Top 10 Movies that Most Deserve a Harsher MPAA Rating

The Top Ten
1 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Rated PG)

@Extractinator: I am only hypothetical here. A re-rating of a movie to achieve a harsher rating won't happen anyway. I am just saying that the current ratings these movies hold are a bit too liberal, mostly for violence, as sex and language is handled way too harsh anyway. Therefore it doesn't matter if there was a PG-13 back then. Nowadays it deserves one, because the listed movies fron that time have their moments but not nearly enough to rate it R, which should only be awarded for movies most young teens couldn't handle. I don't personally like the NC-17. But it's not my cup of tea, as I am not an American and shouldn't criticize their rating system. The movies I added have a content that usually movies with a harsher rating have, that's basically all there is to it.

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for comic violence and some sexual innuendo

2 The Grudge (Rated PG-13)
3 The Uninvited (Rated PG-13)
4 The Haunting (1963) (Rated G)
5 Raiders of the Lost Ark (Rated PG)

The face melting scene, need I say more?

6 Poltergeist (1982) (Rated PG)

Spielberg and the director actually wanted this movie to be rated PG. I seriously don't know what was going on in their small, insane heads cause this film has a very gory scene of a man's face being peeled off.

They use real skeletons in this movie...

7 Taken (Rated PG-13)
8 The Gremlins (Rated PG)

This movie, along with Temple of Doom, LED to there being a PG-13, and needs to be rerated to that.

9 Forrest Gump (Rated PG-13)

What's wrong with this movie?

10 The Passion of the Christ (Rated R)

Not exactly a fan of strict ratings such as the NC-17 in the US or the 18 in Germany. Ultimately, it shoukd be up to your parents what they think their kids can handle. And usually, I'd say that teens 16 and up can handle almost anything (16 is also the highest possible rating in Austrian cinema)

The Contenders
11 Watership Down (Rated PG)

Should be bumped up to PG-13 for thematic material and violence involving disturbing and bloody images.

12 Howard the Duck (Rated PG)
13 Sixteen Candles (Rated PG)
14 The Hate U Give (Rated Pg-13)
15 2001: A Space Odyssey (Rated G)

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for some disturbing images including a scene of violence

16 The Lion King (G)

Should be bumped up to PG for thematic material, including an on-screen (but non graphic) death scene, and some (again non-graphic) violence.

Suggested rating: PG or even PG-13 for violence and tragic scenery.

17 Jaws (Rated PG)
18 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Rated G)
19 The Adventures of Mark Twain (Rated G)

Yeah, this one should have a PG-13 for some intense scares. I mean the main villain is Satan himself!

20 Drag Me to Hell (Rated Pg-13)

It's really hard to believe that this over the top gorefest with a scene quite resembling emetophilia got a PG-13 rating. It should be re-rated R.

I'm honestly surprised this one had a PG-13 label.

21 Alice in Wonderland (2010) (Rated PG)

Yeah, it had an eye cut out scene! What was Tim Burton thinking?!

22 Cars 2 (Rated G)
23 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Rated PG)

Suggested rating: PG-13 due to violence.

24 Top Gun (Rated PG)

Middle fingers everywhere, lots of profanity, a sex scene although brief and hardly anything shown, the death of Goose. PG-13 at least.

25 Akira (Rated R)

This film has gotta be the most violent movie I've ever seen (whether animated or not). Tetsuo's transformation scene honestly makes the crucifixion of Jesus in Passion of the Christ look less gory by comparison (not sure how any Christians would react to that. I'm not trying to offend by the way).

How this film was able to get away with an R rating is beyond me. So yeah, this should re-rated NC-17 for extreme gore and violence.

This film is rated R

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