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American Movies Banned


One of the biggest American industries is the film industry, which rakes in millions, if not billions of dollars every year. The majority of these movies make it out of the United States to premiere and be broadcast and sold internationally. However, every country, and even some provinces and states, have specifications as to what is allowed to be shown and what is not. For example the American film Brokeback Mountain was banned in the majority of Middle Eastern countries as well as the majority of Asian countries due to its depiction of homosexual themes. It was also temporarily banned in certain areas of the United States. The main reason that American produced movies are banned in foreign countries is that the contain subject matter that pertains to matters of religious nature, sexually explicit or homosexual subjects, or extreme violence. Though controversial, Brokeback Mountain does not compare to some of the top banned films which include: 

  • The Passion of the Christ.
  • A Clockwork Orange.
  • Farenheit 9/11.
  • Deep Throat.
  • JFK.
  • The Last Temptation of Christ.
  • The Birth of a Nation.
  • Natural Born Killers.
  • Last Tango in Paris.
  • Baby Doll.
  • The Message.
  • The Deer Hunter.
  • The Da Vinci Code.
  • The Warriors.
  • Triumph of the Will.
  • United 93.
  • Freaks.
  • I Am Curious (Yellow).
  • Basic Instinct.
  • Cannibal Holocaust.
  • Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Do the Right Thing.
  • Kids.
  • Caligula.
  • Aladdin.

 The United States has also banned a variety of foreign films. However, this is usually not done nationally, but on a state or even a city level. For example here are some of the movies that have been banned within the United States of America:

  •  Dorlita in the Passion Dance Banned in New Jersey
  • The James Boys in Missouriand Night Riders are banned in Chicago.
  • The Birth of a Nation banned in many American cities, including Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, and the states of Ohio, Kansas, and West Virginia.
  • Within Our Gates banned in Chicago, New Orleans, and Omaha.
  • The Red Kimono, banned in Chicago.
  • The Racket banned in Chicago.
  • Frankenstein banned in Kansas.
  • Freaks banned in Cleveland.
  • Scarface (1932) – banned in 5 states and 5 other cities.
  • Two-Faced Woman banned in New York City.
  • Scarlet Street banned in New York City.
  • Pinky was banned by the city of Marshall, Texas.
  • The Moon Is Blue banned in Jersey City, New Jersey.
  • Victim banned in many American cities.
  • Viva Maria! banned in Dallas.
  • Titicut Follies is barred from distribution to the general public by court order.
  • I Am Curious (Yellow) is banned as pornography.
  • Monty Python’s Life of Brian was banned in several.
  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story is banned from sale, distribution, and public exhibition by court order after a civil trial on copyright infringement
  • The Last Temptation of Christ banned in Savannah.
  • The Tin Drum was briefly banned in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

Typically these movies were banned due to being sexually explicit in nature, religious in nature, or having subject matter that pertained to subjects of a racial matter. Nevertheless, as a country that prides itself on democracy and the freedom of speech it appears that there are a fair amount of movies that are banned from public consumption.

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