial investigation, lead police Detective John Wil ...

    absurd

    art house

    artistic

    bizarre

    controversial

    erotic

  • 7.8/10

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    2002

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    The Magdalene Sisters

    A thoroughly mind-provoking film about 3 young women who, under tragic circumstances, see themselves cast away to a Magdalene Asylum for young women in 1964. One of many like institutions, the asylums are run like prisons and young girls are forced to do workhouse laundry and hard labor. The asylum, ...

    controversial

    corruption

    drama

    Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

    social commentary

    tragedy

  • 7.8/10

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    1971

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    The Devils

    Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of seventeenth-century France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of ...

    art house

    based on true story

    biography

    bizarre

    controversial

    golden palm

  • 7.8/10

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    1998

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    Happiness

    A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure abo ...

    black comedy

    controversial

    depression

    independent film

    psychological

    psychology

  • 7.7/10

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    2000

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    Battle Royale

    Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and wa ...

    absurd

    based on book

    controversial

    cult

    life & death

    social commentary

  • 7.7/10

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    2010

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    You Don't Know Jack

    Dr. Jack Kevorkian (1928 - 2011 ) in the 1990s, when he defies Michigan law assisting the suicide of terminally-ill persons. Support comes from his sister, a lab tech, the Hemlock Society president, and a lawyer. The child of survivors of the Armenian genocide interviews applicants: his sister video ...

    based on true story

    biography

    controversial

    depression

    drama

    life & death

  • 7.6/10

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    1962

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    Lolita

    Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.

    based on book

    black and white

    controversial

    depression

    drama

    erotic


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