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The 20 Most Controversial Films of the Decade

From "A Serbian Film" in 2010 to "Joker" in 2019, these are the movies that had everyone talking in the 2010s.

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“Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “Joker,” “Ghost in the Shell.”

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Movie controversies began the 2010s on a volatile note with the release of “A Serbian Film,” in which baby pornography is a plot point no one should ever have to experience. The decade ended with “Joker,” the Warner Bros. revisionist comic book drama that sparked a worldwide conversation about the capacity of films to encourage and incite violence among audience members. To the shock of nobody, the years in between were full of movie uproar over un-simulated sex scenes, whitewashing, blackface, and more. In a decade defined by the rise of social media, one thing became clear: Studios were being held accountable more vigorously for irresponsible content, polarizing talent hires, and so much more.

Below is a list of the 20 most controversial films of the 2010s. The films have been listed in alphabetical order.

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