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Films Condemned by the Legion of Decency

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Remake of the Fritz Lang film by blacklisted director Joseph Losey. Disturbing tale of a serial child murderer and the people (policemen and criminals alike) out to to capture him.


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"Martin Scorsese's excursion into urban alienation and irrational violence lacks a distancing objectivity and its attempts to shock are excessively graphic in scenes of bloodshed." - Legion of Decency

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Condemned for violence/gore and allegedly promoting Satan worship.

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People who added this item 1021 Average listal rating (541 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1

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Condemned for nudity and sexual content.

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People who added this item 5900 Average listal rating (3821 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Rape, ultraviolence, and Beethoven.

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People who added this item 304 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Neil Simon comedy was condemned for its light treatment of serious topics such as divorce and suicide.
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People who added this item 984 Average listal rating (567 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6

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Condemned for nudity (a prostitute shown naked from the waist up).

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People who added this item 2606 Average listal rating (1658 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
"Brian De Palma's horror movie is too ludicrous to scare, but succeeds only in the shock value of its callous, unhealthy mix of nudity and violence." - Legion of Decency

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People who added this item 3650 Average listal rating (2280 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
"Though director Randal Kleiser plays it for simple-minded fun, the teen fantasy glamorizes negative role models and is preoccupied with sex in its dialogue and lyrics." - Legion of Decency

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Dark, autobiographical musical by Bob Fosse. Condemned for sexual content, nudity, drug content, graphic surgery scenes, and blasphemy.

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People who added this item 1475 Average listal rating (936 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5

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Condemned for violent and sexual content.

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Condemned for violence and a scene showing the heros (Paul Newman and Julie Andrews) in bed together.


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Condemned for violent and sexual content, especially regarding the sadistic, lesbian spy character played by Lotte Lenya.


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People who added this item 1432 Average listal rating (720 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

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People who added this item 1284 Average listal rating (791 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Violence and homosexual content, including a notorious bathing scene between Tony Curtis (as Antoninus, an attractive young slave) and Laurence Olivier (as Crassus, his bisexual owner).

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People who added this item 3929 Average listal rating (2532 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5

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People who added this item 573 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 161 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
Elia Kazan adaption of a Tennessee Williams screenplay. The story of a voluptuous but virginal child bride (Carroll Baker) caught between her husband (Karl Malden) and his devious business rival, Silva Vacarro (Eli Wallach).


Time Magazine called the film "just about the dirtiest American-made motion picture that has ever been legally exhibited." After the Legion of Decency began boycotting the movie - Cardinal Francis Spellman having declared it "evil in concept" and "certain to exert an immoral and corrupting influence on those who see it" - Warner Brothers distributed posters for the film with "Condemned by Cardinal Spellman" as a tagline.
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People who added this item 435 Average listal rating (225 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Irreverent satire by Luis Bunuel (an outspoken critic of the Catholic Church and of religion in general). Depictions of blasphemy (including a parody of the Last Supper), suicide, incest (including an attempted rape), and other sins horrified the Spanish and American censors.



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Condemned for its (deliberately) romanticized view of criminals.
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People who added this item 775 Average listal rating (424 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Classic tragicomedy about a menage-a-trios, starring Oskar Werner, Jeanne Moreau, and Henri Serre.
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People who added this item 1840 Average listal rating (1168 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis witness a gang murder, and go on the lam disguised as women. Provocative comedy loaded with innuendo and satirical stereotypes.

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Musical comedy starring Jane Russell. Originally in 3-D, it was sold with provocative taglines such as "J.R. in 3-D - and What Dimensions!" and "It'll knock BOTH your eyes out!"
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People who added this item 165 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.3
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Crime drama about a crooked bail bondsman (George Bancroft) and the thrill-seeking socialite (Frances Dee) who is in love with him.
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Racy comedy about a menage-a-trois (Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, and Fredric March), based on a play by Noel Coward.
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People who added this item 126 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hedy Lamarr as a runaway child bride. Graphic for the time, including nudity and depictions of sexual intercourse and orgasm.

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A love triangle amongst Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, and Herbert Marshall.
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Edgar G. Ulmer melodrama about venereal disease.

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People who added this item 35 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
Initially condemned, the studio edited it for approval.
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Greta Garbo's last Hollywood film.
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Western film showcasing Jane Russell, hugely controversial for its prominent, salacious display of her body and breasts.

A troubled production filmed in 1940 (by Howard Hughes and an uncredited Howard Hawks), partly released in 1943, then withdrawn and tried for indecency by Judge Twain Michelsen. It was not widely released until 1946, with a statement from Michelsen reading: "We have seen Jane Russell. She is an attractive specimen of American womanhood. God made her what she is."
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Kroger Babb's infamous sexploitation film highlighting teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Very graphic for the time, including nudity and real-life footage of childbirth and delivery.
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British nuns start a school in the Himalayas, but the wild, sensual atmosphere gradually drives them to insanity, nymphomania, and murder. This classic melodrama from the Powell/Pressburger team was both condemned and edited on its initial American release, removing the flashback scenes in which Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) remembers her life prior to joining the convent.

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Based on the novel by Kathleen Winsor.

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Condemned for its sympathetic and ultimately positive depiction of a divorced mother (Maureen O'Hara).
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Movies condemned and boycotted by the Catholic Legion of Decency (1933-1965) or the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures (1965-1980).

The C ("condemned") rating was issued from 1933 to 1978, when the C rating and the B rating were merged into the O ("morally offensive") rating. Although the NCOMP film office was shut down in 1980, some Catholic writers still use the O rating, as well as the L ("limited audience") and A ("approved" or "general audience") ratings, in film reviews.

Incidentally, this list itself is not intended to be offensive. It is not a critique of Catholicism, nor of the movies listed; rather, it is a catalogue of "condemned" films.

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Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jun 24 12:21
Very interesting list :)
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jun 25 5:08
Cool list but would be MUCH MORE COOLER if you added the reason for being condemned on every single movie
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Oct 10 22:59
Super list! :)
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Oct 23 6:21
Great list! I've seen just about all of these too :)
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago at Nov 6 13:31
I can't believe they condemned Santa Claus too! (Miracle on 34th Street). :D
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago at Nov 6 13:45
Really amazing! Makes me want to see the ones I haven't!
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago at Nov 6 14:41
Thanks! I've learned something today! :)
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Feb 19 9:56
Some newer flicks should be added......A Serbian Film is the most condemed and harcore movie ever made!! Watch at ur own risk!, and A Human Centipede 2 . These are two of the most vile and condemed flicks i ever seen. HC2 was banned in its country of origin on grounds of indecency
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Feb 19 23:48
I'll do my best to watch as many of those films as possible!

Won't these people ever learn? If you say you can't watch something, that will only increase the interest over it.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Feb 20 2:07
Personally, I applaud these filmmakers for pushing boundaries and disregarding the Code. The whole affair, in it's various incarnations was the height of ridiculousness. It's always the same; people in positions of power who believe they know best attempting to force everyone else to do as they say. That's why it eventually came to an end and the new system of rating movies was imposed.

Censorship has never been a good thing, especially in the realm of the arts. The creative mind of the artist not only needs freedom but it is essential that it has it.

Great list!
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Dec 11 8:47
Heaven help us! A pity that instead of being hung up on sexuality they didn't focus their attention more on films that have promoted wars, hateful nationalism, greed and environmental destruction. As for the inclusion of films like Sunday Bloody Sunday, Christ never said a word against gays, but "judge not lest ye be judged"
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jan 2 17:07
Amazing that Grease is on here, seemed pretty innocuous to me.
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