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10 Banned Movies Now Considered Masterpieces

Cinema has often regaled us with things we definitely, really, undeniably didn't need to see. Whether it's the Human Centipede or the Star Wars prequels, there's a stockpile of inflammatory movies you shouldn't have to suffer through. And if it was up to the film board, there's plenty more that you'd never get the option to.

Banning movies based on their content regarding sex, violence, and mature themes has been commonplace since the inception of cinema, but that doesn't always mean it's right. For every Texas Vibrator Massacre and Homo Eroticus saved from public release, there's a hidden, controversial gem that pushes the medium to its limits - provoking thought and artistic expression rather than a gag reflex.

Bringing together a collection of movies that prove to be cinematic classics wrongly identified as video nasties, all of these films have been banned, considered taboo, or simply publicly rejected at some point in their life cycle - but that hasn't stopped them from making their mark on the industry, and in some cases, has made them all the more worth watching. Rules were meant to be broken, after all.

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