List of banned films
This is a list of banned films.
For nearly the entire history of film production, certain films have been banned by film censorship or review organizations for political or moral reasons or for controversial content, such as racism. Censorship standards vary widely by country, and can vary within an individual country over time due to political or moral change.
Many countries have government-appointed or private commissions to censor and rate productions for film and television exhibition. While it is common for films to be edited to fall into certain rating classifications, this list includes only films that have been explicitly prohibited from public screening.
- Note that for some countries films are banned on a wide scale and are not listed in this table.
- Separate lists for some countries are listed below this table
|1996–2001||All||Afghanistan||During the five-year reign of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, Western technology and art was prohibited and this included all films.|
|1980–1990||Pas vdekjes (After Death)||Albania||Banned for ten years.|
|2017||Wonder Woman||Arab League (Lebanon, Qatar, and Tunisia)||Pulled from distribution in Lebanon before premiere on account of that film’s lead star Gal Gadot‘s service in the Israeli Army, leading to a campaign against her and in accordance with a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling to Israel or having contacts with Israelis. Lebanon is at war with Israel. However, that film will be viewed online and available on DVD instead. Due to the Arab League boycott of Israel, it is also banned in Qatar and Tunisia.|
|1941||I’ll Never Heil Again||Argentina||Banned during the “Infamous Decade” dictatorship (1930–1943) for lampooning Nazi Germany; Argentina had declared itself neutral during World War Two.|
|1963||The Silence||Banned because of “obscenity”.|
|1972||Last Tango in Paris||Banned during the self-styled “Argentine Revolution” dictatorship (1966–1973), for being “pornographic”.|
|1974||La Patagonia rebelde (Rebel Patagonia)||Banned under Isabel Perón‘s government (1974–1976) and Jorge Rafael Videla‘s regime during Argentina’s last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983). The historical film is about the suppression of a peasants’ revolt, known as “Tragic Patagonia“.|
|1974||Last Days of Mussolini||Banned under Videla’s regime during Argentina’s last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983).|
|1976||The Great Dictator (1940)||Banned under Videla’s regime during Argentina’s last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), for mocking dictatorships.|
|1978||Las largas vacaciones del ’36||Banned under Videla’s regime during Argentina’s last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), for its sarcastic view of Francoist Spain.|
|1978||Looking for Mr. Goodbar||Banned under Videla’s regime during Argentina’s last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), for being “pornographic”.|
|1979||Coming Home||Banned under Videla’s regime during Argentina’s last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), for its anti-war message.|
|1979||The House on Garibaldi Street||Banned under Videla’s regime during Argentina’s last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), because it depicts the hunt for Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann.|
|1985||Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary)||Banned due to blasphemous and sexual content.|
|1987||The Last Temptation of Christ||Banned for being considered as “blasphemy”.|
|1989||Kindergarten||Banned for its controversial themes, scenes of nudity and unsimulated oral sex. A court order required all copies of the film to be seized and a ban on its exhibition. The film was finally shown in a restored copy in 2010, as part of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.|
|1972||Pink Flamingos||Banned on its initial release until the 1980s due to offensive content.|
|1975–1992||Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom||Banned on its initial release, but lifted after seventeen years.|
|1976–2000||In the Realm of the Senses||Banned because of obscenity, though a censored version was made available in 1977. Only in 2000 did it finally become available in its complete cut.|
|2011||The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)||Temporarily banned for cruel, disturbing, and sexually explicit content. A censored DVD version was later released on February 23, 2012.|
|2003||Ken Park||Banned and refused classification in 2003 for graphic depictions of teenage sex, incest, and auto-erotic asphyxiation.|
|2011||Hostage (Azerbaijani)||Azerbaijan||Banned because the plot presents Armenians in a positive light.|
|2007||The Kingdom||Bahrain||Banned because of an inaccurate depiction of a 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia.|
|2014||Noah||Banned due to depiction of prophets.|
|1940–1945||La Kermesse Heroïque (Carnival in Flanders) (1935)||Belgium||Banned in Nazi-occupied Belgium by Joseph Goebbels because of its pacifist themes. The director, Jacques Feyder, was later hunted down for arrest but managed to hide in Switzerland.|
|1976–1994||In the Realm of the Senses||Banned on its initial release because of its graphic sex scenes, being the last film subject to censorship in the country. It was the only European country at that time where the film was banned. Since 1994  the ban is no longer in effect.|
|1974||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||Brazil||Banned because of its content.|
|2011||A Serbian Film||Banned due to it being an “apology for pedophilia”.|
|1967–1990||Privarzaniyat balon (The Tied Up Balloon)||Bulgaria||Banned during the Communist era for criticizing the communist leaders during World War Two. After Bulgaria became a democratic nation again, in 1990, the ban was lifted.|
|2007||The Simpsons Movie||Burma||Banned over the “juxtaposition of the colors yellow and red”, which is seen as support for rebel groups.|
|2008||Rambo||Banned for negative portrayals of Burmese soldiers.|
|2014||Who Killed Chea Vichea?||Cambodia||Banned.[further explanation needed]|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||Banned from cinemas.|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Banned for “insane romance, numerous sex sequence, the use of violence during sex” and for being “entirely related to sexual matters that are too extreme for Khmer society”.|
|2015||No Escape||Banned for its “negative portrayal of local culture”.|
|2017||Kingsman: The Golden Circle||Banned for portraying Cambodia as a base for the movie’s antagonists.|
|1959||Ben-Hur (1959)||Banned under the regime of Mao Zedong for containing “propaganda of superstitious beliefs, namely Christianity.” (Never given permission to screen)|
|1982||Boat People||Banned in the Republic of China (Taiwan) because it was filmed on Hainan, an island in the People’s Republic of China.|
|1984||Yellow Earth||Banned upon initial release.|
|1985||Back to the Future||Banned because of time travel.|
|1986||The Horse Thief||Banned upon initial release.|
|1990||Ju Dou||Banned upon initial release, but lifted in 1992. The Chinese government gave permission for its viewing in July 1992.|
|1991||Life on a String (1991)||Banned upon initial release.|
|1991–1994||Raise the Red Lantern (1991)||Banned upon initial release, released three years later.|
|1993||The Blue Kite||Banned for being “offensive”. Its director, Tian Zhuangzhuang, received a 10-year ban from making films.|
|1993||Farewell My Concubine||Banned for a while due to its homosexual themes and negative portrayal of communism. After the film gained acclaim in other countries and won the Palme d’Or in Cannes, it was allowed screening in China too.|
|1994||To Live||Banned due to its critical portrayal of various policies and campaigns of the Communist government. In addition, its director, Zhang Yimou, was banned from filmmaking for two years.|
|1998||Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl||Banned.|
|2000||Devils on the Doorstep||Banned.|
|2005||Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life||Banned for its unflattering depictions of Chinese society (never given permission to screen).|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Banned because of blasphemous content.|
|2006||The Departed||Banned for a line suggesting that the government intends to use nuclear weapons on Taiwan (a sensitive political issue – never given permission to screen)|
|2009||Shinjuku Incident||Banned for being “too violent” when director Derek Yee refused to edit this content down.|
|2014||Noah||Banned for the depiction of prophets.|
|2016||Deadpool (2016)||Banned upon initial release due to explicit content.|
|2016||Sausage Party||Banned self-inflicted by the Taiwanese distributor in order to not have to deal with angry parents mistaking it as a family-friendly movie.|
|2018||Christopher Robin (2018)||Banned due to comparisons of President and Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping to main character Winnie-the-Pooh.|
|2015||L’Homme Qui Repare Les Femmes (The Man Who Mends Women)||Congo||Banned without a reason given. The documentary is about Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, whose hospital treats rape victims.|
|1966||The Hand||Czechoslovakia||Banned under the Communist regime for depicting a restrictive environment, which was similar to living under the regime.|
|1966||Daisies||Banned under the Communist regime for “depicting the wanton”. The film’s director, Věra Chytilová, was forbidden from working again until 1975.|
|1966–1988||A Report on the Party and the Guests||Banned under the Communist regime from 1966 to 1968 because the film is an allegory of totalitarian regimes. After a short release during the Prague Spring, it was banned again for the next twenty years. In 1974, director Jan Němec was forced to leave the country.|
|1967||The Firemen’s Ball||Banned by the Czech Communist government in 1968 for its satire of the East European communist system.[better source needed]|
|1968||Deserters and Pilgrims (also known as The Deserters and the Nomads)||Banned by the Czech Communist government.|
|1969–1990||All My Compatriots (also known as All My Countrymen)||Banned by the Czech Communist government. Its director, Vojtěch Jasný went into exile.|
|1969–1990||Birds, Orphans and Fools||Banned by the Czech Communist government for depicting three people orphaned by political violence and trying to mentally survive, despite not being free.|
|1969–1989||Dull Sunday||Banned by the Czech Communist government for twenty years, with its director, Drahomíra Vihanová, being banned from making new films until 1977.|
|1969–1989||The Cremator||Banned by the Czech Communist government from 1969 until 1989 because this black comedy depicts a crematorium director who enjoys burning people and sides with the Nazis during the Holocaust. Apart from this theme, the story can be interpreted for remaining true to individual morality, something that was a dangerous message.|
|1969–1990||Larks on a String||Banned under the Communist regime from 1969 until the fall of the regime in 1990.|
|1969||Mourning Party (Smuteční slavnost)||Banned by the Czech Communist government.|
|1969||The Seventh Day, The Eighth Night (Den sedmý, osmá noc)||Banned by the Czech Communist government.|
|1970||Hlídac (Prison Guard)||Banned by the Czech Communist government.|
|1970–1989||Ucho (The Ear)||Banned by the Czech Communist government until 1989, because the story depicts a couple who think they are under government surveillance.|
|1970||Fruit of Paradise||Banned by the Czech Communist government for its shocking content. Its director, Vera Chytilová, was forbidden from making new films for eight years.|
|1970||Witchhammer||Banned by the Czech Communist government.|
|1971||Nahota (Naked)||Banned by the Czech Communist government.|
|1972||Case for a Rookie Hangman||Banned by the Czech Communist government for its satirical depiction of Czech society, which meant the end of the director Pavel Juráček‘s career.|
|1972||Leonardo’s Diary||Banned by the Communist government for depicting life in Czechoslovakia in a critical light. Its director, Jan Svankmajer, was banned from working for five years. When the ban was lifted, he was only allowed to make adaptations of literary works.|
|1975||The Apple Game||Banned by the Czech Communist government. The director, Věra Chytilová, personally asked for more information at the censor board and heard that the Soviet embassy felt the subject matter was “too heavy-duty”.|
|1977–1990||Castle of Otranto||Banned by the Czech Communist government after its director, Jan Svankmajer, refused to change anything about the film. Government censors objected to its mockumentary tone, which could undermine peoples’ faith in the TV news. Svankmajer himself was banned from making films for eight years.|
|1982||Dimensions of Dialogue||Banned because the Communist government censors didn’t like its criticism of consumerism. The ban was more than likely also a result of its director, Jan Svankmajer, having been banned twice before in the past.|
|1983–1996||Straka v hrsti (A Magpie in the Hand)||Banned by the Communist government because the film was based on a script by Antonín Přidal, an author who was banned by the regime, and because it featured the subversive rock band Pražský výběr.|
|1930||The Skeleton Dance||Denmark||Banned initially in 1930 because the censors deemed the film “too macabre”. Today the ban is no longer in effect.|
|1965–1990||Das Kaninchen bin ich (The Rabbit Is Me)||Banned by the East-German Communist government for its criticism of everyday life in the country. While not directly referring to politics it still was perceived as dangerous criticism of the system. Due to the film’s infamy all banned films in the DDR were referred to as “rabbit films”. The film remained banned until Germany was unified again in 1990.|
|1965–1990||Denk bloss nicht, ich heule (Just Don’t Think I’ll Cry)||Banned by the East-German Communist government for its criticism of the regime.|
|1966–1989||Spur der Steine (Trace of Stones)||Banned by the East-German Communist government.|
|1971–1989||Die Russen kommen (The Russians Are Coming)||Banned by the East-German Communist government because of its theme where a young Nazi lives in fear of the approaching Russian army. Even though the Russians are eventually portrayed in a sympathetic light, the plot was too controversial, especially three years after the Prague Spring.|
|1968||Funny Girl||Egypt||Banned because the Egyptian Muslim lead (Omar Sharif) is portrayed in a romantic storyline with Jewish actress Barbra Streisand. Streisand’s political support for Israel at the height of military tensions between Egypt and Israel was also a factor.|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Banned because of blasphemous content.|
|2014||Halawet Rooh (Sweetness of Soul)||Banned right after screening the film in cinemas, after criticism over scenes deemed sexually provocative. The movie was criticized for copying Giuseppe Tornatore‘s movie Malena (2000) starring Italian actress Monica Bellucci.|
|1930–1952||Battleship Potemkin||Finland||Banned out of fear of inciting a Communist revolution.|
|1943–1945||Mrs. Miniver||Banned during World War II.|
|1943–1950||Johnny Eager||Banned during World War II and finally released on March 31, 1950.|
|1955–1959||Rififi||Banned for its depiction of cracking security safes. The government feared it might inspire copycat crimes. The ban was lifted after five years.[better source needed]|
|1960–1981||Peeping Tom||Banned for 21 years.[better source needed]|
|1962–1986||One, Two, Three||Banned for 24 years due to its political satire, which could offend their ally and neighbouring country, the Soviet Union. (Finland had a policy of Finlandization).|
|1972||One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich||Banned by the Finnish Board of Film. In 1972 and 1974 Swedish television showed the film, resulting in the Swedish television mast on the Åland Islands being shut down during the movie because Finns were banned from seeing the film. Director of the Finnish Board of Film, Jerker Eeriksson, said that the banning of the film was political because it harmed the Finnish-Soviet relationship. Finnish television showed the film in 1996 on the TV1 YLE channel.|
|1974–1996||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||Banned because of graphic violence.|
|1980||Cruising||Banned on its initial release.|
|1980–2000||Friday the 13th||Banned on its initial release until a law change in 2001 when it automatically reverted to a K18 (adults only) classification.|
|1981–1991||Dead & Buried||Banned on its initial release. A considerably shortened version was allowed in 1991 with a K16 classification (allowed for persons over the age of 16).|
|1986–2000||The House on the Edge of the Park||Banned for violence in 1986; it took six years after the film’s release for any distributor to even try to get a classification. A law change in 2001 finally lifted the ban.|
|1976–2000||Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma||Banned in 1976 for moral, mental health and appropriateness reasons. The banning renewed again in 1984 with the defined exception of two specific screenings by the Finnish Film Archive. Finally a law change in 2001 removed the ban.|
|1972||Dirty Harry||Banned on Feb-1972 for violence and mental health reasons. The distributor challenged the banning and took the decision to ban to Finnish Supreme administrative Court which ruled against banning. After minor cuts, it was banned again. A second round of court cases (again, won by the distributor) forced the banning authorities to allow the film to be distributed. They did so but only after mandatory cuts of over three minutes. Finally in Jan-1973 the butchered film premiered in Finland.|
|1976||Ultime grida dalla savana||This film is entirely banned for the inclusion of scenes of genuine human death.|
|1986||Born American||Banned on Jan-1986 for its violence and for political reasons. The political reasons were that the movie was “potentially harmful to international relations“. A court appeal to Finnish Supreme administrative Court decided against the banning (after some cuts would be made) and authorities were forced to dismantle the ban (with more cuts) and the movie premiered in late Dec-1986 after a struggle of almost a year. 20 years after the movie was banned, it was revealed (by a politics researcher and academic Juhani Suomi in his book “Kohti sinipunaa“) that the authorities were in fact “instructed” to ban the film and that the banning was dictated by the Soviet Union‘s ambassador Vladimir Sobolev. Born American was the last movie in Finland to suffer banning for political reasons.|
|1971–2000||The Devils||Banned on its initial release in 1971 for violence and content which could potentially be hazardous to mental health. The decision to ban was ultimately taken to highest available court which did not lift the ban. A second round of banning was then seen in 1985 and the government officials used the same exact phrasing in their decision to ban as was done 14 years earlier. The ban was finally automatically lifted after a law change in 2001.|
|1982||Just Before Dawn||Banned for violence for 4 months until a cut version (around 2 minutes of cuts) was allowed with a classification of K18 (adults only).|
|1925–1953||Battleship Potemkin||France||Banned due to fears that it could inspire revolution.|
|1930||L’Age d’Or||Banned in Paris by the police prefect “in the name of public order.”|
|1933–1946||Zéro de Conduite||Banned because of a plot where pupils take over a repressive school. The ban remained in effect under Nazi occupation for the same reason.|
|1943||Le Corbeau||Banned from 1945 until 1947, because the film was produced under the Nazi regime with financial support too. It was also seen as a negative portrayal of French people and accused of harboring sympathies for the Vichy regime. After two years, however, the ban was lifted again.[better source needed]|
|1950–1990||Afrique 50||Banned for criticizing the French colonial rule. Its director, René Vautier, was condemned to one year in prison.|
|1953||Les statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die)||Banned because it suggested that Western civilization is responsible for the decline of African art. The film was seen at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953, but subsequently banned by the French censor.|
|1954||Avant le déluge||Banned due to it controversial criminal content.|
|1955–1957||Bel-Ami||Banned on its initial release. Released after two years in a censored version.|
|1954–1981||Carmen Jones||Banned due to a technicality in copyright laws on order of the estate of composer George Bizet (on whose opera Carmen the film was based).|
|1955–1980||Le Rendez-vous des quais||Banned for representing dockers who refused to dispatch military supplies for use in the Indochina War.|
|1957–1975||Paths of Glory||Banned in France for two decades because of its critical depiction of the French army during World War I.|
|1960||Le Petit Soldat||Banned on political grounds; the ban was lifted in 1963 with re-editing.|
|1961||Tu ne tueras point||Banned for two years because it depicts a soldier during World War II who has conscientious objections.|
|1965–1971||The Battle of Algiers||Banned for six years because of its pro-Algerian and anticolonial message.|
|1965–1971||Det kære legetøj||Banned for advocating pornography.|
|1974-1977||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||Banned for its violent and sadistic content.|
|1977||Camp de Thiaroye||Banned for criticizing the colonial system.|
|2000||Baise-Moi||Banned from French cinema screens in 2000 after being given an X-rating. Eventually, in August 2001, it was reclassified from age bracket 16 to 18.|
|2016||Antichrist||Banned on February 3, 2016 over sexual and violent content, despite being allowed on its initial release in 2009. The ban was a result of the Catholic traditionalist pressure group Promouvoir who wanted the 16 rating to be reclassified to prevent minors from seeing it. A French court ruled in their favor. As a new certificate is being decided the film is now banned from all cinemas, TV broadcast and video release.|
|1920–1945||Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others)||Germany||Banned due to homosexual themes. During the 1920s, it was restricted for viewing to doctors and medical researchers only. After Hitler came to power in 1933, it was banned again and mostly destroyed by the Nazis. The film was later partially reconstructed.|
|1929||The Barnyard Battle (1929)||Banned initially because the cats in this Mickey Mouse cartoon wear helmets that resemble German pickelhaube. Today the ban is no longer in effect.|
|1930–1931 and again from 1933 to 1945||All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)||Banned in 1930 after protests but then re-admitted in a heavily censored version in 1931 after public debate. After 1933, it was banned by the Nazi regime for its anti-militaristic themes  and being “anti-German”. Erich Maria Remarque‘s novel was also banned as well, and was among the “anti-German” books burned in bonfires. At the Capitol Theatre in West Germany in 1952, the film saw its first release in 22 years.|
|1932–1945||Kuhle Wampe||Banned because it depicted the government, legal system, and religion in a negative light. Eventually, the ban was lifted due to protests and the film was released in a severely edited version. Six months later, Hitler came into power, causing the movie to be banned again under the Nazi regime until the end of the war. Its director, Slatan Dudow, was arrested for being a member of the Communist Party and banned from entering the country again.|
|1933–1945||All movies starring the Marx Brothers.||Banned in Nazi Germany because the comedy stars were Jewish.|
|1933–1945||Battleship Potemkin||Banned in Nazi Germany due to fears it could inspire Marxism.|
|1933–1945||Ecstasy||Banned in Nazi Germany because of the erotic content.|
|1933–1945||Mädchen in Uniform.||Banned in Nazi Germany because of its lesbian theme.|
|1933–1945||The Mad Doctor||Banned in Nazi Germany, because of the horror atmosphere in this Mickey Mouse short.|
|1933−1945||Mysterium des Geschlechtes||Banned in Nazi Germany because of the erotic content.|
|1933−1945||Vier von der Infanterie (Westfront 1918, also known as Comrades of 1918)||Banned in Nazi Germany for being a pacifist war drama.|
|1934–1945||M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder||Banned in Nazi Germany.|
|1934–1945||Nana||Banned in Nazi Germany because of its plot, depicting a soldier visiting a prostitute, which violated the military’s sensibilities and honor code.|
|1934–1945||The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)||Banned in Nazi Germany because Max Baer was Jewish.|
|1934–1945||The Testament of Dr. Mabuse||Banned in Nazi Germany for “presenting criminal acts so detailed and fascinating that they might tempt copy-cats”. It also had an anti-authoritarian tone and certain dialogue of Mabuse was lifted directly from Mein Kampf.|
|1936–1945||The Bohemian Girl||Banned in Nazi Germany, because the positive depiction of gypsies “had no place” in the Third Reich.|
|1936–1956||Modern Times||Banned in Nazi Germany for advocating Communism.|
|1937–1945||La Grande Illusion||Banned in Nazi Germany for its anti-war message. Head of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels named its director Jean Renoir “Cinematographic Enemy Number One”.|
|1938–1950||A Prussian Love Story||Banned in Nazi Germany because the plot of a love affair between the Emperor and an actress was too similar to Head of Propaganda Goebbels’s own affair. Even after the war it took until 1950 before the film saw a release.|
|1939–1977||Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)||The first anti-Nazi movie made in Hollywood before the start of World War II, Adolf Hitler banned it and all Warner Bros. films from exhibition throughout the remainder of his tenure as German chancellor. He reportedly planned to execute the makers of this film upon winning the war. It was not publicly screened in Germany until 11 March 1977.|
|1939–1945||Kitty und die Weltkonferenz (Kitty and the World Conference)||Banned in Nazi Germany despite an initially successful box office run. Following the outbreak of the Second World War that same year, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels withdrew it from cinemas as he felt it presented a too favourable view of Great Britain.|
|1939–1978||Mr. Smith Goes to Washington||Banned in Nazi Germany because it showed democracy working well.|
|1940–1945||The Great Dictator||Banned in Nazi Germany for mocking Nazism and Hitler. During World War II, it was once shown to German soldiers in 1942: In German-occupied Yugoslavia, local guerillas sneaked a copy from Greece into an army-cinema in an act of cultural sabotage. After half of the film had been shown, German officers stopped the screening and threatened to shoot the Yugoslavian projectionist. Apparently, the film was ordered by the Reich Chancellery. It was first shown in West Germany as late as 1958.|
|1940–1945||La Kermesse Heroïque (Carnival in Flanders) (1935)||Banned in Nazi Germany and Belgium by Joseph Goebbels because of its pacifist themes. The director, Jacques Feyder, was later hunted down for arrest, but managed to escape to Switzerland.|
|1943–1949||Titanic (1943)||Banned in Nazi Germany by Joseph Goebbels because some of the scenes could demoralize the audience, despite being made by the Nazi propaganda department itself. The Allied Control Council banned the film after the war too, because of its Nazi propaganda. After the end of the occupation, the German Motion picture rating system classified it to age 12 or older and to age 6 or older with parental guidance. It was sometimes shown on German TV after the war and a censored, low quality VHS copy was released in 1992.|
|1944–1945||Große Freiheit Nr. 7 (Great Freedom No. 7)||Banned in Nazi Germany. It had its premiere in occupied Prague in December 1944.|
|1945||Auf Wiedersehn, Franziska! (Goodbye, Franziska!)||Banned by the Allied Forces after World War Two, because of its ending, which reminded the viewers to support the war effort. It was eventually allowed back after director Helmut Käutner was able to convince officials that the propaganda sequence was no reflection of his political ideology and was added at request of Nazi censors. Since the rest of the film was fairly a-political it was brought back in circulation, with only the propaganda end sequence removed.|
|1945–||Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew)||Banned since 1945 because of its anti-semitic Nazi propaganda content. It is exclusively allowed for use in college classrooms and other academic purposes; however, exhibitors must have formal education in “media science and the history of the Holocaust.” Public use is prohibited as of 2013.|
|1945–||Jud Süss (1940)||Banned in 1945 from German exhibition by decree of the Allied Military Occupation. Director Veit Harlan was required by court order to destroy what was then believed to be the only remaining negative of Jud Süß and he reportedly did this in April 1954. A few years later, however, copies of the film began to turn up to the embarrassment of the West German government. After a lengthy investigation, it was determined that another negative existed in East Germany and it was used it to make prints that were dubbed in Arabic and distributed in Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt and Lebanon. Though that negative has never been located, it has been widely suspected that this version was produced and distributed by the Stasi or the KGB in order to arouse anti-semitism among Egyptian and Palestinians against the US backed Israel (and henceforth, support for the Soviet backed Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser). The copyright of the film is held by the government-owned F.W. Murnau Foundation. The Foundation only permits screenings of the film when accompanied by an introduction explaining the historical context and the intended impact.|
|1951||Der Untertan (film) (The Kaiser’s Lackey)||Banned in western Germany because of “anticonstitutional” content. Uncut version released in western Germany in 1971.|
|1956||Du und mancher Kamerad||Banned in western Germany because of “anticonstitutional” content.|
|1956||Thomas Muentzer (film) (Thomas Müntzer)||Banned in western Germany because of “anticonstitutional” content.|
|1957–1959||Paths of Glory||Banned to avoid straining relations with France.[better source needed]|
|1958||And Quiet Flows the Don (film) (And Quiet Flows the Don (1958))||Banned in western Germany because of “anticonstitutional” content. Part 1 was released in western Germany in 1959, Parts 2 and 3 were first broadcast in western German television in 1968.|
|1960–1965||Higher Principle||Banned in western Germany until 1965 because of “anti-German” content.|
|1974–1978||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)||Banned in western Germany due to extreme level violence.|
|1992||Braindead||Banned due to gory violence. Although the uncut version remains banned, there are numerous DVDs of the film in circulation in Germany, most of which are heavily cut.|
|2010||Zidan (“Prison”) (1974)||Although currently the ban is not in effect, Zindan, directed by Remzi Jonturk, remains the only Turkish movie title to have ever been banned in Germany due to gore, violence and cruelty.[unreliable source?]|
|2010||Saw 3D||Banned because Tiergarten AG has noted that several scenes in the movie violate the violence act §131 StGB. Private copies are still legal to own and personal use is not punishable; however any public show of the movie is highly prohibited and punishable act. There is a censored “Keine Jugendfreigabe/ No youth admitted” version, but it has all the violent scenes cut out. Retailing this copy is still legal, since “KJ” rated movies cannot be indexed/banned.|
|2011||Valley of the Wolves: Palestine||Banned in Germany, because of FSK‘s initial concerns over the film’s perceived anti-Israeli and anti-American overtones.|
|2015||Rape Story||Banned because of a rape allegations involving Karl Schmidt a real life convicted rapist from Germany who starred as the rapist in the movie |
|1955||Les Maîtres Fous||Ghana||A documentary about the religious rituals of the Hauka tribe. Banned in Ghana and several other French and English colonies in Africa at the time because of the Africans’ blatant attempts to mimic and mock the “white oppressors”. On the other hand, African students, teachers, and directors found the film to perpetrate an “exotic racism” of the African people.|
|1914||Golfo (1914)||Greece||Banned for its royalist sentiments.|
|1967–1974||Z (1969)||Banned under the colonel’s regime, for being critical of the junta.|
|1945||Jud Süss (1940)||Hungary||Banned since the end of the World War II due to its anti-Jewish and pro-Nazi content.|
|1947–1979||Song of the Cornfields||Banned for being ‘clerical’, depiction of the controversial issue of Hungarian prisoners held by the Soviets and depicting religious values.|
|1956–1986||Keserű igazság (Bitter Truth)||Banned for criticising the forced industralisation of Hungary.|
|1956–1989||Eltüsszentett birodalom (An Empire Sneezed Away)||Banned for depicting a monarch sharing similarities with the dictatorship of Hungarian communist leader Mátyás Rákosi.|
|1957–1984||A Remarkable Case||Banned for depicting the corruption of the dictatorship of Hungarian communist leader Mátyás Rákosi.|
|1969–1981||A tanú (The Witness)||Banned under the Communist government for almost a decade, because it satirized the regime.|
|1974–1984||Bástyasétány ’74 (Bastion promenade ’74)||Banned for unclear reasons.|
|1983–1989||Dream Brigade||Banned for being too radical.|
|1985–1999||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)||Iceland||Banned due to high level of violence; a censored version was later released.|
|1987||Nekromantik||Banned due to its transgressive subject matter (including necrophilia) and audacious imagery.|
|1992||Cannibal Holocaust||Banned due to very high impact violence and offensive depictions of both human and animal cruelty. Still banned.|
|1976||Max Havelaar||Indonesia||Banned for its parallels between the anti-colonial story and the then present-day regime.|
|1982||The Year of Living Dangerously||Banned for its criticism of Sukarno‘s regime. The ban was lifted in 1999.|
|1994||Schindler’s List||Banned for being sympathetic to the Jewish cause.|
|2007||Long Road to Heaven||Banned on the island of Bali, as local politicians worried that the film, which about the 2002 Bali bombings, might promote hatred and intolerance.|
|2009||Balibo||Banned for being critical of the Indonesian government. This Australian film is based on the story of the Balibo Five, a group of journalists killed during the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor|
|2014||Noah||Banned because of its depiction of the prophets.|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Banned due to its sexual content.|
|1969||Gaav (The Cow)||Iran||Banned briefly by the regime of The Shah, due to what was perceived as the film depicting Iran as a rural, culturally backwards society. The film would later be allowed to screen on the condition that the film would begin with a disclaimer explaining to audiences that the film is set several decades ago, and does not reflect a modern Iran.|
|1975||Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom||Banned due to graphic violence and nudity.|
|1980||Cruising||Banned on its initial release.|
|1981||Bita||Banned under the censorship act of 1981 because it criticized exploitation of women by men.|
|1981||Ghaire aze Khoudo Hitch Kass Naboud||Banned under the censorship act of 1981 because it depicts a lesbian relationship and a controversy.|
|1996||Gabbeh||Banned for being “subversive”.|
|1996||Nūn o goldūn (A Moment of Innocence)||Banned because of its theme that different people can experience the same incident in a different way .|
|2001||Zoolander||Banned for perceived support of gay rights.|
|2004||Marmoulak||Pulled from cinemas two weeks after its premiere in Iran due to the film mocking conservative attitudes of the clerics in Iran.|
|2010||300||Banned for its negative portrayal of Persian military.|
|2012||Argo||Banned for its negative portrayal of Iran. It was the only Academy Award-winning Best Picture to be banned in the country.|
|1999||South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut||Iraq||Banned under the regime of Saddam Hussein for depicting him in a comedic light.|
|2015||American Sniper||Banned for being an “insult to the population”.|
|1931–2000||Monkey Business||Banned on its initial release for fear that its anarchic style of comedy would inspire societal upheaval. The ban was only officially lifted in 2000.|
|1943||The Outlaw||Banned due to sexual references.|
|1945||Mildred Pierce||Banned.[further explanation needed]|
|1945||Brief Encounter||Banned, as it was considered too permissive of adultery.|
|1946||The Big Sleep||Banned due to sexual references.|
|1950||Outrage||Banned due to its theme of rape.|
|1967–2000||Ulysses||Banned for three decades. The film was not approved for general release until 2000.|
|1971–2000||A Clockwork Orange||Banned due to its extreme depictions of violence and rape. In 2000 the ban was lifted.|
|1978, 2010||I Spit on Your Grave||Banned due to its scenes of graphic violence and lengthy depictions of gang rape. In 2010, the movie was released uncut on DVD and Blu-ray and the ban was renewed by forbidding retailers to sell it.|
|1979–1987||Monty Python’s Life of Brian||Banned because of its blasphemous content. Ban lifted in 1987.|
|1983–1990||Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life||Banned because of its blasphemous content. Ban lifted in 1990.|
|1994||Natural Born Killers||Banned out of fear for copycat killings.|
|1997||Preaching to the Perverted||Banned for obscenity.|
|1948||Oliver Twist||Israel||Banned on its initial release, because the character of Fagin was deemed to be anti-semitic.|
|1957||The Girl in the Kremlin||Banned because it may have harmed Israel’s diplomatic relations with Moscow.|
|1957||China Gate||Banned for indulging in excessive cruelty. The Israeli film censorship board indicated the film depicted Chinese and Russian soldiers as “monsters”.|
|1965||Goldfinger||Banned after it was revealed that one of the main actors, Gert Fröbe, had a Nazi past. The film had only run for six weeks in the theaters. It was unbanned a few months later when a man went to the Israeli Embassy in Vienna and told the staff that Fröbe hid him and his mother from the Nazis (which may have saved their lives).|
|1973||Hitler: The Last Ten Days||Banned because the censorship board unanimously felt that the portrayal of Hitler was “too human”.|
|1987||In the Realm of the Senses||Banned because of pornographic content.|
|1988||The Last Temptation of Christ||Banned on the grounds that it could offend Christians.|
|2004||Jenin, Jenin||Banned by the Israeli Film Ratings Board on the premise that it was libelous and might offend the public; the Supreme Court of Israel later overturned the decision.|
|2004||Shrek 2||Banned briefly in 2004, though not for the film itself, but because of the Hebrew dub. A joke about Israeli singer David D’Or‘s high voice was added, in which one character threaten to emasculate another by saying “Let’s do a David D’or on him”. This remark prompted the artist to take legal action.|
|1933–1945||Duck Soup||Italy||Banned under the regime of Benito Mussolini for poking fun at dictators and war.|
|1937–1945||La Grande Illusion||Banned under the regime of Benito Mussolini for its anti-war message.|
|1955||Totò and Carolina||Banned on its initial release for poking fun at the police.|
|1962||Jules and Jim||Banned initially for its sexual attitudes, but after protest this ban was quickly lifted.[better source needed]|
|1972–1986||Last Tango in Paris||Banned from 1972 to 1986 for being “obscene”.|
|1982–2009||Lion of the Desert||Banned from 1982 until 2009 as it was considered damaging to the honor of the Italian Army.|
|1999||Li chiamarono… briganti!||Banned from theatrical release and still not available on VHS and DVD, because of its critical viewpoint about the Italian unification.|
|1939–1946||The Mikado||Japan||Banned until after World War II because could be construed as disrespectful towards the Emperor of Japan.|
|1945–1952||The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail||Banned in Japan by the US occupying government for seven years, because of the “feudal values”.[better source needed]|
|1976–1982||In the Realm of the Senses||Banned in Japan for its graphic sex scenes. In 1982 the court ruled in director Nagisa Oshima‘s favor, but the film is still only available in a censored cut.|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Jordan||Banned because of blasphemous content.|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||Kenya||Banned for explicit sexual content, profanity, drug use and nudity.|
|2014||Stories of Our Lives||Banned because this documentary about being gay in Kenya “showed obscenity, explicit scenes of sexual activities” and promoted homosexuality.|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Banned due to its sexual content.|
|1999||South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut||Kuwait||Banned for offending the Muslim Brotherhood. The TV series itself is also banned in the country.|
|2004||Fahrenheit 9/11||Banned for being critical of the Iraq war and being an insult to Saudi Arabia’s royal family.|
|2007||The Kingdom||Banned for being a “false depiction” of a 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia.|
|2017||Beauty and the Beast||Banned due to homosexual references that were found to be offensive.|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Lebanon||Banned because of blasphemous content.|
|2007||Persepolis||Banned initially after some clerics found it to be “offensive to Iran and Islam.” The ban was later revoked after an outcry in Lebanese intellectual and political circles.|
|2008||Waltz with Bashir||The film is banned in Lebanon, with the most harsh critics saying the film depicts a vague and violent time in Lebanon’s history. A movement of bloggers, among them the Lebanese Inner Circle, +961 and others have rebelled against the Lebanese government’s ban of the film, and have managed to get the film seen by local Lebanese critics, in defiance of their government’s request on banning it. The film was privately screened in January 2009 in Beirut in front of 90 people. Since then many screenings have taken place. Unofficial copies are also available in the country.|
|2017||Wonder Woman||Pulled from distribution before premiere on account of that film’s lead star Gal Gadot‘s service in the Israeli Army, leading to a campaign against her and in accordance with a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling to Israel or having contacts with Israelis. Lebanon is at war with Israel. However, that film will be viewed online and available on DVD instead.|
|1979||Monty Python’s Life of Brian||Banned because of blasphemous content.|
|1993||Schindler’s List||Banned initially; the Malaysian Film Censorship Board described the film as “propaganda with the purpose of asking for sympathy.” A heavily censored DVD version was later released in 2004.|
|1994||Pulp Fiction||Banned due to intense violence, drug abuse, explicit nudity, and scenes of sexual violence.|
|1998||Barney’s Great Adventure||Banned because the censors found it to be unacceptable for children to watch, without providing any further explanation.|
|2001||Zoolander||Banned for its negative portrayal of Malaysia. In this comedy film, the title character visits Malaysia which is depicted as an impoverished country, dependent on sweatshops. Malaysia’s censorship board deemed it “definitely unsuitable”.|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||Banned due to its strong sexual content, drug abuse and offensive language.|
|2014||The Raid 2: Berandal||Banned on its initial release.|
|2014||Noah||Banned due to religious content and its depictions of the prophets.|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Banned due to its strong sexual content and graphic nudity.|
|2015||The Danish Girl||Banned due to sexual and nude content as well on grounds of moral depravity.|
|2017||Beauty and the Beast||Banned due to homosexual references in the movie. Disney rejected the Film Censorship Board’s cuts.
Released without any cuts.
|1987||The Last Temptation of Christ||Mexico||Banned for blasphemic themes.[better source needed]|
|1932||Scram!||Netherlands||Banned on its initial release because of a scene where Laurel and Hardy sit on a bed with a woman to whom they were not married. Censors felt this was “indecent”. Today the film is not banned.|
|2010||Maladolescenza||Banned since 25 March 2010 by the court of Alkmaar, which classified several scenes as child pornography. The decision therefore means that possession, distribution and knowingly gaining access to the movie is prohibited.|
|1975–1992||Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom||New Zealand||Banned on its initial release, but lifted after seventeen years.|
|1980, 2006||Cannibal Holocaust||Banned due to its extremely violent content and actual on-screen killings of animals. (also refused release in 2006)|
|1981||Mad Max||Banned in 1979 because of a graphic violent death. (VHS release was later approved)|
|2004||Puni Puni Poemy||Banned on the grounds that it “tends to promote and support the exploitation of children and young persons for sexual purposes, and to a lesser extent, the use of sexual coercion to compel persons to submit to sexual conduct.”|
|2007–2008||Hostel: Part II||Banned due to one scene that “fuses an act of extreme violence with sexual gratification”. This scene’s inclusion led to the film being classified as objectionable under s3(2)(f) of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 on the grounds that it “tend[s] to promote and support acts of torture and the infliction of extreme violence and extreme cruelty”, thus making it illegal for the film to be displayed publicly. Sony Pictures initially refused to remove the scene. However, on 29 January 2008, after the scene was excised, the film was rated R18 for “torture and sadistic violence”.|
|2005||Vase de Noces||Banned because the film “promotes and supports bestiality”. As of 2017, it is still banned.|
|2010||I Spit on Your Grave (2010 remake)||Banned “because it tends to promote and support the use of violence to compel any person to submit to sexual conduct.”|
|2010||Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny||Banned on the grounds of sexual exploitation of children. Due to the reaction from New Zealand film authorities, distributor Madman Entertainment chose not to release the remaining volumes there.|
|2011||Megan Is Missing||Banned for its sexual violence involving young people.|
|2011||The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)||Banned due to its gore, violence and sexually explicit content.|
|2012||A Serbian Film||Banned by the government on May 25, 2012 due to “objectionable content” (offensive depictions of sexual violence, pedophilia, extreme violence, necrophilia and/or other content that is offensive and abhorrent) |
|2013||Maniac||Banned from theatrical and home video release; the OFLC felt that “the tacit invitation to enjoy cruel and violent behavior through its first-person portrayal and packaging as entertainment is likely to lead to an erosion of empathy for some viewers”.|
|2014||High School DxD||Banned on the grounds of sexual exploitation of children. The OFLC stated in their report publications were banned if containing what the board felt was “to reinforce the notion that young persons are sexually desirable and available”.|
|2009||District 9||Nigeria||Banned due to accusations of being xenophobic and racist towards Nigerians.|
|2004||Team America: World Police (2004)||North Korea||Banned for ridiculing President Kim Jong-Il.|
|2009||2012||Banned because the year 2012 coincides with Kim Il Sung‘s 100th birthday. The year had also been designated “the year for opening the grand gates to becoming a rising superpower.” Thus, a movie which depicts the year in a negative light was found to be offensive by the North Korean government. Several people in North Korea were reportedly arrested for possessing or viewing imported copies of the movie and charged with “grave provocation against the development of the state.”|
|2014||The Interview (2014)||The government of North Korea believes that the film, about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, represents “dangerous filmmaking, which justifies and encourages terrorism,” according to a statement made by the North Korean embassy in Russia.|
|2015||Child 44 (2015)||Banned since 15 April 2015, when the Russian film distributor Central Partnership announced that the film would be withdrawn from cinemas in Russia, although some media stated that screening of the film was blocked by the Russian Ministry of Culture. The decision was made following the press screening the day before. The Ministry of Culture and the Central Partnership issued a joint press release stating that the screening of the film before the 70th anniversary of the Victory Day was unacceptable. The Ministry of Culture claimed that it received several questions on the film’s contents, primarily concerning “distortion of historical facts, peculiar treatment of events before, during and after the Great Patriotic War and images and characters of Soviet people of that era”. Russian minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky welcomed the decision, but stressed that it was made solely by the Central Partnership. However, in his personal statement Medinsky complained that the film depicts Russians as “physically and morally base sub-humans”, and compared the depiction of Soviet Union in the film with J. R. R. Tolkien’s Mordor, and wished that such films should be screened neither before the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, nor any other time. However, he also stated that the film would be available in Russia on DVD and online. As a result of the decision the film was also withdrawn from cinemas in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, while release of the film has been postponed until October in Georgia.|
|1964–1971||491||Norway||Banned due to homosexual themes; a censored version was later released.|
|1972||Pink Flamingos||Banned on its initial release until the 1980s.|
|1974–1997||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||Banned due to high impact scary violence. Ban lifted in 1997 and re-released uncut with an 18 (Adults only) rating.|
|1979–1980||Monty Python’s Life of Brian||Banned due to jokes deemed offensive to religious people. In Sweden the film was allowed for release and even screened with the tagline “The film so funny that it got banned in Norway”. In 1980 the Norwegian ban was lifted.|
|1987||Nekromantik||Banned outright by the Norwegian Media Authority due to outrageous, offensive & abhorrent content (Necrophilia, extreme violence, animal cruelty, and/or other material that is disgusting & abhorrent).|
|2009||Ichi The Killer||Banned due to high impact violence and cruelty. In January 2009, The Norwegian Media Authority classified the film as “Rejected” and banned the film outright in Norway after the government learned of an incident at the Stockholm Film Festival where two people both vomited and fainted while watching the film. The film remains strictly prohibited in Norway.|
|2011||A Serbian Film||Banned due to violation of criminal law sections 204a and 382 which deal with the sexual representation of children and extreme violence. Still Banned.|
|1940||The Great Dictator||Paraguay||Banned under the regime of Higinio Morínigo.|
|1971||Sacco e Vanzetti||Banned under the regime of Alfredo Stroessner for “encouraging Communism”.|
|1979||The Deer Hunter||Banned under the regime of Alfredo Stroessner for “danger of being misunderstood”.|
|1980||The Blood of Hussain||Banned by General Zia ul-Haq, after he seized power in a coup de état in 1977, as the film portrays a fictional military coup in an unfavourable light.|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Banned because of blasphemous content.|
|2012||Agent Vinod||Banned by the Central Board of Film Censors of Pakistan, for containing various controversial references to the Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence.|
|2016||Maalik||Banned by the Government of Pakistan.|
|2016||Sarabjeet||Banned because of blasphemous content and excessive controversial depictions.|
|1977||Hubad na Bayani||Philippines||Banned. Depiction of human-rights abuses during the martial-law era|
|1987||The Last Temptation of Christ||Banned for blasphemic themes.[better source needed]|
|1998–present||Total ban of every film starring Claire Danes||All of Danes’ films were banned in Manila due to disparaging comments made by her about the city. Although she later apologized, the city government did not find any form of sincerity in the apology, and her films remain banned in the area.|
|2000||Toro/Live Show||Banned for explicit sexual content.|
|2003||Imelda||Banned, after Imelda Marcos, on whom the biopic is based, filed a lawsuit.|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Banned because of blasphemous content.|
|1930||All Quiet on the Western Front||Poland||Banned because censors felt it was “pro-German”. Ironically enough it was also banned in Nazi Germany for being “anti-German”.|
|1946||Australia Marches with Britain||Banned without a reason given.|
|1946||Men of Timor||Banned without a reason given.|
|1967–1985||Ręce do góry (Hands Up!)||Banned under the Communist regime for 18 years for depicting the Stalinist era. Its director, Jerzy Skolimowski, was so outraged he left his country and moved to the West.|
|1972||Diabeł (The Devil)||Banned under the Communist regime because of its political anti-war theme.|
|1973–1981||Opowieść o człowieku, który wykonał 552% normy (A Story of a Man Who Filled 552% of the Quota)||Banned under the Communist regime for being a documentary unveiling the Stalinist past. It was only released after the director, Wojciech Wiszniewski, died in 1981.|
|1975–1981||Wanda Gościmska. Włókniarka (Wanda Gościmińska. A Weaver)||Banned under the Communist regime for being a documentary unveiling the Stalinist past. It was only released after the director, Wojciech Wiszniewski, died in 1981.|
|1976–1981||Elementarz (The Primer)||Banned under the Communist regime for being a documentary unveiling the Stalinist past. It was only released after the director, Wojciech Wiszniewski, died in 1981.|
|1976–1980||Spokój (The Calm)||Banned under the Communist regime for four years because the plot is about a strike.[Note 1] The film was finally shown on Polish television for the first time on 19 September 1980. In 1981, The Calm received the Polish Film Festival Special Jury Prize.|
|1977–1981||Indeks. Życie i twórczość Józefa M. (The Index)||Banned under the Communist regime for four years, because it depicted the 1968 protests.|
|1981–1988||Kobieta Samotna (A Lonely Woman, also translated as A Woman Alone)||Banned under the Communist regime for its political criticism. It remained banned for seven years, until 1988.|
|1981–1984||Wahadełko (Shilly Shally) (Shilly Shally)||Banned under the Communist regime for three years, because the story is set during the Stalinist era.|
|1981–1987||Wielki bieg (The Big Run, also translated as The Big Race)||Banned under the Communist regime for six years for criticizing the regime.|
|1981–1987||Blind Chance||Banned by the Communist government because of one storyline in this anthology film where Communism in Poland is overthrown.|
|1981||Był Jazz (There was Jazz)||Banned by the Communist government.|
|1981||Człowiek z żelaza (Man of Iron)||Banned under the Communist regime for its political criticism and for depicting the labour union Solidarity.|
|1981–1984||Dreszcze (Shivers)||Banned by the Communist government. The film is a satirical story about a teenager imprisoned at an indoctrination camp.|
|1981||Gorączka (Fever)||Banned by the Communist government, because of its brutally realistic portrayal of the occupying Soviet forces.|
|1981||Jak żyć (How to Live)||Banned twice in one year by the Communist government.|
|1981–1983||Wojna światów – następne stulecie (The War of the Worlds: Next Century)||Banned under the Communist regime for depicting a futuristic society which showed parallels with the political situation of Poland at that time. It remained banned until 1983.|
|1981||Kobieta Samotna (A Lonely Woman)||Banned under the Communist regime for its political criticism.|
|1982–1989||Przesłuchanie (Interrogation)||Banned under the Communist regime for seven years because of its criticism of Communism. Despite the film’s controversial initial reception and subsequent banning, it garnered a cult fanbase through the circulation of illegally taped VHS copies, which director Ryszard Bugajski secretly helped to leak out to the general public.|
|1982–1987||Matka Królów (The Mother of Kings)||Banned under the Communist regime without even being released for its political criticism. It remained banned for five years, until 1987.|
|1983–1988||Niedzielne igraszki (Sunday Pranks)||Banned under the Communist regime for five years.|
|1970||Catch-22||Portugal||Banned under the Marcelo Caetano regime for a scene depicting a character sitting naked in a tree, though the fact that the film satirizes the military may also have been a factor.|
|1972–1974||Last Tango in Paris||Banned for its strong sexual content (unbanned in 1974).|
|2014||Noah||Qatar||Banned for depicting the prophets.|
|1981–1990||Carnival Scenes||Romania||Banned from the personal order of Nicolae Ceaușescu due to violent content.|
|2008||Saw IV||Banned upon release. Later reclassified and prohibited only to minors.|
|2009||Milk||Banned upon release. Later reclassified and prohibited only to under-15s.|
|2014||Nymphomaniac: Vol. II||Classified by the National Cinema Center’s rating commission as a film “forbidden to minors under 18 and banned from public screening” due to explicit content. After outrage at decision in mass media and on social networking websites, the commission allowed cinemas to run the film for audiences over 18.|
|1966||Andrei Rublev||Russia||Banned in the Soviet Union for its themes of artistic freedom, religion, political ambiguity, autodidacticism, and the making of art under a repressive regime. Because of this, it was not released domestically for years after it was completed, except for a single 1966 screening in Moscow.[better source needed]|
|1968||Korotkie vstrechi (Brief Encounters)||Banned by the Communist government.|
|1971||Dolgie Provody (Long Farewells)||Banned by the Communist government for its negative view of a mother-son relationship.|
|1984–1987||Repentance (Long Farewells)||Banned for its semi-allegorical critique of Stalinism.|
|2006||Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan||Banned for being “offensive”.|
|2018||The Death of Stalin||Banned by the Ministry of Culture for being offensive and extremist.|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Samoa||Banned outright after church leaders watching a pre-release showing filed a complaint with film censors. (see Censorship in Samoa for details) |
|2009||The Cell 2||Banned due to violent content. (see Censorship in Samoa for details)|
|2009||Milk||Banned, originally without being given a reason. Later, it was explained that the censors deemed it “inappropriate and contradictory to Christian beliefs and Samoan culture”: “In the movie itself it is trying to promote the human rights of gays.” The sex scenes in particular were considered inappropriate by the Samoan Censor Board. (see Censorship in Samoa for details)|
|2009||National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year||Banned in 2009. (See Censorship in Samoa for further details)|
|2004||Fahrenheit 9/11||Saudi Arabia||Banned for being critical of the Iraq war and being an insult to Saudi Arabia’s royal family.|
|2007||The Kingdom||[further explanation needed]|
|2013||King of the Sands||Banned for depicting the Saudi Arabia country founder Ibn Saud.|
|2014||Noah||Banned for depicting the prophets.|
|1977||Ceddo||Senegal||Banned for its presentation of the conflicts between Islamic and Christian religions and ethnic and traditional beliefs. According to another account reported in The New York Times in 1978, the banning was not “because of any religious sensitivity, but because Mr. Sembene insists on spelling ‘ceddo’ with two d’s while the Senegalese Government insists it be spelled with one.”|
|1977||Camp de Thiaroye||Banned for criticizing the colonial system.|
|1971–2011||A Clockwork Orange||Singapore||Banned for over 30 years, before an attempt at release was made in 2006. However, the submission for a M18 rating was rejected, and the ban was not lifted. The ban was later lifted, with film was shown uncut with an R21 rating on 28 October 2011, as part of the Perspectives Film Festival.|
|1973||The Exorcist||Banned upon initial release, and subsequently rated M18 with cuts made to “a scene of a disfigured statue of the Virgin Mary, and a scene of the possessed girl stabbing herself in the crotch with a crucifix while uttering “Jesus f**k you!”…[for] “films that denigrate any religious group” and “language that denigrates religion or is religiously profane””.|
|1973||Last Tango in Paris||Banned for its strong sexual content.|
|1974–2004||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||Banned for 30 years. Passed uncut after 2004 with an M18 rating for violence.|
|1975||Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom||Banned due to graphic violence and nudity.|
|1979||Monty Python’s Life of Brian||Banned for “inappropriate” religious content.|
|1980||Cannibal Holocaust||Banned for graphic violence.|
|1980–2006||Saint Jack||Banned for the “excessive edits required to the scenes of nudity and some coarse language before it could be shown to a general audience,” the film was reclassified to an M18 rating in 2006.|
|1981||The Evil Dead||Banned since its release in 1981; authorities disallowed it for “excessive graphic violence and gore”. Ban lifted in 2011 and reclassified R21.|
|1986||The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2||Banned by the authority. Subsequently, rated R21.|
|1988||The Last Temptation of Christ||Banned for blasphemous content.|
|1995||A Night on the Water||Banned for strong sexuality.|
|2001–2004||Zoolander||Banned without a reason given, though the plot is about a man who is brainwashed to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia, a neighbouring country, which also banned the film. Passed uncut after 2004 with an NC16 rating.|
|2004||Formula 17||Banned because it “portrayed homosexuality as normal, a natural progression of society.”|
|2005–2009||Singapore Rebel||Banned for being a political film, which is not allowed in Singapore. In 2009 the film was reviewed by the Political Films Consultative Committee (PFCC) and unbanned, with an M18 rating.|
|2006||Shortbus||Banned because of pornographic content.|
|2007||Solos||Banned for pervasive explicit homosexual scenes.|
|2007||Following Desire||Banned for “excessive sexual acts and stage performances of a sexual nature which are prolonged, gratuitous and exploitative”.|
|2007||Zahari’s 17 Years||Banned because, according to the Government of Singapore, it is “against public interests”.|
|2008||A Jihad for Love||Banned for an imbalance depiction of Islam as being intolerant. The interviewees also tried to use religion to justify their homosexuality.|
|2008||David the Tolhidan||Banned for its “sympathetic portrayal of an organisation viewed as a terrorist organisation by many countries”.|
|2008||Arabs and Terrorism||Banned for its “sympathetic portrayal of an organisation viewed as a terrorist organisation by many countries”.|
|2008||Bakushi||Banned for its “several prolonged and explicit sado-masochistic sequences, demonstrating how the rope masters tied up nude women and subjected them to various degrees of physical abuse and sexual degradation, for the erotic gratification of their audience”.|
|2009||Female Games||Banned for its “explicit lesbian sex acts”.|
|2009||Boy||Banned because it “romanticizes and promotes homosexual relationships. The sexual sequence is prolonged, intense and titillates”.|
|2009||Brides of Allah||Banned because it “promotes and justifies the act of terrorism, and uses religion to justify its cause”.|
|2009||Transgressor (School of the Holy Beast)||Banned because it “portrayed nuns as lesbians with depictions of sadomasochism as well as bondage in many of the scenes”.|
|2010||Dr Lim Hock Siew||Banned due to similar reasons for the film Zahari’s 17 Years|
|2012||Sex. Violence. Family Values||Banned because of Porn Masala, the second story in Ken Kwek‘s compendium of three short films. It was deemed “racially offensive and demeaning to Indians” by the Board of Film Censors. The ban was subsequently lifted and the film’s Singapore version released with edits in March 2013. However, the film had not completed its Singapore theatrical run when it was banned by the Malaysian Board of Film Censors, who found it “obscene” and “insulting to local cultures”. The film was also withdrawn from the Asean International Film Festival & Awards, where it was due to be screened from Mar 28–30, 2013.|
|2014||To Singapore, With Love||Banned because it allegedly undermined national security as “the individuals in the film have given distorted and untruthful accounts of how they came to leave Singapore and remain outside Singapore,” and that “a number of these self-professed ‘exiles’ were members of, or had provided support to, the proscribed Communist Party of Malaya.”|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Solomon Islands||Banned because Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated that the film “undermines the very roots of Christianity in Solomon Islands.”|
|1910||The Johnson-Jeffries Fight||South Africa||Banned because the footage depicted the black boxer Jack Johnson defeating the white boxer James J. Jeffries, which had already inspired race riots in the American South.|
|1964||Zulu||Banned under the apartheid regime from screening to black South Africans, because it depicts a Zulu uprising in the 19th century. Whites were allowed to see it in their own segregated cinemas.|
|1971–1984||A Clockwork Orange||Banned under the apartheid regime for 13 years, then released with one cut and only made available to people over the age of 21.|
|1978||Up in Smoke||Banned under the apartheid regime because it “might encourage the impressionable youth of South Africa to take up marijuana smoking”.|
|1978–1983||Pretty Baby||Banned under the apartheid regime until 1983.|
|1979||Monty Python’s Life of Brian||Banned under the apartheid regime because of blasphemous content.|
|1980||Cruising||Banned under the apartheid regime on its initial release.|
|1988||Mapantsula||Banned under the apartheid regime for criticism of apartheid.|
|1989||Cry Freedom||Banned under the apartheid regime for being a biopic about anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.|
|1995–1997||Kids||Banned for two years and only unbanned in 1997 on appeal with a no-under 16 age restriction.|
|2013||Of Good Report||Banned in the entire country because it has a storyline where older men abuse young girls, with scenes deemed “child pornography” according to the censors.|
|1971||A Clockwork Orange||Banned due to depictions of violence and gang rape. Has been lifted since.|
|1973||Last Tango in Paris||Banned for its strong sexual content.|
|1975–1981||Ban Geum-ryeon||Banned for six years, was released with 40 minutes cut.|
|1979||Apocalypse Now||Banned under President Park Chung-hee‘s regime, the importation of the film was on hold because of its anti-war theme.|
|1992||Braindead||Banned for gory violence.|
|1927–1975||Battleship Potemkin||Spain||Banned under the regime of Francisco Franco out of fear of inciting a Communist revolution.|
|1957–1986||Paths of Glory||Banned under Franco’s regime for its “anti-military” themes.[better source needed]|
|1960–1975||La Dolce Vita||Banned under the regime of Francisco Franco.|
|1961–1977||Viridiana||Banned under Franco’s regime, although the Film Institute of Spain approved the film’s submission to the Cannes Film Festival. After the Catholic Church expressed its indignation, the head of the Film Institute was fired and the film was banned for sixteen years.|
|1981||La Petición (The Engagement Party)||Banned initially, but finally released under media pressure to reconsider its artistic merit. The film is about a woman involved in sadistic and ultimately fatal sexual relationships with men.|
|2009||Saw VI||Banned from regular, non-adult cinemas because of the “X” rating.|
|2010||A Serbian Film||Banned due to extreme violence (contains a lot of sexually violent content).|
|1975||Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom||Sri Lanka||Banned due to graphic violence and nudity.|
|2006||Aksharaya (Letter of Fire)||Banned for dealing with issues of incest, murder, and rape.|
|1969||I Am Curious (Yellow)||Sweden||Banned because of pornography, but after a court case it was allowed.|
|1974–2001||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||Banned due to high gore violence and cruelty. Ban lifted in 2001.|
|1981||Mad Max||Banned because of violent content.|
|1983||Hell of the Living Dead||[further explanation needed] Released uncut on DVD in the mid-2000s.|
|1984–2005||Tenebre||Banned because of high impact scary violence. Re-released in an uncut version in 2005.|
|1985||Return of the Living Dead||Although its status remains unclear(?)[further explanation needed] the first two sequels have been released on DVD.|
|1997||Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation||Banned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty. Sony Pictures later released the film on DVD.|
|1957–1970||Paths of Glory||Switzerland||Banned for its critical depiction of the French army during World War I.|
|1968–1975||Rondo||Banned for its critical look at the Swiss prison system, implying that for the Swiss incarceration as a form of punishment and means of deterrence is more important than integrating released prisoners back into society.|
|2012||The Dictator||Tajikistan||Banned because of subversiveness.|
|2014||The Route||Tanzania||Banned because this documentary about human trafficking and sex slavery in Africa “showed too much sex and nudity” and thus was a “threat to Tanzanian culture.” |
|1956||The King and I (1956)||Thailand||Banned because could be construed as disrespectful towards the King of Thailand.|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||Banned because of its negative portrayal of Thailand with narcotics smuggling – especially with the views of the Thai judicial system despite parts of the film shot on location by the second unit (the majority of the film was filmed in the Philippines).|
|1999||Anna and the King||Banned because could be construed as disrespectful towards the King of Thailand.|
|2007||All the Boys Love Mandy Lane||Banned due to violence.|
|2007||Halloween (2007 remake)||Banned due to depictions of violence.|
|2008||Frontier(s)||Banned due to violence.|
|2008||Funny Games||[further explanation needed]|
|2009||Zack and Miri Make a Porno||Banned by the Ministry of Culture due to sexual content (characters showing how to make their own pornographic video; teens may try to mimic).|
|2010||Saw VI||Banned due to pro-Thaksin protests and violence in Thailand.|
|2008||Zack and Miri Make A Porno||Trinidad||Banned because the censors worried that teenagers would mimic the plot and make their own porn movies.|
|1969||Bir Çirkin Adam (An Ugly Man)||Turkey||Banned for its revelations of the social conditions in the country.|
|1979||Yorgun Savaşçı (The Tired Warrior)||Banned because it was written by Kemal Tahir, who opposed the regime, and because the story casts doubt on the uniqueness of Kemal Atatürk‘s contribution to the struggle for the republic in the 1920s.|
|1987||The Last Temptation of Christ||Banned for blasphemic themes.[better source needed]|
|1987||Su da Yanar (Water Also Burns)||Banned because it dealt with the banned communist poet Nazim Hikmet.|
|1972–1979||All foreign films||Uganda||President Idi Amin banned all foreign films in 1972 on the grounds that they contained “imperialist propaganda”.|
|2014||The Wolf of Wall Street||Banned, like in most other African countries.|
|2005||Hostel||Ukraine||Banned because it depicts Eastern Europe as a region where people are tortured for money. Owning the movie in private is still legal.|
|2006||Land of the Dead||Banned due to high level violence and blood and gore. The movie also depicts the suffering and the agony of people who were forced to eat human flesh in Kharkiv during the German attack there in 1943.|
|2007||Hostel: Part II||Banned for the same reason as Hostel. People are allowed to own it on private DVD.|
|2009||Brüno||Banned for its homosexual themes.|
|2009||Saw VI||Banned because of scenes of brutal gory violence and torture. In the context of the Saw franchise, this is the only part that is banned. Thereby it is illegal to sell or distribute it, since visa is not given.|
|2013||Evil Dead (2013 film)||Banned due to high level violence and blood, sexual content and gore..|
|2010||My iz budushchego 2 (We Are from the Future 2)||[further explanation needed]|
|2018||Hunter Killer||Banned for demonstrating the might of the army of the aggressor country of Russia.|
|2010||Lamhaa||United Arab Emirates||Banned because of its “objectionable content”; it did not receive a clearance certificate from the UAE Censors Board and was pulled from all UAE cinemas. This is the first Bollywood film to be banned in the UAE.|
|2014||Noah||Banned for depicting the prophets.|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Banned due to its sexual content.|
|1927–1975||Battleship Potemkin||Banned out of fear of inciting a Communist revolution.|
|1973–1999||A Clockwork Orange||Not banned per se, but withdrawn in the United Kingdom two years after its release by Warner Bros. following a request for this action from its own director, Stanley Kubrick. This was not because of the alleged copycat violence inspired by the film contemporaneously reported by the media, as commonly believed, but because Kubrick had received death threats against his family. It was not allowed to be shown again in the UK until after his death in 1999 and before the release of Eyes Wide Shut, his last film.|
|2001||Green Dragon||Vietnam||Banned as of 2002.|
|2002||We Were Soldiers||Banned as of 2002.|
|1995||Xich lo (Cyclo)||Banned for being too “westernised” in its portrayal of urban poverty in the country.[further explanation needed]|
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Banned because of a conflict of “cultural values”.|
|2012||The Hunger Games||Banned because of extreme violence and killing.|
|2012||The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo||Banned because its international distributor, Sony Pictures, did not accept the requirement by the Vietnamese National Film Board of cutting out some sensitive scenes.|
|1937||La Grande Illusion||Yugoslavia||Banned in 1937 for its anti-war message.|
|1952–1977||Ciguli Miguli||Banned under the regime of Josip Broz Tito for its satire of socialist bureaucracy. Issued a license for public showing only in 1977.|
|1971–1987||W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism||Banned under the regime of Josip Broz Tito and seven years after his death in 1980.[better source needed]|
|1986||Jock of the Bushveld||Zimbabwe||Banned because of its South African origins. At the time Zimbabwe boycotted South African products because of its apartheid regime.|
|2010||Lobola||Concerned with the custom of lobola, the film was banned because it “doesn’t really portray African custom when it comes to marriage, since one does not get married while drunk.” Another objection is a scene where a young couple kisses in front of their parents, as well as the “abrupt ending”.|
|2014||Kumasowe||Banned because it depicts violent clashes between members of an apostolic sect in the country and Zimbabwe Republic police officers.|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Banned because of the explicit erotic scenes. In some theaters an edited version was allowed.|
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