In 2016, it's hard to imagine there being any films out there that are offensive enough to be banned, since it feels like we've seen it all. However, there are films, past and present, that are banned all over the world, whether the reasons are to protect religion, protect the innocence of youth, or to protect the reputation of poorly portrayed countries.
Some films, however, are banned for completely ridiculous reasons and still remain banned today. Some countries have even gone to great lengths to ensure bootleg copies don't end up in the hands of citizens (Spoiler Alert, it's not the United States of America with this problem).
Surprisingly, many films that are banned are big blockbusters as well, which may seem mild in content to most audiences. Read on to see if you agree with these 15 movies that offended countries.
14 Sex and The City 2
12 The Simpsons Movie
11 King Kong (1933 version)
10 Back To The Future
9 The Interview
8 The Matrix Reloaded
7 The Deer Hunter
6 Schindler's List
3 Scarface (1932 version)
2 The Last Temptation of Christ
1 The Exorcist (1973 version)
Possibly one of the most famous films of all time is the original adaptation of The Exorcist. The film is told to be based on a true story, which was a new thing for filmmakers to be doing at the time. Regan, the main character in the movie, is possessed by a demon and starts to depict extreme violence and language, which was upsetting for many people who saw the film. At the time, movies of the sort weren't as widely accepted or made like they are today. On top of being unusual, scary content, the film also challenged religious beliefs because of the idea of demons and God not being able to fix the situation. Because of these reasons, the film was banned in the UK and many other countries. In 1990, the UK let the movie be released in the theaters.
Sources: Reuters, TheAtlantic, TheGuardian, Screenrant
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