Top 10 Movies with the Most Harsh MPAA Rating


The Top Ten

1 The Matrix (Rated R)

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for science fiction violrnce and mild language - Martin_Canine

The most “adult” thing in this whole movie was one club scene, with NO nudity. WHY MPAA! WHY RATE THIS R!

2 Psycho (1960) (Rated R)

Disagree. Psycho does have blood in it so maybe it should still have it's R rating.

It's black and white, and no explicit stabbing is shown. Teenagers nowadays are used to a lot more violence. - Martin_Canine

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for some violent content and disturbing images - Martin_Canine

There’s a HUGE (and I mean huge) misconception that there’s nudity in the shower scene. Now, while it’s obvious that the actress is in the nude, there is nothing explicit shown on-screen. There is little to no blood, and the violence is intense, but not shown. I can understand why this had an R rating in 1984, before PG-13 existed, because of it not fitting a PG rating, but it just shouldn’t be kept in the same league as something like Fight Club, with super intense violence and sexual themes. Psycho should definitely be rerated to PG-13.

3 Run Lola Run (Rated R)

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for some violent content, mild language and some mild sexual content - Martin_Canine

4 Hot Shots! (Rated PG-13)

Suggested rating: rated PG for mild comic violence - Martin_Canine

5 Ju-On (Rated R)

While the PG-13 remake has some gruesome to watch scenes, this remake really has only one scene on the edge, which is the ending, but even this scene was in the PG-13 remake. - Martin_Canine

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and some violent content - Martin_Canine

6 Slumdog Millionaire (Rated R)

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for some violent content, mild language and mature thematic elements - Martin_Canine

7 Gladiator (Rated R)

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for brief moments of violence - Martin_Canine

8 Psycho (1999) (Rated R)

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for some violent content and disturbing images - Martin_Canine

9 Finding Dory (Rated PG)

Umm yea this is about right. - NightJinx

10 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Rated R)

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for western violence and mild language - Martin_Canine

Agreed, but I think the description should be brief intense violence, some language, and brief partial (male) nudity.

The Contenders

11 History of the World, Part 1 (Rated R)

Suggested rating: rated PG-13 for a scene of drug abuse and some sexual innuendo - Martin_Canine

12 The King's Speech (Rated R)

Suggested Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

13 Inside Out (Rated PG)

Because a movie about depression TOTALLY deserves a G rating. - 445956

14 The Godfather (Rated R)

It also has blood and gore (eg. the decapitated horse head)

No the godfather is bad, very violent, and has language - TopTenListmaker

15 Frozen (Rated PG)
16 Moana (Rated PG)
17 Minions (Rated PG)


18 Orgazmo (Rated NC-17)
19 Love is Strange (Rated R)

This is literally a movie about a gay couple (who do nothing but kiss once and stay in bed fully clothed) and it suddenly gets an R rating? Is our film rating system homophobic or something?

20 Home Alone (Rated PG)

Suggestion:PG-13 for some vilonce rude humor strong language and Comic Action Violence - Watchmojo

21 Dr. Dolittle (Rated Pg-13)
22 Army of Darkness (Rated R)
23 Air Force One (Rated R)

Should be PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence and brief strong language.

24 The Postman (Rated R)

Now, this movie does have a sex scene. But without it, it easily could have been rated PG-13 for brief sequences of strong violence and brief strong language.

25 Rain Man (Rated R)

Suggested rating: PG-13. There’s nearly no nudity or violence, and very mild language.

26 Ju-On: The Grudge (Rated R)

Suggested rating: PG-13.

Yes it’s a horror movie, but the majority of the movie doesn’t have many scary scenes. Also the ghost isn’t that scary.

27 Con Air (Rated R)

Suggested Rating: PG-13 due to violence and language

28 Miracle on 34th Street (Rated PG)

Suggested Rating: G. Yes the Santa is drunk but it doesn’t really show it that much.

29 Arthur Christmas (Rated PG)

Suggested Rating: G. There’s nothing scary

30 The Muppets (Rated PG)

Suggested rating: G. It’s basically Disney’s version of Sesame Street

31 Song of the Sea (Rated PG)
32 Paranormal Activity (Rated R)
33 Little Boy (Rated PG-13)
34 Because of Winn Dixie (Rated PG)
35 Air Bud (Rated PG)
36 Air Buddies (Rated PG)
37 Last of the Mohicans (Rated R)
38 Bad Education (Rated NC-17)
39 The Conjuring (Rated R)

This movie got an R rating for being too scary, while some other movies that are at least in my opinion scarier than this one, still get an PG-13 Rating

40 Capote (Rated R)
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