Throughout history, there have been several movies that faced attempts at being banned or restricted from release by Hollywood or various entities. Here are some notable examples:
“The Birth of a Nation” (1915): This controversial silent film by D.W. Griffith depicted racial stereotypes and glorified the Ku Klux Klan. While it faced protests and attempts at censorship, it was not officially banned.
“A Clockwork Orange” (1971): Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this film adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel sparked controversy for its depiction of violence and antisocial behavior. It was temporarily withdrawn from release in the UK at Kubrick’s request due to concerns about copycat crimes.
“The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988): Directed by Martin Scorsese, this film adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel portrayed a controversial interpretation of Jesus Christ’s life. It faced protests and calls for banning from religious groups.
“Natural Born Killers” (1994): Directed by Oliver Stone, this film explored themes of violence and media influence. It faced criticism for its portrayal of mass murderers and was blamed for inspiring real-life crimes. However, it was not officially banned.
“Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004): Directed by Michael Moore, this documentary criticized the Bush administration and its handling of the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq War. There were attempts by conservative groups to prevent its release or restrict its distribution, but it was eventually released.
“The Interview” (2014): This comedy film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco faced controversy and threats due to its satirical portrayal of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Sony Pictures initially pulled the film’s release after cyberattacks but later distributed it.
“The Interview” (1998): Directed by Craig Monahan, this Australian film depicted controversial themes such as child abuse and pedophilia. It faced significant opposition and censorship attempts in Australia but was eventually released with an adult classification.
“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974): This horror film directed by Tobe Hooper faced challenges from censors due to its graphic violence and disturbing content. It was banned in several countries and heavily edited in others.
“A Serbian Film” (2010): Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic, this Serbian horror film pushed boundaries with its extreme violence, sexual content, and explicit scenes. It faced numerous bans and restrictions in several countries for its highly controversial and disturbing content.
“The Human Centipede” (2009): Directed by Tom Six, this horror film sparked outrage for its grotesque concept of surgically connecting people mouth-to-anus. It faced censorship and bans in certain countries due to its disturbing content.
It’s important to note that while some films faced attempts at banning or restrictions, the final outcome varied depending on factors such as public pressure, legal considerations, and freedom of expression. Censorship and attempts to ban films can be controversial, raising debates about artistic freedom, societal impact, and the balance between regulation and creative expression.
Here are 30 notable movies that have been acclaimed and received an NR17 rating:
- “A Clockwork Orange” (1971) – Directed by Stanley Kubrick
- “Blue Velvet” (1986) – Directed by David Lynch
- “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999) – Directed by Stanley Kubrick
- “Irreversible” (2002) – Directed by Gaspar Noé
- “Oldboy” (2003) – Directed by Park Chan-wook
- “Antichrist” (2009) – Directed by Lars von Trier
- “Shame” (2011) – Directed by Steve McQueen
- “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) – Directed by Martin Scorsese
- “Nymphomaniac” (2013) – Directed by Lars von Trier
- “Only God Forgives” (2013) – Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
- “Whiplash” (2014) – Directed by Damien Chazelle
- “Nocturnal Animals” (2016) – Directed by Tom Ford
- “The Handmaiden” (2016) – Directed by Park Chan-wook
- “Mother!” (2017) – Directed by Darren Aronofsky
- “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017) – Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
- “The Square” (2017) – Directed by Ruben Östlund
- “Raw” (2016) – Directed by Julia Ducournau
- “Suspiria” (2018) – Directed by Luca Guadagnino
- “Climax” (2018) – Directed by Gaspar Noé
- “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (2019) – Directed by Céline Sciamma
- “Uncut Gems” (2019) – Directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie
- “Midsommar” (2019) – Directed by Ari Aster
- “The Lighthouse” (2019) – Directed by Robert Eggers
- “Parasite” (2019) – Directed by Bong Joon-ho
- “The Irishman” (2019) – Directed by Martin Scorsese
- “Promising Young Woman” (2020) – Directed by Emerald Fennell
- “The Devil All the Time” (2020) – Directed by Antonio Campos
- “Saint Maud” (2019) – Directed by Rose Glass
- “Ammonite” (2020) – Directed by Francis Lee
- “Joker” (2019) – Directed by Todd Phillips
Please note that the ratings and classifications may vary across countries, and the inclusion of these movies on this list does not imply a universal NR17 rating or endorsement. Additionally, individual viewer discretion is advised when considering these films, as they may contain explicit content or subject matter that may not be suitable for all audiences.