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List of films condemned by the Legion of Decency

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This is a list of films condemned by the Legion of Decency, a United States Catholic organization, and its successor (from 1965), the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures. The condemned (or C) rating was issued from the time of the Legion's formation in 1933 until 1978, when the C rating and the B rating were merged into the new O ("morally offensive") rating. In 1980, the NCOMP film office was shut down, along with the biweekly Review, which had published ratings on 16,251 feature films.

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The Legion's ratings were applied to movies made in the United States (which were subject to the Production Code until 1967) as well as those imported from other countries. Beginning in 1968, the ratings were applied in addition to any rating assigned by the MPAA film rating system.

Legion-organized boycotts made a C rating harmful to a film's distribution and profitability. Accordingly, for the majority of years that the rating was applied, most condemned films were made outside of the United States, where their producers didn't have as much to fear from the condemnation. Of the 53 movies the Legion had placed on its condemned list by 1943, only Howard Hughes' The Outlaw came from a major US studio, and it had not been approved by the Production Code or distributed widely.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire and Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch did not receive C ratings. Rather, Kazan's film was cut by 4 minutes to avoid condemnation, while Wilder's film had to cut scenes from the original play to be the –approved by Legion of Decency.

1933

  • Baby Face
  • The Barbarian
  • Blondie Johnson
  • Blood Money
  • Day of Reckoning
  • Design for Living
  • Extase -- One of the first foreign films to be condemned.
  • The Emperor Jones
  • Flying Down to Rio
  • Grandeur and Decadence -- One of the first foreign films to be condemned.
  • I'm No Angel
  • International House
  • Lady Killer
  • Man's Castle
  • Queen Christina
  • Roman Scandals
  • She Done Him Wrong
  • The Song of Songs
  • The Story of Temple Drake
  • This Day and Age
  • Wild Boys of the Road
  • The Women in His Life
  • 1934

  • All of Me
  • Belle of the Nineties
  • The Big Shakedown
  • Bolero
  • Fashions of 1934
  • Finishing School
  • Four Frightened People
  • Gambling Lady
  • George White's Scandals
  • The Life of Vergie Winters
  • Madame DuBarry
  • Mandalay
  • Manhattan Melodrama
  • Men in White
  • Midnight
  • Murder at the Vanities
  • Nana
  • One More River
  • Palooka
  • Riptide
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • Search for Beauty
  • Success at Any Price
  • This Man Is Mine
  • The Trumpet Blows
  • Two Alone
  • West of the Divide
  • Wharf Angel
  • Whirlpool
  • Wonder Bar
  • 1937

  • Damaged Goods
  • 1940

  • Strange Cargo -- Initially condemned, the studio released a cut version.
  • This Thing Called Love
  • 1941

  • No Greater Sin -- Not approved by the Production Code.
  • Two-Faced Woman
  • Volpone
  • 1942

  • White Cargo
  • 1943

  • The Outlaw
  • 1945

  • The Dolly Sisters
  • Mom and Dad
  • 1947

  • Black Narcissus
  • Forever Amber
  • 1948

  • Three Daring Daughters
  • 1950

  • Bitter Rice -- Condemned on its initial American release
  • Los Olvidados
  • 1951

  • Latuko
  • M
  • The Ways of Love
  • 1953

  • The Moon Is Blue -- Groundbreaking comedy by Otto Preminger. The first studio-produced film to deliberately bypass Production Code approval.
  • 1954

  • The French Line
  • 1955

  • I Am a Camera
  • Rififi -- Initially condemned, was re-released with changes for B rating.
  • 1956

  • And God Created Woman
  • Baby Doll -- Controversial comedy/drama was approved by the Production Code but condemned by the Legion of Decency.
  • 1957

  • Love in the Afternoon -- Initially condemned, the studio changed the ending.
  • Untamed Youth
  • 1959

  • Some Like It Hot
  • 1960

  • Breathless
  • Never on Sunday
  • Psycho
  • Spartacus
  • The Trials of Oscar Wilde
  • 1961

  • A Cold Wind in August
  • Jules and Jim
  • Viridiana
  • 1962

  • Boccaccio '70
  • 1963

  • Contempt
  • 1964

  • From Russia With Love
  • Kiss Me, Stupid
  • Of Human Bondage
  • 1965

  • The Pawnbroker
  • 1966

  • Blowup
  • Torn Curtain
  • 1967

  • Hurry Sundown
  • Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Valley of the Dolls
  • 1968

  • The Anniversary
  • Barbarella
  • The Boston Strangler
  • Dark of the Sun
  • Deadfall
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Joanna
  • Lady in Cement
  • The Legend of Lylah Clare
  • The Magus
  • The Odd Couple
  • The Producers
  • Prudence and the Pill
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • The Secret Life of an American Wife
  • The Sweet Ride
  • Weekend
  • 1969

  • The April Fools
  • Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
  • I Am Curious (Yellow)
  • The Killing of Sister George
  • Marlowe
  • 1971

  • Billy Jack
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Devils
  • The Last Picture Show
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • 1972

  • The Carey Treatment
  • Pink Flamingos
  • 1973

  • The Exorcist
  • High Plains Drifter
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • The Wicker Man
  • 1975

  • Lemora
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • 1976

  • Carrie
  • J.D.'s Revenge
  • The Omen
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Taxi Driver
  • 1978

  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Grease
  • Ice Castles
  • Pretty Baby
  • Same Time, Next Year
  • 1979

  • All That Jazz
  • Hanover Street
  • 1980

  • American Gigolo
  • The Competition
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Friday the 13th
  • Little Darlings
  • Those Lips, Those Eyes
  • Used Cars
  • References

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