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Controversy

Movies that created headlines over their allegedly controversial subject matter, 1980-Present. In parentheses, the movie's issue (perceived or real).



RowRankTitle (click to view)StudioLifetime Gross / TheatersOpening / TheatersDate
1 38 Bad Lieutenant
(Debauched Cop)
Aries Films $2,000,022 2 $47,454 2 11/20/92
2 25 Powder
(Child molester director)
Buena Vista $30,862,156 1,621 $7,146,973 1,592 10/27/95
3 28 The Program
(Youth pranks)
Buena Vista $23,032,565 1,661 $6,821,931 1,653 9/24/93
4 35 Transformers: The Movie
(Animated use of ""S-word"","8087)
DEG $5,849,647 990 $1,779,559 990 8/8/86
5 41 Hounddog Empire $131,961 11 $13,744 11 9/19/08
6 12 Brokeback Mountain
(Gay cowboys)
Focus Features $83,043,761 2,089 $547,425 5 12/9/05
7 3 The Day After Tomorrow
(Global warming)
Fox $186,740,799 3,444 $68,743,584 3,425 5/28/04
8 5 True Lies
(Anti-Arab)
Fox $146,282,411 2,561 $25,869,770 2,368 7/15/94
9 21 The Siege
(Anti-Arab)
Fox $40,981,289 2,582 $13,931,285 2,541 11/6/98
10 22 Fight Club
(Anarchy)
Fox $37,030,102 1,966 $11,035,485 1,963 10/15/99
11 7 Fahrenheit 9/11
(Anti-Bush)
Lions Gate $119,194,771 2,011 $23,920,637 868 6/23/04
12 26 Dogma
(Anti-Christian)
Lions Gate $30,652,890 1,292 $8,669,945 1,269 11/12/99
13 19 Kick-Ass
(Violent/profane child)
Lionsgate $48,071,303 3,065 $19,828,687 3,065 4/16/10
14 27 W.
(Bush)
Lionsgate $25,534,493 2,050 $10,505,668 2,030 10/17/08
15 31 Religulous
(Religion)
Lionsgate $13,011,160 568 $3,409,643 502 10/1/08
16 13 Barbershop
(Anti-black leaders)
MGM $75,782,105 2,176 $20,627,433 1,605 9/13/02
17 20 Thelma and Louise
(Feminism)
MGM $45,360,915 1,180 $6,101,297 1,179 5/24/91
18 36 Inchon
(Moonies)
MGM $5,200,986 1,291 $2,326,112 1,291 9/17/82
19 34 Kids
(Debauched Youth)
Miramax $7,412,216 187 $85,709 2 7/21/95
20 37 Priest (1995)
(Anti-Christian)
Miramax $4,165,845 154 $113,430 8 3/24/95
21 39 The Pope Must Die(t)
(Title Offensive to Christians)
Miramax $582,510 169 $264,147 169 8/30/91
22 16 The Golden Compass
(Anti-Christian)
New Line $70,107,728 3,528 $25,783,232 3,528 12/7/07
23 1 The Passion of the Christ
(Anti-semitism)
Newmarket $370,782,930 3,408 $83,848,082 3,043 2/25/04
24 9 The Wolf of Wall Street Paramount $116,900,694 2,557 $18,361,578 2,537 12/25/13
25 10 Noah Paramount $101,200,044 3,571 $43,720,472 3,567 3/28/14
26 15 World Trade Center
(9/11)
Paramount $70,278,893 3,021 $18,730,762 2,957 8/9/06
27 33 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
(Creationism)
Rocky Mountain Pictures $7,720,487 1,052 $2,970,848 1,052 4/18/08
28 2 The Da Vinci Code
(Anti-Christian)
Sony / Columbia $217,536,138 3,757 $77,073,388 3,735 5/19/06
29 6 Angels & Demons
(Anti-Christian)
Sony / Columbia $133,375,846 3,527 $46,204,168 3,527 5/15/09
30 11 Zero Dark Thirty
(Torture)
Sony / Columbia $95,720,716 2,946 $417,150 5 12/19/12
31 8 Basic Instinct
(Vagina flash)
TriStar $117,727,224 1,884 $15,129,385 1,567 3/20/92
32 29 Bowling for Columbine
(Gun control)
United Artists $21,576,018 248 $209,148 8 10/11/02
33 17 Bruno
(Gay panic)
Universal $60,054,530 2,759 $30,619,130 2,756 7/10/09
34 23 Jungle Fever
(Interracial coupling)
Universal $32,482,682 844 $5,332,860 636 6/7/91
35 24 United 93
(9/11)
Universal $31,483,450 1,871 $11,478,360 1,795 4/28/06
36 32 The Last Temptation of Christ
(Anti-Christian)
Universal $8,373,585 123 $401,211 9 8/12/88
37 14 JFK
(JFK Conspiracy)
Warner Bros. $70,405,498 1,395 $5,223,658 1,164 12/20/91
38 18 Natural Born Killers
(Violence, Copycat murders)
Warner Bros. $50,282,766 1,904 $11,166,687 1,510 8/26/94
39 30 Battlefield Earth
(Scientology)
Warner Bros. $21,471,685 3,307 $11,548,898 3,307 5/12/00
40 4 Django Unchained
(N-word)
Weinstein Company $162,805,434 3,012 $30,122,888 3,010 12/25/12
41 40 The Brown Bunny
(Oral sex climax)
Wellspring $366,301 19 $50,601 3 8/27/04
TOTAL (All Movies):$2,691,576,556----
AVERAGE (All Movies):$65,648,2091,849$16,345,9131,616-
TOTAL
(Wide Releases Only):
$2,633,956,938----
AVERAGE
(Wide Releases Only):
$82,311,1542,323$22,154,0922,184-



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