Controversial Films Starring Beloved Celebrities




Only God Forgives
Ryan Gosling rampages around Bangkok in order to avenge his brother’s death, and he doesn’t hold back in his quest. This film is bleak, and the violence is extremely brutal.
Showgirls
“Saved By The Bell” star Elizabeth Berkley was a teen idol to millions, but she attempted to shed her wholesome image with this film. Controversial at the time due to the nudity and subject matter, it is now looked upon as an unintentional comedy cult classic.
Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro portrays the lead role, a New York City cabbie who gradually loses his mind. The gritty violence, bleak tone, and Jodie Foster playing a 12-year-old prostitute all contributed to the controversy.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of Wall Street excess contains a great deal of sex, drugs, and foul language. This led to the film being banned in Kenya, Malaysia and Nepal, where extremely conservative standards are in place for permitted cinematic content.
Basic Instinct
Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone’s infamous uncrossing of her legs while not wearing any underwear during a police interrogation scene meant that this film has gone down in cinematic infamy. The plot line’s intersection of sex and murder made the movie a hot topic in the entertainment press the year it was released.
Birth
Birth

Anna (Nicole Kidman) is confronted by a 10-year-old boy who claims to be the reincarnation of her dead husband. The film was criticized for a confronting scene in which the two share a bath.
Crash
Crash

Oscar winner Holly Hunter appeared in this 1996 movie about a group of people who become aroused by car accidents. It was an art house film that severely divided critics over both the subject matter and direction.
Spring Breakers
Spring Breakers

Squeaky clean teen idols Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens quickly shed their good girl personas by appearing in this story of a spring break that turns into a sex and drug fueled romp. James Franco steals the spotlight, however, as the ultimate personification of a bad influence.
Silence of The Lambs
Silence of The Lambs

Gay rights groups were critical of the film’s portrayal of a psychotic serial killer who is defined by his transsexual nature. Audiences were shocked when a scene depicted him tucking his manhood between his legs in order to appear more ladylike.
Mysterious Skin
Mysterious Skin

The likeable Joseph Gordon-Levitt surprised a few of his fans with this film about a young man whose life is destroyed by child abuse and male prostitution. The film was almost banned in Australia due to its provocative content.
Noah
Noah

This Russell Crowe-starring biblical epic was banned in Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries, simply due to the fact that it depicted a prophet. Many sects of the Islamic faith forbid any representations of prophets to be shown in any way, shape or form.
Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this bleak and mysterious movie whose curious plotline still engenders debate today. Some of the darker scenes involve Jake’s character receiving life advice from a ghostly figure wearing a skeletal rabbit mask.

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