Top 10 Movies that Broke the Law

  • Published on Nov 28, 2018
  • Top 10 Movies that Broke the Law
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    The road to the silver screen isn’t always clean. For this list, we’ll be looking at the films who broke the law either during production or after it. Our list includes “The Terminator” (1984), “Escape from Tomorrow” (2013), “Easy Rider” (1969), and more! Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Movies that Broke the Law.
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    10) Filming Without a Permit & Endangerment
    9) Misrepresenting Their Message, Possible Snuff Film & Possibly Inciting Suicide
    8) Illegal Use of Autopsy Footage & Animal Cruelty
    7) Trespassing/Filming Without Permission
    6) Drug Use, Threats & Defamation
    5) Smuggling & Breaking a Ban
    4) Animal Abuse
    3, 2 & 1???
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Comments • 550

  • bigsir333
    bigsir333 2 days ago

    On my husband's account-Number one is where it should be HORRIFYING & it's vid up on RU-clip, R.I.P.

  • Sunprism
    Sunprism 3 days ago

    You Mispronounced Baadasssss

  • Adrian Hiisss The Cat
    Adrian Hiisss The Cat 4 days ago +1

    I heard one of the Expandables movies broke the law in Bulgaria responsible for many deaths of bats at the caves. I was expecting that.

  • Caitlin Ireland
    Caitlin Ireland 5 days ago

    How could earth wind and fire support that film?!

  • Caitlin Ireland
    Caitlin Ireland 5 days ago +3

    A horse being blown up with dynamite???????????!!!!!!!! I hope all who participated in that we're jailed!! That's is incredibly upsetting shocking appalling, 😱😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
    Poor horse. May that horse rest in peace, or haunt the people who blew it up for the rest of their lives.

  • Caitlin Ireland
    Caitlin Ireland 5 days ago +6

    Rats set on fire!!??? Rats feeding on a cat??!! Those people need to be jailed for animal cruelty!

  • Kevin Russell
    Kevin Russell 5 days ago

    What about "North By Northwest"? Alfred Hitchcock broke the law on that one by filming outside the UN Headquarters in New York, using a camera hidden inside a truck. Even the security men caught on film were unaware that they were being filmed - had they have been, the crew would almost certainly have been arrested.

  • nosuchthing8
    nosuchthing8 5 days ago

    Sorry does not compute. Our first king of america determines what is legal, not the fbi apparently.

  • nosuchthing8
    nosuchthing8 5 days ago

    Break the law? Says who? Trump just said breaking the law is no crime?

  • Eddie Carter
    Eddie Carter 7 days ago +1

    How about "Blame it on Rio." Michelle Johnson was underage when she did the nude scenes! And I won't even bring up "Private Lessons."

  • Gabe Pickup
    Gabe Pickup 16 days ago


  • Radical Rainbow
    Radical Rainbow Month ago

    Every John Waters pre 1977

  • Ashleigh Battles
    Ashleigh Battles Month ago +1

    Um, @watchmojo, you do realize that 2:54 is not Men Behind the Sun, right?
    So are you gonna correct it or what?

  • christian cervantes
    christian cervantes 3 months ago +1

    There's nothing wrong of Terminator 1 (Terminator Series, and Men behind the sun of everything!!!!!

  • slycooper20
    slycooper20 4 months ago

    Ah cool, I remember hearing about Pulgasari on John Oliver. I'm surprised you guys didn't show the part with the baby Godzilla taking a bite out of a man's sword.

  • CD Music
    CD Music 5 months ago +1

    Split broke... my heart --__--

  • Madi Meyer
    Madi Meyer 5 months ago

    After the director of Men Behind The Sun received backlash about the cat scene he claimed that the cat wasn't really killed and instead was covered in red honey, but if you do a quick Google search you can find a Chinese blog from the assistant director that states the prop master killed the cat with a knife and then they covered it in honey.
    The way the blog describes filming the scene as if it were great joy to be a part is just utterly disturbing to me.

  • ShiftyLizardStore
    ShiftyLizardStore 5 months ago

    Uh, people jumping from a bridge is not a snuff film and not illegal. I guess newscasts are snuff films too.

  • 75ur15
    75ur15 5 months ago

    Correct me if Im wrong, but if you pay for a ticket ...filming isn't illegal....they can have it against policy but it only becomes illegal of you are asked to leave and refuse to.....or so I thought

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor 5 months ago +1

    5:30 Laws have to exist to be broken. Laws made after the fact can not said to be broken after the fact.

  • jimmy jones
    jimmy jones 5 months ago

    Now I'm motivated to go to that bridge and jump. I just need to get a job and earn money to get there.

  • James Slick
    James Slick 5 months ago +1

    I wouldn't consider #5 a crime, unless one supports "law" in Iran. If you do I think YOU'RE the criminal.

  • Curt Christensen
    Curt Christensen 5 months ago

    Midnight express was going to be filmed in turkey, but officials found out and told the crew to leave

  • Rex McArtor
    Rex McArtor 5 months ago +1

    A snuff film? Just because someone dies on camera does not make it a snuff film. That would make any footage in war a snuff film. Even the terrorist beheadings are not snuff films as they are politically motivated. A snuff film is murder on film for entertainment purposes.

  • chip block
    chip block 5 months ago

    One that should top anyone's list is Eva Ionesco 1977 movie named Maladolensca. Its a German dim and stars Eva Ionesco. She was only 12 when she stared in this movie where there were only three actors. Two were girls that were 12 and one 18 year old boy. The boy was shown having sex with the girls and the boy and Eva being very cruel to the other girl. It is a very disgusting movie.

  • Curious George
    Curious George 5 months ago

    Stuck the mouse Inna ass. Cool..

  • leon sutherland
    leon sutherland 6 months ago

    How about Weinstein , Singer , Dan Schneider , Woody Allen .etc . Hollywood's chosen Creeple NOTE THEY ARE ALL MEN

  • allan gill
    allan gill 6 months ago

    What about the film that drove a two Horse drawn Carriage off a cliff!

  • Mick G.
    Mick G. 6 months ago +1

    Justice League broke the law that says movies should be good.

  • orangecountycaguy1
    orangecountycaguy1 6 months ago

    I can't believe you left out "The Cotton Club" (1984), in which the film's promoter was murdered by a drug dealer after the drug dealer introduced the promoter to the film's producer. All this happened after the movie was made.

  • vern freeman
    vern freeman 6 months ago

    the scene in Ghostbusters whey are running from security at Rockefeller Center its whan you see them running with the trap in hand like they were being checked no permits were gotten for that scene

  • Kiflaam
    Kiflaam 6 months ago

    Opens with terminator... what happened to putting the "biggest/best/most known" thing last? Such lack of integrity here. You need tegridy!

  • Michael Bullock
    Michael Bullock 6 months ago +1

    Great list and I enjoyed it and have a blessed night

  • A. David
    A. David 6 months ago

    Sexual Assault: Last Tango in Paris

  • テェぺシュヴラッド

    I'm not sure if the Golden Gate Bridge movie indirectly brought this about, but there is construction going up on the Golden Gate Bridge to prevent suicide jumpers called, "Suicide Deterrent Net System."

  • GroenFan
    GroenFan 6 months ago

    Ahoyhoy there, Fellow RU-cliprino! This is awful, I have a pet rat and this is very offensive to me. Thanks for bringing it to people's attention

  • Jane Sellman
    Jane Sellman 6 months ago +1

    I think Child Labor is the least of the crimes of the Twilight Zone. Three people died because a film was more important than safety. Too bad Jack McCoy wasn't the DA -- someone would have gotten jail time for depraved indifference. They showed little concern for the actor or the two kids. Vic Morrow was one of my first crushes -- he was in the TV show Combat -- he also played on every tv show in the sixties and seventies. His daughter is Jennifer Jason Leigh, a terrific actress herself. Can you imagine how this still affects her?

    • Ben Hill
      Ben Hill 6 months ago

      Landis also showed no remorse & used Morrow's funeral to promote the movie. He should have been jailed & blacklisted from the film industry.

  • John Souto
    John Souto 6 months ago

    What you didn’t say anything about how Disney’s The Lion King, was a rip-off of a Japanese animated series Jungle Emperor Leo, Disney claimed that their story was original, it has been proven that they lied.

  • reddragonshirt
    reddragonshirt 6 months ago

    What about John Waters' early films. Filming w/o permits, drug use on Pink Flamingos, "child labor" on Female Trouble.

  • So Jin Choi
    So Jin Choi 6 months ago

    Breaking the law
    Breaking the law

  • teto85
    teto85 6 months ago

    I guess Traci Lord's movies made before she was 18 are ok?

  • Kristin Cummins
    Kristin Cummins 6 months ago +1

    Animal mistreatment is especially disgusting. Animals do not want anything to do with filmmaking so if you’re going to force them into it, treat them with respect.

  • David Mitchell
    David Mitchell 6 months ago

    It’s a wonder Landis didn’t go to jail for that. Hiring child actors, but not doing the right paperwork, then they get killed.

  • BondFreek
    BondFreek 6 months ago

    I don't know about the movies before my time or the radar films that I never saw but I know about Twilight Zone unlike you kids. It was only one child who died and it wasn't an illegal actor. Helicopter scene take place over what was supposed to be Vietnam. The child was an extra like all the extras in other movies everyday people not being paid just to fill in background. And it wasn't two children that was only one one child and the actor who died in a horrible helicopter accident. And all the proceeds of the Twilight zones profits went to the families of the child and the actor. Double check your fax Mojo instead of spouting off crap

    • Eenea
      Eenea 6 months ago

      It was two children. Vic Morrow was carrying the two children through the water. Then helicopter then falls to the side and the blades go right through them. The video is up on RU-clip.

  • Bee Well
    Bee Well 6 months ago

    2:55 your editor need to be fired

  • Marc B.
    Marc B. 6 months ago

    THE stupidest video on RU-clip. I have only even HEARD of 3-4 of these movies. Only SAW The Terminator, and SOME of Easy Rider, (oh my pot in the movie! Gasp!! Clutch my pearls!!) The rest...never heard of in my life, this is going to make lots of idiots go see these crappy movies...kind of counter productive.

  • D
    D 6 months ago

    Marijuana? Lawd have mercy is that what that is?

  • funnyblog100
    funnyblog100 6 months ago

    I am pretty sure number 9 does not break the law. You should never misrepresent a message but it is not illegal. Studios do that all the time. If this were the case the makers of all those horrible Dr. Suess movies would be arrested.

  • staggmovie
    staggmovie 6 months ago

    Even when making movies you can still wind up breaking the law

  • Alexander Kiricko
    Alexander Kiricko 6 months ago

    You also for got the movies Snuff and Bleeding Hearts , the former was red flagged in eight countries .

  • Missy 13
    Missy 13 6 months ago

    A lot of Brooke Shields movies should be on the list,underage nudity,sexualized children. In this day in age it would be a problem. I suppose that times have changed way too much from when I was younger.

  • Oddit T
    Oddit T 6 months ago

    You forgot to mention the pedophilia in the Disney movie Blank Check.

  • amy clarke
    amy clarke 6 months ago

    10 co 70s c 9 fwp t 90s 8 e c 70s 7 tb 00s mrn 6 l a 60s 5 m v 00s 4 😣wp eft 80s 3 du er 60s 2 l c 70s 1 tc 90s dos

  • TheNiceJackass
    TheNiceJackass 6 months ago

    No mention of The French Connection? Illegal car chase scene. where real members of the public diving out of the way and an unintended crash.

  • Peter Quill
    Peter Quill 6 months ago

    Idk-my movies have been outta this world, js...

  • zanthimos
    zanthimos 6 months ago

    when it comes to cruelty to animals, I heard rumors that the movie Milo and Otis was pretty harsh on all the dogs they used in that movie. It's just something I heard from the internet and I was always too lazy to research if it was true or not.

  • Moo Moo Puppy
    Moo Moo Puppy 6 months ago

    love the bridge

  • Lloyd Gamers
    Lloyd Gamers 6 months ago

    From that scene from escape from tonorrow... Why?

  • ghettoflyer
    ghettoflyer 6 months ago

    I remember in the late 90's a film student along with some of his fellow class mates kid napped another female student at the school and repeated threatened to kill her well wearing sky masks and filming it as a student horror film. When he revealed it was all a stunt for his film and tried to drop her back off at school telling her it was some of the best acting he had ever seen... He went to prison for a long time. (I believe it was life)

  • Renafly
    Renafly 6 months ago

    Does anyone else really want a movie made about the guy and his wife who were kidnapped by NK to make movies for them?

  • L Wasson
    L Wasson 6 months ago

    Just watching to see if Twilight Zone: The Movie is on here. And it is.

  • Gary Kabler
    Gary Kabler 6 months ago

    It's hard to agree with this list because most of the movies on the list (not ALL) are virtually unknown.

  • ShaDHP23
    ShaDHP23 6 months ago


  • Brakathor
    Brakathor 6 months ago

    What about the movie "Clownhouse" where the director raped that 12 year old kid? Honorable mention maybe?

  • Thomas Peaple
    Thomas Peaple 6 months ago

    I seem to remember some studios have never allowed real helicopters in third films since. You have to CGI them.

  • Morbid Loathing
    Morbid Loathing 6 months ago

    How could you shoot a movie at Walt Disney world without Disney knowing? I'm sure it's possible, but I still don't know how they didn't draw attention.

  • David Savage
    David Savage 6 months ago +1

    "...wanna see something really scary?" LOL

  • Craig Barron
    Craig Barron 6 months ago +6

    Landis should have gone to prison the Twilight Zone.

  • Joshua Lowe
    Joshua Lowe 6 months ago

    Would the Disney movie HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME break the law??? I know the villain Claude Frollo WAS the law of that movie. He was a JUDGE. HOWEVER, Frollo committed many crimes like murder, attempted infanticide, abuse, sexual assault, genocide, and torture.

  • Joel Bennett
    Joel Bennett 6 months ago +3

    How about blue lagoon for child pornography?
    I was certain that would be #1

  • Just because
    Just because 6 months ago

    Too bad there are only like 2 popular movies... The rest are totally unknown two thumbs down

  • Dajjal Shahid
    Dajjal Shahid 6 months ago +2

    Endangering everyone involved with radiation 'The Conquerer' with John Wayne.

    • Darth Perkins
      Darth Perkins 6 months ago

      @Dajjal Shahid I'm pretty sure everyone knew it was used for atomic testing, but don't forget around that time people's education about the properties of radiative materials didn't come from Wikipedia, it came from films like 'The Incredible Shrinking Man'.

    • Dajjal Shahid
      Dajjal Shahid 6 months ago

      @Darth Perkins nope. Howard Hughes knew nuclear testing happened there. They were just ignorant to radiation damage back then. They even took radiated sand back to their soundstage when not on location.

    • Darth Perkins
      Darth Perkins 6 months ago

      A suspiciously high number of people died from various forms of cancer I think the term 'involuntary manslaughter' should be used.

  • splashenful
    splashenful 6 months ago

    Another one is: 'Last Tango In Paris.'

  • GalaxyEspeon
    GalaxyEspeon 6 months ago

    #1. The Love of Money really is the root of all evil.

    I'm not saying that trying to be wealthy is wrong but if making more money is worth more than a kids life thats when wrong.

  • MockupRender
    MockupRender 6 months ago

    You betrayed the law! rawww!

  • The Rind of Zayo Da Dong

    Kim Jong-il wasn't the dictator of North Korea yet at that time, that wasn't until 1994, Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee escaped in 1986.

    • Yami
      Yami 2 months ago

      Why did I find that Pulgasari monster sexy?

  • Zachary Matthew James
    Zachary Matthew James 6 months ago

    I heard about Pulgasari from John Oliver.

  • Jeanetta McW.
    Jeanetta McW. 6 months ago

    This narrator is SO annoying. Why does she have to make her consonants sound SO loud and cringing?

  • Spencer Williams
    Spencer Williams 6 months ago +5

    At 0:52 you say that many scenes in The Terminator were shot without permit and that this is why so much of it is shot at night. I cannot find any source corroborating that claim. I can only find info about how two daytime scenes were shot without permit: the scene where The Terminator breaks a car window and the very end scene where Sarah drives down a highway. Where are you getting the information that many of the night scenes were shot without permit?

  • TheLocutus70
    TheLocutus70 6 months ago +2

    Pretty baby 1978. Shows Brooke Shields nude when she was a child.

  • Danny G.
    Danny G. 6 months ago


  • Ahmed H
    Ahmed H 6 months ago +5

    7.34: NEVER have I seen a shoe polished like THAT!

    • teemusid
      teemusid 6 months ago

      I never wanted to see a shoe polished like that. I wish I hadn't seen..........

  • Joseph A.W
    Joseph A.W 6 months ago +10

    I thought Ben Hur killing a couple dozen horses for the chariot races was the reason for "no animals were harmed"

  • Olle Selin
    Olle Selin 6 months ago

    Would a Marvel/DC Crossover be a Movie Law Break?

    • Yami
      Yami 2 months ago

      Well, a Marvel/DC crossover comic series happened, so I dont think so. After all, thier parent companies today did Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Prestige.

  • skytalk bb
    skytalk bb 6 months ago +1

    Human Centipede 2
    Reason: Violent than Natural Born Killers.

  • David Jensen
    David Jensen 6 months ago

    A Fistful of Dollars: Plagiarism/Copyright Violation

  • Christy Shultz
    Christy Shultz 6 months ago

    For the record I really did love twilight zone The movie . I however don't think that it was worth the price paid for the movie, those poor children.

  • Ogre302
    Ogre302 6 months ago

    The silver Mercury that Sylvester Stallone drove in Cobra was stolen by the film. It and the stunt cars were built and when someone was sent to get the cars they distracted the business that made the cars while another employee from the movie hauled off with the trailer loaded with cars. (Allegedly)

  • Freddy Richards
    Freddy Richards 6 months ago

    Beavis and Butthead: BREAKING THE LAW, BREAKING THE LAW!!!

  • Sebastian Rose
    Sebastian Rose 6 months ago

    escape from tomorrow was a total piece of crap

  • michael matthew
    michael matthew 6 months ago

    Escape from tomorrow was horrid. It's no wonder Disney didn't want to draw attention

  • Peterkaboomi Train
    Peterkaboomi Train 6 months ago

    Saying frick
    The minecraft movie

  • Haley Faragalli
    Haley Faragalli 6 months ago

    Luckily I've only heard of one of these movies

  • Big C
    Big C 6 months ago

    Sausage Party Broke Union rules

  • ocularnervosa
    ocularnervosa 6 months ago +2

    Ghostbusters also shot without permits on NYC streets. The scene where they are running through Rockefeller Plaza is them actually running from a real life security guard.

  • Tom D
    Tom D 6 months ago

    Pulgasari didn’t break any laws that we know of. It was evil for Kim Jong Il to kidnap the filmmakers, but it was not illegal for him to do so under North Korean law. This is a good example of “just because something is legal, doesn’t make it right”.

  • 🌛~MoonGoddess~🌜
    🌛~MoonGoddess~🌜 6 months ago

    Please get a life, they are just Movies!

  • That One Motherfucker
    That One Motherfucker 6 months ago +1

    Emoji Movie potentially broke the law as it was a giant advertisement for different apps.

    • That One Motherfucker
      That One Motherfucker 6 months ago

      @Nathan Hunt Blatant product placement without disclosure. If I recalled, there was product placement of Twitter, Spotify, Candy Crush, and other things. yet I don't recall a disclosure of all of these things.
      " Federal Communications Commission law (FCC, not FTC) requires TV stations to include disclosures of product placement in TV shows.
      The FTC has expressed the opinion that under the FTC Act, product placement (that is, merely showing products or brands in third-party entertainment content - as distinguished from sponsored content or disguised commercials) doesn’t require a disclosure that the advertiser paid for the placement. "

    • Nathan Hunt
      Nathan Hunt 6 months ago

      That’s not against the law

  • Saula4ever893
    Saula4ever893 6 months ago

    I like the other gals voice better 😬

  • Tianna Green
    Tianna Green 6 months ago

    I looked up pesticide, that's friggin' horrible!