Movies are prohibited for any reason, be it religious, political, violent, or adult content. This is the most common reason why most movies are banned. Getting a ban ticket doesn’t mean the film isn’t worth watching, in fact many banned films still get awards and nominations.
Therefore, in this article you can watch some of the most interesting movies that have been banned in some parts of the world but are still strictly allowed in others. Some prohibitions are due to historical complications, others are due to national laws. Just sit back, get a good streaming platform and get ready to experience surreal cinema with these 5 forbidden but exciting movies.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
This is one of the most popular films that fights for the details of war. This short film realistically outlines the torturous outlook on life on the front lines during the First World War. If you’ve seen movies like Saving Soldier Ryan, Schindler’s List, and Rage, you already have an idea of what war is like, but All Silent on the Western Front takes you even deeper.
Unfortunately, the breakthrough in the film’s career was the ban it received in Germany from the NSDAP, claiming that the film contained an anti-German message that could pose a threat. However, other countries see no flaws here, and the film even won the American award for best historical film.
An animated story about the Iranian revolution a few years ago. This film contains many political and intellectual lessons that can be learned by the audience. The story is based on the autobiographical graphic novel by satraps Marjane, called “Persepolis”.
However, Lebanese authorities downloaded the film and banned it in the country after accusing it of “attacking Iran and Islam in general”. Despite this ban, Persepolis is still one of the world’s most important animation and cinema theaters.
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Europeans share which “American problem” they don’t understand
From the title one can already imagine a happy relationship at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Funny enough, that’s the concept of the film. It spreads around two birds in love in Paris, who love each other so much that they constantly feel the need to be next to each other.
The plot twist in this movie is why it is loved by lots of viewers (including me). However, countries like South Korea, Portugal, Singapore, Italy, and Chile were not very happy with the movie, complaining about the duration of adult content it contained. But after it was recut in Britain, the movie was good as new and was later pardoned in most parts of the world.