List of banned films
For nearly the entire history of film production, certain films have been banned by film censorship or review organizations for political or moral reasons. 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.
- 1 List
- 1.1 Austria
- 1.2 Bahrain
- 1.3 Burma
- 1.4 Bhutan
- 1.5 Cambodia
- 1.6 China
- 1.7 Denmark
- 1.8 Finland
- 1.9 France
- 1.10 Germany
- 1.11 Greece
- 1.12 Hong Kong
- 1.13 Hungary
- 1.14 Iceland
- 1.15 India
- 1.16 Indonesia
- 1.17 Iran
- 1.18 Iraq
- 1.19 Ireland
- 1.20 Italy
- 1.21 Japan
- 1.22 Kuwait
- 1.23 Lebanon
- 1.24 Morocco
- 1.25 Norway
- 1.26 Oman
- 1.27 Pakistan
- 1.28 Philippines
- 1.29 Poland
- 1.30 Portugal
- 1.31 Qatar
- 1.32 Saudi Arabia
- 1.33 Singapore
- 1.34 South Africa
- 1.35 Soviet Union
- 1.36 South Korea
- 1.37 Spain
- 1.38 Sri Lanka
- 1.39 Sweden
- 1.40 Thailand
- 1.41 Trinidad and Tobago
- 1.42 Tunisia
- 1.43 Turkey
- 1.44 United Arab Emirates
- 1.45 Vietnam
- 1.46 Yugoslavia
- 1.47 West Germany
- 2 Other countries
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
- 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
|1985||Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary)||Argentina||Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, it was banned due to its blasphemous and sexual content.|
|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.|
|1985||Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary)||Brazil|||
|2011||A Serbian Film||Brazil||Banned due to "apology for pedophilia".|
|2008||Rambo||Burma||Banned for negative portrayals of Burmese soldiers.|
|1959||Ben-Hur (1959)||China||Banned for containing "propaganda of superstitious beliefs, namely Christianity." (Never given permission to screen)|
|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. 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.|
|2005||Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life||China||Banned for its unflattering depictions of Chinese society (never given permission to screen)|
|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)|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|1930||L'Age d'Or||France||Banned in Paris by the police prefect "in the name of public order."|
|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.|
|1960||Le Petit Soldat||France||Banned on political grounds; the ban was lifted in 1963 with re-editing.|
|1920-1945||Different from the Others||Germany||Banned due to homosexual themes Mostly destroyed by the Nazis, the film was later partially reconstructed.|
|1933−1945||Battleship Potemkin||Germany||Banned due to fears it could inspire Marxism.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|1974−1978||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)||West Germany||Banned due to extreme level violence.|
|1985–1999||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)||Iceland||Banned due to high level violence; a censored version was later released.|
|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.|
|1982||The Year of Living Dangerously||Indonesia||An Australian film about Jakarta under Sukarno's rule in 1965. The ban was lifted in 1999.|
|1994||Schindler's List||Indonesia||Film that is sympathetic to the Jewish cause|
|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.|
|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|
|2014||Noah||Indonesia||Banned due to religious reasons|
|1943||The Outlaw||Ireland||Banned due to sexual references.|
|1945||Brief Encounter||Ireland||By Noël Coward. It was banned, as it was considered too permissive of adultery.|
|1946||The Big Sleep||Ireland||Banned due to sexual references.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
|1972-1986||Last Tango in Paris||Italy||Banned from 1972 to 1986.|
|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.|
|1957||The Girl in the Kremlin||Israel||Banned because it may have harmed Israel's diplomatic relations with Moscow|
|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".|
|1965||Goldfinger||Israel||Played for six weeks before the Nazi past of Gert Fröbe, who played the title villain, was disclosed; 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).|
|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.|
|1988||The Last Temptation of Christ||Israel||Banned on the grounds that it could offend Christians.|
|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.|
|2006||Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||Banned as "offensive"|
|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.|
|1998||Barney's Great Adventure||Malaysia||Banned because the censors found it to be unacceptable for children to watch, without providing any further explanation.|
|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".|
|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.|
|2010||Maladolescenza||The Netherlands||On 25 March 2010 the Dutch court of Alkmaar has classified several scenes in the movie as child pornography, which is illegal in the Netherlands. The decision therefore means that possession, distribution and knowingly gaining access to the movie is prohibited.|
|1980, 2006||Cannibal Holocaust||New Zealand||This horror film was banned due to its extremely violent content and actual on-screen killings of animals. (also refused release in 2006)|
|1981||Mad Max||New Zealand|| (VHS release was later approved)|
|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."|
|2007-2008||Hostel: Part II||New Zealand|| (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.|
|2010||I Spit on Your Grave (2010)||New Zealand||A remake of the 1978 horror film of the same name. Banned due to violence |
|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.|
|2011||Megan Is Missing||New Zealand|||
|2011||The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)||New Zealand||Banned due to its extreme gore, violence and sexually explicit content.|
|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".|
|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.|
|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." 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."|
|1964–1971||491||Norway||Banned due to homosexual themes; a censored version was later released.|
|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.|
|1979–1980||Monty Python's Life of Brian||Norway||Banned due to jokes deemed offensive to religious people (ban later lifted).|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|1977||Hubad na Bayani||Philippines|| 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).|
|2006||Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan||Russia||Banned as "offensive" (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. (see Censorship in Samoa for details)|
|2009||The Cell 2||Samoa||Banned due to violent content. (see Censorship in Samoa for details)|
|2009||Milk||Samoa||Originally, this film was banned without being given a reason. 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." (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|||
|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. 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.|
|1973||Last Tango in Paris||Singapore||Banned for its strong sexual content.|
|1974-2004||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||Singapore||Prohibited from release on the island since the 1970s. Passed uncut after 2004 with an M18 rating.|
|1980-2006||Saint Jack||Singapore||Banned for the "excessive edits required to the scenes of nudity and some coarse language before it could be shown to a general audience," the film was reclassified to an M18 rating in 2006.|
|1995||A Night on the Water||Singapore||Banned for strong sexuality.|
|2001-2004||Zoolander||Singapore|| Passed uncut after 2004 with an NC16 rating.|
|2004||Formula 17||Singapore||Banned because it "portrayed homosexuality as normal, a natural progression of society."|
|2005||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.|
|2007||Solos||Singapore||Banned for its homosexual themes.|
|2007||Following Desire||Singapore||Banned for "excessive sexual acts and stage performances of a sexual nature which are prolonged, gratuitous and exploitative".|
|2007||Zahari's 17 Years||Singapore||Banned because, according to the Government of Singapore, it is "against public interests".|
|2008||A Jihad for Love||Singapore||Banned for an imbalance depiction of Islam as being intolerant. The interviewees also tried to use religion to justify their homosexuality.|
|2008||David the Tolhidan||Singapore||Banned for its "sympathetic portrayal of an organisation viewed as a terrorist organisation by many countries."|
|2008||Arabs and Terrorism||Singapore||Banned for its "sympathetic portrayal of an organisation viewed as a terrorist organisation by many countries."|
|2008||Bakushi||Singapore||Banned for its "several prolonged and explicit sado-masochistic sequences, demonstrating how the rope masters tied up nude women and subjected them to various degrees of physical abuse and sexual degradation, for the erotic gratification of their audience."|
|2009||Female Games||Singapore||Banned for its "explicit lesbian sex acts."|
|2009||Boy||Singapore||Banned because it "romanticises and promotes homosexual relationships. The sexual sequence is prolonged, intense and titillates".|
|2009||Brides of Allah||Singapore||Banned because it "promotes and justifies the act of terrorism, and uses religion to justify its cause".|
|2009||Transgressor (School of the Holy Beast)||Singapore||Banned because it "portrayed nuns as lesbians with depictions of sadomasochism as well as bondage in many of the scenes".|
|2010||Dr Lim Hock Siew||Singapore||Banned due to similar reasons for the film Zahari's 17 Years|
|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. The ban was subsequently lifted and the film's Singapore version released with edits in March 2013. 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". The film was also withdrawn from the Asean International Film Festival & Awards, where it was due to be screened from Mar 28-30, 2013.|
|2014||To Singapore, With Love||Singapore||Banned because it allegedly undermined national security as "the individuals in the film have given distorted and untruthful accounts of how they came to leave Singapore and remain outside Singapore," and that "a number of these self-professed 'exiles' were members of, or had provided support to, the proscribed Communist Party of Malaya."|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Solomon Islands||Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated that the film "undermines the very roots of Christianity in Solomon Islands."|
|1971||A Clockwork Orange||South Korea||Banned due to depictions of violence and gang rape. Has been lifted since.|
|1973||Last Tango in Paris||South Korea||Banned for its strong sexual content.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|2009||Saw VI||Spain||Rated X and thus banned from regular, non-adult cinemas.|
|2010||A Serbian Film||Spain||Banned due to extreme violence (contains a lot of sexually violent content).|
|2006||Aksharaya (Letter of Fire)||Sri Lanka||This film was banned for dealing with issues of incest, murder, and rape.|
|1974–2001||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||Sweden||Banned due to high gore violence and cruelty. Banned later lifted.|
|1983||Hell of the Living Dead||Sweden|| Released uncut on DVD in the mid-2000s|
|1984–2005||Tenebre||Sweden||High impact scary violence. Re-released in an uncut version in 2005.|
|1985||Return of the Living Dead||Sweden||Although status remains unclear(?) the first two sequels have been released on DVD.|
|1997||Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation||Sweden||High impact scary violence and cruelty. Sony Pictures later released the film on DVD.|
|1999||Anna and the King||Thailand||Banned because could be construed as disrespectful towards the King of Thailand.|
|2007||All the Boys Love Mandy Lane||Thailand||This horror film was banned due to violence.|
|2007||Halloween||Thailand||This remake of 1978 horror film of the same name was banned due to depictions of violence.|
|2008||Frontier(s)||Thailand||This horror film was banned due to violence.|
|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).|
|2010||Saw VI||Thailand||This horror film was banned due to violence.|
|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.|
|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.|
|2007||Hostel: Part II||Ukraine||Same reason as Hostel. People are allowed to own it on private DVD.|
|2009||Brüno||Ukraine||Homosexual promoting themes and sex scenes.|
|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.|
|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|||
|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.|
|2011||The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)||United Kingdom||See List of films banned in the United Kingdom for more information.|
|2001||Green Dragon||Vietnam||(as of 2002)|
|2002||We Were Soldiers||Vietnam||(as of 2002)|
|1995||Xich lo (Cyclo)||Vietnam|||
|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.|
|1971-1987||W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism||Yugoslavia||Banned in Yugoslavia for 16 years.|
These films have also been banned in the following countries:
- 1983: Scarface
- 1999: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
- 2007: The Simpsons Movie, because the Simpson family's skin color is yellow.
- 1979: Monty Python's Life of Brian for inappropriate religious content
- 1980: Cannibal Holocaust for animal cruelty
- 2005: Human or Ghost for excessive sexual content
- 2008: The Red Sense for its Khmer Rouge material
- 2014: Who Killed Chea Vichea 
- 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.
- 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)
- 1937: Ryska snuvan
- 1956: The Ten Commandments, due to its controversial religious nature
- 1930–1952: Battleship Potemkin
- 1933–1939: King Kong
- 1940s: During World War II, Finland banned the films Mrs. Miniver and Johnny Eager in 1943. Mrs. Miniver was first released in Finland the following year. Johnny Eager was first released in Finland on 31 March 1950.
- 1947–1949: The Big Sleep
- 1948: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
- 1956–1959: Rififi, for an extended sequence detailing how to crack a safe. A 1959 re-cut was allowed.
- 1957: The horror films The Curse of Frankenstein and its sequels The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) received a ban.
- 1960: Peeping Tom
- 1962–1986: One, Two, Three for political reasons
- 1964–1987: The Manchurian Candidate for political overtones.
- 1972–1973: Dirty Harry for glamourizing police brutality.
- 1981: Cruising
- 1981: The Evil Dead
- 1984: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
- 1984–2001: Cannibal Holocaust
- 1984: Red Dawn Banned due to a possibility to decrease diplomatic status between USSR and Finland. Was released in 1991 when Soviet Union disbanded.
- 1992: Reservoir Dogs (Uncut). The uncut version of Quentin Tarantino's film for VHS release banned, due to the new restriction law to video releases. The movie wasn't really "banned" but was withdrawn from stores until 2001.
- 1994: Pulp Fiction (Uncut): The uncut version was banned from video release until 2001.
- 1995: Casino (Uncut): Banned from video release as an uncut form, due to its violent content. Was released uncut for DVD in 2001.
- 1998 Blade: Was allowed to play in theaters, but the video/DVD release was delayed until 2001.
- 1999 Ravenous: Banned for video release as an uncut version.
- 2011: A Serbian Film was banned because of high impact sexual violence and gore. Stores like Citymarket and Anttila decided to confiscate all copies of the film in order to avoid law issues.
- 1930: All Quiet on the Western Front briefly ran in theaters in Paris, before the film was pulled. The ban was lifted in 1963.
- Paths of Glory was never banned but was not distributed by United Artists, which feared reactions and boycotts from army supporters. The film saw its first French release in 1975, to public acclaim.
- 1966: The Battle of Algiers, banned for five years, due to the politically sensitive nature of a film that depicted the Algerian War.
- 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. After 1933, it was banned by the Nazi regime for its anti-militaristic themes.Erich Maria Remarque's novel was also banned as well, and was among the "anti-German" books burned in bonfires. 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.
- 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.
- 1945-: Jud Süß - Pulled from German exhibition by decree of the Allied Military Occupation. 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). 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.
- 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.
- 1962: Lolita
- 1967: The Battle of Algiers
- 1980: The Coldest Winter in Peking
- 1981: If I Were for Real
- 1948: Ének a búzamezőkről (Song of the Wheat Fields), for political reasons
- 1956: Keserű igazság (Bitter Truth) and Az eltüsszentett birodalom, both banned for political reasons
- 1957: A nagyrozsdási eset, for political reasons
- 1969: A tanú (The Witness), for political reasons
- 1974: Bástyasétány '74, for political reasons
- 1983: Álombrigád (Dream Brigade), for political reasons
- 1984: Friday the 13th (1980), for high-impact violence and gore
- 1984: Cannibal Holocaust, for high-impact violence and animal cruelty
- 1986: To All a Good Night, due to high-impact violence
- 1987: Re-Animator, due to high-impact violence
- 1987: Amazonia, due to high-impact violence
- 1990: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, due to high-impact violence
- 1996: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, due to high-impact violence
- 1956: The King and I This movie was shown in (Tehran), IRAN many times, the first time in "RadioCity" Cinema in 1958. Radio city Cinema, located on Pahlavi Ave., was one of the most famous movie theatres in Tehran before the 1979 revolution and is now closed .
- 1968: Oliver! This movie was shown in "Diamond" Cinema in Tehran in 70 mm and 6 track stereo sound in its first screening for 12 weeks in 1969 (a huge success for an American musical at the time) and later was shown several more times in second-run theatres.
- 1977: Saturday Night Fever
- 1980: Cannibal Holocaust, Cruising
- 1982: The Dark Crystal (ceremonial imagery)
- 1983: Scarface
- 1989: Glory
- 1990: Henry & June
- 1993: Schindler's List
- 1994: The Naked Gun
- 1995: Showgirls
- 1997: Boogie Nights, Liar Liar (shows that adultery is legal)
- 1999: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; Three Kings and Anna and the King
- 2001: Zoolander (seen as supporting gay rights)
- 2002: Pinocchio and Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heavens Door
- 2003: Bruce Almighty and The Matrix Revolutions
- 2004: Fahrenheit 9/11, Catwoman, and The Passion of the Christ, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Marmoulak (shown for two weeks but stopped showing for various reasons)
- 2005: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Sin City and Brokeback Mountain
- 2006: The Da Vinci Code, Alexander, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and Hostel
- 2007: The Kingdom, 300 and Hostel Part II
- 2008: Meet the Spartans, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, You Don't Mess with the Zohan
- 2009: The Last House on the Left
- 2012: Argo
- 2014: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
- 1999: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, for its depiction of Saddam Hussein as the homosexual lover of Satan. South Park is also unavailable on television.
- 2004: Fahrenheit 9/11, due to a scene where Saddam Hussein is burning in hell.
- 1931: Monkey Business, banned because censors feared it would encourage anarchic tendencies. Ban lifted 2000
- 1967: Ulysses: based on the book by James Joyce; ban lifted September 2000
- 1968: Rocky Road to Dublin: documentary which, in part, questioned Irish censorship; ban lifted in 2003
- 1984: Cannibal Holocaust, ban lifted in 2006
- 1987: Personal Services
- 1989: Meet the Feebles, still banned, as of 2009
- 1991: Riki-Oh, ban lifted in 2000
- 1994: Natural Born Killers, ban lifted
- 1996: From Dusk till Dawn, ban lifted in 2000
- 1999: Romance, still banned
- 2000: Baise-moi, unbanned
- 1930: All Quiet on the Western Front, banned until the early 1980s.
- 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.
- 1984: Cannibal Holocaust
- 1999: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and the television series altogether because both offend the Muslim Brotherhood.
- 1999: Three Kings
- 2005: The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- 2007: The Kingdom
- 1984: Cannibal Holocaust
- 1995: Showgirls
- 2004: Team America: World Police
- 2014: Noah
- 1977–2003: Suspiria - Unknown (ban lifted)
- 1980–2008: Friday the 13th - Banned due to high-impact violence and extreme cruelty/torture; a censored version was later released.
- 1984–2005: Cannibal Holocaust, due to high-impact violence and animal cruelty; a censored version was later released.
- 1990–2003: RoboCop 2, Was banned due to high-impact violence. Ban later repealed.
- 1998: Kite Banned due to high-impact violence, cruelty and child pornography; a censored version was later released
- 2009: Ichi the Killer, Banned due to high-impact violence and cruelty.
- 2011: A Serbian Film, due to sexual representation of children and extreme violence.
- 1979: Monty Python's Life of Brian
- 2004: Saw
- 2006: Basic Instinct 2
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 1984 Cannibal Holocaust, for extreme violence and animal cruelty.
- 1988: The Last Temptation of Christ
- 1994: Natural Born Killers, for extreme violence
- 2000: Toro/Live Show, for explicit sexual content
- 2003: Imelda, through a lawsuit by Imelda Marcos herself
- 1982–1989: Interrogation (Przesluchanie), a prison film depicting the corrupt interrogation tactics of the Stalinist regime in post-World War II Poland. The film has gained attention for being one of the most controversial (but important) Polish films ever made.
- 1982–1987: Blind Chance, like many of Krzysztof Kieślowski's films, was banned for politically sensitive themes.
- 1997: Witajcie w życiu (Welcome to the Life), a documentary film by Henryk Dederko about Amway in Poland, was banned after the Polish office of the Amway Corporation obtained an injunction against the film; they claimed it was libelous.
- 1978: Catch-22, banned until 1984 for the scene showing Capt. Yossarian naked in a tree.
- 1994: True Lies
- 1971-2011: A Clockwork Orange, for 30 years due to its graphic violence and sex scenes.
- 1972: Fritz the Cat it was banned due to strong sexual content and very graphic nudity.
- 1974: The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat it was banned due to sequel of "Fritz the Cat".
- 1979: Monty Python's Life of Brian, for "inappropriate" religious content, which led the film to be banned.
- 1980: Cannibal Holocaust, banned outright for its extreme violence.
- 1981: The Evil Dead, banned since its release in 1981; authorities disallowed it for "excessive graphic violence and gore".
- 1986: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, categorised as banned by the authority. Subsequently rated R21.
- 1988: The Last Temptation of Christ, was never allowed to be screened or released in video formats to the public, for its controversial religious content.
- 1990: Begotten
- 1995: Lie Down with Dogs, banned for strong sexuality.
- 1999: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, shared the same fate with its banned television series.
- 2004: A Dirty Shame, banned for its crude humour and sexuality.
- 2005: Hostel, banned for extreme-impact violence, high-impact gore, cruelty and racism.
- 2006: Shortbus, banned for its explicit sexual content.
- 2014: To Singapore, With Love, banned because it allegedly undermined national security as "the individuals in the film have given distorted and untruthful accounts of how they came to leave Singapore and remain outside Singapore," and that "a number of these self-professed 'exiles' were members of, or had provided support to, the proscribed Communist Party of Malaya."
- 1978: Up in Smoke, banned because the South African censor board feared it might inspire youth to take up marijuana smoking
- 1979: Monty Python's Life of Brian, banned because of offensive jokes about religion
- 1980: Cruising, banned because of homosexual themes
- 1984: Cannibal Holocaust, was seized by customs (specific year is unknown at this time). It was given an XX rating, which prevented it from being sold in the country. It is now rated 18 for a cut version (the uncut version is still banned).
- 1987: Cry Freedom, was seized by customs upon its initial release; film was later circulated after 1994 when Nelson Mandela was elected president.
- 1990: Henry & June
- 1991: Whore
- 1995: Showgirls
- late 1940s: The Grapes of Wrath, was banned under the regime of Joseph Stalin, after a test screening in Poland. The film showed that even the poorest Americans could afford an automobile, unlike in the Soviet Union.
- 1967: Komissar, re-released in the late 1980s, winning nine awards (including the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival)
- 1925-1992: The Battleship Potemkin
- 1975: Three Days of the Condor
- 1996: Scream
- 1939–1976: The Battleship Potemkin
- 1940-1976: The Great Dictator, banned for its portrayal of Fascism.
- 1957–1986: Paths of Glory, banned by General Francisco Franco's dictatorship for its anti-military message. It was released in 1986, 11 years after Franco's death.
- 1972: Last Tango in Paris
- 1984–2007: Cannibal Holocaust
- 1999: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; the television show South Park is banned outright after one episode depicted Buddha snorting cocaine.
- 2006: The Da Vinci Code
- 1922–1972: Nosferatu, banned due to high impact scary violence and cruelty. A censored version was later released.
- 1968: Django, banned due to high impact violence and cruelty.
- 1981–2005: Mad Max, banned due to high impact violence and cruelty.
- 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.
- 1946: Anna and the King of Siam, for its Orientalist depiction of Thai culture.
- 1956: The King and I
- 1977: Tongpan, unbanned
Trinidad and Tobago
- 1956: The King and I
- 1980: The Gods Must Be Crazy
- 1983: Scarface
- 1999: Anna and the King
- 1999: Third World Cop
- 1922–2006: Nosferatu, banned due to its portrayal of extreme blood and gore.
- 1972–2000: Pink Flamingos, banned for extreme nudity
- 1984: Cannibal Holocaust, banned due to the killing of animals.
United Arab Emirates
- 2008: You Don't Mess with the Zohan: Banned because it promoted Mossad.
- 2009: Brüno Banned for its homosexual themes.
- 1978: The Deer Hunter
- 1979: Apocalypse Now
- 1986: Platoon
- 1987: Strike Commando
- 2010: Sex and the City 2, because of a conflict of “cultural values.”
- 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.
- 2012: The Hunger Games (banned due to alleged inappropriate content)
- 1970: Plastični Isus (Plastic Jesus), for its satire of society. It was shown on Belgrade television in 1990.
- 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.
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