December 17, 2014 11:25 AM EST

With The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen have set off an unintentional firestorm, as hackers opposed to their film’s subject matter have exposed private communications within Sony Pictures. This can’t have been their goal, but controversy certainly was.

Film has stoked passionate argument perhaps more effectively than any other medium — hardly surprising, given its larger-than-life nature. Here are some of the most memorable times that films, either accidentally or on purpose, have incited strong reactions.

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