The Most Controversial Religious Movies of All Time

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Director Kevin Smith made his name and reputation with smart, snappy comedies about suburban life, like "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy." In 1999, he released "Dogma," the story of two fallen angels (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) who arrive on earth to find Jesus' last descendant--a woman who works in an abortion clinic. Other characters include the 13th disciple of Jesus (who claimed he was left out of the Bible because he's black) and God herself (played by Alanis Morrisette). Foul-mouthed comedian George Carlin has a cameo as a cardinal, and the f-word is used more than 100 times in the film. Catholic groups around the world staged protests, and Smith received several death threats. Perhaps to head off controversy, the film's title sequence contained a disclaimer, which included the line "Even God has a sense of humor--just look at the platypus."

--Lilit Marcus

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