10 Movies That Earned NC-17 Ratings for Having Too Much Sex

The MPAA doesn’t play.


Receiving an NC-17 rating (“No Children Under 17 Admitted”) from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has been called the cinematic kiss of death.

It curtails how many theaters will show your movie and how much publicity it will receive, pretty much annihilating any chances at box office success.

Stacy Martin in ‘Nymphomaniac’, Angelina Jolie in ‘Original Sin’ and Elizabeth Berkley in ‘Showgirls’
(Photos: Magnolia Pictures & Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer & United Artists)

Most directors cut down their movies to get that coveted and commercially viable R rating, but a brave few refuse in protest of the MPAA’s fixation on sex and nudity… and utter indifference to violence.


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Above, the movies that pushed too far for their puritanical tastes, from the smutty ’90s classic Showgirls to the raunchy bro comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno.