Top 10 Movies that Most Deserve a Harsher MPAA Rating

There's always been some controversy around the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) film rating system. Sometimes, it can feel like the ratings assigned to certain films don't quite line up with the content within. Today, we're diving into that very discussion and we want your take on it.

The question we're posing is, which movies do you think most deserve a harsher MPAA rating? This is your chance to weigh in on those films that, in your opinion, were a bit more intense, explicit, or mature than their assigned rating would suggest.

The MPAA rating system was established in 1968 as a voluntary system intended to help parents determine what films might be appropriate for their children. The system originally included four ratings - G, M, R, and X, but over time, it evolved into the current system of G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 ratings. The criteria for these ratings include factors like language, nudity, violence, drug use, and thematic content. However, with all its complexities, subjectivities, and nuances, the system has often been subject to debate and criticism.

Reflect back on those movie-watching experiences where you found yourself thinking, "Shouldn't this movie be rated differently?" Maybe it was a film with a PG-13 rating, but the intense action scenes felt like they strayed into R-rated territory. Or perhaps it was a movie with an R rating, but the mature themes it explored made you wonder if it should've been given the rarely-used NC-17.
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.

2 The Grudge (Rated PG-13)
3 The Uninvited (Rated PG-13)
4 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...

Is this supposed to be an Horror movie how's this appropriate for kids

5 The Haunting (1963) (Rated G)
6 Raiders of the Lost Ark (Rated PG)

The face melting scene, need I say more?

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)
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)

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.

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