Most Controversial Movie Moments of All Time

Just because a movie is good doesn’t mean it’s without issues. In fact, many of the greatest and most memorable movies of all time feature controversial scenes that shocked audiences or even got them banned.

This list features heavy doses of sex and violence, but there are also plenty of other ways to cause controversy. Here are just 20 of the most controversial movie moments of all time.

20. Silence of the Lambs

Buffalo Bill looks into the camera during his dance scene in 'Silence of the Lambs'

Buffalo Bill looks into the camera during his dance scene in 'Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill during his dance scene in Silence of the Lambs | Orion Pictures

There’s no denying that Silence of the Lambs is a great film. But it’s also impossible to ignore the sheer creepiness of it all — and no scene exemplifies that better than the one where Buffalo Bill dances.

This iconic moment takes place most of the way through the movie, with scenes of the man in question getting dressed and applying makeup interspersed with those of the young woman Catherine Martinm who he captured and is keeping in a well. As she calls out to his toy poodle to save her, Buffalo Bill stares into a camera, writhing while nearly naked, with his penis tucked between his legs.

What the scene came under fire for was the idea that this depiction of Buffalo Bill painted any man who pretended to be a woman as insane and dangerous. But it’s actually a very humanizing scene, showing the character’s frustration at not being taken seriously in regards to his gender identity.

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