One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of America's most highly challenged and banned novels.
- 1974: Five residents of Strongsville, Ohio sued the local Board of Education to remove the novel from classrooms. They deemed the book "pornographic" and said that it "glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles, and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination".
- 1975: The book was removed from public schools in Randolph, New York and Alton, Oklahoma
- 1977: Removed from the required reading list in Westport, Maine
- 1978: Banned from the St. Anthony, Idaho Freemont High School and the teacher who assigned the novel was fired
- 1982: Challenged at Merrimack, New Hampshire High School
- 1986: Challenged at Aberdeen Washington High school in Honors English classes.
- 2000: Challenged at Placentia Unified School District (Yorba Linda, California). Parents say that the teachers could "choose the best books, but they keep choosing this garbage over and over again".