Starting with a kids' classics, the lovable floppy-eared elephant still has plenty of fans who have their newest kids watch this old-school Disney movie for the first time. The only problem is some parents are not comfortable with the fact their kids are exposed to the crows, and the caricatured racism made by them. The main crow character is literally called Jim Crow, for cryin' out loud.
Yes, many think pieces go on about the horribly offensive use of Asian stereotypes in this John Hughes teen classic, but that's one of many offenses. One character, on multiple viewings you realize the nerd is a mega-stalking creep who refuses to leave Molly Ringwald alone. Then the movie goes into date-rape territory as well, so perhaps the movie hasn't aged so great.
3. 'Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom' Is Very Tone-Deaf
The sequel to Speilberg's blockbuster has some great parts to it (that heart pull was brutal) but in modern times some scenes come off a bit harsh. There's a lot of extreme poverty and sexism in-between all the adventure, And oh god, that dinner scene - if there was a singular moment on film to insult an entire culture in such a short span, you won't find a better example.
Disney's Pocahontas was their first attempt as a strong adult female, as well as a person of color in a major role, which was a pretty big thing. The biggest problem is, while there's still fans of the movies some feel uncomfortable knowing what happened to the real Pocahontas - basically that she was sold to an older white man and then died at a young age. Always worth remembering that this was a sanitized version of a darker reality.
To be honest, most people just know the movie for Audrey Hepburn as a style icon, but for those who see the movie, they love her as the party girl who falls in love with a writer. Of course, then there's that classic example of Asian racism thanks to Mickey Rooney that makes you cringe. Oh, then there's the fact that the two main characters are a low-key escort and a man living off a sugar mama, respectively.
6. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, 'Song Of The South' Is Racist
Decades ago, people loved watching this feel-good movie about a boy hearing Southern stories from an old soul. The song was even Oscar winner. This movie is so much of an issue for Disney it has been put under lock and key in its vault since 1986. If you have somehow seen it lately, you might see how it seriously hasn't aged well.
We all loved to see the geeks and weirdos beat the jocks in this 1984 movie, but our awkward heroes are anything but "nice guys." A lot of what they do towards women in the movie, even lady geeks, are very similar to what real-life male nerds with a sense of entitlement do to women today. Even worse while it is a teen sex comedy, only one scene is actually consensual.
9. 'Gone With The Wind' Is A Classic In Messed Up Ideas Of Love
This movie is still watched by fans and critics alike, and the quotes and characters still top lists. But after repeated four hours of viewing, you realize it is a love story between two borderline sociopaths. Oh, and it's set during the Civil War, so even with its beautiful set design and costumes it's glorifying violence and slavery.
The fascination with the movie always centers around De Niro's performance as deranged cabbie Travis Bickle...and there's that famous catchphrase. When you watch it, however, it does bother you that he's obsessed with a teenage prostitute played by Jodie Foster. For maximum weirdness, she was 12 when it was being filmed.
The first few times everyone sees Almost Famous they love the music and that feeling of a kid swept up in the rock star life. They also love Kate Hudson's Penny Lane character, so much that it's one that was used for thousand movies later. Still, it's hard to accept her agency when you remember she was a glorified groupie sold between men for a lousy six-pack.
The most famous scene of this rom-com comes when John Cusack stands outside Diane's bedroom window and blasts Peter Gabriel after her refusals. It's considered one of the most romantic scenes ever but there's another way to describe it - stalking, and he would get arrested. It worked in his favor though, because stalking = love.
Will Smith is awesome, but looking back at Hitch more than ten years later shows that this might not be his smoothest movie. Sure, he's charming but he's a pro at tricking women into relationships with insufferable men. It's that sly misogyny used by dudes that still believe "negging" works.
15. 'Weekend At Bernie's' Is A Potential Health Hazard
The premise of Weekend At Bernie's makes for a hilarious '80s flick that needs to be watched while drunk. But if you think about the actual biological implications of hanging around with a dead guy, like how the poop comes pouring out once all muscles relax, It might not be the party in the sun the guys in the movie might have hoped. Let's hope they never make a remake, it would be far too messed up.