10 Most Controversial Movies Ever Based on Book

One Redditor posted, “I'm looking for controversial movies from controversial books for examples of films that sparked controversy during their time that are adapted from controversial books, such as A Clockwork Orange or Lolita, both directed by Stanley Kubrick.”

They concluded, “I want to examine how controversy can influence a film's success and have a wide range of examples.” Reddit responded to deliver this list of movies. 

Cruising (1980)

Cruising tells the story of a serial killer targeting gay men, especially those men associated with the late 1970s leather scene. Al Pacino stars as the lead.

9 1/2 Weeks (1986)

9½ Weeks is an romantic drama starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke engaging in a unconvential relationship. It sparked controversy for being too spicy despite hours of footage deemed too extreme being removed before release. 

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is a supernatural horror movie following the demonic possession of a young girl and an exorcism conducted by two Catholic priests per her mother's request in an attempt to rescue her.

Crash (2004)

Crash is a crime drama book and film that sparked controversy surrounding the vivid depictions of graphic sexual acts instigated by violence. As a result, AMC theatres posted guards outside the entrances to ensure minors didn't get in to see it.

Battle Royale (2000)

Battle Royale is a Japanese action-thriller following a group of junior-high-school students forced to fight to the death by the Japanese totalitarian government.

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodomis, is banned in several countries due to its graphic portrayals of rape, torture, and murder—mainly of people believed to be younger than eighteen years of age.

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