30 of the most controversial films of all time

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

Pink Flamingos (1972)

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An exploitation comedy film, Pink Flamingos stars countercultural drag queen Divine as Baltimore criminal Babs Johnson, who is known as “the filthiest person alive”. Envious of Johnson’s reputation, a sleazy criminal couple (David Lochary and Mink Stole) tries to outdo Johnson in her filth by engaging in several grotesque, bizarre, and explicitly crude situations.

The movie was notorious at the time of its release because of its several revolting scenes that feature exhibitionism, voyeurism, sodomy, masturbation, rape, incest, murder, cannibalism, castration, foot fetishism, and other riotous awfulness. But it’s Pink Flamingos’ unfaked dog-feces eating climax that cemented its reputation as one of the most controversial films of all time.