The list author says: "The NC-17 classification must exist as one of the strangest attempts at uncensorship in history. Once these movies were rated NC-17 by the MPAA so that they could be viewed by adults age 17 and older no movie distributor or theater would play them. With the advent of the DVD in the early 90s companies routinely avoided the MPAA rating altogether and pandered to our purience with the "Unrated" designation instead. Thus the NC-17 rating has caused one of the stangest groupings of movies ever known. Consisting of seriously awful movies, oscar calibre ones and a whole lot in between, this classification has piqued our libidinous interest like no other.
It is now the very end of 2009 and there are 179 movies listed as NC-17 in the IMDB. This is down from 203 movies listed in August. I started these listmania lists in 2007 and watched the complete IMDB list grow slowly from 173. Since the first NC-17 in 1990 there have been approximately 20 new additions a year. I begin with the very first NC-17 in 1990 and end with one of the most recent additions. A twenty year history of NC-17 movies includes the following must have titles."
"I have had the truly enjoyable opportunity of watching this movie many times; the most recent being this year. My impression is that if the movie were made today it would be rated R. However, it was the first of the NC-17's and they had to start somewhere."
"One of the commonly assumed mistakes about NC-17 movies is that they are without merit and without stars. Marlon Brando was nominated for a best actor Oscar in 1974 for his portrayal of a lifeless man in Paris in a movie that was originally rated X and moved from X to NC-17 in 1997."
"Your anticipation will be blacked out with this NC-17 that was airbrushed with silhouettes for the R rated version. Good news! The Stanley Kubrick box set has the original version; however, the censorship version might be more salacious than the exposed parts of the original."
"No NC-17 list could be complete without the penultimate "Showgirls". The most asked question is how Elizabeth Berkley could ever recover her career after such a low show. This movie has been accorded a cult like status. Much better than the critics' roasting."
"The Italians removed the sex scenes from this movie and it played as the equivalent of a G-rated feature. The MPAA, founders of the NC-17, annointed this movie for the immortal list and then changed its mind, making this the only NC-17 that isn't. Gee!"
"Yet another movie that was originally rated X. This movie was moved to NC-17 in 2002. Sumptious photography and beautiful women and men with a story line about submission, pain and pleasure. Not explicit, but extremely graphic."
"One the funniest movies in the NC-17 collection. And a movie about making a porn movie to boot. This is the most recent example of an NC-17 that I have in my personal collection yet it is not truly an NC-17 as it has been rerated to an R on appeal."