As 'Blue is the Warmest Color' gets an NC-17, 10 notable films to have received the rating
From 'Shame' to 'Showgirls,' why the MPAA's highest rating is no badge of dishonor
1. “Crash” (David Cronenberg, 1996)
“Cronenberg has done fuller justice to the permutations—the options—of how and who we f--k than any other living filmmaker,” wrote critic Tim Robey in an essay on the Canadian auteur, and no film underlines this point more emphatically than his brilliantly unhinged examination of the fragile psychological ties between sex, death and risk – or, as its more excitable detractors were keen to remind you, “that movie where people get off on car crashes.” The inevitable NC-17 rating wasn’t even its greatest distribution obstacle: bizarrely, it was banned outright in London’s West End district -- a reminder that it’s not just American censors who have their sore points.