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Erotic Movies Which Were Banned Due To Explicit Content

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There are many Hollywood movies which have been banned in many countries due to its sexually explicit content. This year, Fifty Shades of Grey, the much anticipated adaptation from E.L. James' so called 'mommy porn' was a blockbuster.

However, Fifty Shades of Grey movie was banned in many countries including India for its explicit content, sexual behaviour and S&M relationship. Not just Fifty Shades of Grey, there are many other straight, gay or fetish movies in the past which has been banned in many countries.

Censor board has prevented many bold movies from release where there is a major discomfort with characters showing the power of sexuality and sexual acts.

Even after the availability of Internet and online adult sites, there are many mainstream movies which are banned as they are found provocative.

Check out the movies which have been banned in many countries due to the explicit sexual content.

Fifty Shades of Grey

The kinky blockbuster based on BDSM theme got an R rating in the US, 18 Certificate by BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and 12 rating in France.
It was banned in many countries like UAE, Kenya, Malaysia and India to name a few.

Brokeback Mountain

Laying stress on gay agenda, Ang Lee's movie shows a sensitive love story of two happily married cowboys who have an affair for about 2 decades. The film was shown on Italian TV in 2008 with all homoerotic scenes and references cropped. The 2005 movie was controversial and banned in the Middle East and China.


The 1999 French art house drama film is believed to have formed an era of French cinema which became known as "French Extreme." Romance was initially refused classification in Australia, before it was awarded an R18+ on appeal. It is still banned in Ireland.


The 2002 French mystery thriller film is violent, brutal and shows cruel and horribly explicit behaviour which might not be good for the light hearts. The distributors also suffered legal battles after it was screened in Australia and New Zealand. Irréversible has also been associated with the New French Extremity movement.

Ken Park

The 2002 drama-erotic film is banned in Australia till this day due to its graphic sexual content and portrayals of underage sexual activity. The film has not been released in the United States since its initial showing at the Telluride Film Festival in 2002 due to rights over music.

The Last Temptation of Christ

The controversial 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film was banned in some countries including Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Philippines and Singapore. Christians did not like the movie as it showed Jesus having sexual congress with a woman and, in a dream sequence, getting married.

Eyes Wide Shut

The Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman starrer erotic thriller film is loosely based upon Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story). The R-rated erotica was screened with some scenes chopped which was later released in uncut rated DVD versions. It is also the first American home video release to feature the uncut version.

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