Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern
Most blasphemous moment: the persistent vilification of many Jewish characters
The Passion of the Christ was one of the most successful movies of the 2000s, but it was also the most divisive within the religious community. Jewish groups around the world condemned Gibson’s version of Christ’s life, feeling that his views placed all of the blame for Christ’s crucifixion on the Jewish people. Others, meanwhile, praised the film for its unflinching look at Jesus' last day. Ultimately the controversy didn't go away, and it still haunts Gibson to this day.
There was one line in the film in particular that stirred the shit. It's when Caiaphas says, "His blood [is] on us and on our children!" This line was interpreted as placing a curse on the Jewish people for Christ’s death. Gibson denied claims of anti-Semitism, but he has also been accused of saying things like “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” in his spare time. He might refute those anti-Semitic claims, but if it walks like a duck…