Study Finds More Than Half Of Movies Released Since 1968 Have Been Rated R

The Motion Picture Association Of America, the organization responsible for assigning movie ratings, is celebrating its 50th anniversary by revealing stats about its system.

Since 1968, the R rating has been placed on more than half of the 30,000 films assigned ratings classifications, including hits like “Deadpool”, “A Star Is Born”, “Bridesmaids”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “The Hangover”, and “The Matrix”.

According to the MPAA’s report, there are 17,202 movies rated R, 5,578 rated PG, 4,913 rated PG-13, and 1,574 rated G. Only 524 movies have been rated X or NC-17 and illustrate exhibitors’ reluctance to play adult content. Among the films that have received the NC-17 rating include “Showgirls”, Steve McQueen’s “Shame”, Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education”, Cannes winner “Blue Is The Warmest Colour” and David Cronenberg’s “Crash”.

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1.4 per cent of films (or 428 titles) have appealed their ratings assignment, with only 0.6 per cent (165 titles) succeeding in having their rating overturned in the past 50 years. This number does not include films like “American Pie”, “Basic Instinct”, or “Braveheart” that have been re-cut to reduce their original NC-17 rating to a more exhibitor-friendly R.

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However, the MPAA does not rate movies in Canada. That responsibility is assigned on a province-by-province basis, with movies placed into one of six ratings classifications (G, PG, 14A, 18A, R, and Adult) as opposed to five in the U.S.

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