These Movies Could Never Be Made Today: Censorship in the Film Industry
There are some movies that could never be made today. The reason? They’re too risqué, edgy, or dangerous. These films pushed boundaries and took risks, making them a product of their time. They were often controversial and polarizing, but they’re also unique and memorable.
Times have changed, and with them, the film industry. Keep in mind, this is not a list of bad movies, but great ones that would be cancelled due to their content. Here are a few examples of movies that would be unthinkable to produce in today’s climate.
‘The Jerk’ (1979)
The film tells the story of Navin Johnson, a white man raised by a black family. Johnson eventually learns that he is adopted and sets out into the world to find his birth parents. Along the way, he gets involved with several controversial situations, including a stint as a nude model and an affair with an older woman.
While ‘The Jerk’ was a box office success, it is unlikely that a film with such racially charged humor would be made today. The film’s frank treatment of sex and nudity would likely earn it an R rating, making it inaccessible to many potential viewers. As a result, ‘The Jerk’ is a product of its time, and its controversial content is unlikely to be seen on screen again.
’48 Hrs.’ (1982)
The film follows two police officers who team up to catch a killer. However, the film has been criticized for its depiction of violence and its treatment of women. Today, films that focus on violence are often insensitive and offensive. As a result, 48 Hrs. Would not be able to find an audience in the current climate.
The film’s treatment of women has been criticized as being misogynistic. In the movie, women are either victims or sex objects, and they are rarely given agency or respect. This kind of portrayal of women would not be tolerated today, and 48 Hrs. would not be able to get past censors in the current climate. As a result, it is safe to say that this film would never be made today.
The film tells the story of two fallen angels who plan to use a loophole to get back into Heaven. The film was highly controversial, with many religious groups condemning its depiction of God and Angels. However, it also received critical acclaim, with many praising Smith’s handling of such sensitive material.
Due to its subject, it is unlikely that a film like Dogma would be made today. In an era where audiences are increasingly sensitive to claims of blasphemy, it’s hard to imagine a major studio backing such a project. As a result, Dogma remains an integral part of film history, serving as a reminder of the power of art to challenge convention.
The film was instantly controversial due to its graphic violence and dark humor. However, it was also praised for its innovative storytelling and ambitious vision. Studios are now more risk-averse than ever, and the chances of a big-budget film being given the green light if it is likely to provoke widespread outrage are slim to none.
As a result, we are unlikely ever to see another film like ‘Robocop’. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—after all, not every movie needs to be controversial—but it does mean that we’ve lost something important in the transition from the freewheeling days of the 1980s to the more corporate Hollywood of today.
‘Tropic Thunder’ (2009)
The movie tells the story of a group of actors making a Vietnam War film. However, the actors take their roles too seriously, and the line between fiction and reality starts to blur. As a result, the film became one of the most controversial films of its time.
Today, it is hard to imagine a movie like Tropic Thunder. In an age where political correctness is the norm, it is doubtful that a studio would ever greenlight a film that so blatantly mocks both race and gender. However, Tropic Thunder pushed the envelope, and its success showed that there was still an appetite for boundary-pushing films.
‘Me, Myself, and Irene’ (2000)
The Jim Carrey comedy was praised for its humor but criticized for its offensive content. In particular, the film’s depiction of mental illness and race relations was widely insensitive. Today, ‘Me, Myself, and Irene’ would be unlikely to get made.
The Hollywood landscape has changed dramatically in the last twenty years, and studios are now much more cautious about greenlighting controversial films. With the rise of social media, there is also a greater risk of public backlash. In today’s climate, it’s doubtful that ‘Me, Myself, and Irene’ would ever see the light of day.
‘Revenge of the Nerds’ (1984)
In the 1984 film, “Revenge of the Nerds”, a group of social outcasts band together to take down the popular kids who have been tormenting them. While the film was controversial at the time for its depiction of hazing and sexual assault, it also struck a chord with many viewers who related to the characters’ experience of feeling like an outsider.
In an era where diversity and inclusion are becoming more important than ever, it’s doubtful that a film with such outdated views would be greenlit by a major studio. However, in its own way, “Revenge of the Nerds” is a product of its time and still has the power to resonate with audiences who feel like they don’t fit in.
‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)
The film was about two straight men who pretended to be married in order to take advantage of domestic partnership benefits. The film was controversial at the time, and it’s unlikely that a similar film would be made today. Part of the reason for this is that attitudes towards marriage have changed in recent years.
With more couples opting to live together without getting married, the idea of two straight men pretending to be married seems less far-fetched than it did a decade ago. The film’s treatment of LGBT characters has been criticized as being insensitive and offensive. As a result, it’s unlikely that a film like “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” would be made today.
‘White Chicks’ (2004)
The film’s plot follows two African-American men who disguise themselves as white women in order to save their jobs. Although the film was a box office success, it was widely criticized for its use of blackface and racial stereotypes. The film’s depiction of white women as shallow and materialistic was seen as offensive by many.
Today, it is doubtful that a film like White Chicks would ever be made. With the rise of social media and the increasing focus on diversity and inclusion, it is likely that such a controversial film would be met with intense public scrutiny. It is safe to say that White Chicks is a product of its time and would not be possible in today’s climate.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
It is about a woman who is struggling to find her place in the world. She is in a relationship with a married man, and she is also having an affair with another man. The film is controversial because it deals with themes of infidelity and nationality. Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, is an American who is unsure of her place in the world, and she is searching for her identity.
The film explores the idea of what it means to be an American in a foreign country. Holly eventually realizes that she belongs in New York City and that her nationality does not define her. The film is interesting because it deals with complex themes that are still relevant today. It is a classic that has stood the test of time.
‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ (1994)
The film was a huge box office success, grossing over $107 million worldwide, and turned Carrey into a household name. However, the film’s humor is often crude and offensive, and it would never be made today. In one scene, Ace Ventura sneaks into a women’s locker room and takes photographs of nude female athletes.
The film also contains numerous homophobic and transphobic jokes. Given the current climate of increased sensitivity to issues of sexual harassment and gender identity, it’s hard to imagine a major studio greenlighting a project like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective today.
‘You Only Live Twice (1967)
The film tells the story of a Japanese secret agent who is sent to investigate the disappearance of an American spacecraft. You Only Live Twice’ was highly criticized for its portrayal of Japan and Asians in general. Critics accused the film of perpetuating negative stereotypes and contributing to the proliferation of racist images in popular culture.
However, the film was also praised for its spectacular set design and innovative use of special effects. Today, ‘You Only Live Twice’ is considered to be one of the most important films of the 1960s. While its depiction of Asians may be offensive by today’s standards, the film remains a significant document of its time.
‘Knocked Up’ (2007)
‘Knocked Up’ is a 2007 comedy about a one-night stand that has unforeseen consequences. When Alison Scott (Heigl) becomes pregnant after a drunken encounter with slacker Ben Stone (Rogen), the two decide to try to make a go of it. ‘Knocked Up’ was a box office success, grossing over $219 million on a budget of $30 million.
However, the film was also controversial, with some critics accusing it of being sexist and glorifying teenage pregnancy. In spite of its detractors, ‘Knocked Up’ remains a popular and well-loved comedy. Today, the film is considered to be ahead of its time in its frank depiction of modern relationships.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
The adventure film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was highly controversial due to its graphic violence. The film tells the story of Robin Hood, who is exiled to Sherwood Forest after being betrayed by his friend, the Sheriff of Nottingham.
The film was criticized for its violent content, which included scenes of torture and decapitation. However, it was also praised for its spectacular action sequences and witty dialogue. In spite of the controversy, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was a box office hit and has since become a cult classic.
The film tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who joins a twerking dance crew in an attempt to fit in and become popular. While the film was praised by some for its frank portrayal of the pressures faced by young girls, others accused it of glamorizing child exploitation.
The controversy surrounding the film highlights the way that attitudes towards childhood have changed over time. In the past, films like Cuties would have been considered harmless fun, but today they are more likely to be seen as controversial and inappropriate. As our understanding of childhood evolves, it is likely that we will see more films that push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable.
The Last Samurai (2003)
It’s a controversial film that was highly criticized when it was first released. The film tells the story of a Japanese general who is recruited by the Emperor to fight against the rebels. The general is reluctant to fight, but he eventually agrees to lead the Emperor’s troops.
The Last Samurai was a box office success, but it was also highly controversial. People were shocked by the violence in the film, and they were offended by the portrayal of the Japanese culture. Today, films like The Last Samurai would never be made. They would be too controversial and too offensive
Basic Instinct (1992)
The film stars Michael Douglas as a police detective investigating the brutal murder of a rock star, played by Sharon Stone. The film was highly controversial upon its release due to its graphic depictions of sex and violence, and it would be unlikely to be made today.
However, despite its controversial nature, Basic Instinct was a huge box office success, grossing over $350 million worldwide. It also received several Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress for Sharon Stone. In retrospect, the film is often seen as a classic of its genre, and its influence can still be felt in films today.
The Producers (1967)
The Producers is a 1967 satirical film that follows the story of two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by purposely creating a flop musical. The film was quite controversial at the time of its release and is largely considered to be one of Mel Brooks’ funniest films.
While the film’s humor may not be to everyone’s taste, there’s no denying that it’s a clever and biting satire. These days, it’s hard to imagine a studio green-lighting such a project. In today’s climate of political correctness, it’s doubtful that a film like The Producers would ever see the light of day.
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Released in 1970, the movie was highly controversial, due in part to its graphic sexual content. In addition, the film’s plot—which revolves around a man who undergoes gender reassignment surgery and then sets out to seduce his own niece—would likely be met with criticism from both fans and critics alike.
Myra Breckinridge remains a daring film, one that pushed boundaries at a time when few films were doing so. Nevertheless, despite its many flaws, Myra Breckinridge remains a fascinating and entertaining film, one that provides a fascinating look at the societal norms of its time.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
It tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, a young woman who must grapple with the devastating effects of the Civil War. The film was released in 1939, at a time when America was still reeling from the conflict. Gone with the Wind was hugely controversial, owing to its sympathetic portrayal of slavery and its depiction of African Americans as subordinate to whites.
Nevertheless, it was a massive commercial success, and it remains one of the most loved films of all time. In spite of its controversial aspects, Gone with the Wind is an important historical document and a classic work of cinema.
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The film follows an FBI trainee who must consult with an incarcerated serial killer in order to catch another active murderer. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Hopkins’ portrayal of Hannibal Lecter. However, the film is also controversial due to its graphic violence and disturbing subject.
In today’s climate, it’s unlikely that a film like Silence of the Lambs would ever be made. With the current focus on representation and social issues, it’s unlikely that a studio would take a chance on such a controversial project. However, despite its controversial nature, Silence of the Lambs remains an unforgettable cinematic experience.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
The film was controversial for its time, and it’s unlikely that a film like this would ever be made today. The plot revolves around a group of astronauts who crash-land on a planet ruled by apes. The humans are treated as slaves, and they must fight for their freedom. The film was criticized for its portrayal of race relations, and many felt that it was offensive.
However, it was also praised for its groundbreaking special effects and groundbreaking story. Today, the film is considered a classic, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a brave and bold film that isn’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a controversial film when it came out. The film was criticized for its graphic violence and sexual content. Some even argue that it is one of the films that would never be made today. Despite the controversy, the film was a box office success, grossing over $836 million worldwide. It is also one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
Today, the film is still divisive, with some people arguing that it is a classic and others saying that it is one of the worst films ever made. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a truly unique film.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 film that was directed by Mel Gibson. The film tells the story of the last twelve hours of Jesus Christ’s life. The film was controversial because it was incredibly graphic and showed Jesus being tortured and killed in great detail.
Some people felt that the film was unnecessarily violent and that it would never be made today. However, the film was a huge success, grossing over $600 million worldwide. The Passion of the Christ is an example of a film that was highly controversial but still managed to find an audience
Bruno is a 2009 mockumentary film that follows the life of Bruno, a gay Austrian fashion designer. It was a box office success, grossing over $60 million against its $20 million budget. Bruno is one of those films that would never be made today due to its controversial content. In addition to its graphic portrayal of gay sex, the film features numerous scenes of offensive stereotypes.
While some viewers found these jokes to be funny, others were offended by them. In today’s climate of political correctness, it’s unlikely that a film like Bruno would ever be made.
I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
The film tells the story of a woman who is raped and then takes revenge on her attackers. The film was criticized for its graphic violence and for its sexual content. Many people felt that the film was misogynistic and exploitative. However, others argued that the film was a powerful commentary on rape and violence against women.
Today, I Spit On Your Grave is considered to be one of the most controversial films ever made. It is unlikely that any studio would produce a film like this today, due to the negative backlash it would receive.
Sausage Party (2016)
Sausage Party is a 2016 American adult animated comedy film about foods that come to life and escape from a grocery store. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its humor and concept but criticized its profanity and graphic violence. However, the film was also controversial for its suggestive content and graphic depictions of violence.
As a result, Sausage Party is a film that could never be made today. The film was a huge hit when it came out. It made over $100 million at the box office. Despite its controversy, the film remains an interesting example of what was once possible in animation.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The innovative techniques and storytelling power have made The Birth of a Nation one of the most controversial films in American history. The film tells the story of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era from the perspective of the white South. It has been criticized for its portrayal of African Americans, which is seen as racist, and for its glorification of the KKK.
Despite these issues, The Birth of a Nation was a box office success, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of its time. It is now considered to be a landmark work in cinema.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
The film was highly controversial, with many religious groups condemning it for its supposed blasphemy. In recent years, there has been a growing trend of filmmakers pushing the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in terms of religious subjects.
It is unlikely that a film like The Last Temptation of Christ would be made today, due to the increased sensitivity around religious issues. In an era when even mild criticism of religion can lead to uproar, it seems unlikely that any studio would take on such a controversial project. As a result, Scorsese’s film remains an important but controversial piece of cinema history.
Love Guru (2008)
The movie, which starred Mike Myers, was about a man who pretends to be a love guru in order to help a hockey player win back his wife. The film was widely criticized for its crass humor and offensive stereotypes. In retrospect, it’s easy to see why the film would never be made today.
In an era where diversity and inclusion are increasingly valued, a movie like Love Guru would be unthinkable. In an environment where even well-intentioned films are often met with suspicion and hostility, it’s hard to imagine any studio taking the risk of producing a movie like Love Guru.
A Clockwork Orange (1972)
A Clockwork Orange is a controversial 1972 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Anthony Burgess and follows the story of a young man named Alex who leads a group of criminals. The film was highly controversial upon its release due to its graphic violence and sexual content.
However, it was also praised for its technical excellence and Kubrick’s masterful direction. Today, the film is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. Due to its subject, it is unlikely that a film like A Clockwork Orange would be made today.
Song of the South (1946)
The film is set in the American South and tells the story of a young boy named Joel Chandler Harris who befriends a black character named Uncle Remus. The film was controversial when it was released due to its depictions of African Americans, and it is now considered to be one of the most racist films ever made.
Despite its controversial nature, the film was a huge box office success and continues to be popular with audiences today. While it is unlikely that a film like Song of the South would ever be made today, it remains an important part of Disney’s history.
Shallow Hal (2001)
The film was controversial for its plot, which revolved around a man who becomes attracted to women based on their inner beauty, regardless of their physical appearance. With the increasing focus on body positivity and representation in media, it’s doubtful that a film that relies on physical appearance would be successful.
The film’s depiction of plus-size women as being seen as unattractive and undesirable would likely be met with criticism. In a time when we are becoming more accepting of people of all shapes and sizes, it’s unlikely that a film like Shallow Hal would be able to find an audience.
Dumbo, a 1941 film about a flying elephant, is one of many classic Disney movies that would never be made today. The film is controversial for its racist depictions of African Americans and its use of crows as comic relief. While the film has been criticized for its offensive content, it is also considered an important work of art.
The film’s success helped to establish Disney as a major player in the animation industry. Today, Disney has taken steps to distance itself from the film, and it is no longer shown in its original form. However, the film continues to be revered by many fans, who appreciate its artistic value despite its troubling past.
In Darren Aronofsky’s film Mother!, a married couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrives at their home, eventually leading to disastrous consequences. The film was highly controversial upon its release, with many viewers finding its graphic and surreal images to be disturbingly realistic.
Today, however, the film is widely regarded as a masterpiece, and its popularity has only grown in the years since its release. While it is unlikely that any film will ever again provoke such a strong reaction, it is clear that Mother! remains a powerful and relevant work of art.
It was a controversial film that depicted a group of circus performers who were considered to be “freaks”. The film was met with mixed reviews, but it was successful enough to spawn a sequel. Today, films that are controversial are often met with boycotts and protests. It’s hard to imagine a film like “Freaks” being made today.
With its graphic depictions of deformities, it would likely be denounced as offensive and insensitive. Even if it could be made, it’s doubtful that it would find an audience in today’s climate. In an era when we are increasingly sensitive to the rights of marginalized groups, it’s unlikely that a film like “Freaks” would ever see the light of day.
Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS is a cult classic that remains one of the most controversial films ever made. The plot follows the sadistic exploits of Ilsa, a ruthless Nazi prison guard who takes pleasure in torturing and murdering her prisoners. The film was met with outrage when it was first released, due to its graphic violence and sexual content.
However, it has since gained a cult following, thanks in part to its over-the-top gore and exploitation elements. Today, Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS would never be able to be made, due to its extreme violence and subject. However, it remains an important part of film history, thanks to its transgressive nature.
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
The film follows the story of an all-girl rock band and their journey to stardom. The film is highly sexualized, with numerous scenes of nudity and simulated sex. In addition, the film features graphic violence, drug use, and strong language.
In an era where films are increasingly focused on political correctness, it seems unlikely that a film with such overt sexuality and violence would ever be given the green light. However, there was a time when films like Beyond the Valley of the Dolls pushed boundaries and challenged social norms. Today, the film remains an important part of cinematic history.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
The film tells the true story of two teenage girls in New Zealand who become close friends and then murder one of the girl’s mothers. The film caused a stir when it was released due to its graphic and disturbing portrayal of the crime. However, it was also praised for its unflinching examination of the girls’ relationship and their descent into madness.
Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 film that was both controversial and ahead of its time. Today, the film would be unlikely to be made due to its graphic content and sensitive subject. However, it remains an important cinematic achievement.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
The film was criticized for its wooden acting, its stilted dialogue, and its reliance on CGI effects. Lucas was even accused of racism for his portrayal of Jar Jar Binks, a Jamaican-accented character who some felt was a negative stereotype. In retrospect, it’s clear that The Phantom Menace was a flawed film.
In our current climate of cancel culture and political correctness, there’s no way that a studio would greenlight a project like this. So while The Phantom Menace may have been a mess, it’s also a reminder of a time when filmmakers were allowed to take more risks.
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
The film was controversial upon its release due to its perceived adult themes and canine stereotypes. However, it has since been well-received by critics and is now considered one of the best Disney films ever made.
Some may argue that we’ve become too sensitive to differences in lifestyle and beliefs, it’s also important to remember that films like “Lady and the Tramp” help to break down barriers and open our minds to new possibilities. While Lady and the Tramp may not be politically correct by today’s standards, it remains an enjoyable and timeless classic.
Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play of the same name by J. M. Barrie. The film is notable for being one of the first to be released in widescreen format, and for its controversial themes.
Many of the film’s scenes, including those involving the Lost Boys’ “Indian tribe” would never be allowed today due to their insensitive portrayal of Native Americans. In addition, the film’s depiction of women as subservient and childlike creatures has also been criticized. Nevertheless, Peter Pan remains an iconic work of animation, and its importance in the history of Disney cannot be overstated.
The film has been praised for its impressive visuals, catchy songs, and lovable characters. However, the film has also been criticized for handling cultural issues. For example, the scene where Aladdin rubs Genie’s lamp is often cited as insensitive and offensive. Additionally, the character of Genie is seen as a negative stereotype of Arabs.
Despite these controversies, Aladdin remains one of the most popular Disney films ever. It is clear that the film would not be made today, but its impact on pop culture is still evident.
Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis as two friends who join the United States Army. It was highly controversial due to its crude humor and graphic violence. In particular, one scene in which a hand grenade kills a character was criticized for being in poor taste.
Hollywood has become much more sensitive to public opinion, and films considered too controversial are often shelved or heavily censored. As a result, Stripes remains a strange film, a relic of a bygone era when studios were less concerned with offending audiences.
‘Soul Man’ (1986)
When it comes to films that would never be made today, Soul Man is a perfect example. The 1986 film is about a white man who takes a black man’s place at an Ivy League college. While the film was intended to be a comedy, it was met with backlash for its controversial subject.
Today, it’s hard to imagine a film like Soul Man being made, let alone being successful. In our current climate of political correctness, it’s clear that a film like this would never make it past the pitching stage. But in the end, its outdated and offensive sensibilities are too much to overlook.
‘Batman Forever’ (1995)
The film was a commercial success, grossing over $330 million at the box office. However, it was also highly controversial, with many fans and critics criticizing its campy tone and over-the-top visuals. In an era today where superhero films are taken more seriously than ever before, it’s unlikely that a studio would green light a project with such a light-hearted approach to the material.
Additionally, the film’s depiction of Batman’s nemesis, the Riddler, would now be considered highly insensitive in light of the #MeToo movement. As a result, Batman Forever is a reminder of a time when superhero films were not taken as seriously as they are today.
‘Sixteen Candles’ (1984)
‘Sixteen Candles’ is a 1984 film that would never be made today. The film is about a high school girl who is embarrassed by her family and feels invisible to her crush. However, the film has been criticized for using offensive stereotypes and depicting sexual assault.
Today, films that rely on offensive stereotypes and promote underage drinking would never be greenlit. In addition, the Me Too movement has raised awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault, making it unlikely that a film depicting such an act would be made. As a result, ‘Sixteen Candles’ is a product of its time and would not be made today.
‘Slap Shot’ (1977)
‘Slap Shot’ is a controversial film that would never be made today. The film centers around a minor league hockey team that resorts to violence to win games. The film was highly criticized for its graphic portrayal of violence, and it is unlikely that a similar film would be released in today’s climate.
However, the film was also praised for its gritty realism and dark sense of humor, and it has since become a cult classic. ‘Slap Shot’ is a reminder of a time when films were not afraid to push boundaries, and it remains an essential piece of cinema history.
‘Crocodile Dundee’ (1986)
The film tells the story of an Australian crocodile hunter who is lured to New York City by a journalist. The film was controversial at the time for its depiction of violence and profanity. However, it was also praised for its humor and portrayal of Australian culture.
The film’s controversial content would not be allowed by today’s standards, and its lack of political correctness would offend many viewers. The film’s focus on violence and profanity would also turn off most modern audiences. In short, Crocodile Dundee is a product of its time and would not be successful in today’s market.
‘Die Hard’ (1988)
Die Hard is a 1988 action film about an NYPD officer who tries to stop a group of terrorists who have taken over a Los Angeles skyscraper on Christmas Eve. The film was controversial at the time of its release for its violence and language, but it was also a huge box office success.
It’s doubtful that a film like Die Hard could be made today. In an age when mass shootings are becoming increasingly common, it would be viewed as irresponsible to release a movie that glorifies violence to such a degree. While Die Hard is undoubtedly a classic, it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing anything like it anytime soon.
‘Forrest Gump’ (1994)
The film tells the story of Forrest Gump, a simple man with a low IQ who goes on to have an incredible life. The film is controversial as it deals with sensitive topics like the Vietnam War and racial discrimination. Furthermore, Forrest Gump is not a typical Hollywood hero; he is an underdog who doesn’t fit into the standard mold.
As a result, it’s easy to see why studios might be hesitant to invest in a film like Forrest Gump today. While it’s true that some films push boundaries and challenge norms, it’s also clear that Forrest Gump is a product of its time and would likely not find the same level of success in today’s market.
The movie is set in a prestigious golf club and follows the antics of the club’s employees and members. While the film was popular with audiences, it was also highly controversial. Today, it’s hard to imagine a movie like Caddyshack being made. Though it was not well-received upon its initial release, Caddyshack has since become one of the most beloved comedies.
Today’s audience would never tolerate the film’s crass humor and offensive language. The film’s depiction of women and minorities would be highly offensive. As a result, Caddyshack would never be able to get made in today’s climate.
‘Heathers’ is a cult classic film that was released in 1989. The film is set in a high school and follows a group of girls named Heather. The film is known for its dark sense of humor and its controversial themes. It is improbable that a movie like ‘Heathers’ would be made today due to the fact that it would be seen as highly offensive.
However, the film’s ability to shock and provoke thought has made it so popular over the years. It is a film that still has the power to stir strong emotions, even if it would never be made in today’s climate.
‘Mr. Mom’ (1983)
The film stars Michael Keaton as a stay-at-home father who must take care of his children when his wife returns to work. Mr. Mom was a box office success, grossing over $70 million on a budget of $8 million, but it was also controversial for its depiction of fatherhood. In particular, some critics felt that the film trivialized parenting challenges and perpetuated gender stereotypes.
Today, Mr. Mom would likely never be made in the same way. With society’s evolving attitudes towards gender roles, it is doubtful that a film about a man struggling to handle the demands of housework and childcare would be met with the same enthusiasm.
‘Chasing Amy’ (1997)
In the late 1990s, director Kevin Smith released a number of films that would never be made today. One of the most controversial was ‘Chasing Amy’, a romantic comedy about a man who falls in love with a lesbian. The film was criticized for its depiction of lesbian relationships and for its use of offensive language.
However, it was also praised for its frank portrayal of sexuality and honest exploration of love and relationships. Today, ‘Chasing Amy’ is considered one of the most groundbreaking and vital films of the 1990s. It is a testament to the power of film to engage with controversial topics and to provoke thought and discussion.
Disney released the film ‘Pocahontas,’ which was based on the true story of a Native American princess. The film was controversial for portraying Pocahontas and her relationship with John Smith. Some critics accused Disney of whitewashing history, which banned the film in some countries.
In an era when audiences are increasingly aware of issues of representation and diversity, it is doubtful that a film so insensitive to Native American culture would be greenlit by any studio. ‘Pocahontas’ may be a classic, but it is a product of its time, and it is unlikely that we will ever see its like again.
Back to the Future (1985)
It is a classic time-travel movie about a teenage boy who accidentally travels back to 1955. The film includes several scenes that would be considered offensive by today’s standards, such as when Marty pretends to be an African-American man to evade the police.
In addition, the film’s treatment of women is also problematic, with Marty’s mother being depicted as an overbearing wife and his girlfriend being reduced to a damsel in distress. While Back to the Future is still a great movie, its outdated values make it unlikely that it would ever be made today.
‘The Police Academy’ Series (1984-1994)
The films follow a group of misfit police officers as they train at the police academy. The series was controversial for its depiction of police officers, and many people felt that the films glorified violence. However, the movies were also popular for their humor and action sequences.
The series ended in 1994, but its legacy continues to be debated today. Some people feel that the films are dated and no longer relevant, while others believe that they are still entertaining and appropriate. Regardless of opinion, the Police Academy series is an important part of film history.
‘The Bad News Bears’ (1976)
The Bad News Bears is a classic film that follows a team of misfits competing in a little league tournament. The film was released in 1976 and was met with mixed reviews. Some criticized the movie for its language and crude humor, while others praised its realistic portrayal of kids.
Today, the film is considered a classic and has spawned numerous remakes and sequels. In an era when many films are designed to offend as few people as possible, it’s doubtful that a studio would take a chance on a movie that could be considered controversial. And yet, without movies like The Bad News Bears, the world of cinema would be much poorer.
Porky’s was a controversial film released in 1981, and it’s doubtful that a film like it would ever be made today. The film follows a group of high school boys who are determined to lose their virginity and go to great lengths to succeed. They encounter many obstacles, including a rival group of boys, a passionate teacher, and, of course, Porky himself.
The film was praised for its frank portrayal of teenage sexuality, but it was also criticized for its crude humor and its objectification of women. In any case, it’s hard to imagine a film like Porky’s being made in the current climate.
‘The Toy’ (1982)
‘The Toy’ is a unique film that would likely never be made in today’s climate. The story revolves around a wealthy white family who purchases a black child as a plaything for their son. While the film does have some humorous moments, it is clear that the subject is meant to be controversial.
In today’s society, films that deal with race in such a direct and provocative manner are becoming increasingly rare. This is likely because many people feel uncomfortable discussing race-related issues. However, ‘The Toy’ forces viewers to confront these issues head-on. In doing so, it raises crucial questions about how we perceive and treat people of different races.
The release of the film “Big” created quite a stir. The movie, which starred Tom Hanks as a child who is magically transformed into an adult overnight, was criticized for its controversial themes. Today, it’s hard to imagine a film like “Big” being made.
In an era of increasing sensitivity to issues like child abuse and exploitation, it’s unlikely that a film with such mature themes would be able to get made. The film’s focus on consumerism and materialism would also likely be seen as outdated and tone-deaf in today’s climate. Nevertheless, “Big” remains an iconic film from the 1980s, and its legacy continues to be felt today.
The movie is set in New York City and follows the life of Isaac Davis, an atv writer who is going through a divorce. The film was considered controversial at the time due to its subject and frank depictions of sex and relationships.
However, ‘Manhattan’ is considered one of Allen’s best films, and it has been praised for its clever writing, sharp wit, and beautiful cinematography. In recent years, the film has been viewed in a new light, with many critics praising its nuanced portrayal of complicated relationships. ‘Manhattan’ remains an iconic film, and it would never be made today.
‘The Crying Game’ (1992)
‘The Crying Game’ is a 1992 film that courted controversy for its subject. The film follows the story of a British soldier who IRA terrorists abduct and then falls in love with his captor. The twist, which I won’t spoil here, caused outrage when the film was released.
In today’s climate, it’s hard to imagine a film like ‘The Crying Game’ being made. The subject would be seen as too controversial, and it’s unlikely that any studio would be willing to take on such a project. Nevertheless, ‘The Crying Game’ remains an important film, one that challenges us to question our preconceptions and examine our prejudices.
‘Three Men and a Baby’ (1987)
‘Three Men and a Baby’ was a hugely successful film when it was released in 1987. However, it is unlikely that a similar film would be made today. The premise of the film—three single men sharing an apartment and unexpectedly becoming fathers—is now seen as controversial.
In today’s climate, the film’s light-hearted treatment of fatherhood would be seen as insensitive and out of touch. Additionally, the idea of three single men sharing an apartment would now be considered irresponsible and unsafe. As attitudes towards fatherhood and parenting have changed, ‘Three Men and a Baby’ has become a relic of a different time.
‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ (1979)
The movie was a spoof of the life of Jesus Christ, and it was so controversial that it was banned in several countries. Today, it is considered one of the greatest comedies of all time. However, it is also unlikely that a film like ‘Life of Brian’ would ever be made today.
In an age when people are quick to take offense, many would find the movie’s irreverent humor deeply offensive. As a result, a film like ‘Life of Brian’ would be too risky for most studios to produce. Nonetheless, the legacy of ‘Life of Brian’ lives on, and it continues to inspire new generations of comedy filmmakers.
‘Tootsie’ is a film released in 1982 and tells the story of an out-of-work actor who dresses up as a woman to land a role in a soap opera. The film was controversial at the time of its release due to its depiction of cross-dressing and its humor around the topic. However, it was also a critical and commercial success, earning ten Academy Award nominations.
Today, the film is considered a classic and is often cited as an example of a movie that would never be made today due to its controversial subject. Nevertheless, ‘Tootsie’ remains an entertaining and insightful film that continues to provoke discussion and debate.
‘Blazing Saddles’ (1974)
The movie is about a black sheriff in the Wild West who deals with prejudice and racism. The film is full of racial stereotypes and profanity, which would never be allowed to be made today. However, despite its offensive content, the film was a groundbreaking comedy that tackled complex subjects with humor.
It is considered one of the greatest comedies of all time, and its influence can still be seen in modern comedies. If the film were made today, it would no doubt be censored and watered down, but its impact would still be felt.
We can only imagine the outcry and protests that would ensue if any of these movies were released today. The level of political correctness in our society has reached a fever pitch, and it seems like no movie is safe from being labeled as offensive or insensitive.
While this may be frustrating for some, it also means that we should take advantage of the freedom of expression we have while it still exists.