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List of banned films

For nearly the entire moral reasons. Censorship standards vary widely by country, and can vary within an individual country over time due to political or moral change.

Many countries have government-appointed or private commissions to censor and rate productions for film and television exhibition. While it is common for films to be edited to fall into certain rating classifications, this list includes only films that have been explicitly prohibited from public screening.


  • List 1
    • Afghanistan 1.1
    • Bahrain 1.2
    • Burma 1.3
    • Cambodia 1.4
    • Finland 1.5
    • Germany 1.6
    • India 1.7
    • Iran 1.8
    • Iraq 1.9
    • Israel 1.10
    • Japan 1.11
    • Kenya 1.12
    • Kuwait 1.13
    • Pakistan 1.14
    • Philippines 1.15
    • Qatar 1.16
    • Singapore 1.17
    • Sri Lanka 1.18
    • United Arab Emirates 1.19
    • Vatican City 1.20
    • Vietnam 1.21
  • Other countries 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Note that for some countries films are banned on a wide scale and are not listed in this table.
Separate lists for some countries are listed below this table
Date Title Country Notes
1985 Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary) Argentina This film, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, was banned due to blasphemous and sexual content.[1]
2011 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) Australia Temporarily banned for disturbing and sexually explicit content. A censored DVD version was later released.[2][3][4][4][5][6][7]
2003 Ken Park Australia Refused classification in 2003 for graphic depictions of teenage sex, incest and auto-erotic asphyxiation.[8]
1985 Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary) Brazil [9]
2011 A Serbian Film Brazil Banned due to "apology for pedophilia".[10]
2008 Rambo Burma Banned for negative portrayals of Burmese soldiers.[11]
1959 Ben-Hur (1959) China Banned for containing "propaganda of superstitious beliefs, namely Christianity." (Never given permission to screen)[12]
1993 The Blue Kite China Chinese film that, in addition to being banned, was deemed so offensive that director Tian Zhuangzhuang received a 10-year ban from making films.[13] It won the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and Best Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
1993 Farewell My Concubine China Chinese film that won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or, was banned in a period due to homosexual themes and negative portrayal of communism.[14]
2005 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life China Banned for its unflattering depictions of Chinese society (never given permission to screen)[15]
2006 The Departed China Banned for a line suggesting that the government intends to use nuclear weapons on Taiwan (a sensitive political issue – never given permission to screen)[16]
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End China Banned because (according to Xinhua, the state news agency of the People's Republic of China) 10 minutes of footage containing Chow Yun-fat's portrayal of Singaporean pirate Sao Feng have been trimmed from versions of the film which may be shown in China. Chow is onscreen for 20 minutes in the uncensored theatrical release of the film. No official reason for the censorship was given, but unofficial sources within China have indicated that the character offered a negative and stereotypical portrayal of the Chinese people.[17]
2009 Shinjuku Incident China Starring Jackie Chan, it was deemed "too violent" to pass censor in China and was subsequently banned from Chinese distribution when director Derek Yee refused to edit it down.[18]
2015 Child 44 (2015) CIS country On 15 April 2015, the Russian film distributor Central Partnership announced that the film would be withdrawn from cinemas in Russia, although some media stated that screening of the film was blocked by the Russian Ministry of Culture.[19][20][21] The decision was made following the press screening the day before. The Ministry of Culture and the Central Partnership issued a joint press release stating that the screening of the film before the 70th anniversary of the Victory Day was unacceptable.[22] The Ministry of Culture claimed that it received several questions on the film's contents, primarily concerning "distortion of historical facts, peculiar treatment of events before, during and after the Great Patriotic War and images and characters of Soviet people of that era".[22] Russian minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky welcomed the decision, but stressed that it was made solely by the Central Partnership. However, in his personal statement Medinsky complained that the film depicts Russians as "physically and morally base sub-humans", and compared the depiction of Soviet Union in the film with J. R. R. Tolkien's Mordor, and wished that such films should be screened neither before the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, nor any other time.[23] However, he also stated that the film would be available in Russia on DVD and online.[24]

As a result of the decision the film was also withdrawn from cinemas in Belarus,[25] Ukraine,[26] Kazakhstan,[27] and Kyrgyzstan, while release of the film has been postponed until October in


2014 The Interview (2014) CIS country The government of North Korea believes that the U.S. film The Interview, about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, represents "dangerous filmmaking, which justifies and encourages terrorism," according to a statement made by the North Korean embassy in Russia.[29]
2014 Sweetness of Spirit - Halawet Rooh Egypt Starring Haifa Wahby, it was deemed "Children Sexual Harassment" banned right after screening the film in cinemas, after criticism over scenes deemed sexually provocative. The movie was criticized for copying Giuseppe Tornatore’s movie Malena (2000) starring Italian actress Monica Bellucci.
1972 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Finland Finnish Board of Film banned the showing of the film in Finland. In 1972 and 1974 Swedish television showed the film, resulting in the Swedish television mast on the Åland Islands being shut down during the movie because Finns were banned from seeing the film. Director of the Finnish Board of Film Jerker Eeriksson said that the banning of the film was political because it harmed the Finnish-Soviet relationship. Finnish television showed the film in 1996 on the TV1 YLE channel.
1925-1953 Battleship Potemkin France Banned due to fears that it could inspire revolution.[30]
1930 L'Age d'Or France Banned in Paris by the police prefect "in the name of public order."[31]
1953 Les statues meurent aussi France Short film by Alain Resnais that was banned. Its theme was that Western civilization is responsible for the decline of African art. The film was seen at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953, but subsequently banned by the French censor.[32]
1960 Le Petit Soldat France Banned on political grounds; the ban was lifted in 1963 with re-editing.[33]
1920-1945 Different from the Others Germany Banned due to homosexual themes[34] Mostly destroyed by the Nazis, the film was later partially reconstructed.[35]
1933−1945 Battleship Potemkin Germany Banned due to fears it could inspire Marxism.[30][36]
1936−1945 The Bohemian Girl Germany This Laurel & Hardy film, based on the opera of the same name by Michael William Balfe, was banned in Nazi Germany, because the attitude of its depiction of gypsies (in effect, this was a portrayal that approved of them) "had no place" in the Third Reich.[37]
1943-1949 Titanic (1943) Germany This Nazi propaganda film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic was banned in Nazi Germany by Joseph Goebbels because some of the scenes could demoralize the audience. The Allied Control Council banned the film because of its Nazi propaganda. After the end of the occupation, the German Motion picture rating system classified it to age 12 or older and to age 6 or older with parental guidance. It was sometimes shown on German TV after the war and a censored, low quality VHS copy was released in 1992.
1944-1945 Große Freiheit Nr. 7 (Great Freedom No. 7) Germany This German musical drama film was banned to be shown inside the Reich. It had its premiere in occupied Prague in December 1944. The film was shown in Berlin after the end of the war.
2010 Saw 3D Germany Tiergarten AG has noted that several scenes in the movie violate the violence act §131 StGB. Thereby the movie is banned in Germany. Private copies are still legal to own and personal use is not punishable; however any public show of the movie is highly prohibited and punishable act. There is a censored "Keine Jugendfreigabe/ No youth admitted" version, but it has all the violent scenes cut out. Retailing this copy is still legal, since "KJ" rated movies cannot be indexed/banned.[38]
2011 Valley of the Wolves: Palestine Germany Banned in Germany, because of FSK's initial concerns over the film's perceived anti-Israeli and anti-American overtones.[39]
1974−1978 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) West Germany Banned due to extreme level violence.[40]
1985–1999 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Iceland Banned due to high level violence; a censored version was later released.[40]
1987 Nekromantik Iceland The film was banned due to its transgressive subject matter (including necrophilia) and audacious imagery.
1992 Cannibal Holocaust Iceland Banned due to very high impact violence and offensive depictions of both human and animal cruelty. Still banned.[40]
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously Indonesia An Australian film about Jakarta under Sukarno's rule in 1965. The ban was lifted in 1999.[41]
1994 Schindler's List Indonesia Film that is sympathetic to the Jewish cause[42][43]
2007 Long Road to Heaven Indonesia Indonesian film about the 2002 Bali bombings. It was banned on the island of Bali, as local politicians worried that the film might promote hatred and intolerance.[44]
2009 Balibo Indonesia Australian film based on the story of the Balibo Five, a group of journalists killed during the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor[45]
2014 Noah Indonesia Banned due to religious reasons
1943 The Outlaw Ireland Banned due to sexual references.[46]
1945 Mildred Pierce Ireland [46]
1945 Brief Encounter Ireland By Noël Coward. It was banned, as it was considered too permissive of adultery.[46]
1946 The Big Sleep Ireland Banned due to sexual references.[46]
1950 Outrage Ireland [46]
1967 Ulysses Ireland The film was not approved for general release until 2000
1971-2000 A Clockwork Orange Ireland This film was banned due to its extreme depictions of violence and rape.[40]
1978, 2010 I Spit on Your Grave Ireland This horror film was banned due to its scenes of graphic violence and lengthy depictions of gang rape. In 2010, the movie was released uncut on DVD and Blu-ray and the ban was renewed by forbidding retailers to sell it.[47]
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian Ireland This comedy film by the Monty Python comedy team was banned because it was considered blasphemous. Ban lifted in 1987[40]
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Ireland This comedy film by the Monty Python comedy team was banned because it was considered blasphemous. Ban lifted in 1990[48]
1972-1986 Last Tango in Paris Italy Banned from 1972 to 1986.[40]
1999 Li chiamarono... briganti! Italy Suspended from the cinemas and, nowadays, it is not available on VHS and DVD. For some critics it was banned as being an uncomfortable side of the Italian unification.[49]
1957 The Girl in the Kremlin Israel Banned because it may have harmed Israel's diplomatic relations with Moscow[50]
1957 China Gate Israel Banned in Israel for indulging in excessive cruelty. The Israeli film censorship board indicated the film depicted Chinese and Russian soldiers as "monsters".[51]
1965 Goldfinger Israel Played for six weeks before the Nazi past of Gert Fröbe, who played the title villain, was disclosed;[52] it was unbanned after a few months after a man went to the Israeli Embassy in Vienna and told staff that Fröbe hid him and his mother from the Nazis (which may have saved their lives).[53][54]
1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days Israel Banned in a unanimous decision by the censorship board that Alec Guinness's Hitler was represented in too human a light.[55]
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Israel Banned on the grounds that it could offend Christians.[56]
2002 Jenin, Jenin Israel Banned by the Israeli Film Ratings Board on the premise that it was libelous and might offend the public; the Supreme Court of Israel later overturned the decision.[57]
2006 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Banned as "offensive"[58]
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 Kuwait [59]
2007 Persepolis Lebanon Initially banned in Lebanon after some clerics found it to be "offensive to Iran and Islam." The ban was later revoked after an outcry in Lebanese intellectual and political circles.[60]
1998 Barney's Great Adventure Malaysia Banned because the censors found it to be unacceptable for children to watch, without providing any further explanation.[61]
2001 Zoolander Malaysia In this comedy film, the title character Derek Zoolander visits Malaysia which is shown as impoverished and dependent on sweatshops. For this reason, Malaysia's censorship board deemed it "definitely unsuitable".[62]
2014 The Raid 2: Berandal Malaysia
1932 Scram! The Netherlands On its initial cinematic release in the Netherlands this Laurel & Hardy film was banned because the scene where the duo sat on a bed with a woman to whom they weren't married was "indecent". Today the film is not banned.[63]
2010 Maladolescenza The Netherlands On 25 March 2010 the Dutch court of Alkmaar has classified several scenes in the movie as child pornography,[64] which is illegal in the Netherlands.[65] The decision therefore means that possession, distribution and knowingly gaining access to the movie is prohibited.[66]
1980, 2006 Cannibal Holocaust New Zealand This horror film was banned due to its extremely violent content and actual on-screen killings of animals.[67] (also refused release in 2006)
1981 Mad Max New Zealand [68] (VHS release was later approved[69])
2004 Puni Puni Poemy New Zealand This anime was banned on the grounds that it "tends to promote and support the exploitation of children and young persons for sexual purposes, and to a lesser extent, the use of sexual coercion to compel persons to submit to sexual conduct."[70]
2007-2008 Hostel: Part II New Zealand [71] (excisions recommended but not initially made; later released on DVD in April 2008 with offending material cut)
2005 Vase de Noces New Zealand Banned due to "gross, revolting, and abhorrent content" (bestiality, coprophilia, and animal violence). As of 2014, it is still banned.
2010 I Spit on Your Grave (2010) New Zealand A remake of the 1978 horror film of the same name. Banned due to violence [72]
2010 Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny New Zealand Banned on the grounds of sexual exploitation of children. Due to the reaction from New Zealand film authorities, distributor Madman Entertainment chose not to release the remaining volumes there.[73]
2011 Megan Is Missing New Zealand [74]
2011 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) New Zealand Banned due to its gore, violence and sexually explicit content.[75]
2012 A Serbian Film New Zealand Banned by the government on May 25, 2012 due to "objectionable content" (offensive depictions of sexual violence, pedophilia, extreme violence, necrophilia and/or other content that is offensive and abhorrent).
2013 Maniac New Zealand Banned from theatrical and home video release; the OFLC felt that "the tacit invitation to enjoy cruel and violent behavior through its first-person portrayal and packaging as entertainment is likely to lead to an erosion of empathy for some viewers".[76]
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Kenya Banned for explicit sexual content, profanity, drug use and nudity.[77]
2014 High School DxD New Zealand Banned on the grounds of sexual exploitation of children.
2009 District 9 Nigeria Banned due to accusations of being xenophobic and showing racism towards Nigerians.[78]
2009 2012 North Korea Banned because the year 2012 coincides with Kim Il Sung's 100th birthday. The year had also been designated "the year for opening the grand gates to becoming a rising superpower."[79] Thus, a movie which depicts the year in a negative light was found to be offensive by the North Korean government. Several people in North Korea were reportedly arrested for possessing or viewing pirated copies of the movie and charged with "grave provocation against the development of the state."[80]
1964–1971 491 Norway Banned due to homosexual themes; a censored version was later released.[81]
1974-1997 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Norway Banned due to high impact scary violence. Ban lifted in 1997 and re-released uncut with an 18 (Adults only) rating.[40]
1979–1980 Monty Python's Life of Brian Norway Banned due to jokes deemed offensive to religious people (ban later lifted).[40]
1984-2005 Cannibal Holocaust Norway Banned due to explicit violence and depictions of animal cruelty. Passed uncut after 2005 with an 18 (adults only) rating.
1987 Nekromantik Norway Banned outright by the Norwegian Media Authority due to outrageous, offensive & abhorrent content (Necrophilia, extreme violence, animal cruelty, and/or other material that is disgusting & abhorrent)
2009 Ichi The Killer Norway Banned due to high impact violence and cruelty. In January 2009, The Norwegian Media Authority classified the film as "Rejected" and banned the film outright in Norway after the government learned of an incident at the Stockholm Film Festival where two people both vomited and fainted while watching the film. The film remains strictly prohibited in Norway.[40]
2011 A Serbian Film Norway Banned due to violation of criminal law sections 204a and 382 which deal with the sexual representation of children and extreme violence. Still Banned.[40]
2012 Agent Vinod Pakistan The film was banned by the Central Board of Film Censors of Pakistan, for containing various controversial references to the Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence.[82]
1977 Hubad na Bayani Philippines [83] Depiction of human-rights abuses during the martial-law era
1972-1974 Last Tango in Paris Portugal Banned for its strong sexual content (unbanned in 1974).[40]
2006 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Russia Banned as "offensive".[58]
2006 The Da Vinci Code Samoa Banned outright after church leaders watching a pre-release showing filed a complaint with film censors.[84] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 The Cell 2 Samoa Banned due to violent content.[84] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 Milk Samoa Originally, this film was banned without being given a reason.[84] Later, it was given a reason. It was deemed "inappropriate and contradictory to Christian beliefs and Samoan culture": "In the movie itself it is trying to promote the human rights of gays. Some of the scenes are very inappropriate in regard to some of the sex in the film itself, it's very contrary to the way of life here in Samoa."[85] (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2009 National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Samoa (see Censorship in Samoa for details)
2007 The Kingdom Saudi Arabia [86]
1971-2011 A Clockwork Orange Singapore Banned for over 30 years, before an attempt at release was made in 2006. However, the submission for a M18 rating was rejected, and the ban was not lifted.[40] The ban was later lifted, with film was shown uncut with an R21 rating on 28 October 2011, as part of the Perspectives Film Festival.[87]
1973 The Exorcist Singapore [40]
1973 Last Tango in Paris Singapore Banned for its strong sexual content.[40]
1974-2004 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Singapore Prohibited from release on the island since the 1970s.[40] Passed uncut after 2004 with an M18 rating.
1980-2006 Saint Jack Singapore Banned for the "excessive edits required to the scenes of nudity and some coarse language before it could be shown to a general audience," the film was reclassified to an M18 rating in 2006.[88]
1995 A Night on the Water Singapore Banned for strong sexuality.[89]
2001-2004 Zoolander Singapore [90] Passed uncut after 2004 with an NC16 rating.
2004 Formula 17 Singapore Banned because it "portrayed homosexuality as normal, a natural progression of society."[91]
2005 Singapore Rebel Singapore Banned for being a political film, which is not allowed in Singapore. In 2009 the film was reviewed by the Political Films Consultative Committee (PFCC) and unbanned, with an M18 rating.[92]
2007 Solos Singapore Banned for its homosexual themes.[93]
2007 Following Desire Singapore Banned for "excessive sexual acts and stage performances of a sexual nature which are prolonged, gratuitous and exploitative".[94]
2007 Zahari's 17 Years Singapore Banned because, according to the Government of Singapore, it is "against public interests".[95]
2008 A Jihad for Love Singapore Banned for an imbalance depiction of Islam as being intolerant. The interviewees also tried to use religion to justify their homosexuality.[94]
2008 David the Tolhidan Singapore Banned for its "sympathetic portrayal of an organisation viewed as a terrorist organisation by many countries."[94]
2008 Arabs and Terrorism Singapore Banned for its "sympathetic portrayal of an organisation viewed as a terrorist organisation by many countries."[94]
2008 Bakushi Singapore Banned for its "several prolonged and explicit sado-masochistic sequences, demonstrating how the rope masters tied up nude women and subjected them to various degrees of physical abuse and sexual degradation, for the erotic gratification of their audience."[94]
2009 Female Games Singapore Banned for its "explicit lesbian sex acts."[94]
2009 Boy Singapore Banned because it "romanticises and promotes homosexual relationships. The sexual sequence is prolonged, intense and titillates".[94]
2009 Brides of Allah Singapore Banned because it "promotes and justifies the act of terrorism, and uses religion to justify its cause".[94]
2009 Transgressor (School of the Holy Beast) Singapore Banned because it "portrayed nuns as lesbians with depictions of sadomasochism as well as bondage in many of the scenes".[94]
2010 Dr Lim Hock Siew Singapore Banned due to similar reasons for the film Zahari's 17 Years[96]
2012 Sex.Violence.FamilyValues Singapore Porn Masala, the second story in Ken Kwek's compendium of three short films, was deemed "racially offensive and demeaning to Indians" by the Board of Film Censors.[97] The ban was subsequently lifted and the film's Singapore version released with edits in March 2013.[98] However, the film had not completed its Singapore theatrical run when it was banned by the Malaysian Board of Film Censors, who found it "obscene" and "insulting to local cultures".[99] The film was also withdrawn from the Asean International Film Festival & Awards, where it was due to be screened from Mar 28-30, 2013.[100]
2014 To Singapore, With Love Singapore Banned because it allegedly undermined national security as "the individuals in the film have given distorted and untruthful accounts of how they came to leave Singapore and remain outside Singapore," and that "a number of these self-professed 'exiles' were members of, or had provided support to, the proscribed Communist Party of Malaya."
2006 The Da Vinci Code Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated that the film "undermines the very roots of Christianity in Solomon Islands."[101]
1971 A Clockwork Orange South Korea Banned due to depictions of violence and gang rape. Has been lifted since.[40]
1973 Last Tango in Paris South Korea Banned for its strong sexual content.[40]
1975–1981 Ban Geum-ryeon South Korea The South Korean director Kim Ki-young's film banned for six years, was released with 40 minutes cut.[102]
1979 Apocalypse Now South Korea During President Park Chung-hee's regime, the importation of the film was on hold because of its anti-war theme.[103]
1961-1977 Viridiana Spain Although the Film Institute of Spain approved the film's submission to the Cannes Film Festival, after the Catholic Church expressed its indignation, the head of the Film Institute was fired and the film was banned under head of state Francisco Franco for sixteen years.[104]
2009 Saw VI Spain Rated X and thus banned from regular, non-adult cinemas.[105][106]
2010 A Serbian Film Spain Banned due to extreme violence (contains a lot of sexually violent content).[107]
2006 Aksharaya (Letter of Fire) Sri Lanka This film was banned for dealing with issues of incest, murder, and rape.[108]
1974–2001 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Sweden Banned due to high gore violence and cruelty.[40] Ban later lifted.
1983 Hell of the Living Dead Sweden [109] Released uncut on DVD in the mid-2000s[110]
1984–2005 Tenebre Sweden High impact scary violence. Re-released in an uncut version in 2005.[111]
1985 Return of the Living Dead Sweden Although status remains unclear(?) the first two sequels have been released on DVD.[112]
1997 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Sweden High impact scary violence and cruelty. Sony Pictures later released the film on DVD.[113][114]
1999 Anna and the King Thailand Banned because could be construed as disrespectful towards the King of Thailand.[115]
2007 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Thailand This horror film was banned due to violence.[116]
2007 Halloween Thailand This remake of 1978 horror film of the same name was banned due to depictions of violence.[116]
2008 Frontier(s) Thailand This horror film was banned due to violence.[117]
2008 Funny Games Thailand [116]
2009 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Thailand Banned by the Ministry of Culture due to sexual content (characters showing how to make their own pornographic video; teens may try to mimic).[118]
2010 Saw VI Thailand This horror film was banned due to violence.[119]
2005 Hostel Ukraine Banned because of promoting eastern European countries as buyers for people who capture and torture people for money. Owning the movie in private is still legal.[120]
2006 Land of the Dead Ukraine The movie was banned due to high level violence and blood and gore. The movie also depicts the suffering and the agony of people who were forced to eat human flesh in Kharkiv during the German attack there in 1943.[121]
2007 Hostel: Part II Ukraine Same reason as Hostel. People are allowed to own it on private DVD.[122]
2009 Brüno Ukraine Homosexual promoting themes and sex scenes.[123]
2009 Saw VI Ukraine The movie contains scenes of brutal gory violence and torture. In the context of "Saw" franchise this is the only part that is banned. Thereby it is illegal to sell it or distribute, since visa is not given.[124]
2013 Evil Dead (2013 film) Ukraine The movie was banned due to high level violence and blood, sexual and gore.
2010 My iz budushchego 2 (We Are from the Future 2) Ukraine [125]
2010 Lamhaa United Arab Emirates Banned because of its "objectionable content"; it did not receive a clearance certificate from the UAE Censors Board and was pulled from all UAE cinemas. This is the first Bollywood film to be banned in the UAE.[126]
2011 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) United Kingdom See List of films banned in the United Kingdom for more information.[127][128][129][130][131][132][133]
2001 Green Dragon Vietnam (as of 2002)[134]
2002 We Were Soldiers Vietnam (as of 2002)[134]
1995 Xich lo (Cyclo) Vietnam [135]
2012 The Hunger Games Vietnam Banned because of extreme violence and killing.
1952-1977 Ciguli Miguli Yugoslavia Banned for its satire of socialist bureaucracy. Issued a license for public showing only in 1977.[136]
1971-1987 W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism Yugoslavia Banned in Yugoslavia for 16 years.[137]

These films have also been banned in the following countries:


  • 1996-2001: All films were banned under the Taliban government during their five-year reign.[138][139][140][141]






  • 1930–1931, 1933–1945: All Quiet on the Western Front was banned in 1930 after protests but then re-admitted in a heavily censored version in 1931 after public debate.[149] After 1933, it was banned by the Nazi regime for its anti-militaristic themes.[150]Erich Maria Remarque's novel was also banned as well, and was among the "anti-German" books burned in bonfires.[151] At the Capitol Theatre in West Germany in 1952, the film saw its first release in 22 years.
  • 1940–1945: The Great Dictator was first shown in West Germany as late as 1958. During World War II, it was once shown to German soldiers in 1942: In German-occupied Yugoslavia, local guerillas sneaked a copy from Greece into an army-cinema in an act of cultural sabotage. After half of the film had been shown, German officers stopped the screening and threatened to shoot the Yugoslavian projectionist. Apparently, the film was ordered by the Reich Chancellery.[152]
  • 1945: The Eternal Jew - Since it was made during Nazi Germany, it is exclusively allowed for use in college classrooms and other academic purposes; however, exhibitors must have formal education in "media science and the history of the Holocaust." Public use is prohibited as of 2013.[153]
  • 1945: Jud Süß - Pulled from German exhibition by decree of the Allied Military Occupation.[154] Director Veit Harlan was required by court order to destroy what was then believed to be the only remaining negative of Jud Süß and he reportedly did this in April 1954. A few years later, however, copies of the film began to turn up to the embarrassment of the West German government. After a lengthy investigation, it was determined that another negative existed in East Germany and it was used it to make prints that were dubbed in Arabic and distributed in Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt and Lebanon. Though that negative has never been located, it has been widely suspected that this version was produced and distributed by the Stasi or the KGB in order to arouse anti-semitism among Egyptian and Palestinians against the US backed Israel (and henceforth, support for the Soviet backed Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser).[155][156][157] The copyright of the film is held by the government-ownedF.W. Murnau Foundation. The Foundation only permits screenings of the film when accompanied by an introduction explaining the historical context and the intended impact.[158]
  • 1988: Zindan "Prison" (1974 film) - Banned in Germany at 1988-01-21 and 1988-08-10. Although currently the ban is not in effect, Zindan, directed by Remzi Jonturk, it remains the only Turkish movie title ever been banned in Germany due to gore, violence and cruelty.[159]
  • 1989: Pet Semetary












Sri Lanka

United Arab Emirates

Vatican City


  • 2010: Sex and the City 2, because of a conflict of “cultural values.”[174]
  • 2012: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, banned because its international distributor, Sony Pictures, did not accept the requirement by the Vietnamese National Film Board of cutting out some sensitive scenes.[175]
  • 2012: The Hunger Games, banned due to alleged inappropriate content[176][177]

Other countries

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