Scientology, in case their beliefs are still insanely confusing to you, teaches that humans are immortal creatures who have been brainwashed by the souls of alien creatures known as “thetans.” In order to free oneself from their influence, they must undergo a series of counseling sessions which are made available after a number of fees are paid. Seems pretty straight-forward.
For all its devout followers who swear by the religion, it has received a ton criticism for its weird beliefs, flat-out admission by their founder, L. Ron Hubbard, that the whole thing was concocted to make money, and the Church’s many documented abuses towards members and outsiders who have attempted to discredit them.
Something so influential is bound to show up in popular entertainment a lot, and here Hollywood does not disappoint. Here are ten films, in chronological order, that were influenced by Scientology, either through criticism, celebration, or satire.