30 of the most controversial films of all time

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

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

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Set in World War II Italy, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom centers on four wealthy and corrupt libertines who kidnap 18 adolescent boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of physical, mental, and sexual torture. Because of its depictions of youths being subjected to graphic violence, torture, sexual abuse, and even murder, the film was banned in Italy just two months after its release and has remained banned in several countries into the 21st century.

A loose adaptation of the Marquis de Sade’s 1785 book 120 Days of Sodom, the Pier Paolo Pasolini-directed movie was named the 65th-scariest film ever made by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2006 and also became the subject of an entry in The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural.

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