30 of the most controversial films of all time

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

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

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The Last Temptation of Christ

Directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Paul Schrader, The Last Temptation of Christ depicts the life of Jesus Christ (Willem Defoe) and his struggle with various forms of temptation including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust. Though the film includes a disclaimer stating that the movie “is not based on the Gospels but upon the fictional exploration of the eternal spiritual conflict,” it still generated controversy from Christian religious groups who took issue with its portrayal of Christ imagining himself engaging in sexual activities.

Despite being a box office bomb, The Last Temptation of Christ received positive reviews from critics, with Scorsese even scoring a Best Director Oscar nomination and Barbara Hershey earning a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as Mary Magdalene.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”