List of NC-17 rated films

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This is a list of films rated NC-17 (No Children 17 and Under Admitted; originally No Children Under 17 Admitted) by the Motion Picture Association of America's Classification and Rating Administration (CARA). It includes X-rated films reassigned an NC-17 rating, and titles which were originally rated NC-17, but later re-edited for a different rating.

Titles with surrendered ratings are usually released unrated to avoid the stigma of NC-17. Some films are released without an MPAA rating because the filmmaker expects an NC-17.

Changes in ratings are due to resubmission or appeal by a film's producers. Films receiving an NC-17 are often cut and resubmitted in hopes of earning an R rating, which allows distribution to more outlets than an NC-17 rating. Still, there are some exceptions: for example, in 2004, Fox Searchlight Pictures released The Dreamers with an NC-17 rating; this film grossed $2.5 million in its United States theatrical release, a respectable result for a specialized film with a targeted audience.[1] The same year, Sony Pictures Classics released Bad Education with an NC-17 rating; it grossed $5.2 million in the United States theatrically, earning back more than its budget of $5 million.[2] Furthermore, in 2007, Focus Features released Lust, Caution with an NC-17 rating; it grossed $4.6 million in the United States theatrically,[3] and Focus was very satisfied with the film's theatrical release.[4]

NC-17 films also tended to gross more on the home video/DVD market. For example, Showgirls became one of MGM's top 20 all-time bestsellers,[5] and Lust, Caution has generated more than $18 million from DVD rentals in the United States.[6]

Occasionally an R-rated film will have footage or language added to earn an NC-17 rating and its accompanying notoriety. In at least one case, an R-rated film was re-rated NC-17 even though no edits were made: The 1969 Sam Peckinpah film The Wild Bunch, originally rated R, was resubmitted by Warner Bros. in 1993 before an expected rerelease; to their surprise, it was rated NC-17, delaying the rerelease while the decision was appealed.[7][8]

Some titles include the reasons the rating was given. In 1990, the Classification and Rating Administration began including a brief statement of the reason for a specific film's R rating; several years later it began giving reasons for all film ratings.

Since the NC-17 rating was created in 1990 to replaced the X rating[9] (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, and Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive were all given X ratings that year), this list does not include X-rated films, unless they were later re-rated NC-17. A majority of the films on this list either were edited to obtain an R and/or had the NC-17 rating surrendered. Few films have kept the rating for theatrical or DVD release.

0-9[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
100 Tears 2007 (rating surrendered) rated NC-17 "for extreme horror violence"[11]
1900 1976 (rating surrendered) originally rated X; edited version rated R (1977); uncut version rated NC-17 (1990), rating surrendered.

A[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
A Clockwork Orange 1971 (re-rating) was rated 'X' for violence in the USA on its original release, just a year before that rating became linked to pornography. Kubrick later released a cut version for an 'R' rating, though the original version has now been re-rated to 'R'.
American Pie 1999 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong sexuality, crude sexual dialogue, language and drinking, all involving teens.
American Psycho 2000 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language.
Anatomy of Hell 2004
Angel of Passion 1991(edited for re-rating) edited version rated R in 1995 for strong sexuality, and for some language.
Arabian Nights (Il fiore delle mille e una notte) 1974 (kept rating) rated X in 1979; rating symbol changed to NC-17 in 1990.
Army of Darkness 1992 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for violence and horror.[12]
Artemisia 1997 (re-rated R on appeal) re-rated R on appeal for strong, graphic sexuality and nudity.

B[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Back in Action 1994 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for violence, and for language and brief drug use.
Bad Education (La mala educación) 2004 (kept rating) Rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexual content; edited version ("Special Edition") rated R for strong sexual content throughout, language and some drug use.
Bad Lieutenant 1992 (kept rating) Rated NC-17 for sexual violence, strong sexual situations and dialogue, graphic drug use; edited version rated R for drug use, language, violence and nudity.
Bank Robber 1993(edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R in 1994 for strong sexuality, a bloody shooting, drug content and language.
Basic Instinct 1992 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) Edited version rated R for strong sexual content and dialogue, nudity, language, and violence.[citation needed]
Bent 1997 (kept rating) Rated NC-17 for a strong scene of graphic sexuality; edited version rated R in 1998 for strong sexuality including explicit sexual dialogue, some brutal violence, language and drug use.
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970 (kept rating) originally rated X; rating symbol changed to NC-17 in 1990.
Bizarre 1991 rated NC-17.
Black and White 1999 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for strong sexuality, graphic language, some violence and drug use.
Bliss 1997 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for graphic sex scenes with strong sex-related dialogue, and for language.
Blonde Emmanuelle in 3-D Rated NC-17 in 1990.[citation needed]
BloodRayne 2006 (edited for re-rating)(uncut version unrated) Edited version rated R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity.
BloodRayne: Deliverance 2007 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for violence and language.
Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013 (rating accepted) rated NC-17 "for explicit sexual content"[13]
Blue Valentine 2010 (re-rated R on appeal) originally rated NC-17 for a scene depicting cunnilingus; successfully appealed to an R-rating for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating.[citation needed]
Boogie Nights 1997 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R strong sex scenes with explicit dialogue, nudity, drug use, language and violence.
The Boondock Saints 1999 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for strong violence, language and sexual content.
Boxing Helena 1993 (re-rated R on appeal) Re-rated R on appeal for two scenes of strong sexuality and language.
Boys Don't Cry 1999 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for violence including a rape scene, sexuality, language and drug use.
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for sexuality and horror violence.
Braveheart 1995 (edited for re-rating) violent battle scenes were edited down from an NC-17. Edited version rated R for "brutal medieval warfare".
Broken English 1996 (kept rating) rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality; edited version rated R for sexual content, brief drug use and language.[citation needed]
Brüno 2009 (edited for re-rating) Re-rated R after appeal for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
Bully 2001 (rating surrendered) Theatrical release surrendered an NC-17; video release rated R for strong violence, sexual content, drug use and language -all involving teens.

C[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
The Canterbury Tales (I Racconti di Canterbury) 1972 (kept rating) Originally rated X in 1979; rating symbol changed to NC-17 in 1991.
Centrespread 1981 Rated NC-17 in 1990.
Casino 1995 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality.
The Cell 2000 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for bizarre violence and sexual images, nudity and language.
Chained 2012 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) Originally NC-17 for some explicit violence. Edited version rated R for disturbing and sadistic violent content including bloody killings and rape, and for language and sexuality.
Clerks 1994 (re-rated R on appeal) Re-rated R on appeal for extensive use of extremely explicit sex-related dialogue.
Color of Night 1994 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, violence and language.
Cliffhanger 1993 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for violence and language.[14]
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989 (X-rating surrendered) (NC-17 rating accepted for DVD release) Original version surrendered X-rating and released unrated on VHS, then accepted an NC-17 rating for DVD release. Edited Version rated R on VHS.
The Cooler 2003 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug use.
Comfortably Numb 1995 Rated NC-17 for scenes of graphic drug use and some explicit sexuality.
Crash 1996 (kept rating) Rated NC-17 for numerous explicit sex scenes; edited version rated R for accident gore, some graphic language and aberrant sexual content.

D[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Damage 1992 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong sexuality, and for language.
Dangerous Game 1993 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for pervasively strong language, explicit sexuality, and drug use.
Dark Obsession (Diamond Skulls) 1989 (rated 1991) rated NC-17; edited version rated R for strong sensuality and for language.
Dead & Breakfast 2005 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong horror violence and language.
Dead Presidents 1995 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong graphic violence, language, a sex scene and some drug use.
Delta of Venus 1994 (kept rating) rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality; edited version rated R for strong erotic content.
Descent 2007 (kept rating) rated NC-17 "for a brutal rape";[11] edited version rated R "for brutal rape, language, some sexual content and drug use"[15]
Desperado 1995 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong bloody violence, a strong sex sequence and language.[16]
The Devil's Rejects 2005 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for sadistic violence, strong sexual content, language, and drug use.[citation needed]
Dice Rules 1991 (kept rating) rated NC-17.
A Dirty Shame 2004 (kept rating) rated NC-17 for pervasive sexual content; "The Neuter Cut" (edited) version rated R for pervasive, strong, crude sexual content, including fetishes.[citation needed]
The Doors 1991 (edited for re-rating) For pervasive strong drug use, graphic sexuality, nudity and language.[citation needed]
The Dolls 1991 rated NC-17.
The Dreamers 2003 (rated 2004) (kept rating) rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content; edited version rated R for strong sexual content and graphic nudity, language and some drug use.
The Dreamlife of Angels 1999 edited version rated R for some strong sexuality.

E[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Easier with Practice 2010 (rating surrendered) for a sequence of explicit sexual dialogue. Rating surrendered.[citation needed]
Easyriders Video Magazine No. 13 (video release) rated 1992 Rated NC-17 for pervasive sexuality and graphic sexual dialogue.
El Infierno 2011 Rated NC-17 "for some graphic violence and explicit sexual content"[17]
Elles 2011 (rating surrendered) Originally rated NC-17 for "explicit sexual content", released theatrically with NC-17 rating; rating surrendered for DVD release.
Emmanuelle: The Joys of a Woman 1975 Originally rated X in 1976; rating symbol changed to NC-17 in 1991.
Erotic Nights 1991 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for sensuality and sex-related dialogue.
Erotique 1994 (rating surrendered) Rated R in 1998 for strong sexuality, sex-related dialogue and some language.
The Evil Dead 1981 (rated 1994) (rating surrendered) Originally rated X, for substantial graphic horror violence and gore. Rating surrendered
Evil Dead II 1987 (surrendered X rating) Surrendered X rating, released unrated.[18]
Evil Dead 2013 (edited for re-rating) Originally rated NC-17,[19] edited version rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.[20]
Extreme Justice 1993 (re-rated R on appeal) re-rated R on appeal for strong graphic violence, language, and for a scene of sexuality.
Eyes Wide Shut 1999 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug-related material.

F[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Fantasy 1991 (edited or re-rating) edited version rated R in 1992 for strong sensuality and language.
Fantasies 1989 (rated 1991) (edited for re-rating)
Female Trouble 1974 (kept rating) Originally X, rated NC-17 in 1991, re-rating NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity[citation needed]
Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders 1989 Rated NC-17 due to explicit phallic imagery and scatological humor; edited version rated R.
Freddy Got Fingered 2001(edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for crude sexual and bizarre humor, and for strong language; heavily edited three-minute version rated PG.
Freeway 1996 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for strong lurid violence and sexual dialogue, some sexual situations, drug content and language.
Frontier(s) 2007 (rating surrendered) For extreme sadistic graphic violence and gore.[citation needed]
Fire on the Amazon 1993 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for strong language, areas of strong violence and a scene of strong sexuality

G[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Games of Love rated 1991 Rated NC-17
The Getaway 1994 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for violence, sexuality and language.[21]
Gettin' Even 2005 For explicit sexual content including pervasive nudity.
Glam 2001 (rated 1998) Rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexuality and some sexual dialogue.
The Godfather Part III 1990 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for violence and language.[22]
La Grande Bouffe 1973 (kept rating) Originally rated X; rating symbol changed to NC-17 in 1998 for some explicit sexuality.
Grindhouse 2007 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) rated NC-17 for gratuitous violence, obscene sex/nudity and harsh language; edited version rated R for strong graphic bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, some sexuality, nudity and drug use.[citation needed]
Gummo 1997 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for pervasive depiction of anti-social behavior of juveniles, including violence, substance abuse, sexuality and language.
Gutterballs 2009 (rating surrendered) rating surrendered.[citation needed]

H[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 1995 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong horror violence, and some sexuality.[citation needed]
Happiness 1999 (rating surrendered) rating surrendered
Hard Target 1993 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for a great amount of strong violence, and for language.[10] About 20 minutes of violence was cut by the studio to receive an R rating.[citation needed]
Hatchet 2006 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) for extreme horror violence; edited version rated R for strong bloody horror violence, sexual content, nudity and language.
Hostel 2005 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use.
Hostel: Part II 2007 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) re-rated R on appeal for sadistic scenes of torture and bloody violence, terror, nudity, sexual content, language and some drug content.[citation needed]
Hell's Belles 1997 Rated NC-17 for pervasive sexuality and nudity.
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth 1992 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language.
Henry & June 1990 (kept rating) first title to be rated NC-17
High Tension (Haute tension) 2003 (rating surrendered) for strong graphic violence (rating surrendered); edited version rated R in 2005 for graphic bloody killings, terror, sexual content and language.
The Hills Have Eyes 2006 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong gruesome violence and terror throughout, and for language.[23]
The Hottest Bid 1995 Rated NC-17 for strong graphic sexuality.
House of 1000 Corpses 2003 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong sadistic violence/gore, sexuality and language.[citation needed]

I[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Ice Cold in Phoenix 2004 (edited for re-rating) later rated R for strong sexuality, brutal violence and language.
In the Cold of the Night 1990 edited version rated R.
In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida) 1976 (rated 1991)
Inserts 1975 originally rated X; rating symbol changed to NC-17 in 1996 for explicit sexuality.
Inside (À l'intérieur) 2007 (edited for re-rating) (Uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong bloody violence, gruesome and disturbing content, and language.
Inside Deep Throat 2005 (kept rating) rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content; edited version rated R for strong sexuality including graphic images, nudity and dialogue.
Intent to Kill 1993 (rated 1992) Rated NC-17 for extreme violence.

J[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Jackass: The Movie 2002 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for some language, and for sexuality and language
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday 1993 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong violence and gore, and for sexuality and language.[24]
Jason X 2002 (re-rated R on appeal) originally NC-17; re-appealed to successfully receive an R for strong horror violence, language and some sexuality.
Jason's Lyric 1994 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong sexuality, violence, and profanity.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for nonstop crude and sexual humor, pervasive strong language and drug content.

K[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Kalifornia 1993 (rating surrendered) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love 1996 (edited for re-rating) rated R for strong erotic sequences, nudity and some violence.
Kids 1995 (rating surrendered) rated NC-17 for graphic sexuality and drug use involving teens, and a brutal beating.
Kika 1993 (rated 1994)(rating surrendered) rating surrendered
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content.[25]
Killer Joe 2011 (rating surrendered) appeal rejected; rated NC-17 for graphic disturbing content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality (rating surrendered); released theatrically with the NC-17 rating then the rating was surrendered for DVD release; edited version rated R for strong and disturbing violence, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language.
Killing Me Softly 2000 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong sexuality, some violence and language.[citation needed]
Killing Zoe 1994(edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong violence and language, plentiful drug use and a sex scene.
Kill Kill Faster Faster 2008 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong sexuality and language.

L[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Law Abiding Citizen 2009 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) re-rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language.[26]
L.I.E. 2001 (rating surrendered) edited version rated R in 2002 for strong sexual content involving teens, language and brief violence.
Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi) 1972 (kept rating) originally rated X in 1973; edited version rated R in 1981; edited version rated X in 1982; rating symbol changed to NC-17 in 1997 for some explicit sexual content.[citation needed]
La ley del deseo (Law of Desire) 1987 (rated 2005) (kept rating) originally rated X in 1987; rerated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexual content.
Leonora 1991 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R in 1992 for sensuality, nudity and language.
Love and Human Remains 1995 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong sexual content, language, violence and some drug use.
The Lover 1992 (re-rated R on appeal) re-rated R on appeal for graphic and explicit sexuality.
The Loves of Lady Chatterly 1992 for scenes of explicit sexuality.
Lucky Bastard 2013(rating accepted) rated NC-17 "for explicit sexual content"[13]
Lust, Caution 2007(kept rating) rated NC-17 "for some explicit sexuality"; edited version rated R "for strong sexual content and a scene of brutal violence"[11]

M[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence 1993 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong violence, and for language and some drug content.
Marie and Jack: A Hardcore Love Story 2002 (rated 2007) rated NC-17 "for explicit sexuality"[11]
Ma Mère 2004 (rated 2005)(kept rating) Rated NC-17 for strong and aberrant sexual content; edited version rated R for strong aberrant sexuality, some language and violent images.
Man Bites Dog (C'est arrivé près de chez vous) 1992 (rated 1993) Rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence.[citation needed]
Martyrs (film) 2008 (edited for re-rating) (Uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for disturbing/severe aberrant behavior involving strong bloody violence, torture, child abuse and some nudity.
Matador 1986 (rated 2005) (kept rating) rated NC-17 in 2005 for aberrant sexuality including violence.
Menace II Society 1993 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong bloody violence, drug use, and pervasive language.
Mercy 1999 (rating surrendered) originally rated NC-17 (rating surrendered); edited version rated R for language, drug use, and perverse sexual behavior including violence and nudity.
Midnight Woman 1990 Rated NC-17
Modern Love rated 1991 rated NC-17
Monster's Ball 2001 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong sexual content, language and violence.[citation needed]
Murder-Set-Pieces 2004 (Director's cut unrated) 105-minute version released theatrically with NC-17 rating, director's cut runs 91 minutes, and edited 83-minute version rated R for grisly bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexuality and nudity, and for language.
Myriam rated 1991 rated NC-17
Mysterious Skin 2004[27] (rating surrendered)

N[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating
Nothin' Goes Right 1988 originally rated X in 1989; rating symbol changed to NC-17 in 1991.[10]
Natural Born Killers 1994 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for extreme violence and graphic carnage, for shocking images, and for strong language and sexuality.[citation needed]
The Night Buffalo 2009 rated NC-17 "for some graphic sexuality"[28]
Nymphomaniac 2013 (rated 2014) (rating surrendered) Originally rated NC-17; rating surrendered before release[29]

O[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating
Orgazmo 1997 (rated 1998) (kept rating) rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content and dialogue. Unrated version also released.[10]
Original Sin 2001 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong sexual content and some violence.[citation needed]

P[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Peepshow rated 1990 rated NC-17.
Paris, France 1994 (kept rating) rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content[citation needed]
Phantasm 1977 (edited for re-rating in 1979) for violence, and a scene of a man urinating.
Phantasm II 1988 (edited for re-rating before its original release) for violence and gore.
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead 1993 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for violence and gore, and for language and sexuality.
Pink Flamingos 1972 (kept rating) 1997 re-release rated NC-17 for a wide range of perversions in explicit detail.
Play Thing rated 1990 rated NC-17.
Poison 1991 (rating surrendered) originally rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality; edited version rated R for sensuality, strong language, and sexual violence.[citation needed]
Predator 2 1990 (edited for re-rating) originally rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence and gore; edited version rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug content.[30]
Prisoners 2013 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout.
Psychopathia Sexualis 2006 (unofficially given rating) for a shot of urination in someone's mouth; edited version rated R for strong sexual content including aberrant and deviant behavior, graphic nudity, some violence and disturbing images
Pulp Fiction 1994 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality.[31]

R[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Radio Active rated 1990 Rated NC-17.
Rated X 2000 (rating surrendered) edited version rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, drug use, language and some violence.
Razor Blade Smile 1999 (edited for re-rating) for extreme horror violence/gore and sexuality; edited version rated R for horror violence and gore, sexuality, language and some drug content.
Requiem for a Dream 2000 (rating surrendered) edited version rated R in 2001 for an intense depiction of drug addiction, graphic sexuality, strong language and some graphic violence.
RoboCop 1987 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) film had to be edited and resubmitted 11 times before finally receiving an R rating. Edited version rated R for graphic violence, strong language and brief nudity.
Romantic Memoirs (Baksmälla) 1973, rated 1990
Romper Stomper 1993 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R in 1994 for brutality and violence, sexuality and language.
The Rules of Attraction 2002 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong sexual content, drug use, language and violent images.

S[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Santa Sangre 1989 (rating surrendered) originally rated R in 1990 for bizarre, graphic violence and sensuality, and for drug content; rated NC-17 in 1991 for several scenes of extremely explicit violence (rating surrendered).
Saw 2004 (edited for rerating)(uncut version unrated) for strong graphic violence; edited version rated R for strong grisly violence and language.[10] Following the Sundance Film Festival it was edited for an R rating for wide theatrical release. The R-rated version of the film is 8 seconds shorter than the NC-17-rated version.[citation needed]
Saw II 2005 (re-rated R on appeal) re-rated R on appeal for grisly violence and gore, terror, language and drug content. Saw II was the only film in the Saw series to win an R rating on appeal.[citation needed]
Saw III 2006 (edited for re-rating)(uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language.
Saw IV 2007 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language.
Saw 3D 2010 (edited for re-rating) had to be edited six times for an R-rating to be approved.[32]
Scary Movie 2 2001 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong sexual and gross humor, graphic language and some drug content.[33]
Scream 1996 (edited for re-rating)(uncut version unrated) seven seconds of gore was cut in order to have the R.[34]
The Secret Sex Lives of Romeo and Juliet 1970 (rated 1990) (rating surrendered)
Secretaries 2006 (kept rating) rated NC-17 for pervasive graphic sexuality and nudity.
Seduced: Pretty When You Cry 2001 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong perverse sexuality, drug use, language and violence.
The Seduction of Angela 1991 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R in 1992 for sensuality, nudity and some sex-related dialogue.
Seed of Chucky 2004 (edited for re-rating) (unrated version uncut) Theatrical version rated R for strong horror violence/gore, sexual content and language. DVD version surrendered an NC-17.
A Serbian Film 2010 (rated 2011) rated NC-17 "for extreme aberrant sexual and violent content including explicit dialogue";[17] heavily edited version.[35]
The Shadowed Mind rated 1991 rated NC-17.
Shame 2011 (kept rating) rated NC-17 "for some explicit sexual content"[17]
Showgirls 1995 (kept rating) rated NC-17 for nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence; edited version rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, language, a rape scene and drug use. A preview of the film called Showgirls: Sneak Preview was also rated NC-17 for strong sexual images.
Sliver 1993 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong sexuality, and for language and violence.
Softly from Paris: Series I rated 1990 rated NC-17
Softly from Paris: Series II rated 1990 Rated NC-17
Softly from Paris: Series III rated 1990 Rated NC-17
Softly from Paris: Series IV rated 1990 Rated NC-17
Softly from Paris: Series V rated 1990 Rated NC-17
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 (edited for re-rating) edited several times until it was rated R for pervasive vulgar language and crude sexual humor, and for some violent images.[10] According to the filmmakers, they edited the film with something more vulgar every time they submitted it to the MPAA again.[36][37] Right after it was released, Jack Valenti, president of the MPAA, said that he regretted not rating it NC-17.[36]
Spirit of the Night 1994 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R in 1996 for strong sexuality and some language.
Stone Cold 1991 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong violence and language, and for sensuality.
Story of O (Histoire d'O) 1975 (kept rating) originally rated X; re-rated NC-17 in 2002 for sexual content.
Storytelling 2001 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use.
Summer of Sam 1999 (edited for re-rating) edited down to an R rating.[38]

T[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Team America: World Police 2004 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for graphic crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language, all involving puppets.
Texas Chainsaw 3D 2013 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) had to cut out the extreme amount of gore when it was sent to the MPAA.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning 2006 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language, and some sexual content.
Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde 1993 rated R on appeal for strong graphic violence, strong language and sexuality.
The Gore Gore Girls 1972 rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence, harsh language, and explicit sexuality.
The Devil Inside 2012 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language, and some sexual content.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated 2006 (first cut) (final cut not rated) for some graphic sexual content. First cut NC-17, since the final film was altered from when first submitted, it no longer can carry the NC-17.
Thomas in Love (Thomas est amoureux) 2000 rated 2001 (rating surrendered); edited version rated R in 2002 for strong sexuality and language.
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (¡Átame!) 1990 (kept rating) originally rated X (rating surrendered); re-rated NC-17 kept rating for DVD release.
Total Recall 1990 (edited for re-rating) originally rated X; edited R rated version for strong graphic bloody violence, language, sexuality, and nudity. Last film to originally receive an X rating.
Tokyo Decadence (Topâzu) 1992 (rated 1993) for strong, explicit, sado-masochistic sexuality.
Tower of Terror 1992 for extreme horror violence.
Train 2008 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong grisly bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language.
Trois 2000 originally rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence; edited version rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality.
Tropic of Cancer 1970 (kept rating) originally rated X; re-rated NC-17 in 1992 for strong language and sex-related dialogue.
True Romance 1993 (edited for re-rating uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use.[39]
Two Girls and a Guy 1998 (kept rating) rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexuality; edited version rated R for a strong sex scene, strong language and sexual dialogue, and for a violent image.
Twogether 1993 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong sexuality and language.

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U[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating
The Ugly 1998 (rating surrendered) edited version rated R for gruesome, gory murders, language and a scene of sexuality.[10]
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for brutal bloody violence throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and language.

W[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes 2003 originally rated R for strong sexual content, language, drug use and some violent images; edited video version rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content.
When Night is Falling 1995 (rating surrendered) edited version rated R in 1996 for strong sexuality and some language.
Where the Truth Lies 2005 (rating surrendered) for some explicit sexuality.
Whipped 2000 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong sexual content and language.
Whore 1990 (kept rating) rated NC-17; edited version rated R for strong sexual situations and dialogue, and for some violence. Unrated version also released.
Wide Sargasso Sea 1993 (rated 1992) (kept rating) rated NC-17 for strong, explicit sexuality; edited version rated R in 1993 for strong sexuality.
The Wild Bunch 1969 (1993) (re-rated R on appeal) originally rated R; re-rated NC-17 in 1993, but reverted to R on appeal.[7]
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (edited for re-rating) rated for strong sexual content, nudity, and re-edited and rated R for wide release.
WVAG in New York City 2001 for graphic sexuality (short film).

Y[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating
Y Tu Mamá También 2001 (rating surrendered) originally rated NC-17, released unrated.[40]
You So Crazy 1994 (rating surrendered) released unrated by Samuel Goldwyn Co.[41]
Young Adam 2003 rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content; edited version rated R for strong sexual content, some disturbing behavior and language,.[42]

Z[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 (re-rated R on appeal) rated R for strong crude sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity and pervasive language.
Zandalee rated 1990 and 1991 (rating surrendered) edited version rated R for strong sensuality, sexual dialogue, and language.

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