5 Controversial Movie Moments That Aged Like Fine Wine

5 Controversial Movie Moments That Aged Like Fine Wine
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Love them or hate them, they are part of cinematic history.

Over time, some movie moments that were once considered controversial have transcended their initial criticism to become enduring and thought-provoking classics.

These iconic movie moments challenged societal norms, sparked debate, and pushed the boundaries of filmmaking, yet have managed to age gracefully.

The Thing (1982)

The ending of one of the most iconic science fiction horror films, with MacReady and Childs as the last survivors in the uncertainty, was initially disliked by many but is now loved and considered one of the best horror film endings.

It fits with the tone of paranoia of the movie and leaves the audience in a state of suspense, which contributes to its enduring appeal.

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

In the midst of Marvel's comedic moments, some fans were upset by Peter Parker's Venom- possessed street dancing in the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man. While some hardcore fans hated the moment and turned it into an Internet meme, others felt it fit the playful and absurd tone of the movie.

And now the army of the latter is growing by the day, praising the dance as one of Spidey's most iconic scenes.

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Dogma (1999)

Kevin Smith's Dogma faced protests even before its release because of its premise about fallen angels who plan to use an alleged loophole in Catholic dogma to return to heaven. The final scene, in which God is portrayed as a woman by Alanis Morissette, caused further controversy and led to delays in some countries.

But go ahead and try to cancel the movie now because it depicts a woman as God. You will have no chance.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Luke Skywalker's regression in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was heavily criticized at the time. However, Luke's controversial decisions underscored the important message of the franchise — that even the most beloved heroes have a dark side to them, with their own inner struggles and doubts.

American History X (1998)

This crime drama is covered from head to toe in controversial moments that take on racism and hatred through an unflinching portrayal of the redemption of a former neo-Nazi. While initially divisive for its intense and disturbing content, including a gruesome murder scene, the film has since become a powerful and relevant exploration of racial tension and personal transformation.