There are numerous reasons why a movie could get banned anywhere. While most of these banned films have historical, political, and religious contexts that challenge the status quo, some are just extraordinarily violent.
We’ve collected a list of films that have been banned around the world, and some of them might really surprise you…
The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese had a lot to say in this ceremoniously loved and equally hated film that came out in 2013. The Wolf of Wall Street follows a young stockbroker (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who hits it big and loses his mind-blowing his newfound wealth. Scorsese packed this one full of drugs, sex, and partying, but he didn’t lay off the corporate fat-cats who actually live and act this way in real life.
Cover Your Eyes!!
This movie was one of the most important films to come out in the early 2000s as far as boldness and social integrity go. Brokeback Mountain takes the viewer on a journey navigating the relationships of two cowboys who were engaging in a sexual relationship while hiding it from their loved ones. The end is tragic, and Brokeback Mountain speaks clearly to what was wrong about the perception of homosexuality at the time.
Shut Down from the Ground Up
The Simpsons Movie
The Simpsons have always had a household reputation of being crass, un-godly, and generally upsetting to older, more conservative families. But, The Simpsons Movie ban didn’t come from public outcry. It came from a government trying to suppress a revolution.
Viva La Revolución!
This 2014 Seth Rogan/James Franco movie depicts two American journalists who attempt to infiltrate and assassinate North Korean prime leader Kim Jong-un. It doesn’t take a genius with a political sciences degree to understand why this wasn’t received well.
The World Just Hated the Idea
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This horror masterpiece still holds up to today’s standards. With its unapologetic gore, refusal to let the good guy win, and its counterculture overtone, there’s no wonder why this movie got demonized when it was released in 1974. This movie always has been, and will forever be, one of the most important horror films to ever exist.