List of NC-17 rated films

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The MPAA's "NC-17" ratings symbol.

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 media 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 re-release; to their surprise, it was rated NC-17, delaying the re-release 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!, Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre III 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 (Originally rated X, re-rated R) 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.
The Beautiful Risk 2013 (released unrated) originally rated NC-17 due to explicit sexuality and tone.
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 1977 (rated in 1990) 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]
Body of Evidence 1993 (rating surrendered) (uncut version unrated) Originally rated NC-17;[14] Edited version rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality.
Boogie Nights 1997 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for strong sex scenes with explicit dialogue, nudity, drug use, language and violence.
The Boondock Saints 1999 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) 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 in 1990) 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.[15]
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 (kept rating) 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"[16]
Desperado 1995 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong bloody violence, a strong sex sequence and language.[17]
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) Edited version rated R for heavy drug content, and for strong sexuality and language.[citation needed]
The Dolls 1991 (kept rating) 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 for re-rating) 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]
Eddie Murphy: Raw 1987 (edited for re-rating) The film was originally rated X by the MPAA for graphic language. It was re-edited many times so the MPAA would give it an R rating.[18]
El Infierno 2011 (kept rating) Rated NC-17 "for some graphic violence and explicit sexual content"[19]
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 (kept rating) 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.[20]
Evil Dead 2013 (edited for re-rating) Originally rated NC-17,[21] edited version rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.[22]
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)
Feardotcom 2002 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for violence including grisly images of torture, nudity and language[citation needed]
Female Trouble 1974 (kept rating) Originally X, rated NC-17 in 1991, re-rating NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity[citation needed]
Fight Club 1999 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent anti-social behavior, sexuality and language.[citation needed]
Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders 1989 (rated 1991) (edited for re-rating in 1993) edited version rated R for sex-related and scatological humor.[citation needed]
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 (kept rating) Rated NC-17
The Getaway 1994 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for violence, sexuality, and language.[23]
The General's Daughter 1999 (edited for re-rating) Edited version rated R for graphic images relating to sexual violence including a strong rape scene, some perverse sexuality, nudity and language.[citation needed]
Gettin' Even 2005 (kept rating) 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.[24]
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 (kept rating) 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.[25]
The Hottest Bid 1995 (kept rating) 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 for re-rating) edited version rated R.
In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida) 1976 (rated 1991)
Inserts 1975 (kept rating) 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) (kept rating) 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 dangerous, sometimes extremely crude stunts, language and nudity
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.[26]
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 violence, sexuality and language, and for drug use
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.[27]
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/Blu-ray 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.[28]
L.I.E. 2001 (uncut version unrated) 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; re-rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexual content.
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III 1990 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong horror violence/gore and language. Final film to receive an X rating.
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) (uncut version unrated) re-rated R on appeal for graphic and explicit sexuality.
The Loves of Lady Chatterly 1992 (kept rating) 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) (kept rating) Rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence.[citation needed]
Martyrs 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 (kept rating) Rated NC-17
Modern Love rated 1991 (kept rating) 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 (kept rating) rated NC-17
Mysterious Skin 2004 [29] (rating surrendered)

N[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating
Nothin' Goes Right 1988 (kept rating) 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]
Nil by Mouth 1997 (re-rated R on appeal) Re-rated R on appeal for graphic drug use, non-stop strong language, brutal domestic violence and some nudity[citation needed]
The Night Buffalo 2007 (kept rating) rated NC-17 "for some graphic sexuality"[30]
Nymphomaniac 2013 (rated 2014) (rating surrendered) Originally rated NC-17; rating surrendered before release[31]

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 (kept rating) 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 (kept rating) 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.[32]
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) (edited for re-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.[33]

R[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating[10]
Radio Active rated 1990 (kept rating) 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 re-rating) (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) (uncut version unrated) 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) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language.
Saw V 2008 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) edited version rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity.
Saw 3D 2010 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) had to be edited six times for an R-rating to be approved.[34]
Scary Movie 2 2001 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong sexual and gross humor, graphic language, and some drug content.[35]
Scream 1996 (edited for re-rating) (uncut version unrated) seven seconds of gore was cut in order to obtain the R.[36] Edited version rated R for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and for language.
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) (uncut version unrated) 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";[19] heavily edited version.[37]
The Shadowed Mind rated 1991 rated NC-17.
Shame 2011 (kept rating) rated NC-17 "for some explicit sexual content"[19]
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 (kept rating) rated NC-17
Softly from Paris: Series II rated 1990 (kept rating) Rated NC-17
Softly from Paris: Series III rated 1990 (kept rating) Rated NC-17
Softly from Paris: Series IV rated 1990 (kept rating) Rated NC-17
Softly from Paris: Series V rated 1990 (kept rating) 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.[38][39] Right after it was released, Jack Valenti, president of the MPAA, said that he regretted not rating it NC-17.[38]
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.[40] Edited version rated R for strong graphic violence and sexuality, pervasive strong language and drug use

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.
That's My Boy 2012 (re-rated R on appeal) re-rated R on appeal for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use.[citation needed]
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 (re-rating R on appeal) Re-rated R on appeal for strong graphic violence, strong language and sexuality.
The Gore Gore Girls 1972 (rated 1990) (kept rating) 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 version rated R for strong bloody graphic violence, language, sexuality, and nudity. Final film to initially receive an X rating.
Tokyo Decadence (Topâzu) 1992 (rated 1993) (kept rating) for strong, explicit, sado-masochistic sexuality.
Tower of Terror 1992 (kept rating) 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.[41]
Two Girls and a Guy 1998 (uncut VHS version) (edited for re-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.

.

U[edit]

Title Year Notes on rating
Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend 1993 (kept rating) Rated NC-17 for sex, rape, violence, profanity.
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 (kept rating) 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.
Wild at Heart 1990 (edited for re-rating) edited version rated R for strong brutal bloody violence including disturbing images, strong sexuality, nudity, and language.[42]
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) Edited version rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence[citation needed]
WVAG in New York City 2001 (kept rating) 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.[43]
You So Crazy 1994 (rating surrendered) released unrated by Samuel Goldwyn Co.[44]
Your Friends & Neighbors 1998 (re-rated R on appeal) re-rated R on appeal for graphic sexual dialogue, strong sexuality and language[45]
Young Adam 2003 (theatrical version) (home video version edited for re-rating) rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content; edited version rated R for strong sexual content, some disturbing behavior, and language,.[46]

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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