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Top 10 Banned Films Around the World

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Some film producer extends their limits and includes adult stuff, social issue and violence in their films. These films have been banned in various countries. In many countries a banned film goes through the minor editing process, removes explicit scenes and then re-released. Few popular movies have been banned by film censor board or review organizations. Censor board standards vary by country and can vary within a country due to different moral attitudes. The following list is ranked according to the nature of the ban and popularity of the film. The following list highlights 10 Banned Films around the World.

10. Mikey

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Mikey is a thriller film directed by Dennis Dimster, released on 23rd September 1992. The film was banned in the United Kingdom due to the James Buglar murder in Liverpool in 1993. The reason behind it is the similarities between the film’s plot and the murder. Other banned films have been reviewed and released and Mikey remains prohibited in the UK.

9. Natural Born Killers

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Natural Born Killers is a crime film written and directed by Oliver Stone and released on 26th August 1994. The film is about two victims of traumatic childhoods who became a mass murderer. It was completely banned in Ireland due to extreme violence shown in the film and released seven years later in 2001 in the UK. In 2006, the Entertainment Weekly magazine named it the eight most controversial film of all time.

8. Cannibal Holocaust

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Cannibal Holocaust is an Italian film directed by Ruggero Deodato and released in 1980. The film is about cannibalism and was filmed in the Amazon forests with real tribes and actors. The film contains brutality, sexually assault and violence toward animals at extreme levels. It was banned in over 50 countries including Australia, Italy, Iceland, New Zealand, Finland and Norway. The Entertainment Weekly magazine named it the 20th most controversial film of all time.

7. A Serbian Film

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A Serbian Film is a Serbian thriller film released in 2010. The film contains graphic depiction of rape and child physical abuse. It has been banned in Finland, Spain, France, Portugal, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. In some countries it was rejected by the film censorship board.

6. Saw 3D

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Saw 3D is a 3D horror film directed by Kevin Greutert and released in 2010. It is the seventh part of the Saw film series. The film was banned in Germany due to some violent scenes. In spite of that, this movie earned $9 million on its opening day and more than $136 million worldwide. It received negative reviews from critics but was a box office success.

5. Evil Dead

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The Evil Dead is an American film directed and written by Sam Raimi. The story focuses on five college friends went on a vacation in a remote cabin area. There they find an audiotape and book of the dead which awakens a demonic force turning them into zombies. It was banned in several countries including Malaysia, West Germany, UK, Ireland, Iceland, Sweden and Singapore since its release due to excessive graphic violence and gore.

4. Rambo (2008)

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Rambo (also known as John Rambo) is an American action film directed, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film is about a former American soldier who is hired to rescue a group of people who were kidnapped by brutal Burmese soldiers. Currently the film is banned by the Burmese government due to the negative content about Burmese soldiers. It is only available in pirate version.

3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a horror and thriller film directed and produced by Tobe Hooper in 1974. It grossed over $30 million at the domestic box office and gained a position as one of the most horror films in cinema history. Due to extreme violence it was banned in several countries and theaters including Brazil, Chile, France, Finland, Singapore, Norway, Ireland, Iceland, West Germany and Sweden.

2. The Da Vinci Code

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The Da Vinci Code is an American thriller film directed by Ron Howard. The screenplay was based on one of the best-selling novels of all time of the same name by Dan Brown. The film faced many controversies and has been discredited by many Christian communities as an attack on the Jesus and Roman Catholic Church. There have been many protests in several theaters in the Unites States and many other countries.

1. The Exorcist

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The Exorcist is an American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin and released in 1973. The film is based on the 1949 exorcism case of Ronald Doe and attempts to get her back through an exorcism conducted by two priests. The film has been described as the scariest horror movie of all time. It was banned in many countries for being horrifyingly scary. It affected many people so hard at theaters that paramedics were called to treat them. Entertainment Weekly named it as the scariest film of all time. With $441 million, it became one of the highest grossing scariest films of all time.