NC-17 films almost never get a wide release in North America, and are often tied with commercial failure due to the refusal to be stocked by major retailers or have advertisements shown on television.
The age bar prior to 1996 was 17. It was previously known as X-rated until 1990.
- Showgirls for nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence. To date, it is the only NC-17 film to be given a wide theatrical release. An edited R-rated version was released on VHS, primarily for chains that refused to carry NC-17 films such as Blockbuster.
- Lust, Caution for some explicit sexuality
- Shame (2011) for some explicit sexual content
- Henry & June N/A