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Added by Gia on 12 Jun 2012 04:28
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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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People who added this item 129 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
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People who added this item 4621 Average listal rating (2837 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
"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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People who added this item 1352 Average listal rating (886 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Condemned for violence/gore and allegedly promoting Satan worship.

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People who added this item 1042 Average listal rating (599 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6

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Condemned for nudity and sexual content.

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People who added this item 6022 Average listal rating (3837 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Rape, ultraviolence, and Beethoven.

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People who added this item 309 Average listal rating (198 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 1009 Average listal rating (572 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 2657 Average listal rating (1673 ratings) 7.2 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 3694 Average listal rating (2295 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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People who added this item 430 Average listal rating (216 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
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 1520 Average listal rating (952 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5

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Condemned for violent and sexual content.

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People who added this item 303 Average listal rating (193 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
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 1478 Average listal rating (729 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

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People who added this item 1321 Average listal rating (805 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 4027 Average listal rating (2558 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5

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People who added this item 591 Average listal rating (325 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 166 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 7.8 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 456 Average listal rating (231 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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People who added this item 1113 Average listal rating (621 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
Condemned for its (deliberately) romanticized view of criminals.
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People who added this item 788 Average listal rating (428 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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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 170 Average listal rating (96 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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People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
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 137 Average listal rating (41 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 36 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.2 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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People who added this item 381 Average listal rating (218 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
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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