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
9. "Bad Lieutenant" (Abel Ferrara, 1992)
“Sexual violence, strong sexual situations and dialogue, graphic drug use,” runs the MPAA’s reasoning for the NC-17 rating in this case – all tangible infractions that give little indication of just how aggressively bonkers Ferrara’s heady Catholic guilt-flavored cop drama is. (They don’t even mention “full-frontal Harvey Keitel,” which really is something people deserve to be warned about -- let's just say I cropped the photo to your left quite judiciously.) Werner Herzog’s in-name-only 2009 remake picked up on the titular protagonist’s corrupt behaviour, removed the religion and added singing iguanas, but is positively family fare by comparison – and not half as dementedly powerful.