https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moYbTH0QhDY From the dawn of cinema, there have been movies which have run into difficulties with the powers that be, and were banned for the sake of keeping the public morally hygienic. Some countries are prolific banners of movies, for example, the censors in Germany, Norway, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand and Australia just seem to hate all violent horror movies full stop. They have a liberal attitude towards nudity and sex but any degree of high impact violence, as they call it, gets a movie into serious trouble step forward Hostel, Saw and Human Centipede 2: Final Sequence. For a long time, the British censors were the toughest in the Western world and in the early 1980s, the 'Video Nasty' phenomenon saw 39 films successfully prosecuted under obscenity laws. The outbreak of hysteria which accompanied the banning of the movies was wholly out of proportion to their actual content for the most part, and the British press was largely guilty of whipping up the hysteria which fueled the nonsense. This rush to ban what was mainly a bunch of badly made horror films was a cultural phenomenon specific to Britain, however, the nastiest of the nasties have faced prohibition from censors around the world. Today's film censorship regime in Britain is relatively laid back compared to the draconian drama in the Video Nasty days - several extremely controversial films such as A Serbian Film have been passed by the BBFC, albeit with cuts, but these films have been outright banned in many other Western countries - countries which are socially more liberal than Britain. It is not just the miscreants of horror cinema that are on the receiving end of the censors scissors, films can be banned for crimes as diverse as blasphemy, propaganda or simply depicting and discussing matter that other countries find objectionable. In this article there are 15 films which have been consistently banned in countries all over the globe. Some are no longer widely banned, but all 15 are notorious for their troubled censorship histories and the panic they inspired in the world's moral guardians.