List of banned films

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For nearly the entire history of film production, certain films have been banned by film censorship or review organizations for political or moral reasons. Censorship standards vary widely by country, and can vary within an individual country over time due to political change or shifting moral attitudes.

Many countries have government-appointed or private commissions to censor and rate productions for film and television exhibition. While it is common for films to be edited to fall into certain rating classifications, this list includes only films that have been explicitly prohibited from public screening.

List[edit]

Note that for some countries films are banned on a wide scale and are not listed in this table.
Separate lists for some countries are listed below this table
Date Title Country Notes
1985 Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary) Argentina Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, it was banned due to its blasphemous and sexual content.[1]
2011 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) Australia Temporarily banned for extremely horrific, violent, disturbing and sexually-explicit content. A censored DVD version was later released.[2][3][4][4][5][6][7]
1985 Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary) Brazil [8]
2011 A Serbian Film Brazil Banned due to "apology for pedophilia".[9]
2008 Rambo Burma Banned for negative portrayals of Burmese soldiers.[10]
1959 Ben-Hur (1959) China Banned for containing "propaganda of superstitious beliefs, namely Christianity." (Never given permission to screen)[11]
1993 The Blue Kite China Chinese film that, in addition to being banned, was deemed so offensive that director Tian Zhuangzhuang received a 10-year ban from making films.[12] It won the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and Best Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
1993 Farewell My Concubine China Chinese film that won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or, was banned in a period due to homosexual themes and negative portrayal of communism.[13]
2005 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life China Banned for its unflattering depictions of Chinese society (never given permission to screen)[14]
2006 The Departed China Banned for a line suggesting that the government intends to use nuclear weapons on Taiwan (a sensitive political issue – never given permission to screen)[15]
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End China Banned because (according to Xinhua, the state news agency of the People's Republic of China) 10 minutes of footage containing Chow Yun-fat's portrayal of Singaporean pirate Sao Feng have been trimmed from versions of the film which may be shown in China. Chow is onscreen for 20 minutes in the uncensored theatrical release of the film. No official reason for the censorship was given, but unofficial sources within China have indicated that the character offered a negative and stereotypical portrayal of the Chinese people.[16]
2009 Shinjuku Incident China Starring Jackie Chan, it was deemed "too violent" to pass censor in China and was subsequently banned from Chinese distribution when director Derek Yee refused to edit it down.[17]
2014 Sweetness of Spirit - Halawet Rooh Egypt Starring Haifa Wahby, it was deemed "Children Sexual Harassment" banned right after screening the film in cinemas, after criticism over scenes deemed sexually provocative. The movie was criticized for copying Giuseppe Tornatore’s widely-acclaimed movie Malena (2000) starring Italian actress Monica Bellucci.
1972 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Finland Finnish Board of Film banned the showing of the film in Finland. In 1972 and 1974 Swedish television showed the film, resulting in the Swedish television mast on the Åland Islands being shut down during the movie because Finns were banned from seeing the film. Director of the Finnish Board of Film Jerker Eeriksson said that the banning of the film was political because it harmed the Finnish-Soviet relationship. Finnish television showed the film in 1996 on the TV1 YLE channel.
1925-1953 Battleship Potemkin France Banned due to fears that it could inspire revolution.[18]
1930 L'Age d'Or France Banned in Paris by the police prefect "in the name of public order."[19]
1953 Les statues meurent aussi France Short film by Alain Resnais that was banned. Its theme was 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.[20]
1960 Le Petit Soldat France Banned on political grounds; the ban was lifted in 1963 with re-editing.[21]
1920-1945 Different from the Others Germany Banned due to homosexual themes[22] Mostly destroyed by the Nazis, the film was later partially reconstructed.[23]
1933−1945 Battleship Potemkin Germany Banned due to fears it could inspire Marxism.[18][24]
1936−1945 The Bohemian Girl Germany This Laurel & Hardy film, based on the opera of the same name by Michael William Balfe, was banned in Nazi Germany, because the attitude of its depiction of gypsies (in effect, this was a portrayal that approved of them) "had no place" in the Third Reich.[25]
1943-1949 Titanic (1943) Germany This Nazi propaganda film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic was banned in Nazi Germany by Joseph Goebbels because some of the scenes could demoralize the audience. The Allied Control Council banned the film because of its Nazi propaganda. After the end of the occupation, the German Motion picture rating system classified it to age 12 or older and to age 6 or older with parental guidance. It was sometimes shown on German TV after the war and a censored, low quality VHS copy was released in 1992.
1944-1945 Große Freiheit Nr. 7 (Great Freedom No. 7) Germany This German musical drama film was banned to be shown inside the Reich. It had its premiere in occupied Prague in December 1944. The film was shown in Berlin after the end of the war.
2010 Saw 3D Germany Tiergarten AG has noted that several scenes in the movie violate the violence act §131 StGB. Thereby the movie is banned in Germany. Private copies are still legal to own and personal use is not punishable; however any public show of the movie is highly prohibited and punishable act. There is a censored "Keine Jugendfreigabe/ No youth admitted" version, but it has all the violent scenes cut out. Retailing this copy is still legal, since "KJ" rated movies cannot be indexed/banned.[26]
2011 Valley of the Wolves: Palestine Germany Banned in Germany, because of FSK's initial concerns over the film's perceived anti-Israeli and anti-American overtones.[27]
1974−1978 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) West Germany Banned due to extreme level violence.[28]
1985–1999 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Iceland Banned due to high level violence; a censored version was later released.[28]
1987 Nekromantik Iceland The film was banned due to its transgressive subject matter (including necrophilia) and audacious imagery.
1992 Cannibal Holocaust Iceland Banned due to very high impact violence and offensive depictions of both human and animal cruelty. Still banned.[28]
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously Indonesia An Australian film about Jakarta under Sukarno's rule in 1965. The ban was lifted in 1999.[29]
1994 Schindler's List Indonesia Film that is sympathetic to the Jewish cause[30][31]
2007 Long Road to Heaven Indonesia Indonesian film about the 2002 Bali bombings. It was banned on the island of Bali, as local politicians worried that the film might promote hatred and intolerance.[32]
2009 Balibo Indonesia Australian film based on the story of the Balibo Five, a group of journalists killed during the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor[33]
2014 Noah Indonesia Banned due to religious reasons
1943 The Outlaw Ireland Banned due to sexual references.[34]
1945 Mildred Pierce Ireland [34]
1945 Brief Encounter Ireland By Noël Coward. It was banned, as it was considered too permissive of adultery.[34]
1946 The Big Sleep Ireland Banned due to sexual references.[34]
1950 Outrage Ireland [34]
1967 Ulysses Ireland The film was not approved for general release until 2000
1971 A Clockwork Orange Ireland This film was banned due to its extreme depictions of violence and rape. Ban lifted in 2000.[28]
1978, 2010 I Spit on Your Grave Ireland This horror film was 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.[35]
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Ireland This comedy film by the Monty Python comedy team was banned because it was considered blasphemous. Ban lifted in 1987[28]
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Ireland This comedy film by the Monty Python comedy team was banned because it was considered blasphemous. Ban lifted in 1990[36]
1972-1986 Last Tango in Paris Italy Banned from 1972 to 1986.[28]
1999 Li chiamarono... briganti! Italy Suspended from the cinemas and, nowadays, it is not available on VHS and DVD. For some critics it was banned as being an uncomfortable side of the Italian unification.[37]
1957 The Girl in the Kremlin Israel Banned because it may have harmed Israel's diplomatic relations with Moscow[38]
1957 China Gate Israel Banned in Israel for indulging in excessive cruelty. The Israeli film censorship board indicated the film depicted Chinese and Russian soldiers as "monsters".[39]
1965 Goldfinger Israel Played for six weeks before the Nazi past of Gert Fröbe, who played the title villain, was disclosed;[40] it was unbanned after a few months after a man went to the Israeli Embassy in Vienna and told staff that Fröbe hid him and his mother from the Nazis (which may have saved their lives).[41][42]
1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days Israel Banned in a unanimous decision by the censorship board that Alec Guinness's Hitler was represented in too human a light.[43]
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Israel Banned on the grounds that it could offend Christians.[44]
2002 Jenin, Jenin Israel 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.[45]
2006 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Banned as "offensive"[46]
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 Kuwait [47]
2007 Persepolis Lebanon Initially banned in Lebanon 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.[48]
1998 Barney's Great Adventure Malaysia Banned because the censors found it to be unacceptable for children to watch, without providing any further explanation.[49]
2001 Zoolander Malaysia In this comedy film, the title character Derek Zoolander visits Malaysia which is shown as impoverished and dependent on sweatshops. For this reason, Malaysia's censorship board deemed it "definitely unsuitable".[50]
2014 The Raid 2: Berandal Malaysia
1932 Scram! The Netherlands On its initial cinematic release in the Netherlands this Laurel & Hardy film was banned because the scene where the duo sat on a bed with a woman to whom they weren't married was "indecent". Today the film is not banned.[51]
2010 Maladolescenza The Netherlands On 25 March 2010 the Dutch court of Alkmaar has classified several scenes in the movie as child pornography,[52] which is illegal in the Netherlands.[53] The decision therefore means that possession, distribution and knowingly gaining access to the movie is prohibited.[54]
1980, 2006 Cannibal Holocaust New Zealand This horror film was banned due to its extremely violent content and actual on-screen killings of animals.[55] (also refused release in 2006)
1981 Mad Max New Zealand [56] (VHS release was later approved[57])
2004 Puni Puni Poemy New Zealand This anime was 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."[58]
2007-2008 Hostel: Part II New Zealand [59] (excisions recommended but not initially made; later released on DVD in April 2008 with offending material cut)
2005 Vase de Noces New Zealand Banned outright due to "gross, revolting, and abhorrent content" (bestiality, coprophilia, and animal violence). As of 2014, it is still banned[citation needed].
2010 I Spit on Your Grave (2010) New Zealand A remake of the 1978 horror film of the same name. Banned due to violence [60]
2010 Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny New Zealand Banned on the grounds of sexual exploitation of children. Due to the reaction from New Zealand film authorities, distributor Madman Entertainment chose not to release the remaining volumes there.[61]
2011 Megan Is Missing New Zealand [62]
2011 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) New Zealand Banned due to its extreme gore, violence and sexually explicit content.[63]
2012 A Serbian Film New Zealand Banned outright by the government on May 25, 2012 due to "objectionable content" (offensive depictions of sexual violence, pedophilia, extreme violence, necrophilia and/or other content that is offensive and abhorrent).
2013 Maniac New Zealand 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".[64]
2014 High School DxD New Zealand Banned on the grounds of sexual exploitation of children.
2009 District 9 Nigeria Banned due to accusations of being xenophobic and showing racism towards Nigerians.[65]
2009 2012 North Korea 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."[66] 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 pirated copies of the movie and charged with "grave provocation against the development of the state."[67]
1964–1971 491 Norway Banned due to homosexual themes; a censored version was later released.[68]
1974-1997 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Norway Banned due to high impact scary violence. Banned lifted in 1997 and re-released uncut with an 18 (Adults only) rating.[28]
1979–1980 Monty Python's Life of Brian Norway Banned due to jokes deemed offensive to religious people (ban later lifted).[28]
1984-2005 Cannibal Holocaust Norway Banned due to high impact explicit violence and offensive depictions of animal cruelty. Passed uncut after 2005 with an 18 (adults only) rating)
1987 Nekromantik Norway Banned outright by the Norwegian Media Authority due to outrageous, offensive & abhorrent content (Necrophilia, extreme violence, animal cruelty, and/or other material that is disgusting & abhorrent)
2009 Ichi The Killer Norway 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.[28]
2011 A Serbian Film Norway Banned due to violation of criminal law sections 204a and 382 which deal with the sexual representation of children and extreme violence. Still Banned.[28]
2012 Agent Vinod Pakistan The film was banned by the Central Board of Film Censors of Pakistan, for containing various controversial references to the Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence.[69]
1977 Hubad na Bayani Philippines [70] Depiction of human-rights abuses during the martial-law era
1972-1974 Last Tango in Paris Portugal Banned for its strong sexual content (unbanned in 1974).[28]
2006 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Russia Banned as "offensive"[46] (possibly because of Russia's close relationship with Kazakhstan).
2006 The Da Vinci Code Samoa Banned outright after church leaders watching a pre-release showing filed a complaint with film censors.[71] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 The Cell 2 Samoa Banned due to violent content.[71] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 Milk Samoa Originally, this film was banned without being given a reason.[71] Later, it was given a reason. It was deemed "inappropriate and contradictory to Christian beliefs and Samoan culture": "In the movie itself it is trying to promote the human rights of gays. Some of the scenes are very inappropriate in regard to some of the sex in the film itself, it's very contrary to the way of life here in Samoa."[72] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Samoa (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2007 The Kingdom Saudi Arabia [73]
1971-2011 A Clockwork Orange Singapore Banned for over 30 years, before an attempt at release was made in 2006. However, the submission for a M18 rating was rejected, and the ban was not lifted.[28] The ban was later lifted, with film was shown uncut with an R21 rating on 28 October 2011, as part of the Perspectives Film Festival.[74]
1973 The Exorcist Singapore [28]
1973 Last Tango in Paris Singapore Banned for its strong sexual content.[28]
1974-2004 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Singapore Prohibited from release on the island since the 1970s.[28] Passed uncut after 2004 with an M18 rating.
1995 A Night on the Water Singapore Banned for strong sexuality.[75]
2001-2004 Zoolander Singapore [76] Passed uncut after 2004 with an NC16 rating.
2004 Formula 17 Singapore Banned because it "portrayed homosexuality as normal, a natural progression of society."[77]
 ????-2009 Singapore Rebel Singapore Banned for being a political film, which is not allowed in Singapore. In 2009 the film was reviewed by the Political Films Consultative Committee (PFCC) and unbanned, with an M18 rating.[78]
2007 Zahari's 17 Years Singapore Banned because, according to the Government of Singapore, it is "against public interests".[79]
2010 Dr Lim Hock Siew Singapore Banned due to similar reasons for the film Zahari's 17 Years[80]
2012 Sex.Violence.FamilyValues Singapore Porn Masala, the second story in Ken Kwek's compendium of three short films, was deemed "racially offensive and demeaning to Indians" by the Board of Film Censors.[81] The ban was subsequently lifted and the film's Singapore version released with edits in March 2013.[82] However, the film had not completed its Singapore theatrical run when it was banned by the Malaysian Board of Film Censors, who found it "obscene" and "insulting to local cultures".[83] The film was also withdrawn from the Asean International Film Festival & Awards, where it was due to be screened from Mar 28-30, 2013.[84]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated that the film "undermines the very roots of Christianity in Solomon Islands."[85]
1971 A Clockwork Orange South Korea Banned due to depictions of violence and gang rape. Has been lifted since.[28]
1973 Last Tango in Paris South Korea Banned for its strong sexual content.[28]
1975–1981 Ban Geum-ryeon South Korea The South Korean director Kim Ki-young's film banned for six years, was released with 40 minutes cut.[86]
1979 Apocalypse Now South Korea During President Park Chung-hee's regime, the importation of the film was on hold because of its anti-war theme.[87]
1961-1977 Viridiana Spain 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 under head of state Francisco Franco for sixteen years.[88]
2009 Saw VI Spain Rated X and thus banned from regular, non-adult cinemas.[89][90]
2010 A Serbian Film Spain Banned due to extreme violence (contains a lot of sexually violent content).[91]
2006 Aksharaya (Letter of Fire) Sri Lanka This film was banned for dealing with issues of incest, murder, and rape.[92]
1974–2001 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Sweden Banned due to high gore violence and cruelty.[28] Banned later lifted.
1983 Hell of the Living Dead Sweden [93] Released uncut on DVD in the mid-2000s[94]
1984–2005 Tenebre Sweden High impact scary violence. Re-released in an uncut version in 2005.[95]
1985 Return of the Living Dead Sweden Although status remains unclear(?) the first two sequels have been released on DVD.[96]
1997 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Sweden High impact scary violence and cruelty. Sony Pictures later released the film on DVD.[97][98]
1999 Anna and the King Thailand Banned because could be construed as disrespectful towards the King of Thailand.[99]
2007 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Thailand This horror film was banned due to violence.[100]
2007 Halloween Thailand This remake of 1978 horror film of the same name was banned due to depictions of violence.[100]
2008 Frontier(s) Thailand This horror film was banned due to violence.[101]
2008 Funny Games Thailand [100]
2009 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Thailand Banned by the Ministry of Culture due to sexual content (characters showing how to make their own pornographic video; teens may try to mimic).[102]
2010 Saw VI Thailand This horror film was banned due to violence.[103]
2005 Hostel Ukraine Banned because of promoting eastern European countries as buyers for people who capture and torture people for money. Owning the movie in private is still legal.[104]
2006 Land of the Dead Ukraine The movie was 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.[105]
2007 Hostel: Part II Ukraine Same reason as Hostel. People are allowed to own it on private DVD.[106]
2009 Brüno Ukraine Homosexual promoting themes and sex scenes.[107]
2009 Saw VI Ukraine The movie contains scenes of brutal gory violence and torture. In the context of "Saw" franchise this is the only part that is banned. Thereby it is illegal to sell it or distribute, since visa is not given.[108]
2013 Evil Dead (2013 film) Ukraine The movie was banned due to high level violence and blood, sexual and gore.
2010 My iz budushchego 2 (We Are from the Future 2) Ukraine [109]
2010 Lamhaa United Arab Emirates Banned because of its "objectionable content"; it did not receive a clearance certificate from the UAE Censors Board and was pulled from all UAE cinemas. This is the first Bollywood film to be banned in the UAE.[110]
2011 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) United Kingdom See List of films banned in the United Kingdom for more information.[111][112][113][114][115][116][117]
2001 Green Dragon Vietnam (as of 2002)[118]
2002 We Were Soldiers Vietnam (as of 2002)[118]
1995 Xich lo (Cyclo) Vietnam [119]
2012 The Hunger Games Vietnam Banned because of extreme violence and killing.
1952-1977 Ciguli Miguli Yugoslavia Banned for its satire of socialist bureaucracy. Issued a license for public showing only in 1977.[120]
1971-1987 W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism Yugoslavia Banned in Yugoslavia for 16 years.[121]

These films have also been banned in the following countries:

Austria[edit]

Bahrain[edit]

Burma[edit]

Bhutan[edit]

Cambodia[edit]

China[edit]

  • 2006: Death Note, banned because people were making their own death notes and writing people's names down to imitate the show, which was deemed harmful, and was thought to incite anarchy and insubordination.[citation needed]
  • 2009: Avatar: 2D versions were banned on January 23 because it was thought that its themes may lead audiences to think about forced removal, and may possibly incite violence. (The unedited DVD release is widely available in stores in China. Walmart stores in China use the films visuals to display television sets)

Denmark[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Germany[edit]

  • 1930–1931, 1933–1945: All Quiet on the Western Front, was banned in 1930 after protests but then re-admitted in a heavily censored version in 1931 after a long and emotional public debate.[127] After 1933, it was banned by the Nazi regime for its anti-militaristic themes.[128]Erich Maria Remarque's novel was also banned as well, and was among the "anti-German" books burned in bonfires.[129] At the Capitol Theatre in West Germany in 1952, the film saw its first release in 22 years.
  • 1939: All Warner Bros. films are banned by the Nazi government after the release of Confessions of a Nazi Spy after a series of protests. Japan and 18 other Latin American and European countries also banned the film. The film was first shown in West Germany in 1977.
  • 1940: The Nazi government issued a ban on all films distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after the release of the film The Mortal Storm, which attacked the Nazis belief in racial superiority by the frequent use of the term "non-Aryan." The film was released in West Germany in 1957.
  • 1940–1945: The Great Dictator, was first shown in West Germany as late as 1958. 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.[130]
  • 1945-: The Eternal Jew - Since it was made during Nazi Germany, 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.[131]
  • 1945-: Jud Süß - Pulled from German exhibition by decree of the Allied Military Occupation.[132] 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).[133][134][135] The copyright of the film is held by the F.W. Murnau Foundation which is owned by the German government. The Foundation only permits screenings of the film when accompanied by an introduction explaining the historical context and the intended impact.[136]
  • Ichi the Killer - The uncut version is currently banned for very high impact violence and cruelty. It was released in a heavily censored version.
  • 1988-: Zindan "Prison" (1974 film) - Banned in Germany at 1988-01-21 and 1988-08-10. Although, currently ban is not in effect, Zindan, directed by Remzi Jonturk, remains to be the only Turkish movie title ever been banned in Germany due to gore, violence and cruelty it contains.[137]

Greece[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Hungary[edit]

  • 1948: Ének a búzamezőkről (Song of the Wheat Fields), for political reasons[citation needed]
  • 1956: Keserű igazság (Bitter Truth) and Az eltüsszentett birodalom, both banned for political reasons[citation needed]
  • 1957: A nagyrozsdási eset, for political reasons[citation needed]
  • 1969: A tanú (The Witness), for political reasons[citation needed]
  • 1974: Bástyasétány '74, for political reasons[citation needed]
  • 1983: Álombrigád (Dream Brigade), for political reasons[citation needed]

Iceland[edit]

India[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Iran[edit]

Iraq[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Italy[edit]

Japan[edit]

  • 1945: The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail - The Akira Kurosawa-directed film was temporarily banned by the SCAP because it portrayed feudalism in a positive light.
  • 1955: Half Human - The Toho production directed by Ishirō Honda, was put under a self-imposed ban by Toho after it was feared that the film would be seen as a degrading portrayal of Japan's Ainu minority. The film was never released on laserdisc or DVD, even though there were several home video releases and to this day the only way to see it is through its heavily edited US version, or through a grey market copy of the uncut version with the time code at the top of the screen.
  • 1958: Varan the Unbelievable, put under a self-imposed studio ban by Toho for similar reasons as Half Human's, but was finally released in the 1980s on VHS and laserdisc (with a few lines of reportedly racist dialogue removed from the film).
  • 1969: Horrors of Malformed Men - The Teruo Ishii's exploitation flick was put under a studio ban by Toei, due to the film's offensive elements. With the film unavailable in any format in Japan, the only way to see it is through the occasional screening and the 2007 USA DVD release.
  • 1974: Prophecies of Nostradamus - Toho placed another one of its films, an apocalyptic disaster film, under a ban, after a group of hibakusha (nuclear radiation survivors) saw the film and were offended by sequences showing a research party being attacked by radioactive cannibals and a pair of horribly deformed post-apocalyptic mutants fighting over a worm. After airing the film uncut on television in 1980, Toho withdrew the film from circulation entirely. It attempted to release the film on VHS in the late 1980s but was stopped due to protests. The only way to see the film is through the film's US version.The Last Days of Planet Earth, or through a grey market copy of the uncut version.

Kuwait[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Morocco[edit]

Norway[edit]

Oman[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

  • Pakistan banned films from India in 1962, with restrictions tightened in 1979 when Muhammad Zia ul-Haq implemented an Islamization agenda and an even stricter censorship code.[142] A ban on Indian films and media (which was not always strictly enforced) was lifted in 2006, with the compromise that cinemas in Pakistan must equally share screening time between Indian and Pakistani films.[143][144]
  • 2006: The Da Vinci Code
  • 2013: Raanjhanaa Banned because the film portrays an image of a Muslim girl (played by Sonam Kapoor) falling in love with a Hindu man and having an affair with him.[145]
  • 2013: Zero Dark Thirty
  • 2013: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • 2014: Noah
  • Majority of these films are banned from cinemas, but are still available on DVD and Blu-Ray

Philippines[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Qatar[edit]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Singapore[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Spain[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Sweden[edit]

  • 1922–1972: Nosferatu, banned due to high impact scary violence and cruelty. A censored version was later released.[citation needed]
  • 1968: Django, banned due to high impact violence and cruelty.[citation needed]
  • 1981–2005: Mad Max, banned due to high impact violence and cruelty.[citation needed]
  • 1981: The Burning, banned due to high impact scary violence and cruelty for the VHS market
  • 1984–1999: Cannibal Holocaust, banned for high impact violence and animal cruelty. A censored version has since been classified "15". However, bootleg copies for the uncut version are available and since the beginning of the 2000s it has been legal uncut in Sweden.[citation needed]

Thailand[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Turkey[edit]

United Arab Emirates[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

Yugoslavia[edit]

  • 1970: Plastični Isus (Plastic Jesus), for its satire of society. It was shown on Belgrade television in 1990.

West Germany[edit]

  • 1978: Dawn of the Dead Banned due to explicit and strong gory violence involving humans and zombies. Cut versions for FSK 16 and 18 versions were made, erasing most of the violent scenes.

Other countries[edit]

See also[edit]

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