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My Favorite NC-17 Movies

Jim O
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."
Henry & June
Henry & June
"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."
Last Tango in Paris
Last Tango in Paris
"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."
The Dreamers (Original Uncut NC-17 Version)
The Dreamers (Original Uncut NC-17 Version)
"One of the newer NC-17 from one of the great directors of international film. One of three NC-17 movies from Bernardo Bertolucci."
Eyes Wide Shut (R-Rated Edition)
Eyes Wide Shut (R-Rated Edition)
"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."
Crash
Crash
"You will either love it or hate it, but don't watch the R-rated version of this NC-17 as the cuts in the celluloid are much much worse than the cuts in the characters."
Inside Deep Throat - Theatrical NC-17 Edition
Inside Deep Throat - Theatrical NC-17 Edition
"A documentary about the x-rated industry's most famous film gets an NC-17 for explicit scenes from the X-movie including the oral sex scene of the title."
Showgirls
Showgirls
"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."
Artemisia
Artemisia
"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!"
Zandalee
Zandalee
"This NC-17 movie is one of the few that has never been seen in the US as an NC-17. You might win a filmography trivia contest if you know the leading actor's relatives."
Where the Truth Lies (Unrated Theatrical Edition)
Where the Truth Lies (Unrated Theatrical Edition)
"The slip cover calls this an Unrated film. The IMDB says "Director Atom Egoyan made cuts to the film in a failed attempt to challenge the NC-17 rating given by the MPAA." When in doubt unrate it!"
The Story of O
The Story of O
"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."
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Collector's Edition)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Collector's Edition)
"Another example of how one of the finest directors in the history of cinema can end up on the NC-17 list."
Caligula (Three-Disc Imperial Edition)
Caligula (Three-Disc Imperial Edition)
"One of the few examples of explicit sexual content on this adults only list. And the explicit scenes were added after the rest of the cast and crew had quit work for the day."
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2-Disc Edition)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2-Disc Edition)
"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."