15 Movies That Were Banned in the U.S.

Since the dawn of the movie industry, dozens of projects have been banned within the United States. Here are 15 films with controversial content that were outlawed from American theaters, including one heavily-protested film promoting racial injustice (on page 10).

1. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Willem Dafoe as Jesus sitting on the ground wearing sandals and a cloth robe in the desert in The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ | Universal Pictures

While Martin Scorsese’s film about the life and death of Jesus Christ was critically acclaimed, it was met with its fair share of criticism from Christian groups worldwide. The Last Temptation of Christ depicts Jesus having lustful thoughts, as well as facing feelings of fear, doubt, and hopelessness, which many felt to be an affront to the Biblical depiction of his life.

Protests from religious groups targeted Universal Studios, while Edward Theaters, United Artists, and General Cinemas refused to screen the film. Cities including New Orleans and Savannah, Georgia instituted bans on the film lasting several weeks, according to PBS.

Next: After this film’s ban, all copies were lost.

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