20 Movies That Pushed the Boundaries of Censorship (2023)

By Mike Damski

These films eschewed societal norms to test the limits of censors in their respective eras.

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In the '80s, at the suggestion of director Steven Spielberg, The Motion Picture Association of America modified its film rating system, creating more categories for parental guidance to lessen conflicts over censorship in film. The result was a more nuanced approach to pushing the boundaries of the rating system, as a lower rating generally meant a wider potential audience and a higher performance at the box office. These battles have been fought since the pre-Code Era, when an X-Rating could be a death sentence for a film if censors deemed it unfit for wide theatrical release.

Still, there were X-Rated films that generated enough of an audience to become critically revered, in one case, Midnight Cowboy, even winning Best Picture at the Oscars in 1970. The infractions that could trigger censorship were varied — cursing and the number of incidences in a film had to be considered in an edit, as well as sexual content and specific speech regarding religion or subject-matter thought to incite violence. Curiously, the depiction of physical violence and gore was often the least censored part of American films, as America's lust for crime epics, horror films, and war could generally pass muster with an R Rating. Ratings didn't always align from country to country, however, and some on this list show the differences in international opinions about censorship.

The following are 20 movie scenes that pushed the boundaries of censorship.



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20 Blue is the Warmest Color

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Blue is the Warmest Color (La vie d'Adele in France) exposed the American discomfort with sexually explicit scenes between same-sex couples, as the film, despite winning the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in France, garnered a fateful NC-17 rating in America. Léa Seydoux had already acted in American films Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Midnight in Paris, but her graphic sex scene opposite Adèle Exarchopolous proved too much for American censors, even though it delighted critics, who seem to unanimously feel that film is the artform that best examines the complexity of sexuality.

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19 The King's Speech

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The F Word has long triggered the MPAA, creating a rubric wherein only one F Bomb can be dropped in a PG-13 film. For The King's Speech, that presented a problem, as after winning Best Picture at the Oscars, The Weinstein Company essentially censored their own film for a wider theatrical release, and omitted the Duke of York's F-laden tirade when attempting to overcome his stammering. The scene was a particularly triumphant moment in the film, as Colin Firth's character finally overcomes his verbal hiccups by getting angry and dropping seven-too-many of the magic word. The film is testament to the fact that sometimes economics play into censorship as much as content.

18 The Exorcist

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In 1973, William Friedkin shocked moviegoers worldwide with The Exorcist and gave the supernatural horror film a new revival. Linda Blair's demonic 12-year-old, Regan, was fit for theatrical release with an R-Rating, but required Friedkin to make an additional cut for the film's TV premiere in 1980. This required that Friedkin cut out all the swearing, but allowed for a surprising amount of graphic content that was deemed suitable enough for children. Because the Christian priest dispatched to perform the exorcism made the film essentially pro-Church, it's depictions of the Satanic were deemed permissable, as well. As a result, the already sensational horror film became a national treasure.

17 The Dreamers

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Two and a half minutes worth of footage of sexually explicit scenes in The Dreamers were cut in order to get the film under an NC-17 Rating for release in the United States. A young Michael Pitt acted in the Bernardo Bertolucci film, which was centered around the fervent, activist drama surrounding the 1968 Paris student riots. The film examines tenets introduced by the famous book The Society of the Spectacle, and it fittingly was too much of a spectacle for American censors. The distinction of American censors to focus more on sexual content than violence has long puzzled European filmmakers, with Bertolucci said to have been against the film's American version being released.

16 Blue Valentine

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Blue Valentine was initially granted an NC-17 rating thanks to sexually explicit content, sparking a debate led by the film's director, Derek Cianfrance, who created a dialogue around the topic and eventually got the decision reversed. Cianfrance opined that "[The MPAA] were humble and generous to reverse their decision and I have a lot of respect for them for that. It's started a big discussion in America about why is sex taboo and why is violence okay. I think the MPAA has to re-evaluate its stance on things." The film was a rare case of the governing body relinquishing their choice on a previous rating thanks to an internet-based discussion of the ethics involved.

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15 Henry and June

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Henry Miller was already a controversial author in American literary history, with his hypersexual stories of ex-patriots in Europe pushing the boundaries of free speech in literature. In Henry and June, the writer's relationship with his wife and mistress in Paris is examined, and on September 27, 1990, the film became the first to garner the newly created NC-17 rating. One scene in particular, involving Henry (Fred Ward) and AnaÏs Nin (Maria de Madeiros) under a bridge in Paris could have only passed muster in Europe.

14 Irreversible

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Irreversible was the brainchild of avante-garde Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé, a film that pushed the boundaries of what was even allowable in France, where the film was shot. The plot follows a reverse chronology, with the first scene being the film's most climactic, and certainly not for the faint of heart, as Marcus (Vincent Cassell) enters a sex club to seek revenge for his pregnant wife's rape (the other completely harrowing scene).

While this sort of content may have seemed Not Safe For Life in the U.S. — remember, these were mainstream actors in Europe! Monica Bellucci was willing to risk a complete revision of her stardom as the victim of the film's greatest trauma, a scene so brutally long and drawn out it's difficult to not hit the fast-forward button. Needless to say, you won't see the film in the U.S. without some heavy warnings ahead of Noé's brilliantly-styled opening credits.

13 Midnight Cowboy

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Basing the plot of a studio film, Midnight Cowboy around the life of a male prostitute was unheard of in 1969, but director John Schlesinger was familiar with gay lifestyles and the nightlife scene surrounding 42nd Street in Manhattan back then, adapting a narrative that he managed to slip through the door at United Artists before the censors clamped down with an X-Rating. The rating didn't stop the film from reaching enough audiences to become a critical and box-office hit, never more evident than when the film won Best Picture at the Oscars.

12 Basic Instinct

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Basic Instinct required some heavy cutting to retrofit the film for audiences in Germany, as the film's sex scenes, and gory icepick coitus interruptus required some serious editing. The film's infamous deposition scene was, surprisingly, one that didn't require editing, as Paul Verhoeven cleverly cut around Sharon Stone's leg uncrossing, showing how alluding to something shocking can have a Mandela Effect on our collective brains, as the hair-raising scene was satirized in several following films and comedy programs, including In Living Color and Loaded Weapon 1.

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11 Medium Cool

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Sometimes, the MPAA's decision to issue an X-Rating can be seen as politically motivated, as in the case of Medium Cool. During the politically fervent 1968, Haskell Wexler wrote and directed a film about politics, news reporting and what constitutes verité during a year when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated.

Wexler struck a deal with Paramount to self fund the film if he could have creative autonomy, leading to a much more political film than studios of the time were comfortable with. This led to an X-Rating, which Wexler always felt was politically motivated, as the film is presented almost like a documentary, covering Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley and the controversial Chicago riots of '68.

10 Last Tango in Paris

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Another Bernardo Bertolucci film that pushed the boundaries of censorship, Last Tango in Paris rode the line between an R and X rating, with a rape scene that caused the film's banishment from several countries, including Bertolucci's own, Italy, where he was charged with obscenity. Adding to the controvery was the difference in age, at the time, between Marlon Brando (48) and actress Maria Schneider (19), who felt violated because of how the scene in question was improvised by Brando. This led to two minutes of the film being cut to secure an R-Rating for American release, a smart decision, financially-speaking, given the film's $96 million box-office haul ($696.5 million in today's dollars).

9 The Battleship Potemkin

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The Battleship Potemkin was a pro-communist Soviet film commissioned by the Soviet government to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1905 Russian Revolution. The film was a hit in Russia, but when it reached Germany it ran into political censorship, with the Weimar government feeling the film could act as agit-prop and inspire revolution in Germany. This concern was testament to what a masterful film Sergei Eisenstein, grand in scale thanks to the massive funding of the Soviet Union, which at the time saw it as pro-government propaganda. Joseph Stalin, however, didn't — later banning the film in fear that it could incite his own ouster from the Kremlin.

8 Adventures in Babysitting

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Chris Colombus' 1987 film, Adventures in Babysitting, had one scene that didn't make the cut when it became a Disney+ property, Elisabeth Shue's infamous "Don't ___ with the babysitter!" line. The line was changed despite being the film's crescendo, and showed that even years after the film's release, censorship standards don't always neccesarily relax. The F word is still a major trigger for censorship standards, even in the streaming era. While this re-edit seemed a bit much, some other homophobic language was thankfully cut from the film as well.

7 The Evil Dead

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Sam Raimi's likely didn't realize his gore-fest The Evil Dead would become quite so popular, so after being issued an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, Raimi made a new cut to get a wider theatrical release, having a profitable second run at the box-office and later spawning sequels and a TV series. Raimi went on to direct more mainstream fare, including his own Spider-Man trilogy, but has always kept close to his roots, refashioning his franchise into Ash vs. Evil Dead for streaming (where he could make it as gory as he wished) and alsoo continuing to make great horror comedies like Drag Me to Hell. We're not sure which scenes in The Evil Dead warranted the most editing, as nearly every one could upset a weak stomach.

6 A Clockwork Orange

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The British Board of Film Censorship was not fond of Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange, leading to an X-Rating — essentially a death sentence as anyone under 18 who viewed the film could be arrested (remember, free speech laws are more stringent in the U.K.) In his disgust with the infringement on his creative autonomy, Kubrick withdrew the film in his home country, and for years it was difficult to view it there, until Kubrick's death in 1999.

In the meantime, author Burgess used the movie's absence to his advantage, running his own stage play version in the U.K. for years. The film's rape scene and another one featuring the bludgeoning-to-death of an old woman with her...um...sculpture, were two key incidents that the BBFC weren't keen on British children seeing, even if it was deemed to be "art."

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5 RoboCop

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Paul Verhoeven loved testing the limits of censorship, and went headlong into the pursuit with RoboCop, his first American film. Verhoeven submitted eleven (eleven!) different cuts to the MPAA before his contract with the studio was honored with an R-Rating, as even for the '80s, Robocop was way too violent.

Even wth the R-Rating, it included a lot more swearing, gore, and violence than most cop films, and the experience didn't stop Verhoeven from pushing the edges of censorship with his next three films — Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Showgirls. Coming from Holland, Verhoeven knew that the boundaries of censorship were often fluid, and used his Dutch provenance to his advantage in arguing for inclusion of his films' more graphic content, whether he was appealing to studios or the MPAA.

4 The Brown Bunny

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A recent episode of The Ringer's Rewatchables podcast argued the effect of the un-simulated sex scenes in The Brown Bunny, and whether they negatively affected the career of Chlöe Sevigny, who may have been seen in a different light following a scene opposite Vincent Gallo that the MPAA deemed to be pornographic. The reality is, Sevigny has pushed these boundaries since her first film, Kids, and if the scene cost her some mainstream cast-ability then it only bolstered her reputation in the world of arthouse cinema. Sevigny has continued to impress, regularly getting cast in large series since then, whether it be Big Love or Russian Doll.

3 Y Tu Mama Tambien

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Alfonso Cuarón's steamy sex romp, Y Tu Mamá También had plenty of graphic scenes, featuring young men taking turns as lovers with an older woman, and eventually a same-sex love scene between Diego Luna and Gael GarcÍa Bernál. Still, the majority of censorship of the Mexican film came in the subtitling, which was heavily edited to make the Mexican slang more palatable for American audiences. Apparently, the film didn't lose its edge in the process, as the film received a nomination of Best Original Screenplay at the 2002 Oscars.

2 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

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Peter Greenaway has been making some of the bravest arthouse films to come out of the U.K. for decades, and with The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, the director didn't deviate from his penchant for censor-activating content, as the film had its share of stark nudity and graphic violence. Some include Dame Helen Mirren, who before her mainstream discovery in the U.S., never shied away from wearing her birthday suit on-screen.

The MPAA gave Miramax a choice — either an X-Rating, or an "unrated" release (which still couldn't be viewed by minors, but carried a less negative connotation). Miramax chose the latter, and Greenaway's film saw limited release in American theaters, three years before the creation of the NC-17 rating.

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1 Brüno

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Brüno sparked some outrage and public debate over its initial NC-17 Rating in 2009, when Larry Charles was forced by the MPAA and Universal Pictures to submit a second cut of the film. Sacha Baron Cohen was willing to attempt to sneak anything he could past the censors, including the film's working title, which was Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt. You can't fault the guy for trying! There are many scenes that were heavily edited for the R-Rated version, but even the MPAA wouldn't mess with the sidesplitting laughs generated by the computer-animated, talking tallywacker.


20 Movies That Pushed the Boundaries of Censorship? ›

The first major instance of censorship under the Production Code involved the 1934 film Tarzan and His Mate, in which brief nude scenes involving a body double for actress Maureen O'Sullivan were edited out of the master negative of the film.

What was the first movie that was subject to attempts at censorship? ›

The first major instance of censorship under the Production Code involved the 1934 film Tarzan and His Mate, in which brief nude scenes involving a body double for actress Maureen O'Sullivan were edited out of the master negative of the film.

How did censorship of movies change? ›

The motion picture industry officially abandoned the Code in 1968 and soon replaced it with the system of age-based ratings that still exist today. Hollywood Censored closes with the words of contemporary movie industry players who work with an age-based ratings system, but without a Code.

What movie was banned in 40 countries? ›

"Cannibal Holocaust"

It was thought to be so realistic that since its release in 1980 it was banned at one time or another in 40 countries. The movie still cannot be seen in New Zealand.

Have any movies been banned in the US? ›

#1: “The Birth of a Nation” (1915)

The movie helped contribute to racial segregation in the US and even resulted in the re-emergence of the KKK, which had disbanded over 40 years earlier. In response to protests and racial violence, a few US states and cities ended up banning the movie.

When did Hollywood start censoring movies? ›

Pre-Code Hollywood (1927–1934) was the brief era in the American film industry between the widespread adoption of sound in film in 1929 and the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines, popularly known as the Hays Code, in mid-1934.

What was the first act of censorship? ›

The first act of movie censorship in the United States was an 1897 statute of the State of Maine that prohibited the exhibition of prizefight films.

What was the first censored movie? ›

However, the first film that was censored under the 1915 Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio was Margaret Sanger's 1917 documentary Birth Control.

What is an example of censorship in history? ›

An example of extreme state censorship was the Nazis requirements of using art as propaganda. Art was only allowed to be used as a political instrument to control people and failure to act in accordance with the censors was punishable by law, even fatal.

When were movies first censored? ›

Brief history

In fact, Britain established film censorship in 1912 and the United States followed a decade later. Other early efforts of censoring the film industry include the Hays Code of 1922 and the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930.

What is the most blocked movie in the world? ›

1 'The Last Temptation of Christ' (1988)

Any film that focuses on religion is bound to cause controversy, and The Last Temptation of Christ can claim to be the most banned movie in the world.

What is the movie where everything illegal is legal? ›

A wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legal. A wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legal.

What movie has the most cinema sins? ›

The final count of 1,759 sins makes The Godfather the most decorated film in CinemaSins' history, narrowly beating out the previous record shared by Citizen Kane and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

What is the highest movie restriction? ›

NC-17. The NC-17 rating is the highest rating (even higher than the R-rating) that a film can be given, and it means the movie is for adults only (ages 18 and older) and no one age 17 or younger will be admitted.

Is 123 movies illegal in usa? ›

Using 123Movies is illegal in most cases. Every country and region has its own stance on pirating copyrighted content, but most try to protect intellectual property by outlawing the downloading (and therefore streaming) of copyrighted content.

Why was Scarface banned? ›

Gangster films were topical in the early 1930s in the age of Prohibition, and Hughes wanted to make a film based on the life of gangster Al Capone superior to all other films in the genre. He was advised against making the film, as the genre was crowded; Little Caesar starring Edward G.

When was the F word first used in movies? ›

Then in 1970, Robert Altman's comedy M*A*S*H became the first major studio film to use the f-word, a passing comment during a football scene.

What was the first Hollywood movie to have a swear word? ›

The first swear word in a studio film was in 1939's 'Gone With the Wind. ' This ad shows the "impact" of swearing on viewers in the years since, with 2013's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' having the most swear words in cinema history. Should we be concerned with the rise of swearing in movies and on TV?

What year did movies stop being black and white? ›

American film and television studios terminated production of black-and-white output in 1966 and, during the following two years, the rest of the world followed suit.

What is an example of censorship in American history? ›

The first federal attempt to censor seditious speech occurred with the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 under President John Adams. These acts made it a federal crime to speak, write, or print criticisms of the government that were false, scandalous, or malicious.

When did censorship collapse? ›

Parliament, by the Habeas Corpus Act 1640, abolished the Star Chamber in July 1641, which led to the de facto cessation of censorship. The loosening of controls led to an immediate rise in publishing. Between 1640 and 1660, at least 300 news publications were produced..

What happened in 1984 censorship? ›

What are some examples of censorship in 1984? In 1984, the Ministry of Truth erases and alters records as needed to better align with Party policy. The government is also introducing Newspeak, a language which cuts down on rebellious thoughts by removing the terms for them.

Are PG-13 movies allowed one F word? ›

A noun, adjective, verb, filler verb — the F-bomb has evolved and been creatively utilized by screenwriters, actors, and directors like the iconic Quentin Tarantino, for decades. Generally reserved for R-rated projects, PG-13 movies are allowed a single use of the four-letter word.

What movie censorship codes changed forever? ›

Movie censorship codes changed forever: With the release of Man With the Golden Arm, a film about drug addiction. What was or were the important contribution(s) of Edwin S. Porter's 1903 film, The Great Train Robbery?

Are PG-13 movies only allowed one F word? ›

The restrictions set by the Us ratings board mean the F-word can only be used once in a PG-13 movie. Mark looks at its impact on films...

What is an example of censorship on TV? ›

U.S. TV history is full of censorship. Words like pregnant were not allowed in the 1950s. Bodily movements, like Elvis Presley's swinging hips, weren't even shown. Even the sound of a flushing toilet was banned until 1971.

What is the longest ban in US history? ›

1821: The Longest Ban in US History

But later generations were less latitudinarian. The book holds the record for being banned longer than any other literary work in the United States--prohibited in 1821, and not legally published until the Supreme Court overturned the ban in Memoirs v. Massachusetts (1966).

What is an example of censorship in the 1950s? ›

In the 1950s some films were banned because of nudity, references to homosexuality, and disrespect to the american flag. Films were also banned because they didn't include enough diversity. The film industry had a system of self-censorship, that determined what was and was not acceptable in movies.

When did movies stop being silent? ›

The gradual transition from silent films to talkies took place between 1926 and 1930 and included many small steps — both technological developments and adjustments to audience expectations — before it was complete.

Why are movies banned? ›

Banned films are movies that have been censored or prohibited from being shown or distributed by a government or other authority. The reasons for a film being banned can vary widely and may include concerns about political content, religious blasphemy, sexual or violent content, and other factors.

What year did movies stop using film? ›

Starting in the 1990s, films had been shot on digital video and videotape rather than film stock. Some of them are independent, low-budget productions, while others are major studio productions. Since the mid-2010s, most films are captured and distributed digitally.

Why was The Exorcist banned? ›

The film had already courted controversy in the US where it had supposedly provoked fainting, vomiting and heart attacks in cinemas.

Why was Hunger Games banned in Vietnam? ›

The movie, however, was banned in Vietnam because its theme was so close to the tragedies that occurred in the Vietnam War. As already mentioned above, the books are primarily based in the nation of Panem, that derives its name from the Latin expression 'panem et circenses'.

How many movies no longer exist? ›

Statistics on lost films

Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation claims that "half of all American films made before 1950 and over 90% of films made before 1929 are lost forever". Deutsche Kinemathek estimates that 80–90% of silent films are gone; the film archive's own list contains over 3,500 lost films.

What movie is 12 hours no laws? ›

The Purge

What is the 13 law movie? ›

The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States"; it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction ...

What is the movie where all drugs are legal for one day? ›

Set in a time where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, the only day anyone can participate in the "fun" is on Binge day. Set in a time where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, the only day anyone can participate in the "fun" is on Binge day.

What is the movie original sins? ›

Original Sin is a 2001 erotic thriller film starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie. It is based on the novel Waltz into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich, and is a remake of the 1969 François Truffaut film Mississippi Mermaid.

What are the rarest movies? ›

rarest movie
  • The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) R | 92 min | Horror. ...
  • The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011) Not Rated | 91 min | Horror. ...
  • The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) ...
  • Melancholie der Engel (2009) ...
  • A Serbian Film (2010) ...
  • Begotten (1989) ...
  • Greedy Guts (2000) ...
  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

What is the 7 movies rule? ›

Over time, the movie studios realized that it took at least seven messages to get someone to buy a movie ticket. Thus, the Rule of Seven was developed which stated that a prospect needs to hear the advertiser's message at least 7 times before they will take action to buy that product or service.

How many times can you say the F word in a rated R movie? ›

According to the MPAA's website: “A motion picture's single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating.”

How many times can a movie say the F word before its rated R? ›

There are exceptions, usually when the word is just repeated in a short time or used as part of an emotional scene, McMahon said. But any movie with more than three F-bombs likely couldn't remain PG-13, she said. And if the word is used to signify sex, the film automatically gets an R rating.

Is it OK to watch movies on illegal websites? ›

Although you are not breaking any laws when you watch a movie online, through a website that illegally provides the movie to you, you must be careful that you do not download the movie, or you could face a fine.

Are all free movie sites illegal? ›

It is completely legal to stream movies for free online, as long as the website you're using owns the distribution rights for the content you're watching. In fact, there are dozens of websites with free movies that are safe and completely legal to use.

Can you get caught streaming movies illegally? ›

Copyright enforcement is almost always civil, not criminal

While there are harsh penalties in place for illegal streaming and downloading, you're much more likely to face action from the copyright holders themselves than the government. “The vast, vast majority of copyright enforcement is civil,” Gibson told us.

Did Al Capone watch Scarface? ›

Al Capone was rumored to have liked the film so much that he had his own copy of it. This is almost certainly untrue, as Capone was tried and found guilty in 1931, about five or six months before the film opened.

What is the famous line from Scarface? ›

Tony Montana: In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.

Is Scarface a drug lord? ›

Now the most powerful drug lord in Miami, Tony sets out to exact his revenge on Sosa, Gomez, and Sheffield and attacks the former's mansion, killing all three of them. On his way out, he stumbles upon one of Sosa's surviving goons, whom he spares and hires as his butler.

When did concerns about censorship in films first start? ›

The cinema scene has contended with censorship since 1897 – but the battle between free expression and restricted expression was perhaps most potent between 1907 and 1968. In 1907, Chicago became the first major U.S. city to enforce censorship of films based on “moral grounds.”

What was created in response to film censorship in the 1930s? ›

The Motion Picture Production Code—commonly known as the Hays Code—arrived in 1930. Co-written by a Catholic priest and the Catholic publisher of the Motion Picture Herald, it gave producers specific guidelines on what they could and could not show on film.

Have movies always been protected from government censorship by the First Amendment? ›

Numerous cases before the Supreme Court have affirmed that First Amendment protections cover movies as well as printed materials. In Burstyn v. Wilson (1952), the Court first ruled that film constituted a form of expression entitled to First Amendment protection.

Are PG-13 movies allowed one F-word? ›

A noun, adjective, verb, filler verb — the F-bomb has evolved and been creatively utilized by screenwriters, actors, and directors like the iconic Quentin Tarantino, for decades. Generally reserved for R-rated projects, PG-13 movies are allowed a single use of the four-letter word.

Are PG-13 movies only allowed one F-word? ›

The restrictions set by the Us ratings board mean the F-word can only be used once in a PG-13 movie. Mark looks at its impact on films...

When did they start cursing in movies? ›

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