List of banned films

Summary

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 homosexuality. 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. In some countries, films are banned on a wide scale; these are not listed in this table.

AfghanistanEdit

Date Title Notes
1996–2001 All During the five-year reign of the Islamic Emirate government in Afghanistan, watching film or television was prohibited.[1][2][3]

AlbaniaEdit

Date Title Notes
1980–1990 Pas vdekjes (After Death) Banned for ten years under Communist government.[4]

Arab LeagueEdit

Date Title Notes
1959 Ben-Hur Banned from all Arab League states because actress Haya Harareet was Israeli.[5]
1960 Exodus Banned in the United Arab Republic due to actor Paul Newman's "material support for Zionism and Israel".[5]
2006 Borat Banned in every Arab League country except Lebanon.[6]
2017 Wonder Woman Pulled from distribution in Lebanon before premiere on account of the 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 and Israel are also in a state of war.[7] Due to the Arab League boycott of Israel, it is also banned in Qatar and Tunisia.[8][9]

ArgentinaEdit

Date Title Notes
1941 I'll Never Heil Again Banned during the conservative period of authoritarian governments known as "Infamous Decade" (1930–1943), for lampooning Nazi Germany; Argentina had declared itself neutral during World War Two.[10]
1963 The Silence Banned because of "obscenity".[11]
1972 Last Tango in Paris Banned during the self-styled "Argentine Revolution" dictatorship (1966–1973), for being "pornographic".[11]
1973 Las Venganzas de Beto Sanchez (Beto Sanchez's Vendettas) Banned during the self-styled "Argentine Revolution" dictatorship (1966–1973), due to its controversial storyline and themes.[12] Its release was put "on hold" by the dictatorship until the democratically elected constitutional government of Héctor José Cámpora came to power, which allowed its distribution.[12]
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".[11]
1976 Last Days of Mussolini (1974) Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983).[13][14][15]
1976 The Great Dictator (1940) Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), for mocking dictatorships.[11]
1978 Las largas vacaciones del '36 (Long Vacations of 36) Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), for its sarcastic view of Francoist Spain.[11]
1978 Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), for being "pornographic".[11]
1978 Pretty Baby Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), for being "pornographic".[11]
1979 Coming Home (1978) Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military dictatorship (1976–1983), for its anti-war message.[11]
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.[11]
1985 Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary) Banned due to "blasphemous" and sexual content.[16]
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned for being considered as "blasphemy".[17][18][19]
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.[20] The film was finally shown in a restored copy in 2010, as part of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.[21]

AustraliaEdit

Date Title Notes
1972 Pink Flamingos Banned on its initial release until the 1980s due to offensive content.[22]
1975–1992 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Banned on its initial release,[11] but lifted after seventeen years.[23]
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.[24][25]
2003 Ken Park Banned and refused classification in 2003 for graphic depictions of teenage sex, incest, and auto-erotic asphyxiation.[26]
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.[27][28][29][30][31][32]

AzerbaijanEdit

Date Title Notes
2011 Hostage (Azerbaijani) Banned because the plot presents Armenians in a positive light.[33][unreliable source?]

BahrainEdit

Date Title Notes
2007 The Kingdom Banned because of an inaccurate depiction of a 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia.[34]
2014 Noah Banned due to depiction of prophets.[35]
2021 Eternals Banned due to the film's character of Phastos and his husband.[36]

BangladeshEdit

Date Title Notes
1991 Remembrance of '71 This documentary by Tanvir Mokammel, on the Bangladesh Liberation war was banned by the Bangladesh Film Censor Board.[37]
1994 Nodir Naam Modhumoti This film was banned for being "anti-nationalistic". The director Tanvir Mokammel appealed the ban to the Bangladesh Supreme Court, and then, to the Bangladesh High Court. The film eventually was released in 1996, after the Awami League returned to power.[37]
1995 Muktir Gaan This documentary by Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud was objected by the Censor Board out of concern that the songs featured in it were pro-Awami League. Overturned in 1996.[37]
2005 Teardrops of Karnaphuli This documentary by Tanvir Mokammel about the effects of Kaptai Dam on the indigenous community in Chittagong Hill Tracts was banned in Bangladesh.[37]
2009 Nomuna This satirical film by Enamul Karim Nirjhar had its release refused by the Censor Board for its satire of political figures of Bangladesh.[37]
2011 Hridoy Bhanga Dheu This film was banned because the main villain in the movie wore a Mujib Coat, a coat worn by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first President of Bangladesh.[37]
2015 Mor Thengari This Chakma language film (which was the first of its kind) was refused certification by the Censor Board as the Bangladesh Army lodged a complaint that the film showed the activities of the army in the Chittagong Hill Tracts which is a sensitive issuel,[38] as well for their negative portrayal (along with the police forces') during the Chittagong Hill Tracts conflict.[39] The Ministry of Information in a letter to the Censor board objecting to some scenes of the film, requesting their deletion. The director, Aung Rakhine, withdrew the film rather than cut it,[37] accusing the Censor Board of violating human rights.[40]
2016 Rana Plaza This film about a garment factory worker's 17-day fight to survive under the debris of Rana Plaza, a building that collapsed on 24 April 2013, was banned by the Bangladesh Film Censor Board due to a petition from the Bangladesh National Garment Workers League chief Sirajul Islam, as the movie featured scenes considered "frightening" as well the names of security forces, which is considered a breach of the law.[41]

BelgiumEdit

Date Title Notes
1940–1945 La Kermesse Heroïque (Carnival in Flanders) (1935) 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.[42]
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.[43] It was the only European country at that time where the film was banned.[44][45] Since 1994[46] the ban is no longer in effect.[47]

BrazilEdit

Date Title Notes
1940–1946 The Great Dictator Banned by the Getúlio Vargas dictatorship for being "communist" and "demoralizing the Armed Forces".[48]
1969–2017 El Justicero Film banned in 1969 for criticizing the ruling military dictatorship. The original 35mm film was seized by the authorities and later destroyed.[49][50] For these reasons, the film was lost until 2017, when a 16mm copy was restored and re-released in DVD in Brazil.[51][52][53]
1971–1978 A Clockwork Orange Banned during the military dictatorship for containing obscenity and "promiscuous content". A censored version of black polka dots covering the breasts and genitals of the actors in the nude scenes became available in the country in 1978.[54][55]
1972–1979 Last Tango in Paris Banned during the military dictatorship for containing obscene scenes that were considered by the government as an "attempt against morality and good habits". Ban lifted in 1979.[56][57]
1974-1980 Emmanuelle Banned during the military dictatorship for obscenity and graphic sexual scenes. Ban lifted in 1980.[58]
1974–1980 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Banned during the military dictatorship for containing violent scenes that were considered by the government as an "attempt against morality and good habits". Ban lifted in the early 1980s.[59][60]
1975–1980 Iracema: Uma Transa Amazônica Banned during the military dictatorship for explicit sexual content.[61]
1976-1980 In the Realm of the Senses Banned during the military dictatorship for pornography and graphic sexual scenes. Ban lifted in 1980.[62]
1979 Di Cavalcanti Banned due to a court decision obtained by the adopted daughter of the painter Di Cavalcanti, Elizabeth Di Cavalcanti, alleging that her father's image was violated due to the film containing scenes from the painter's funeral and burial.[63][64] However, in 2004, members of the family of the filmmaker Glauber Rocha, made the work available in full version on a server outside Brazil, to circumvent the film's ban.[65]
1982–1983 Pra Frente, Brasil Banned at the time of its release for containing political criticism of the military dictatorship.[55] Ban lifted a year later.[66]
1985–1988 Je vous salue, Marie Banned during the government of president José Sarney for containing blasphemy against the Christian faith.[67] Ban lifted after the promulgation of the new Brazilian Constitution in 1988.[68]
1993 Beyond Citizen Kane Banned in Brazil due to a lawsuit filed by Roberto Marinho.[69]
2011–2012 A Serbian Film Banned due to it being an "apology for pedophilia" and extreme violence.[70] The film was shown at the VII Fantastic Film Festival in Porto Alegre and was selected for the Fantastic Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro.[71][72] However, it was removed from the event's schedule by order of Caixa, the festival's sponsor. A new screening of the film was scheduled by the organizers of the event outside the festival,[73] but the copy of the film was seized by a court order, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the regional office of the Democrats party.[74] Ban lifted in July 2012.[75]
2022 Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola Temporary ban attempt by order of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, which claimed that the film is an "apology for pedophilia."[76] The decision was received with protests and severe criticism from Fábio Porchat, who acted in the film, and from Danilo Gentili, who acted, produced and screenplayed the film.[76] The video on demand service of Grupo Globo, Globoplay, challenged the ban, stating that it will not comply with the order because it is an unconstitutional censorship that violates the right to freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution of Brazil.[77] The film's attempted ban may have been caused by political reasons related to the 2022 Brazilian presidential election.[78] The ban attempt was abandoned and the film remains in circulation, although it has had its rating increased from 14 to 18.[79]

BulgariaEdit

Date Title Notes
1967–1990 Privarzaniyat balon (The Tied Up Balloon) Banned during the Communist era for criticizing the communist leaders during World War II.[80][81][82] After Bulgaria became a democratic nation in 1990, the ban was lifted.[80][82]

CambodiaEdit

Date Title Notes
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Banned for putting Cambodia in a negative light.[83]
2014 Who Killed Chea Vichea? Banned for investigating the mysterious 2004 assassination of Chea Vichea, one of Cambodia's most influential union leaders who spent years fighting for increased wages and improved working conditions for the nation's 300,000 garment workers.[84]
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".[85][86]
2015 No Escape Banned for its "negative portrayal of local culture".[87][88]
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Banned for portraying Cambodia as a base for the movie's antagonists.[89]
2021 Methagu Banned for request of the Sri Lankan government after depicted biographic of Velupillai Prabhakaran Leader of LTTE[90]

CanadaEdit

ChileEdit

ChinaEdit

Commonwealth of Independent StatesEdit

Date Title Notes
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.[91][92][93] 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.[94] 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".[94] 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.[95] However, he also stated that the film would be available in Russia on DVD and online.[96]

As a result of the decision the film was also withdrawn from cinemas in Belarus,[97] Ukraine,[98] Kazakhstan,[99] and Kyrgyzstan, while release of the film has been postponed until October in Georgia.[100] Ukrainian film director and producer Alexander Rodnyansky criticised the decision not to release Child 44 as bad for the country's film industry. "Before, films where Soviet and Russian heroes were presented not in the best way have been released in Russia, but nothing similar happened. Now everything to do with history should clearly fit into a kind of framework set by the culture ministry."[101]

CubaEdit

Date Title Notes
1966 Red Zone Cuba Banned due to its negative portrayal of Cubans.
1980 Cuba Crossing Banned by the Cuban government.
1984 Red Dawn Banned by the Cuban government for negatively portraying Cubans.
1992 Captain Ron Banned by the Cuban government.
1992 A Few Good Men Banned by the Cuban government.
1995 GoldenEye Banned by the Cuban government for portraying Soviets.
1996 Azúcar Amarga Banned by the Cuban government.
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Banned due to its negative setting of Cuba.
2014 Camp X-Ray Banned by the Cuban government.
2019 Cuban Love Banned due to its negative portrayal of Cubans.
2020 Without Havana Banned by the Cuban government.

CzechoslovakiaEdit

Date Title Notes
1966 The Hand Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government from 1969 to 1989.[102]
1966 Daisies Banned under the Communist regime for "depicting the wanton".[103][104] The film's director, Věra Chytilová, was forbidden from working again until 1975.[104][105]
1966–1988 A Report on the Party and the Guests Banned from 1966 to 1968 because of its political satire. After a short release during the Prague Spring, it was banned again for the next twenty years. In 1974, director Jan Němec emigrated.[106]
1967 The Firemen's Ball Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government in 1968 for "mocking the working class".[106][107][better source needed] Director Miloš Forman relocated to the United States.
1968 Deserters and Pilgrims (also known as The Deserters and the Nomads) Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government.[106]
1969 Funeral Ceremonies (Smuteční slavnost) Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government.[106]
1969 The Seventh Day, The Eighth Night (Den sedmý, osmá noc) Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government.[106][108]
1969–1989 Dull Sunday Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government for twenty years, with its director, Drahomíra Vihanová, being banned from making new films until 1977.[106]
1969–1989 The Cremator Banned by the Czechoslovak 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.[109][110][111]
1969–1989 All My Compatriots (also known as All My Countrymen) Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government.[106] Its director, Vojtěch Jasný went into exile.
1969–1989 Birds, Orphans and Fools Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government for depicting three people orphaned by political violence and trying to mentally survive, despite not being free.[106]
1969–1989 Larks on a String Banned until the fall of the Communist government in 1989.[112][113]
1970 Hlídač (Prison Guard) Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government.[106]
1970 Fruit of Paradise Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government for its shocking content. Its director, Věra Chytilová, was forbidden from making new films for eight years.[106][114]
1970 Witchhammer Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government.[106]
1970–1989 Ucho (The Ear) Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government until 1989, because the story depicts a couple who think they are under government surveillance.[106]
1971 Nahota (Naked) Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government.[106]
1972 Case for a Rookie Hangman Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government for its satirical depiction of Czech society, which meant the end of the director Pavel Juráček's career.[106][115]
1972 Leonardo's Diary Banned by the Communist government for depicting life in Czechoslovakia in a critical light. Its director, Jan Švankmajer, was banned from working for five years.[116]
1975 The Apple Game Banned by the Czechoslovak 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".[106]
1977–1989 Castle of Otranto Banned by the Czechoslovak Communist government after its director, Jan Švankmajer, refused to change anything about the film. Government censors objected to its mockumentary tone, which could undermine peoples' faith in the TV news. Švankmajer himself was banned from making films for eight years.[117]
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 Švankmajer, having been banned twice before in the past.[116]
1983–1989 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 government, and because it featured the subversive rock band Pražský výběr.[111]

Democratic Republic of the CongoEdit

Date Title Notes
2015 L'Homme Qui Repare Les Femmes (The Man Who Mends Women) Banned without a reason given. The documentary is about Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, whose hospital treats rape victims.[118]

DenmarkEdit

Date Title Notes
1930 The Skeleton Dance Banned initially in 1930 because the censors deemed the film "too macabre" for kids.[119] Today the ban is no longer in effect.

EgyptEdit

Date Title Notes
1968 Funny Girl 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.[120][121]
1994 The Emigrant This film, which is loosely based on the story of the Biblical character Joseph, raised several protests, since Islam forbids the visual depiction of religious figures.[122] After achieving all necessary approvals from the censors, the film ran successfully in Egyptian cinema until a lawsuit initiated by a fundamentalist Islamist lawyer caused a temporary ban. After a year-long court battle, the director Youssef Chahine won the case, only to face a second ban resulting from a lawsuit initiated by a Christian lawyer who objected to the movie's deviations from the Biblical account.[123]
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Banned due to violent content and its religious themes.[124]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because of blasphemous content.[23]
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 Malèna (2000) starring Italian actress Monica Bellucci.[125][126]

FijiEdit

Date Title Notes
2009 Adhura Sapna Banned due to racial themes towards Fijians.[127]

FinlandEdit

Date Title Notes
1930–1952 Battleship Potemkin Banned out of fear of inciting a Communist revolution.[10][128]
1943–1945 Mrs. Miniver Banned during World War II.[129]
1943–1950 Johnny Eager Banned during World War II and finally released on March 31, 1950.[130]
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.[17][better source needed]
1960–1981 Peeping Tom Banned for 21 years.[17][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).[131][132]
1969-1989 The Great Silence Banned by the Finnish Board of Film in June 1969 for violence.[133] Ban was lifted in February 1989 after several minutes of cuts. The film was still rated as K18 (suitable for adults only) and as such VHS versions of the film were also not allowed. The film has never received a proper premier in Finland although it has been aired three times in television (1994, 1999 and 2009).[134]
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.[135]
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 Åland 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.[136][137]
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 cut film premiered in Finland.[138]
1974–1996[139] The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Banned because of graphic violence.[140]
1976 Ultime grida dalla savana This film is entirely banned for the inclusion of scenes of genuine human death.[citation needed]
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.[141]
1980 Cruising Banned on its initial release.[22]
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.[142]
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).[143]
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).[144]
1986 Born American Banned on Jan-1986 for its violence and for political reasons.[145] 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.[146] Born American was the last movie in Finland to suffer banning for political reasons.
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.[147]

FranceEdit

Date Title Notes
1925–1953 Battleship Potemkin Banned due to fears that it could inspire revolution.[148]
1930 L'Age d'Or Banned in Paris by the police prefect "in the name of public order."[149]
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.[150][151]
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.[17][better source needed][152]
1950–1990 Afrique 50 Banned for criticizing the French colonial rule. Its director, René Vautier, was condemned to one year in prison.[153][154]
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.[11][155]
1954 Avant le déluge Banned due to it controversial criminal content.[154]
1954–1981 Carmen Jones Banned due to a technicality in copyright laws on order of the estate of composer Georges Bizet (on whose opera Carmen the film was based).[156][157][158]
1955–1957 Bel Ami Banned on its initial release. Released after two years in a censored version.[154][159]
1955–1980 Le Rendez-vous des quais Banned for representing dockers who refused to dispatch military supplies for use in the Indochina War.[154][160]
1957–1975 Paths of Glory Banned in France for two decades because of its critical depiction of the French army during World War I.[161]
1960 Le Petit Soldat Banned on political grounds; the ban was lifted in 1963 with re-editing.[11][162]
1961 Tu ne tueras point Banned for two years because it depicts a soldier during World War II who has conscientious objections.[11][163]
1965–1971 The Battle of Algiers Banned for six years because of its pro-Algerian and anticolonial message.[11]
1965–1971 Det kære legetøj Banned for advocating pornography.[164]
1974-1977 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Banned for its violent and sadistic content.[59]
1977 Camp de Thiaroye Banned for criticizing the colonial system.[165]
2000 Baise-Moi Banned from French cinema screens in 2000 after being given an X-rating.[166][167] Eventually, in August 2001, it was reclassified from age bracket 16 to 18.[168]
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.[169]

GermanyEdit

Date Title Notes
1920–1945 Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others) 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.[170] The film was later partially reconstructed.[171]
1929 The Barnyard Battle (1929) Banned initially because the cats in this Mickey Mouse cartoon wear helmets that resemble German pickelhaube.[119][172] 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.[173] After 1933, it was banned by the Nazi regime for its anti-militaristic themes [174] and being "anti-German".[175] Erich Maria Remarque's novel was also banned as well, and was among the "anti-German" books burned in bonfires.[176] 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.[177]
1933–1945 All movies starring the Marx Brothers. Banned in Nazi Germany because the comedy stars were Jewish.[178]
1933–1945 Battleship Potemkin Banned in Nazi Germany due to fears it could inspire Marxism.[148][179]
1933–1945 Ecstasy Banned in Nazi Germany because of the erotic content.[180]
1933–1945 Mädchen in Uniform. Banned in Nazi Germany because of its lesbian theme.[177]
1933–1945 The Mad Doctor Banned in Nazi Germany, because of the horror atmosphere in this Mickey Mouse short.[181]
1933−1945 Mysterium des Geschlechtes Banned in Nazi Germany because of the erotic content.[180]
1933−1945 Vier von der Infanterie (Westfront 1918, also known as Comrades of 1918) Banned in Nazi Germany for being a pacifist war drama.[177]
1934–1945 M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder Banned in Nazi Germany.[182][183]
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.[177]
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.[23][151][184]
1936–1945 The Bohemian Girl Banned in Nazi Germany, because the positive depiction of Roma people "had no place" in the Third Reich.[185]
1936–1956 Modern Times Banned in Nazi Germany for supposedly advocating Communism.[186][187]
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".[188]
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.[189] Even after the war it took until 1950 before the film saw a release.
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.[190]
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.[191] It was not publicly screened in Germany until 11 March 1977.
1939–1945 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Banned in Nazi Germany because it showed democracy working well.[192]
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.[10][193] 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.[42]
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[citation needed].
1944–1945 Große Freiheit Nr. 7 (Great Freedom No. 7) Banned in Nazi Germany. It had its premiere in occupied Prague in December 1944.[194][195]
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.[195]
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.[196]
1945– Jud Süss (1940) Banned in 1945 from German exhibition by decree of the Allied Military Occupation.[197] 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).[198][199][200] 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.[201]
1951 Der Untertan (film) (The Kaiser's Lackey) Banned in western Germany because of "anticonstitutional" content.[202] Uncut version released in western Germany in 1971.
1956 Du und mancher Kamerad Banned in western Germany because of "anticonstitutional" content.[202]
1956 Thomas Muentzer (film) (Thomas Müntzer) Banned in western Germany because of "anticonstitutional" content.[202]
1957–1959 Paths of Glory Banned to avoid straining relations with France.[17][better source needed]
1958 And Quiet Flows the Don Banned in western Germany because of "anticonstitutional" content.[202] 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.[203]
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.[204] 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.[177][205]
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.[177]
1966–1989 Spur der Steine (Trace of Stones) Banned by the East-German Communist government.[177]
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.[177]
1974–1978 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Banned in western Germany due to extreme level violence.[140]
1992 Braindead Banned due to gory violence.[206] Although the uncut version remains banned, there are numerous DVDs of the film in circulation in Germany, most of which are heavily cut.[207]
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 a 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.[208]
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.[23][209]

GhanaEdit

Date Title Notes
1955 Les Maîtres Fous 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.[210][211]

GreeceEdit

Date Title Notes
1914 Golfo (1914) Banned for its royalist sentiments.[212]
1967–1974 Z (1969) Banned under the colonel's regime, for being critical of the junta.[213]

HungaryEdit

Date Title Notes
1945 Jud Süss (1940) 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.[214]
1956–1986 Keserű igazság (Bitter Truth) Banned for criticising the forced industrialisation of Hungary.[214]
1956–1989 Eltüsszentett birodalom (An Empire Sneezed Away) Banned for depicting a monarch sharing similarities with the dictatorship of Hungarian communist leader Mátyás Rákosi.[214]
1957–1984 A Remarkable Case Banned for depicting the corruption of the dictatorship of Hungarian communist leader Mátyás Rákosi.[214]
1969–1981 A tanú (The Witness) Banned under the Communist government for almost a decade, because it satirized the regime.[215][216] After being banned, the film gained a cult status, and still is considered a cult film after over 50 years.[217]
1974–1984 Bástyasétány '74 (Bastion promenade '74) Banned for unclear reasons.[214]
1983–1989 Dream Brigade Banned for being too radical.[214]

IcelandEdit

Date Title Notes
1985–1999 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Banned due to high level of violence; a censored version was later released.[140]
1987 Nekromantik Banned due to its transgressive subject matter (including necrophilia) and audacious imagery.[citation needed]
1992 Cannibal Holocaust Banned due to very high impact violence and offensive depictions of both human and animal cruelty. Still banned.[140]

IndiaEdit

IndonesiaEdit

Date Title Notes
1976 Max Havelaar Banned for its parallels between the anti-colonial story and the then present-day regime.[11]
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously Banned for its criticism of Sukarno's regime. The ban was lifted in 1999.[218]
1994 Schindler's List Banned for being sympathetic to the Jewish cause.[219][220]
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.[221]
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.[222]
2014 Noah Banned because of its depiction of the prophets.[223]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned due to its sexual content;[224][225] however, Johan Tjasmadi, member of Lembaga Sensor Film (Indonesia Film Censorship Board), said that the film was never registered to the board.[226]

IranEdit

Date Title Notes
1969 Gaav (The Cow) 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.[227]
1975 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Banned due to graphic violence and nudity.[23]
1980 Cruising Banned on its initial release.[22]
1981 Bita Banned under the censorship act of 1981 because it criticized exploitation of women by men.[105]
1981 Ghaire aze Khoudo Hitch Kass Naboud Banned under the censorship act of 1981 because it depicts a lesbian relationship and a controversy.[105]
1996 Gabbeh Banned for being "subversive".[228]
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.[229][230][228]
2000 The Circle Briefly banned on its initial release.[231]
2001 Zoolander Banned for perceived support of gay rights.[232]
2002 Ten Banned for discussion of gender discrimination.[233]
2003 Crimson Gold [234]
2004-2020 Marmoulak Pulled from cinemas two weeks after its premiere in Iran due to the film mocking conservative attitudes of the clerics in Iran.[235] In 2020, the uncut film was granted a license for screening by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.[236]
2006 Offside [237]
2010 300 Banned for its negative portrayal of Persian military.[238]
2012 Argo Banned for its negative portrayal of Iran.[239] It was the only Academy Award-winning Best Picture to be banned in the country.
2020 There Is No Evil Secretly recorded and banned from exhibition for its themes criticising the Iranian government's use of capital punishment. The government also temporarily prohibited the film's director Mohammad Rasoulof from making films in the country, imprisoned him, and prohibited him from travel outside Iran.[240]

IraqEdit

Date Title Notes
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Banned under the Ba'athist regime for depicting Saddam Hussein in a mocking light.[10]
2015 American Sniper Banned for being an "insult to the population".[241]

IrelandEdit

Date Title Notes
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.[242]
1943 The Outlaw Banned due to sexual references.[243][244]
1945 Mildred Pierce Banned.[further explanation needed][243][244]
1945 Brief Encounter Banned, as it was considered too permissive of adultery.[243]
1946 The Big Sleep Banned due to sexual references.[243]
1950 Outrage Banned due to its theme of rape.[243]
1967–2000 Ulysses Banned for three decades. The film was not approved for general release until 2000.[245]
1971–2000 A Clockwork Orange Banned due to its extreme depictions of violence and rape. In 2000 the ban was lifted.[140]
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.[246]
1979–1987 Monty Python's Life of Brian Banned because of its blasphemous content. Ban lifted in 1987.[140]
1983–1990 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Banned because of its blasphemous content. Ban lifted in 1990.[247]
1989 Meet the Feebles Banned because of its blasphemous content.
1994 Natural Born Killers Banned for fear of copycat killings.[59]
1997 Preaching to the Perverted Banned for obscenity.[248][249]

IsraelEdit

Date Title Notes
1948 Oliver Twist Banned on its initial release, because the character of Fagin was deemed to be antisemitic.[250]
1957 The Girl in the Kremlin Banned because it may have harmed Israel's diplomatic relations with Moscow.[251]
1957 China Gate Banned for indulging in excessive cruelty. The Israeli film censorship board indicated the film depicted Chinese and Russian soldiers as "monsters".[252]
1965 Goldfinger Banned after it was revealed that one of the main actors, Gert Fröbe, had a Nazi past.[253] The film had only run for six weeks in the theaters.[254] 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).[255][256]
1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days Banned because the censorship board unanimously felt that the portrayal of Hitler was "too human".[257]
1987 In the Realm of the Senses Banned because of pornographic content.[258][259]
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned on the grounds that it could offend Christians.[260]
2004, 2021 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.[259][261] In 2021, the film was banned yet again after a lower court ruled in favor of a plaintiff who had appeared in the film.[262][263]
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.[264]

ItalyEdit

Date Title Notes
1933–1945 Duck Soup Banned under the fascist government of Benito Mussolini for poking fun at dictators and war.[178]
1937–1945 La Grande Illusion Banned under the fascist government of Benito Mussolini for its anti-war message.[188]
1955 Totò and Carolina Banned on its initial release for poking fun at the police.[265]
1962 Jules and Jim Banned initially for its sexual attitudes, but after protest this ban was quickly lifted.[17][better source needed]
1972–1986 Last Tango in Paris Banned from 1972 to 1986 for being "obscene".[140]
1982–2009 Lion of the Desert Banned from 1982 until 2009 as it was considered damaging to the honor of the Italian Army.[266]

JapanEdit

Date Title Notes
1939–1946 The Mikado Banned until after World War II because could be construed as disrespectful towards the Emperor of Japan.[267]
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".[17][better source needed]
1976–1982 In the Realm of the Senses Banned in Japan for its graphic sex scenes.[17] In 1982 the court ruled in director Nagisa Oshima's favor, but the film is still only available in a censored cut.[268][269]

JordanEdit

Date Title Notes
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because of blasphemous content.[23]
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Banned because due to the prominence of America Chavez, who is a lesbian character.[270]

KenyaEdit

Date Title Notes
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Banned for explicit sexual content, profanity, drug use and nudity.[271]
2014 Stories of Our Lives Banned because this documentary about being gay in Kenya "showed obscenity, explicit scenes of sexual activities" and promoted homosexuality.[272]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned due to its sexual content.[224][225]
2018 Rafiki Banned due to depiction of homosexuality

KuwaitEdit

Date Title Notes
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Banned for offending the Muslim Brotherhood. The TV series itself is also banned in the country.[273]
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 Banned for being critical of the Iraq war and being an insult to Saudi Arabia's royal family.[274][275]
2007 The Kingdom Banned for being a "false depiction" of a 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia.[34]
2017 Beauty and the Beast Banned due to homosexual references that were found to be offensive.[276][277]
2020 Onward Banned due to the film's minor reference to a lesbian relationship.[278]
2021 Eternals Banned due to the film's character of Phastos and his husband.[279]
2022 Death on the Nile The film is banned in Kuwait due to the inclusion of Israeli actress Gal Gadot.[280]
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Banned due to one of the film's characters America Chavez being a lesbian.[281]

LebanonEdit

Date Title Notes
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because of blasphemous content.[23]
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.[282]
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.[283] Since then many screenings have taken place. Unofficial copies are also available in the country.
2017 Justice League The film is banned in Lebanon, due to its depiction of Israeli actress Gal Gadot.[284]
2022 Death on the Nile The film is banned in Lebanon, due to the inclusion of Israeli actress Gal Gadot.[280]

MalaysiaEdit

MexicoEdit

Date Title Notes
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned for blasphemic themes.[17][better source needed]

MyanmarEdit

Date Title Notes
2007 The Simpsons Movie Banned over the "juxtaposition of the colors yellow and red", which is seen as support for rebel groups.[285]
2008 Rambo Banned for negative portrayals of Burmese soldiers.[286]

NetherlandsEdit

Date Title Notes
1932 Scram! 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.[287]
2010 Maladolescenza The uncut version was banned since 25 March 2010 by the court of Alkmaar, which classified several scenes as child pornography.[288][289] The decision therefore means that possession, distribution and knowingly gaining access to the movie is prohibited.[290]

New ZealandEdit

Date Title Notes
1975–1992 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Banned on its initial release,[11] but lifted after seventeen years.[23]
1976–1985 Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle Banned due to content that would be contrary to public decency and undesirable to public interest.[291] (VHS release was later approved at R16[292])
1980, 2006 Cannibal Holocaust Banned due to its extremely violent content and actual on-screen killings of animals.[293] (also refused release in 2006)
1981–1988 Mad Max Banned in 1979 because of a graphic violent death.[294] (VHS release was later approved at R18[295])
2004–2021 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", and for high-impact violence and cruelty.[296] In 2021 the Office reconsidered the series and classified it R16.[297]
2005 Love Camp 7 Although an edited VHS version had been classified R18 in 1996, the unedited DVD version was banned in 2005 for "exploit[ing] the nudity of women and present[ing] real and tragic events in a flippant and offensive way."[298]
2005 Vase de Noces Banned because the film "promotes and supports bestiality".[299] As of 2017, it is still banned.[299]
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",[300][301] 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".[302]
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."[303][304]
2010 Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny Banned on the grounds of the series' violent and sexual scenes. Due to the reaction from New Zealand film authorities, distributor Madman Entertainment chose not to release the remaining volumes there.[305]
2011 Megan Is Missing Banned for its sexual violence involving young people.[306]
2011 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) Banned due to its gore, violence and sexually explicit content.[307]
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) [308]
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".[309]
2013 Spit On Your Grave 2 Banned "because it tends to promote and support the use of violence to compel any person to submit to sexual conduct."
2016 Cat Sick Blues Banned because of a scene in which a woman is orally raped to death. The distributor refused to remove the scene from the film.[310]

NigeriaEdit

Date Title Notes
2009 District 9 Banned due to accusations of being xenophobic and racist towards Nigerians.[311]

North KoreaEdit

North Korea bans all foreign films, as well as almost all foreign products, including all foreign media, regardless of content.

Date Title Notes
2004 Team America: World Police Banned for ridiculing General Secretary Kim Jong-il.[312]
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."[313] 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."[314]
2014 The Interview 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.[315]

NorwayEdit

Date Title Notes
1964–1971 491 Banned due to homosexual themes; a censored version was later released.[316]
1972 Pink Flamingos Banned on its initial release until the 1980s.[22]
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.[140]
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".[317] In 1980 the Norwegian ban was lifted.[140]
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).
1998 Kite Banned due to a graphic scene of sexual assault on a minor.[318]
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.[140]
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.[140]

OmanEdit

Date Title Notes
2021 Eternals Banned due to the film's character of Phastos and his husband.[36]

Organisation of Islamic CooperationEdit

Date Title Notes
2022 Lightyear The film was banned from distribution in certain OIC member states which include Egypt, Indonesia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and few others,[319][320] due to a scene featuring same-sex kiss between Uzo Aduba's female character Alisha Hawthorne and her partner.[321] The People's Republic of China, not an OIC member but a fellow SCO member with Pakistan, also requested that the scene in question be removed.[322] The scene was initially cut from the film in mid-March 2022, but following, Disney CEO Bob Chapek's controversial opposition to Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill and the internal polarizing uproar it caused within Disney, the scene was reinstated.[323][324] Speaking to Variety's Angelique Jackson, Chris Evans had stated about the scene saying: "I’ve been asked the question a few times — it’s nice, and it’s wonderful, it makes me happy. It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion [...] The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is. That representation across the board is how we make films."[325]

PakistanEdit

Date Title Notes
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.[326]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because of blasphemous content.[23]
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.[23][327]
2016 Maalik Banned by the Government of Pakistan.[328]
2016 Sarabjit Banned because of blasphemous content and excessive controversial depictions.

Papua New GuineaEdit

Date Title Notes
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned due to sexual content.[329]
2016 The Opposition Also pulled from the Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival.[330] The film follows Joe Moses as he struggles to save his community from policemen wielding machetes and guns descending on the Paga Hill Settlement in Papua New Guinea to bulldoze their houses to the ground.

ParaguayEdit

Date Title Notes
1940 The Great Dictator Banned under the military dictatorship of Higinio Morínigo.[331]
1971 Sacco & Vanzetti Banned under the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner for "encouraging Communism".[11]
1979 The Deer Hunter Banned under the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner for "danger of being misunderstood".[11]

PhilippinesEdit

PolandEdit

Date Title Notes
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front Banned because censors felt it was "pro-German". Ironically enough it was also banned in Nazi Germany for being "anti-German".[175]
1945 The Wind from the East Banned due to anti-Polish sentiment and historical distortions of the Soviet invasion of Poland.[332]
1946 Australia Marches with Britain Banned without a reason given.[333]
1946 Men of Timor Banned without a reason given.[333]
1967–1985 Ręce do góry (Hands Up!) Banned under the Communist government for 18 years for depicting the Stalinist era.[334] Its director, Jerzy Skolimowski, was so outraged he left his country and moved to the West.
1972 Diabeł (The Devil) Banned under the Communist government because of its political anti-war theme.[335][336]
1973–1981 Opowieść o człowieku, który wykonał 552% normy (A Story of a Man Who Filled 552% of the Quota) Banned under the Communist government for its depiction of the Stalinist past. It was only released after the director, Wojciech Wiszniewski, died in 1981.[334]
1975–1981 Wanda Gościmska. Włókniarka (Wanda Gościmińska. A Weaver) Banned under the Communist government for its depiction of the Stalinist past. It was only released after the director, Wojciech Wiszniewski, died in 1981.[334]
1976–1980 Spokój (The Calm) Banned under the Communist government for four years because the plot is about a strike.[337][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.[339][340]
1976–1981 Elementarz (The Primer) Banned under the Communist government for its depiction of the Stalinist past. It was only released after the director, Wojciech Wiszniewski, died in 1981.[334]
1977–1981 Indeks. Życie i twórczość Józefa M. (The Index) Banned under the Communist government for four years, because it depicted the 1968 protests.[341]
1981 Był Jazz (There was Jazz) Banned by the Communist government.[341]
1981 Człowiek z żelaza (Man of Iron) Banned under the Communist government for its political criticism and for depicting the labour union Solidarity.[341]
1981 Gorączka (Fever) Banned by the Communist government, because of its brutally realistic portrayal of the occupying Soviet forces.[151][342]
1981 Jak żyć (How to Live) Banned twice in one year by the Communist government.[341]
1981 Kobieta Samotna (A Lonely Woman) Banned by the Communist government for its political criticism.[341]
1981–1983 Wojna światów – następne stulecie (The War of the Worlds: Next Century) Banned under the Communist government for depicting a futuristic society which showed parallels with the political situation of Poland at that time. It remained banned until 1983.[334]
1981–1984 Wahadełko (Shilly Shally)[343] (Shilly Shally) Banned under the Communist government for three years, because the story is set during the Stalinist era.[334]
1981–1984 Dreszcze (Shivers) Banned by the Communist government. The film is a satirical story about a teenager imprisoned at an indoctrination camp.[344][345]
1981–1987 Wielki bieg (The Big Run, also translated as The Big Race) Banned under the Communist government for six years for its political criticism.[346][347]
1981–1987 Blind Chance Banned by the Communist government because of one storyline where Communism in Poland is overthrown.[348][349]
1981–1988 Kobieta Samotna (A Lonely Woman, also translated as A Woman Alone) Banned under the Communist government for its political criticism.[341] It remained banned for seven years, until 1988.[346][347]
1982–1987 Matka Królów (The Mother of Kings) Banned under the Communist government without even being released for its political criticism.[341] It remained banned for five years, until 1987.[346]
1982–1989 Przesłuchanie (Interrogation) Banned under the Communist government 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.[350][351][352]
1983–1988 Niedzielne igraszki (Sunday Pranks) Banned under the Communist government for five years.[343][353]

PortugalEdit

Date Title Notes
1970 Catch-22 Banned under the Marcelo Caetano regime for a scene depicting a character sitting naked in a tree,[285] 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).[140]

QatarEdit

Date Title Notes
2014 Noah Banned for depicting the prophets.[35]
2020 Onward Banned due to the film's minor reference to a lesbian relationship.
2021 Eternals Banned due to the film's character of Phastos and his husband.[36]
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Banned due to the film's gay character.[281]

RomaniaEdit

Date Title Notes
1981–1990 Carnival Scenes Banned from the personal order of Nicolae Ceaușescu due to violent content.[354][355]
2008 Saw IV Banned upon release. Later reclassified and prohibited only to minors.[354]
2009 Milk Banned upon release. Later reclassified and prohibited only to under-15s.[354]
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.[356] After outrage at decision in mass media and on social networking websites, the commission allowed cinemas to run the film for audiences over 18.[354]

RussiaEdit

Date Title Notes
1939–1990 Gone with the Wind Banned in the Soviet Union for unknown reason.[357]
1966 Andrei Rublev 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.[17][better source needed][358]
1967–1987 Commissar Released September 1967. Banned for its depictions of Jews. The government saw Jews as a fifth column, covert Zionists and potential traitors to the Soviet Motherland, which became more pronounced after the Six-Day War. Representations of Jews in films were generally suppressed in this era. The ban was lifted in 1987.[359]
1968 Korotkie vstrechi (Brief Encounters) Banned by the Communist government.[342]
1971 Dolgie Provody (Long Farewells) Banned by the Communist government for its negative view of a mother-son relationship.[342]
1972–1990 The Godfather Banned by the Communist government because it romanticized the criminal world. In 1990, the ban was lifted.[357]
1977–1990 Star Wars Banned by the Soviet government.[357] In 1990, the ban was lifted.
1984 Repentance Banned for its semi-allegorical critique of Stalinism.[360][361]
2006 Borat Banned for being "offensive".[362]
2014 The Interview Banned to avoid political provocations.[363]
2018 The Death of Stalin Banned by the Ministry of Culture for being offensive and extremist.[364]
2019 Jojo Rabbit Banned for portraying Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in a comedic light.[365]
2022 The Green Elephant 1999 film The Green Elephant has been banned on 6 May 2022 for graphic violence.[366]

SamoaEdit

Date Title Notes
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned outright after church leaders watching a pre-release showing filed a complaint with film censors.[367] (see Censorship in Samoa for details) [23]
2009 The Cell 2 Banned due to violent content.[367] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 Milk Banned, originally without being given a reason.[367] 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.[368] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Banned in 2009.[369] (See Censorship in Samoa for further details)
2019 Rocketman Banned for its depictions of gay sex.[370]

Saudi ArabiaEdit

Date Title Notes
2002–2018 All Harry Potter movies Banned for alleged occultism and satanism propaganda.[371][372] In 2018, the ban was lifted.
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 Banned for being critical of the Iraq war and being an insult to Saudi Arabia's royal family.[274]
2013 King of the Sands Banned for depicting the Saudi Arabia country founder Ibn Saud.
2014 Noah Banned for depicting the prophets.[23]
2020 Onward Banned due to the film's minor reference to a lesbian relationship.
2021 Eternals Banned due to the film's character of Phastos and his husband.[36]
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Banned due to the film's character America Chavez being queer.[281]

SenegalEdit

Date Title Notes
1977 Ceddo Banned for its presentation of the conflicts between Islamic and Christian religions and ethnic and traditional beliefs.[11][373] 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."[374]
1977 Camp de Thiaroye Banned for criticizing the colonial system.[165]

SingaporeEdit

Solomon IslandsEdit

Date Title Notes
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated that the film "undermines the very roots of Christianity in Solomon Islands."[375]

South AfricaEdit

Date Title Notes
1910 The Johnson-Jeffries Fight 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.[11]
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.[376]
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.[377]
1978 Up in Smoke Banned under the apartheid regime because it "might encourage the impressionable youth of South Africa to take up marijuana smoking".[378]
1978–1983 Pretty Baby Banned under the apartheid regime until 1983.[377]
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Banned under the apartheid regime because of blasphemous content.[59]
1980 Cruising Banned under the apartheid regime on its initial release.[22]
1988 Mapantsula Banned under the apartheid regime for criticism of apartheid.[376]
1989 Cry Freedom Banned under the apartheid regime for being a biopic about anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.[11]
1995–1997 Kids Banned for two years and only unbanned in 1997 on appeal with a no-under 16 age restriction.[379]
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.[380]

South KoreaEdit

Date Title Notes
1971 A Clockwork Orange Banned due to depictions of violence and gang rape. Has been lifted since.[140]
1973 Last Tango in Paris Banned for its strong sexual content.[140]
1975–1981 Ban Geum-ryeon Banned for six years, was released in South Korea with 40 minutes cut.[381]
1979 Apocalypse Now Banned under South Korean President Park Chung-hee's regime, the importation of the film was on hold because of its anti-war theme.[382]
1992 Braindead Banned for gory violence.[206]
1993 Falling Down Banned due to its negative portrayal of Koreans.[citation needed]

SpainEdit

Date Title Notes
1927–1975 Battleship Potemkin Banned under the regime of Francisco Franco out of fear of inciting a Communist revolution.[10][128]
1957–1986 Paths of Glory Banned under Franco's regime for its "anti-military" themes.[17][better source needed]
1960–1975 La Dolce Vita Banned under the regime of Francisco Franco.[383]
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.[384]
1977 ¡Votad, votad, malditos! (Vote, vote, you goddamn!) This short film in the style of a documentary and a reportage about the pre-electoral climate in Barcelona during Spain's first elections after the fall of the Francoist regime, was banned for questioning the official reports of the Transition.[385]
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.[105]
2009 Saw VI Banned from regular, non-adult cinemas because of the "X" rating.[386][387] A cut version was released.
2010 A Serbian Film Banned due to extreme violence (contains a lot of sexually violent content).[388]

Sri LankaEdit

Date Title Notes
1975 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Banned due to graphic violence and nudity.[23]
2006 Aksharaya (Letter of Fire) Banned for dealing with issues of incest, murder, and rape.[389]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned for religiously sensitive themes.[6]
2021 Carnal Monsters Banned graphic nudity and violence.
2021 Necro Lesbians (Nekrology) Banned for dealing with issues of necrophilia and rape.

SwedenEdit

Date Title Notes
1969 I Am Curious (Yellow) Banned because of pornography, but after a court case it was allowed.[151]
1974–2001 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Banned due to high gore violence and cruelty.[140] Ban lifted in 2001.
1981 Mad Max Banned because of violent content.[390]
1983 Hell of the Living Dead [further explanation needed][391] Released uncut on DVD in the mid-2000s.[392]
1984–2005 Tenebre Banned because of high impact scary violence. Re-released in an uncut version in 2005.[393]
1985 Return of the Living Dead Although its status remains unclear(?)[further explanation needed] the first two sequels have been released on DVD.[394]
1997 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Banned because of high impact scary violence and cruelty. Sony Pictures later released the film on DVD.[395][396]

SwitzerlandEdit

Date Title Notes
1957–1970 Paths of Glory Banned for its critical depiction of the French army during World War I.[161]
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.[177]

TajikistanEdit

Date Title Notes
2012 The Dictator Banned because of subversiveness.[10]

TanzaniaEdit

Date Title Notes
2014 The Route 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."[272]

TaiwanEdit

Date Title Notes
1982 Boat People Banned due it being filmed on Hainan, an island in China.[105][397]
2015 Love Taiwan's Ministry of Culture refused to issue the Restricted rating in December 2015, citing article 9 of the 2015 regulations and article 235 of the Criminal Code.[398] After the distributor cut 170 seconds of close-ups on physical intimacy, including sexual intercourse, fingering, ejaculation, fellatio, and similar, the film was released in April 2016.[399]

ThailandEdit

Date Title Notes
1956 The King and I (1956) Banned because could be construed as disrespectful towards the King of Thailand.[400]
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).[401]
1999 Anna and the King Banned because could be construed as disrespectful towards the King of Thailand.[402]
2007 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Banned due to violence.[403]
2007 Halloween (2007 remake) Banned due to depictions of violence.[403]
2008 Frontier(s) Banned due to violence.[404]
2008 Funny Games Banned due to cruelty and violence.[403]
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).[405]
2010 Saw VI Banned due to pro-Thaksin protests and violence in Thailand.[406]

TunisiaEdit

Date Title Notes
2022 Death on the Nile Banned because it features the Israeli actress Gal Gadot.
2022 Wonder Woman Banned because it features the Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

TurkeyEdit

Date Title Notes
1969 Bir Çirkin Adam (An Ugly Man) Banned for its revelations of the social conditions in the country.[11]
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.[11]
1987 Su da Yanar (Water Also Burns) Banned because it dealt with the banned communist poet Nazim Hikmet.[11]
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Banned for blasphemic themes.[17][better source needed]
2020 Cuties Banned because of imagery displaying child sexualization and exploitation.[407]

UgandaEdit

Date Title Notes
1972–1979 All foreign films President Idi Amin banned all foreign films in 1972 on the grounds that they contained "imperialist propaganda".[408]
2014 The Wolf of Wall Street Banned, like in most other African countries.[409]

UkraineEdit

Date Title Notes
2005 Hostel Banned because it depicts Eastern Europe as a region where people are tortured for money. Owning and viewing the movie in private is still legal.[410]
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.[411]
2007 Hostel: Part II Banned for the same reason as Hostel. Owning and viewing the movie in private is still legal.[412]
2009 Brüno Banned for its homosexual themes.[413]
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.[414]
2010 My iz budushchego 2 (We Are from the Future 2) [further explanation needed][415]
2013 Evil Dead (2013 film) Banned due to high level violence and blood, sexual content and gore.[citation needed]
2018 Hunter Killer Banned because the Ukraine Ministry of Culture states that the film demonstrates "the might of the army of the aggressor country of Russia".[416]

United Arab EmiratesEdit

Date Title Notes
2005 Brokeback Mountain Banned because it depicts homosexual themes.[6]
2010 Lamhaa 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.[417]
2014 Noah Banned for depicting the prophets.[35]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned due to its sexual content.[224][225]

United KingdomEdit

United StatesEdit

Vatican CityEdit

Date Title Notes
2006 The Da Vinci Code Banned because it was deemed inaccurate and offensive to Christians.[6]

VenezuelaEdit

Date Title Notes
1972 Last Tango in Paris Banned for its strong sexual content during the first presidency of Rafael Caldera.[418][419]
1981 Ledezma, el caso Mamera Banned for exposing state corruption, as well as accused of being an apology for crime, and the director imprisoned;[420] courts overturned both decisions.[421]
2016- 2041 El Inca Pulled from cinemas and banned after a family injunction over the representation in the biopic; reportedly the first time a Venezuelan film has been banned in its country in 25 years.[422][423][failed verification] After being banned, the film was selected as Venezuela's representative as Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, a controversial choice.[424]
2019 Infection Not screened, reportedly for presenting Chavist ideology in a negative light.[425] The production cooperated with the CNAC over 9 months to try and get it shown, but the film was still eventually banned;[426] the CNAC's former chairman called the move censorship.[427] The film's director, Flavio Pedota, lives in exile.[427]
2019 Chavismo: The Plague of the 21st Century Documentary; Banned from being shown in public and at universities for supposedly inciting hate; director Gustavo Tovar-Arroyo lives in exile from the country.[428]

VietnamEdit

Date Title Notes
1995 Xich lo (Cyclo) Banned for being too "westernised" in its portrayal of urban poverty in the country.[further explanation needed][23][429]
2001 Green Dragon Banned as of 2002.[430]
2002 We Were Soldiers Banned as of 2002.[430]
2010 Sex and the City 2 Banned because of a conflict of "cultural values".[431]
2012 The Hunger Games Banned because of extreme violence and killing.[432][433]
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.[434]
2019 Abominable Taken out of cinemas over a scene showing the Nine-dash line that is used by the People's Republic of China to lay claim to parts of the South China Sea.[435]
2021 Taste Banned because of a conflict of "culture values" [436]
2022 Uncharted Banned because of a scene showing the Nine-dash line that is used by the People's Republic of China to lay claim to parts of the South China Sea.[437]

YugoslaviaEdit

Date Title Notes
1937 La Grande Illusion Banned in 1937 for its anti-war message.[188]
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.[438]
1971–1987 W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism Banned under the regime of Josip Broz Tito and seven years after his death in 1980.[17][better source needed][439][440]

ZimbabweEdit

Date Title Notes
1986 Jock of the Bushveld Banned because of its South African origins. At the time Zimbabwe boycotted South African products because of its apartheid regime.[376]
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".[441]
2014 Kumasowe Banned because it depicts violent clashes between members of an apostolic sect in the country and Zimbabwe Republic police officers.[442]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Banned because of the explicit erotic scenes. In some theaters an edited version was allowed.[443]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Kieślowski 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."[338]

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External linksEdit

  • A complete list of Finland's banned films until 1997
  • Complete List of movies banned in Germany
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