30 of the most controversial films of all time

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

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

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Largely based on the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, The Passion of the Christ depicts the final 12 hours of Jesus Christ (Jim Caviezel) before his death, consisting of the Passion.

The Mel Gibson-directed film was controversial at the time of its release because critics and audience alike found the movie’s extreme depiction of violence distracting and overly excessive. A number of concerned groups also criticized The Passion of the Christ for the anti-Semitism perceived in the movie’s portrayal of its villains.