An NC-17 rated motion picture is one that, in the view of the Rating Board, most parents would consider patently too adult for children 17 and under. Nobody 17 and under are admitted in any circumstance. NC-17 does not mean "obscene" or "pornographic" in the common or legal meaning of those words, and should not be construed as a negative judgment in any sense. This rating just simply signals that the content is appropriate only for an adult audience. Most films get the NC-17 due to detailed sexual acts, homosexual acts, orgy's and nudity.
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
- A Serbian Film (original rating) for aberrant and violent content including explicit dialogue