Controversial Movies

Introduction:One of our List My 5 family members presented a good case for writing about controversies.

Movies offer some of the greater controversies. How many times have you enjoyed a good old-fashioned debate after watching a movie that gave you pause?

  • 01

    The Da Vinci Code - 2006

    What is so difficult about understanding both the book and the movie adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" was fiction?

    Christians worldwide were incensed about the liberties taken by author Dan Brown.

    The majority of controversy centered around the books' premise that Jesus and Mary Magdalene married and conceived a child. Another debate topic was "The Last Supper" painting, where Brown writes that the person on Jesus' right was Mary Magdalene.

    Movie critics were pretty tough on the movie. A common criticism posed the question of which apostle was not pictured, if in fact, Mary Magdalene was part of the Last Supper. Also noteworthy was the absence of a holy grail on the table.

    Although devastatingly damaged The Gospel of Philip did refer to Mary Magdalene as Jesus' companion. Here is a portion of incomplete text about Mary, as parts were missing:

    "and the companion of the . Mary Magdalene . more than . the disciples . kiss her . on her . the rest of the disciples . they said to him . why do you love her more than all of us?"

  • 02

    The Passion of the Christ - 2004

    Mel Gibson climed out on a long financial limb to co-write, co-produce "The Passion of the Christ". If the watcher blinked, a subtitle was lost in the ether, as the dialogue was a combination of Hebrew, Aramaic and Latin.

    Collective Judaism termed this graphic depiction of Jesus' final hours as anti-Semitic, calling it a "Catholic-tinged interpretation" and fearing the film would cast blame on Jewish people for the crucifixion.

    Despite tedious torture and shock value, this movie is classed among most successful films rated R ever made.

  • 03

    Brokeback Mountain - 2006

    This movie's acclaim as the first mainstream movie to exhibit a long-term gay romance, between two married men raised the ire of some Catholic organizations. They labeled it "morally offensive". Some Christian groups touted the movie glorified homosexuality.

    It is interesting to note that none of the actors, the director or screenwriters was gay. "Brokeback Mountain" garnered eight Academy Award nominations and won three Oscars.

  • 04

    Lolita - 1962

    Controversial movies would be incomplete without an honorable mention of "Lolita". The book itself, penned in 1955 by Vladimir Nabokov, was at first banned in Paris and was not published in America until 1958. In a word, the book was considered "scandalous".

    Pedophilia is never attractive, in real life or in the movies. Although in the film version most suggestive content was implied rather than shown.

  • 05

    Bonnie and Clyde - 1967

    "Bonnie and Clyde" was filmed in my home state - Texas. Bonnie is also my quite distant cousin according to genealogy dating back to the 1850's and namesake.

    After opening, critics nailed the movie for its graphic violence and romanticism of crime. They also did not approve of its mixture of humor and murders. After a period of reflection, Time Magazine featured "Bonnie and Clyde" in a cover story and as they say, "the rest is history".

    Following the re-release, it went on to be nominated for 10 Academy Awards




Final Thoughts

There you have it - my collection of the Top Five most controversial movies. What do you think?

If you're not a family member of List My 5 yet, join us and stir up the controversial pot!





Comments

  • dashboardc33 1/19/2012 Flag This Comment

    Accurate list'

  • goodselfme 7/4/2011 Flag This Comment

    AH, such a good list of controversial movies and they sure were! I like when things gets stirred up a bit, for just a short time. I don't debate, but I don't mind a good sit down intelligent discussion. You have highlighted the good ones here. So you are related to Bonnie, how neat!

  • gerrielynn 6/25/2011 Flag This Comment


    Interesting read about controversial movies. We humans do get upset about things easily sometimes don't we? I guess any movie that can attract a controvery gets lots of publicity. Of course, that's great for the director, actors, etc. High 5 on the article.

  • Retrowarehouse 6/25/2011 Flag This Comment

    This is an excellent and thought-provoking list of controversial movies. Thanks for sharing! H5

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