Controversial movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant controversial movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out controversial, disturbing, weird, cult film, sexy and serious films and TV shows about / with pornography, brutality, dialogue, sexualized violence, storytelling, nudity (full frontal - brief), obsession, runaway, violence and sex plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
controversial movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as controversial: The Piano Teacher (2001), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Natural Born Killers (1994), A Serbian Film (2010), In the Realm of the Senses (1976), Pretty Baby (1978), A Real Young Girl (1976), Pink Flamingos (1972), Possession (1981), Last Tango in Paris (1972).

List of controversial movies

The Piano Teacher (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Austria, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.
Style: sexual, disturbing, psychological, bleak, erotic ...
Plot: bdsm, older woman younger man relationship, age difference, teacher student sex, sexual relations, masochism, desire, sex, rape, mother daughter relationship, overbearing parent, pianist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: vienna, paris france, austria, europe
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Genre: Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the ...
Style: disturbing, psychedelic, atmospheric, cerebral, bleak ...
Plot: distopia, rape, insanity, gang, violent, drugs, surrealism, violence, brutality, nihilism, psychopath, violence spree ...
Time: future, 20th century, year 1995, 90s, 70s ...
Place: london, britain, europe, united kingdom, england
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Natural Born Killers (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, surreal, sadistic, brutal ...
Plot: violence, dark humor, serial killer, psychopath, insanity, mass murder, crimes, criminal heroes, murderous pair, lovers on the run, sadism, violence spree ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: nevada, arizona, new mexico, paris france, london ...
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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences. His backwards behavior generates strong reactions around him ...
Style: absurd, humorous, funny, parody, satirical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: satire, racism, dark humor, culture clash, travel, stupidity, road trip, stereotypes, nudity (full frontal - brief), dumb, irreverent, islam ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, kazakhstan, los angeles, usa, dallas texas ...
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four corrupted fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.
Style: erotic, art house, disturbing, sexy, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: torture, sex, rape, libertine, sexual perversion, kidnapping, sexual torture, fascism, sexual abuse, obsession, strong violent content, atrocity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
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A Serbian Film (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Serbia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life trying to make ends meet. Presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to financially support his family for the rest of their lives, Milos must participate in one last mysterious film. From ...
Style: disturbing, brutal, macabre, rough, scary ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, violence, torture, insanity, psychopath, incest, perversion, murder, sexual perversion, pedophilia, sadism ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: serbia, europe
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In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, disturbing, art house ...
Plot: sex, obsession, sex scene, erotica, sexuality, love, bdsm, explicit sex, adultery, female nudity, voyeurism, lesbian sex ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 20th century, year 1936
Place: japan, asia, paris france, tokyo
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Pretty Baby (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a New Orleans hooker, meets a photographer named Bellocq (Keith Carradine) at her brothel one night and, after he photographs her, he befriends her 12-year-old daughter, Violet (Brooke Shields). When Violet is brought on as ...
Style: disturbing, sexy, melancholic, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: child prostitution, virginity, innocence lost, prostitution, loss of virginity, world war one, brothel, photographer, sexuality, girl man relationship, child prostitute, coming of age ...
Time: victorian era, 1910s, 90s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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A Real Young Girl (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bored and restless, Alice spends much of her time lusting after Jim, a local sawmill worker. When not lusting after him, Alice fills the hours with such pursuits as writing her name on a mirror with vaginal secretions and wandering the fields with ...
Style: sexy, disturbing, erotic, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: puberty, eroticism, coming of age, taboo sex, zoophilia, animal sex, country girl, erotica, bestiality, exploring sexuality, voyeur, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963
Place: france, europe
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Pink Flamingos (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person ...
Style: disturbing, surreal, erotic, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: obsession, perversion, animal abuse, dysfunctional family, male nudity, arson, lesbian, dehumanization, exhibitionism, absurd humor, incestuous sex, strong sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, baltimore, maryland
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Possession (1981)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young woman left her family for an unspecified reason. The husband determines to find out the truth and starts following his wife. At first, he suspects that a man is involved. But gradually, he finds out more and more strange behaviors and ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, macabre, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, monster, surrealism, insanity, occult, hysteria, serial killer, existentialism, sex, nudity (full frontal - brief), supernatural power, dysfunctional couple ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, germany, west berlin west germany, poland, east germany ...
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Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A young Parisian woman begins a sordid affair with a middle-aged American businessman who lays out ground rules that their clandestine relationship will be based only on sex.
Style: erotic, sexy, disturbing, sexual, art house ...
Plot: sex scene, strong sexual content, grief, erotica, hotel, suicide, lust, voyeurism, sex, tragedy, love, relationships ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Irreversible (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring ...
Style: bleak, art house, disturbing, rough, harsh ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, violent, revenge, violence, brutality, rape and revenge, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual perversion, vengeance, sex, sexualized violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, disturbing, depressing, erotic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, virginity, innocence lost, puberty, drugs, aids, sex, underage sex, youth, teenager, street kid, sexual promiscuity ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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Trust (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, realistic, sexy, psychological ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: sexual abuse, teenager, father daughter relationship, investigation, bullying, innocence lost, teenage life, lie, youth, crimes, child abuse, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, california, usa, cleveland ohio, milwaukee wisconsin ...
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I Stand Alone (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Butcher (known from Noe's short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and ...
Style: depressing, disturbing, psychological, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: incest, nihilism, alienation, butcher, incest overtones, loneliness, insanity, revenge, obsession, existentialism, character on the edge, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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I Am Curious (1967)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with relationships, political activism, and meditation. Meanwhile, ...
Style: sexy, art house, disturbing, erotic, realistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: politics, sex, nudity (full frontal - brief), revolution, sexploitation, anti war, vietnam war, sexuality, self discovery, bdsm, strong sexual content, sex scene ...
Time: 60s
Place: sweden, spain, california, europe, russia ...
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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes.
Style: brutal, disturbing, scary, macabre, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cannibalism, amazon rainforest, rape, cannibal, jungle, sexual abuse, african tribe, exploitation, torture, animal cruelty, violence, revenge ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york, south america, latin america, north america, usa
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Straw Dogs (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: David Sumner, a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy, an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, home invasion, small town, rape and revenge, revenge, murder, female nudity, violent, sexual desire, brutality, sexual assault ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, cornwall, europe
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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: biblical, christian film, rough, factual, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: jesus, christianity, religion, betrayal, suffering, torture, death, sacrifice, bible, mission, brutality, life philosophy ...
Time: 1st century, 1930s
Place: holy land, jerusalem, rome italy, ancient greece, middle east
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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, dark, epic, melancholic ...
Plot: jesus, spirituality, temptation, christianity, religion, betrayal, redemption, desert, surrealism, controversy, fasting, christian ...
Time: 1930s, 1st century
Place: holy land, greece, ancient greece, middle east, jerusalem ...
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The Exorcist (1973)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: 12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to ...
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, macabre, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural, exorcism, religion, devil, demonic possession, occult, priest, exorcist, supernatural ability, clergy, evil force, demon ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, asia, new york, washington d.c., iraq ...
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Antichrist (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Style: disturbing, psychological, scary, sexy, atmospheric ...
Plot: cruelty, insanity, guilt, depression, fear, violence, masturbation, death, explicit sex, torture, obsession, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Lolita (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Urbane professor Humbert Humbert marries a New England widow to be near her nymphet daughter.
Style: erotic, melancholic, sexy, sexual, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: obsession, lolita, forbidden love, older man younger woman relationship, age difference, virginity, teenage girl, older man young girl relationship, lust, incest, sexuality, pedophilia ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, 20th century, 50s, 1920s
Place: new england, cannes
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Battle Royale (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Style: disturbing, bleak, bloody, suspense, dark ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: game of death, survival, death, teenager, desperation, teacher, island, cruelty, school class, contests and competitions, suicide, distopia ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Ken Park (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his ...
Style: disturbing, rough, sexual, sexy, erotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, youth, infidelity, strong sexual content, explicit sex, nudity (full frontal - brief), older woman younger man relationship, underage sex, incest, teenager, teenage sex, sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, australia, usa
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Cruising (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, sexy, psychological, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, gay, murder, crimes, police investigation, strong sexual content, sex, gays and lesbians, violence, brutality, undercover, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new york, san francisco, usa
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Shortbus (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of New Yorkers caught up in their milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality. The characters converge in a weekly Brooklyn social/artistic/sexual salon "Shortbus", loosely ...
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, art house, sex comedy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, sex, explicit sex, homosexual, group sex, masturbation, gays and lesbians, erection, homosexuality, strong sexual content, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa
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Funny Games (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspense, scary, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, sadism, torment, bad guy wins, torture, kidnapping, psychopath, home invasion, family in danger, egg, lake, physical abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: austria, europe
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Viridiana (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.
Style: surreal, disturbing, art house, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: religion, dark humor, voyeurism, nun, idealism, satire, rape, dwarf, loser, incest, surrealism, loneliness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe
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