45 films you never realised got banned, from Beauty and the Beast to Shrek 2

And the ridiculous reasons why

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 15 November 2021 14:51
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Since the dawn of time – well, the start of cinema – many films have been banned in certain countries due to ridiculous reasons.

Thanks to strict laws or conflicting beliefs, censors from all around the world – China, Ireland, Lebanon, to name just a few – continue to work hard determining whether new releases are fit to be screened in cinemas.

While some titles, including graphic horror films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Human Centipede 2, get banned for obvious reasons, there is a long history of unexpected features – such as Disney releases and inoffensive superhero films – that failed to make the cut.

Below is a roundup of the 45 films you never realised were banned – and the reasons why.

Scroll through the gallery to see what made the list.

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