30 of the most controversial films of all time

These movies have taboo storylines, graphic sex scenes, and gruesome violence

Life of Brian (1979)

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Starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python, Life of Brian follows Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), an average young Jewish man who was born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus Christ, as he spends his life being mistaken for the Messiah.

Life of Brian was met with controversy at the time of its release due to its themes of religious satire. Some religious groups accused the film of blasphemy, and members of Monty Python reportedly got death threats because of the movie.

While the film was initially banned in many parts of the world, it became popular and was even named as one of the greatest comedy films of all time by several magazines and TV networks. It currently has a 95% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the critics’ consensus reading, “One of the more cutting-edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.”