This isn't a complete list as that'd be pretty impossible and it's probably subjective, but the items on this list are tv shows of movies that I think you should watch so you have a pretty high chance of knowing what people are talking about when they start talking about visual media. This is an eclectic list - you won't find many places that put American Pie and Amelie on the same page, but this isn't ranked, it's not one genre, and while some of the items listed are culturally significant in the sense of high culture modern-masterpieces, some are slightly ironic but still just as cultural, but rather more of the popular culture strain. If you watch the items on this list, next time somebody quotes "...No I'm not, I'm talking about Anne Frank. She was deaf, dumb and blind." "No she wasn't. Helen Keller was deaf, dumb and blind.", you'll be able to laugh. When somebody says "I'm Batman" in a really gruff voice, or jokingly suggests taking a neighbour's gnome around the world and sending them photos of it, you'll know exactly what they're referring to. That is the intention of this list.
Note: Two of the films were not on the IMDB, therefore not added. They will be added soon though
The 100+ Most Controversial Films of All-Time: Films always have the ability to anger us, divide us, shock us, disgust us, and more. Usually, films that inspire controversy, outright boycotting, picketing, banning, censorship, or protest have graphic sex, violence, homosexuality, religious, political or race-related themes and content. They usually push the envelope regarding what can be filmed and displayed on the screen, and are considered taboo, "immoral" or "obscene" due to language, drug use, violence and sensuality/nudity or other incendiary elements. Inevitably, controversy helps to publicize these films and fuel the box-office receipts.
Controversy-invoking films may be from almost any genre - documentaries, westerns, erotic-thrillers, dramas, horror, comedy, or animated, and more. Standards for what may be considered shocking, offensive or controversial have changed drastically over many decades. From the earliest silent films, to the gunfights in early 30s gangster films, to the mid-60s countercultural changes when the ratings were modified, to current day bloodbaths, violence in films has always stirred controversy. The voluntary ratings system of the Motion Picture Association of America can influence a film's public showing in a theatre -- an NC-17 rating or an unrated film may often close down a film's screening and lead to commercial failure.