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20 Most Controversial Movies That Paved the Way for 'Fifty Shades'

By    |   Friday, 13 Feb 2015 03:39 PM

The new movie "Fifty Shades of Grey," based on the best-selling novel, has sparked controversy with its depictions of exotic sexual practices, including bondage, sadism, and masochism.

But it's far from the first film to outrage, stun, disgust, or trouble movie-goers. Here is a Newsmax look at a 20 other controversial movies over the years.

1. "A Clockwork Orange" (1971) — The film was originally X-rated for its disturbing images of physical and sexual violence, forcing director Stanley Kubrick to cut footage from two scenes to earn an R rating.

2. "The Exorcist" (1973) — Scenes of a devil-possessed 13-year-old girl vomiting, swearing, and abusing herself turned off many viewers.

3. "Natural Born Killers (1994)
— The movie reputedly glorified psychopathic serial killers and was actually blamed for inspiring real-life murders.

4. "Lolita" (1962) — Some charged that the movie bordered on pedophilia in its depiction of a middle-aged man's infatuation with a pubescent girl.

5. "Pink Flamingoes" (1972) — This tasteless cult favorite grossed out many viewers with its depiction of perverse acts performed in explicit detail.

6. "Scarface" (1932) — Director Howard Hawkes was forced by censors to make several changes in the film, but it was still banned in several states over charges that it glorified gangsters. The 1983 remake was also criticized for Al Pacino's depiction of a Cuban immigrant.

7. "Last Tango in Paris" (1972)
— The film's raw portrayal of sexual violence and emotional turmoil led to international controversy and drew government censorship in some venues. The film was X-rated upon its release in the U.S.

8. "Pretty Baby" (1978)
— Casting 12-year-old Brooke Shields as a child prostitute in New Orleans was viewed by some as child exploitation.

9. "Boxing Helena" (1993) — The plot follows a surgeon whose obsession with a woman leads him to amputate her limbs and hold her captive in his home. The movie initially received an NC-17 rating.

10. "I Spit on Your Grave" (1978) — Prominent film critics condemned the movie for its graphic violence, obscene language, and lengthy depictions of gang rape. Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel even tried to have it pulled from theaters.

11. "The Last House on the Left" (1972) — This crude, taboo-shattering shocker was censored in many countries and was refused a certificate for cinema release in the United Kingdom.

12. "Kids" (1995) — The movie prompted considerable public debate for its troubling depiction of a group of sexually active teenagers and their attitudes toward sex and substance abuse.

13. "Requiem for a Dream" (2000) — Some video-rental chains refused to carry this movie over concerns that viewers might be disturbed by its graphic depictions of several forms of drug addiction.

14. "The Passion of the Christ" (2004) — While some found the movie's graphic violence unsettling, others charged that it was anti-Semitic in its depiction of Jews and the crucifixion of Christ.

15. "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988) — Religious fundamentalists boycotted and picketed Martin Scorsese's film about the life of Christ.

16. "Monty Python's Life of Brian" (1979) — Devout Christians also castigated this movie for lampooning the Gospels and Jesus Christ, labeling it sacrilegious and blasphemous.

17. "Rosemary's Baby (1968) — The National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures criticized the dark horror classic for making "perverted use" of Christian beliefs.

18. "The Da Vinci Code" (2006) — Conservative Christian groups also took offense at the movie's alleged factual inaccuracies and depictions of arcane secrets and occult mysteries related to Jesus Christ.

19. "The Birth of a Nation" (1915) — One of Hollywood's earliest classics, it was nevertheless criticized for its stereotypical portrayals of African-Americans in the mid-19th century.

20. "JFK" (1991) — A purported docudrama some called fiction, the movie was attacked for legitimizing off-the-wall conspiracy theories about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" is far from the first film to outrage, stun, disgust, or trouble movie-goers. Here is a Newsmax look at a 20 other controversial movies over the years.
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