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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 its 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.

List

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
Date Title Country/Organization Notes
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.[1][2][3][4]
1980-1990 Pas vdekjes (After Death) Albania Banned for ten years.[5]
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.[6] Due to the Arab League boycott of Israel, it is also banned in Qatar and Tunisia.[7][8]
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.[9]
1963 The Silence Banned because of "obscenity".[10]
1972 Last Tango in Paris Banned during the self-styled "Argentine Revolution" dictatorship (1966-1973), for being "pornographic".[10]
1974 La Patagonia rebelde (Rebel Patagonia) Banned under Isabel Perón's government (1974-1975) 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".[10]
1976 The Great Dictator (1940) Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976-1983), for mocking dictatorships.[10]
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.[10]
1978 Looking for Mr. Goodbar Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976-1983), for being "pornographic".[10]
1978 Pretty Baby Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976-1983), for being "pornographic".[10]
1979 Coming Home Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976-1983), for its anti-war message.[10]
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.[10]
1985 Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary) Banned due to blasphemous and sexual content.[11]
1987 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned for being considered as "blasphemy".[12][better source needed][13]
1972 Pink Flamingos Australia Banned on its initial release until the 1980s due to offensive content.[14]
1975-1992 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Banned on its initial release,[10] but lifted after seventeen years.[15]
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.[16][17]
1984 Cannibal Holocaust Banned due to explicit violence and depictions of animal cruelty. Ban revoked with an 18 (adults only) rating.[18]
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.[19][20][21][21][22][23][24]
2003 Ken Park Banned and refused classification in 2003 for graphic depictions of teenage sex, incest, and auto-erotic asphyxiation.[25]
2011 Hostage (az) Azerbaijan Banned because the plot presents Armenians in a positive light.[26]
2007 The Kingdom Bahrain Banned because of an inaccurate depiction of a 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia.[27]
2014 Noah Banned due to depiction of prophets.[28]
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.[29]
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.[30] It was the only European country at that time where the film was banned.[31][32] Since 1994 [33] the ban is no longer in effect.[34]
1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Brazil Banned because of its content.[35]
2011 A Serbian Film Banned due to it being an "apology for pedophilia".[36]
1967-1990 Privarzaniyat balon (The Tied Up Balloon) Bulgaria Banned during the Communist era for criticizing the communist leaders during World War Two.[37][38][39] After Bulgaria became a democratic nation again, in 1990, the ban was lifted.[37][39]
2007 The Simpsons Movie Burma Banned over the "juxtaposition of the colors yellow and red", which is seen as support for rebel groups.[40]
2008 Rambo Banned for negative portrayals of Burmese soldiers.[41]
2014 Who Killed Chea Vichea? Cambodia Banned.[further explanation needed][42]
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".[43][44]
2015 No Escape Banned for its "negative portrayal of local culture".[45][46]
1972-1990 Last Tango in Paris Chile Banned under the regime of Augusto Pinochet on its initial release for obscenity.[14]
1982-1990 Missing Banned under the regime of Augusto Pinochet for criticism of his regime and violent actions during his coup.[47]
1987 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned under the regime of Augusto Pinochet for its blasphemic themes.[12][better source needed]
1959 Ben-Hur (1959) China Banned under the regime of Mao Zedong for containing "propaganda of superstitious beliefs, namely Christianity." (Never given permission to screen)[48]
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.[49][50]
1984 Yellow Earth Banned upon initial release.[51]
1985 Back to the Future Banned because of time travel.[9]
1986 The Horse Thief Banned upon initial release.[51]
1990 Ju Dou Banned upon initial release, but lifted in 1992.[51][52] The Chinese government gave permission for its viewing in July 1992.[53]
1991 Life on a String (1991) Banned upon initial release.[51]
1991-1994 Raise the Red Lantern (1991) Banned upon initial release, released three years later.[51]
1993 The Blue Kite Banned for being "offensive". Its director, Tian Zhuangzhuang, received a 10-year ban from making films.[54]
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.[55]
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.[51][56][57]
1998 Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl Banned.[51]
2000 Devils on the Doorstep Banned.[51]
2005 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Banned for its unflattering depictions of Chinese society (never given permission to screen).[58]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because of blasphemous content.[15]
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)[59]
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Banned because (according to Xinhua, the state news agency of the People's Republic of China) 10 minutes of footage containing Chow Yun-fat's portrayal of Singaporean pirate Sao Feng have been trimmed from versions of the film which may be shown in China. Chow is onscreen for 20 minutes in the uncensored theatrical release of the film. No official reason for the censorship was given, but unofficial sources within China have indicated that the character offered a negative and stereotypical portrayal of the Chinese people.[60]
2009 Shinjuku Incident Banned for being "too violent" when director Derek Yee refused to edit this content down.[61]
2014 Noah Banned for the depiction of prophets.[15]
2016 Deadpool (2016) Banned upon initial release due to explicit content.[51][62]
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.[63]
1966 The Hand Czechoslovakia Banned under the Communist regime for depicting a restrictive environment, which was similar to living under the regime.[64]
1966 Daisies Banned under the Communist regime for "depicting the wanton".[65][66] The film's director, V?ra Chytilová, was forbidden from working again until 1975.[66][67]
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 N?mec was forced to leave the country.[68]
1967 The Firemen's Ball Banned by the Czech Communist government in 1968 for its satire of the East European communist system.[68][69][better source needed]
1968 Deserters and Pilgrims (also known as The Deserters and the Nomads) Banned by the Czech Communist government.[68]
1969-1990 All My Compatriots (also known as All My Countrymen) Banned by the Czech Communist government.[68] Its director, Vojt?ch 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.[68]
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.[68]
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.[70][71][72]
1969-1990 Larks on a String Banned under the Communist regime from 1969 until the fall of the regime in 1990.[73][74]
1969 Mourning Party (Smute?ní slavnost) Banned by the Czech Communist government.[68]
1969 The Seventh Day, The Eighth Night (Den sedmý, osmá noc) Banned by the Czech Communist government.[68][75]
1970 Hlídac (Prison Guard) Banned by the Czech Communist government.[68]
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.[68]
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.[68][76]
1970 Witchhammer Banned by the Czech Communist government.[68]
1971 Nahota (Naked) Banned by the Czech Communist government.[68]
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 Jurá?ek's career.[68][77]
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.[78]
1975 The Apple Game Banned by the Czech Communist government. The director, V?ra Chytilová, personally asked for more information at the censor board and heard that the Soviet embassy felt the subject matter was "too heavy-duty".[68]
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.[79]
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.[78]
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 P?idal, an author who was banned by the regime, and because it featured the subversive rock band Pra?ský výb?r.[72]
1930 The Skeleton Dance Denmark Banned initially in 1930 because the censors deemed the film "too macabre".[80] Today the ban is no longer in effect.
1965-1990 Das Kaninchen bin ich (The Rabbit Is Me) East Germany 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.[81] 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.[82][82][83]
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.[82]
1966-1989 Spur der Steine (Trace of Stones) Banned by the East-German Communist government.[82]
1968-1989 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.[82]
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.[84][85]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because of blasphemous content.[15]
2014 Sweetness of Spirit - Halawet Rooh 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.[86][87]
1930-1952 Battleship Potemkin Finland Banned out of fear of inciting a Communist revolution.[9][88]
1943-1945 Mrs. Miniver Banned during World War II.[89]
1943-1950 Johnny Eager Banned during World War II and finally released on March 31, 1950.[90]
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.[12][better source needed]
1960-1981 Peeping Tom Banned for 21 years.[12][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).[91][92]
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.[93][94]
1974-1996[95] The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Banned because of graphic violence.[96]
1984 Cannibal Holocaust Banned due to explicit content.[18]
1980 Cruising Banned on its initial release.[14]
1925-1953 Battleship Potemkin France Banned due to fears that it could inspire revolution.[97]
1930 L'Age d'Or Banned in Paris by the police prefect "in the name of public order."[98]
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.[99][100]
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.[12][better source needed][101]
1950-1990 Afrique 50 Banned for criticizing the French colonial rule. Its director, René Vautier, was condemned to one year in prison.[102][103]
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.[10][104]
1954 Avant le déluge Banned due to it controversial criminal content.[105]
1955-1957 Bel-Ami Banned on its initial release. Released after two years in a censored version.[103][106]
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).[107][108][109]
1955-1980 Le Rendez-vous des quais Banned for representing dockers who refused to dispatch military supplies for use in the Indochina War.[103][110]
1957-1970 Paths of Glory Banned in France for two decades because of its critical depiction of the French army during World War I.[111]
1960 Le Petit Soldat Banned on political grounds; the ban was lifted in 1963 with re-editing.[10][112]
1961 Tu ne tueras point Banned for two years because it depicts a soldier during World War II who has conscientious objections.[10][113]
1965-1971 The Battle of Algiers Banned for six years because of its pro-Algerian and anticolonial message.[10]
1965-1971 Det kære legetøj Banned for advocating pornography.[114]
1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Banned for its violent and sadistic content.[35]
1977 Camp de Thiaroye Banned for criticizing the colonial system.[115]
2000 Baise-Moi Banned from French cinema screens in 2000 after being given an X-rating.[116][117] Eventually, in August 2001, it was reclassified from age bracket 16 to 18.[118]
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.[119]
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.[120] The film was later partially reconstructed.[121]
1929 The Barnyard Battle (1929) Banned initially because the cats in this Mickey Mouse cartoon wear helmets that resemble German pickelhaube.[80][122] 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.[123] After 1933, it was banned by the Nazi regime for its anti-militaristic themes [124] and being "anti-German".[125]Erich Maria Remarque's novel was also banned as well, and was among the "anti-German" books burned in bonfires.[126] 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.[82]
1933-1945 All movies starring the Marx Brothers. Banned in Nazi Germany because the comedy stars were Jewish.[127]
1933-1945 Battleship Potemkin Banned in Nazi Germany due to fears it could inspire Marxism.[97][128]
1933-1945 Ecstasy Banned in Nazi Germany because of the erotic content.[129]
1933-1945 Mädchen in Uniform. Banned in Nazi Germany because of its lesbian theme.[82]
1933-1945 The Mad Doctor Banned in Nazi Germany, because of the horror atmosphere in this Mickey Mouse short.[130]
1933-1945 Mysterium des Geschlechtes Banned in Nazi Germany because of the erotic content.[129]
1933-1945 Vier von der Infanterie (Westfront 1918, also known as Comrades of 1918) Banned in Nazi Germany for being a pacifist war drama.[82]
1934-1945 M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder Banned in Nazi Germany.[131][132]
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.[82]
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.[15][133][134]
1936-1945 The Bohemian Girl Banned in Nazi Germany, because the positive depiction of gypsies "had no place" in the Third Reich.[135]
1936-1956 Modern Times Banned in Nazi Germany for advocating Communism.[136][137]
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".[138]
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.[139] 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.[140] 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.[141]
1939-1978 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Banned in Nazi Germany because it proved that democracy worked.[142]
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.[9][143] 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.[29]
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.[144][145]
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.[145]
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.[146]
1945- Jud Süss (1940) Banned in 1945 from German exhibition by decree of the Allied Military Occupation.[147] 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).[148][149][150] 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.[151]
1951 Der Untertan (film) (The Kaiser's Lackey) Banned in western Germany because of "anticonstitutional" content.[152] Uncut version released in western Germany in 1971.
1956 Du und mancher Kamerad Banned in western Germany because of "anticonstitutional" content.[152]
1956 Thomas Muentzer (film) (Thomas Müntzer) Banned in western Germany because of "anticonstitutional" content.[152]
1958 And Quiet Flows the Don (film) (And Quiet Flows the Don (1958)) Banned in western Germany because of "anticonstitutional" content.[152] 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.[153]
1974-1978 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Banned in western Germany due to extreme level violence.[96]
2010 Zidan ("Prison") (1974) Although currently the ban is not in effect, Zindan, directed by Remzi Jonturk, it remains the only Turkish movie title to have ever been banned in Germany due to gore, violence and cruelty.[154]
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.[155]
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.[15][156]
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 [157]
1914 Golfo (1914) Greece Banned for its royalist sentiments.[158]
1967-1974 Z (1969) Banned under the colonel's regime, for being critical of the junta.[159]
1945 Jud Süss (1940) Hungary Banned since the end of the World War II due to its anti-Jewish and pro-Nazi content.
1969-1981 A tanú (The Witness) Banned under the Communist government for almost a decade, because it satirized the regime.[160][161]
1985-1999 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Iceland Banned due to high level of violence; a censored version was later released.[96]
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.[96]
1976 Max Havelaar Indonesia Banned for its parallels between the anti-colonial story and the then present-day regime.[10]
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously Banned for its criticism of Sukarno's regime. The ban was lifted in 1999.[162]
1994 Schindler's List Banned for being sympathetic to the Jewish cause.[163][164]
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.[165]
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[166]
2014 Noah Banned because of its depiction of the prophets.[167]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned due to its sexual content.[168][169]
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.[170]
1975 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Banned due to graphic violence and nudity.[15]
1980 Cruising Banned on its initial release.[14]
1981 Bita Banned under the censorship act of 1981 because it criticized exploitation of women by men.[49]
1981 Ghaire aze Khoudo Hitch Kass Naboud Banned under the censorship act of 1981 because it depicts a lesbian relationship.[49]
1996 Gabbeh Banned for being "subversive".[171]
1996 N?n o gold?n (A Moment of Innocence) Banned because of its theme that different people can experience the same incident in a different way .[172][173][171]
2001 Zoolander Banned for perceived support of gay rights.[174]
2004 Marmoulak Pulled from cinemas two weeks after its premiere in Iran due to the film mocking conservative attitudes of the clerics in Iran.[175]
2010 300 Banned for its negative portrayal of Persian military.[176]
2012 Argo Banned for its negative portrayal of Iran.[177]
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Iraq Banned under the regime of Saddam Hussein for depicting him in a comedic light.[9]
2015 American Sniper Banned for being an "insult to the population".[178]
1931-2000 Monkey Business Ireland 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.[179]
1943 The Outlaw Banned due to sexual references.[180][181]
1945 Mildred Pierce Banned.[further explanation needed][180][181]
1945 Brief Encounter Banned, as it was considered too permissive of adultery.[180]
1946 The Big Sleep Banned due to sexual references.[180]
1950 Outrage Banned due to its theme of rape.[180]
1967-2000 Ulysses Banned for three decades. The film was not approved for general release until 2000.[182]
1971-2000 A Clockwork Orange Banned due to its extreme depictions of violence and rape. In 2000 the ban was lifted.[96]
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.[183]
1979-1987 Monty Python's Life of Brian Banned because of its blasphemous content. Ban lifted in 1987.[96]
1983-1990 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Banned because of its blasphemous content. Ban lifted in 1990.[184]
1994 Natural Born Killers Banned out of fear for copycat killings.[35]
1997 Preaching to the Perverted Banned for obscenity.[185][186]
1948 Oliver Twist Israel Banned on its initial release, because the character of Fagin was deemed to be anti-semitic.[187]
1957 The Girl in the Kremlin Banned because it may have harmed Israel's diplomatic relations with Moscow.[188]
1957 China Gate Banned for indulging in excessive cruelty. The Israeli film censorship board indicated the film depicted Chinese and Russian soldiers as "monsters".[189]
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.[190] 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).[191][192]
1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days Banned because the censorship board unanimously felt that the portrayal of Hitler was "too human".[193]
1987 In the Realm of the Senses Banned because of pornographic content.[194][195]
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned on the grounds that it could offend Christians.[196]
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.[195][197]
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.[198]
1933-1945 Duck Soup Italy Banned under the regime of Benito Mussolini for poking fun at dictators and war.[127]
1937-1945 La Grande Illusion Banned under the regime of Benito Mussolini for its anti-war message.[138]
1955 Totò and Carolina Banned on its initial release for poking fun at the police.[199]
1962 Jules and Jim Banned initially for its sexual attitudes, but after protest this ban was quickly lifted.[12][better source needed]
1972-1986 Last Tango in Paris Banned from 1972 to 1986 for being "obscene".[96]
1982-2009 Lion of the Desert Banned from 1982 until 2009 as it was considered damaging to the honor of the Italian Army.[200]
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.[201]
1939 The Mikado Japan Banned until after World War II because could be construed as disrespectful towards the Emperor of Japan.[202]
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".[12][better source needed]
1976-1982 In the Realm of the Senses Banned in Japan for its graphic sex scenes.[12] In 1982 the court ruled in director Nagisa Oshima's favor, but the film is still only available in a censored cut.[203][204]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Jordan Banned because of blasphemous content.[15]
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Kenya Banned for explicit sexual content, profanity, drug use and nudity.[205]
2014 Stories of Our Lives Banned because this documentary about being gay in Kenya "showed obscenity, explicit scenes of sexual activities" and promoted homosexuality.[206]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned due to its sexual content.[168][169]
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Kuwait Banned for offending the Muslim Brotherhood. The TV series itself is also banned in the country.[207]
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 Banned for being critical of the Iraq war and being an insult to Saudi Arabia's royal family.[208][209]
2007 The Kingdom Banned for being a "false depiction" of a 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia.[27]
2017 Beauty and the Beast Banned due to homosexual references that were offensive.[210][211]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Lebanon Banned because of blasphemous content.[15]
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.[212]
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.[213] 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.[6]
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Malaysia Banned because of blasphemous content.[35]
1984 Cannibal Holocaust Banned due to explicit violence and depictions of animal cruelty.[18]
1993 Schindler's List Banned initially; the Malaysian Film Censorship Board described the film as "propaganda with the purpose of asking for sympathy."[214] 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.[215]
1998 Barney's Great Adventure Banned because the censors found it to be unacceptable for children to watch, without providing any further explanation.[216]
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".[217]
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Banned due to its strong sexual content, drug abuse and offensive language.[218]
2014 The Raid 2: Berandal Banned on its initial release.[219]
2014 Noah Banned due to religious content and its depictions of the prophets.[167]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned due to its strong sexual content and graphic nudity.[44]
2015 The Danish Girl Banned due to sexual and nude content as well on grounds of moral depravity.[220]
2017 Beauty and the Beast Banned due to homosexual references in the movie. Disney rejected the Film Censorship Board's cuts.[221]

Released without any cuts.[222]

1987 The Last Temptation of Christ Mexico Banned for blasphemic themes.[12][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.[223]
2010 Maladolescenza Banned since 25 March 2010 by the court of Alkmaar, which classified several scenes as child pornography.[224][225] The decision therefore means that possession, distribution and knowingly gaining access to the movie is prohibited.[226]
1975-1992 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom New Zealand Banned on its initial release,[10] but lifted after seventeen years.[15]
1980, 2006 Cannibal Holocaust Banned due to its extremely violent content and actual on-screen killings of animals.[227] (also refused release in 2006)
1981 Mad Max Banned in 1979 because of a graphic violent death.[228] (VHS release was later approved[229])
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."[230]
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",[231][232] 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".[233]
2005 Vase de Noces Banned because the film "promotes and supports bestiality".[234] As of 2017, it is still banned.[234]
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."[235]
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.[236]
2011 Megan Is Missing Banned for its sexual violence involving young people.[237]
2011 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) Banned due to its gore, violence and sexually explicit content.[238]
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) [239]
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".[240]
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".[241]
2009 District 9 Nigeria Banned due to accusations of being xenophobic and racist towards Nigerians.[242]
2004 Team America: World Police (2004) North Korea Banned for ridiculing President Kim Jong-Il.[243]
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."[244] 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."[245]
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.[246]
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.[247][248][249] 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.[250] 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".[250] 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.[251] However, he also stated that the film would be available in Russia on DVD and online.[252] As a result of the decision the film was also withdrawn from cinemas in Belarus,[253] Ukraine,[254] Kazakhstan,[255] and Kyrgyzstan, while release of the film has been postponed until October in Georgia.[256]
1964-1971 491 Norway Banned due to homosexual themes; a censored version was later released.[257]
1972 Pink Flamingos Banned on its initial release until the 1980s.[14]
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.[96]
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".[258] In 1980 the Norwegian ban was lifted.[96]
1984-2005 Cannibal Holocaust Banned due to explicit violence and depictions of animal cruelty. Passed uncut after 2005 with an 18 (adults only) rating.[18]
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.[96]
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.[96]
1940 The Great Dictator Paraguay Banned under the regime of Higinio Morínigo.[259]
1971 Sacco e Vanzetti Banned under the regime of Alfredo Stroessner for "encouraging Communism".[10]
1979 The Deer Hunter Banned under the regime of Alfredo Stroessner for "danger of being misunderstood".[10]
1980 The Blood of Hussain Pakistan 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.[260]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because of blasphemous content.[15]
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.[15][261]
2016 Maalik Banned by the Government of Pakistan.[262]
2016 Sarabjeet Banned because of excessive controversial depections.
1977 Hubad na Bayani Philippines Banned.[263] Depiction of human-rights abuses during the martial-law era[]
1987 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned for blasphemic themes.[12][better source needed]
1998-? 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. The ban would only be lifted if she sincerely apologized.[264]
2000 Toro/Live Show Banned for explicit sexual content.[265]
2003 Imelda Banned, after Imelda Marcos, on whom the biopic is based, filed a lawsuit.[266]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because of blasphemous content.[15]
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".[125]
1946 Australia Marches with Britain Banned without a reason given.[267]
1946 Men of Timor Banned without a reason given.[267]
1967-1985 R?ce do góry (Hands Up!) Banned under the Communist regime for 18 years for depicting the Stalinist era.[268] Its director, Jerzy Skolimowski, was so outraged he left his country and moved to the West.
1972 Diabe? (The Devil) Banned under the Communist regime because of its political anti-war theme.[269][270]
1973-1981 Opowie o cz?owieku, który wykona? 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.[268]
1975-1981 Wanda Go?cimska. W?ókniarka (Wanda Go?cimi?ska. 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.[268]
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.[268]
1976-1980 Spokój (The Calm) Banned under the Communist regime for four years because the plot is about a strike.[271][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.[273][274]
1977-1981 Indeks. ?ycie i twórczo Józefa M. (pl) (The Index) Banned under the Communist regime for four years, because it depicted the 1968 student demonstrations.[275]
1981-1988 Kobieta Samotna (A Lonely Woman, also translated as A Woman Alone) Banned under the Communist regime for its political criticism.[276] It remained banned for seven years, until 1988.[277][278]
1981-1984 Wahade?ko (pl)[279] (Shilly Shally) Banned under the Communist regime for three years, because the story is set during the Stalinist era.[268]
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.[277][278]
1981-1987 Blind Chance Banned by the Communist government because of one storyline in this anthology film where Communism in Poland is overthrown.[280][281]
1981 By? Jazz (There was Jazz) Banned by the Communist government.[276]
1981 Cz?owiek z ?elaza (Man of Iron) Banned under the Communist regime for its political criticism and for depicting the labour union Solidarity.[276]
1981-1984 Dreszcze (Shivers) Banned by the Communist government. The film is a satirical story about a teenager imprisoned at an indoctrination camp.[282][283]
1981 Gor?czka (Fever) Banned by the Communist government, because of its brutally realistic portrayal of the occupying Soviet forces.[284][285][285]
1981 Jak ?y? (How to Live) Banned twice in one year by the Communist government.[276]
1981-1983 Wojna ?wiatów - nast?pne 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.[268]
1981 Kobieta Samotna (A Lonely Woman) Banned under the Communist regime for its political criticism.[276]
1982-1989 Przes?uchanie (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.[286][287][288]
1982-1987 Matka Królów (The Mother of Kings) Banned under the Communist regime without even being released for its political criticism.[276] It remained banned for five years, until 1987.[277]
1983-1988 Niedzielne igraszki (Sunday Pranks) Banned under the Communist regime for five years.[279][289]
1970 Catch-22 Portugal Banned under the Marcelo Caetano regime for a scene depicting a character sitting naked in a tree,[40] 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).[96]
2014 Noah Qatar Banned for depicting the prophets.[28]
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.[12][better source needed][290]
1968 Korotkie vstrechi (Brief Encounters) Banned by the Communist government.[291]
1971 Dolgie Provody (Long Farewells) Banned by the Communist government for its negative view of a mother-son relationship.[291]
1984-1987 Repentance (Long Farewells) Banned for its semi-allegorical critique of Stalinism.[292][293]
2006 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Banned for being "offensive".[294]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Samoa Banned outright after church leaders watching a pre-release showing filed a complaint with film censors.[295] (see Censorship in Samoa for details) [15]
2009 The Cell 2 Banned due to violent content.[295] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 Milk Banned, originally without being given a reason.[295] 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.[296] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Banned in 2009.[297] (See Censorship in Samoa for further details)
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 Saudi Arabia[298] Banned for being critical of the Iraq war and being an insult to Saudi Arabia's royal family.[208]
2007 The Kingdom [further explanation needed][299]
2013 King of the Sands Banned for depicting the Saudi Arabia country founder Ibn Saud.
2014 Noah Banned for depicting the prophets.[15]
1977 Ceddo Senegal Banned for its presentation of the conflicts between Islamic and Christian religions and ethnic and traditional beliefs.[10][300] 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."[301]
1977 Camp de Thiaroye Banned for criticizing the colonial system.[115]
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.[96] 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.[302][303]
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"".[96][304]
1973 Last Tango in Paris Banned for its strong sexual content.[96]
1974-2004 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Banned for 30 years.[96] Passed uncut after 2004 with an M18 rating for violence.[305]
1975 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Banned due to graphic violence and nudity.[15]
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Banned for "inappropriate" religious content.[35][306]
1980 Cannibal Holocaust Banned for graphic violence.[307]
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.[308]
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.[309]
1986 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Banned by the authority. Subsequently, rated R21.[310]
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned for blasphemous content.[311]
1995 A Night on the Water Banned for strong sexuality.[312]
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.[313] Passed uncut after 2004 with an NC16 rating.[314]
2004 Formula 17 Banned because it "portrayed homosexuality as normal, a natural progression of society."[315]
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.[316]
2006 Shortbus Banned because of pornographic content.[15]
2007 Solos Banned for pervasive explicit homosexual scenes.[317]
2007 Following Desire Banned for "excessive sexual acts and stage performances of a sexual nature which are prolonged, gratuitous and exploitative".[318]
2007 Zahari's 17 Years Banned because, according to the Government of Singapore, it is "against public interests".[319]
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.[318]
2008 David the Tolhidan Banned for its "sympathetic portrayal of an organisation viewed as a terrorist organisation by many countries".[318]
2008 Arabs and Terrorism Banned for its "sympathetic portrayal of an organisation viewed as a terrorist organisation by many countries".[318]
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".[318]
2009 Female Games Banned for its "explicit lesbian sex acts".[318]
2009 Boy Banned because it "romanticizes and promotes homosexual relationships. The sexual sequence is prolonged, intense and titillates".[318]
2009 Brides of Allah Banned because it "promotes and justifies the act of terrorism, and uses religion to justify its cause".[318]
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".[318]
2010 Dr Lim Hock Siew Banned due to similar reasons for the film Zahari's 17 Years[320]
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.[321] The ban was subsequently lifted and the film's Singapore version released with edits in March 2013.[322] 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".[323] The film was also withdrawn from the Asean International Film Festival & Awards, where it was due to be screened from Mar 28-30, 2013.[324]
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."[325]
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."[326]
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.[10]
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.[327]
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.[328]
1978 Up in Smoke Banned under the apartheid regime because it "might encourage the impressionable youth of South Africa to take up marijuana smoking". [329]
1978-1983 Pretty Baby Banned under the apartheid regime until 1983.[328]
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Banned under the apartheid regime because of blasphemous content.[35]
1980 Cruising Banned under the apartheid regime on its initial release.[14]
1988 Mapantsula Banned under the apartheid regime for criticism of apartheid.[327]
1989 Cry Freedom Banned under the apartheid regime for being a biopic about anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.[10]
1995-1997 Kids Banned for two years and only unbanned in 1997 on appeal with a no-under 16 age restriction.[330]
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.[331]
1971 A Clockwork Orange South Korea Banned due to depictions of violence and gang rape. Has been lifted since.[96]
1973 Last Tango in Paris Banned for its strong sexual content.[96]
1975-1981 Ban Geum-ryeon Banned for six years, was released with 40 minutes cut.[332]
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.[333]
1927-1975 Battleship Potemkin Spain Banned under the regime of Francisco Franco out of fear of inciting a Communist revolution.[9][88]
1957-1975 Paths of Glory Banned under Franco's regime for its "anti-military" themes.[12][better source needed]
1960-1975 La Dolce Vita Banned under the regime of Francisco Franco.[334]
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.[335]
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.[49]
2009 Saw VI Banned from regular, non-adult cinemas because of the "X" rating.[336][337]
2010 A Serbian Film Banned due to extreme violence (contains a lot of sexually violent content).[338]
1975 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Sri Lanka Banned due to graphic violence and nudity.[15]
2006 Aksharaya (Letter of Fire) Banned for dealing with issues of incest, murder, and rape.[339]
1969 I Am Curious (Yellow) Sweden Banned because of pornography, but after a court case it was allowed.[133]
1974-2001 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Banned due to high gore violence and cruelty.[96] Ban lifted in 2001.
1981 Mad Max Banned because of violent content.[340]
1983 Hell of the Living Dead [further explanation needed][341] Released uncut on DVD in the mid-2000s.[342]
1984-2005 Tenebre Banned because of high impact scary violence. Re-released in an uncut version in 2005.[343]
1985 Return of the Living Dead Although its status remains unclear(?)[further explanation needed] the first two sequels have been released on DVD.[344]
1997 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Banned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty. Sony Pictures later released the film on DVD.[345][346]
1957 Paths of Glory Switzerland Banned for its critical depiction of the French army during World War I.[111]
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.[82]
2012 The Dictator Tajikistan Banned because of subversiveness.[9]
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." [206]
1956 The King and I (1956) Thailand Banned because could be construed as disrespectful towards the King of Thailand.[347]
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).[348]
1999 Anna and the King Banned because could be construed as disrespectful towards the King of Thailand.[349]
2007 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Banned due to violence.[350]
2007 Halloween (2007 remake) Banned due to depictions of violence.[350]
2008 Frontier(s) Banned due to violence.[351]
2008 Funny Games [further explanation needed][350]
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).[352]
2010 Saw VI Banned due to violence.[353]
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.[35]
1969 Bir Çirkin Adam (An Ugly Man) Turkey Banned for its revelations of the social conditions in the country.[10]
1979 Yorgun Sava?ç? (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.[10]
1987 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned for blasphemic themes.[12][better source needed]
1987 Su da Yanar (Water Also Burns) Banned because it dealt with the banned communist poet Nazim Hikmet.[10]
1972-1979 All foreign films Uganda President Idi Amin banned all foreign films in 1972 on the grounds that they contained "imperialist propaganda".[354]
2014 The Wolf of Wall Street Banned, like in most other African countries.[355]
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.[356]
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.[357]
2007 Hostel: Part II Banned for the same reason as Hostel. People are allowed to own it on private DVD.[358]
2009 Brüno Banned for its homosexual themes.[359]
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.[360]
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][361]
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.[362]
2014 Noah Banned for depicting the prophets.[28]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned due to its sexual content.[168][169]
1973-1999 A Clockwork Orange United Kingdom 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.[363]
2002 We Were Soldiers Banned as of 2002.[363]
1995 Xich lo (Cyclo) Banned for being too "westernised" in its portrayal of urban poverty in the country.[further explanation needed][15][364]
2010 Sex and the City 2 Banned because of a conflict of "cultural values".[365]
2012 The Hunger Games Banned because of extreme violence and killing.[366][367]
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.[368]
1937 La Grande Illusion Yugoslavia Banned in 1937 for its anti-war message.[138]
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.[369]
1971-1987 W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism Banned under the regime of Josip Broz Tito and seven years after his death in 1980.[12][better source needed][370][371]
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.[327]
2010 Lobola 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".[372]
2014 Kumasowe Banned because it depicts violent clashes between members of an apostolic sect in the country and Zimbabwe Republic police officers.[373]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned because of the explicit erotic scenes. In some theaters an edited version was allowed.[374]

Other countries

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Kie?lowski claimed that the film "had nothing to do with politics. It simply tells the story of a man who wants very little and can't get it."[272]

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