The Highest Grossing NC-17 Movies Before 2000

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1.
Showgirls (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls. (128 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
2.
Henry & June (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding... (136 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
3.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husbands restaurant. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
4.
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. (101 mins.)
 
5.
Crash (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife. (100 mins.)
 
6.
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
7.
Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property... (98 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
 
8.
Whore (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man... (85 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
9.
Poison (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away... (85 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
10.
Dice Rules (1991 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Jay Dubin
 
11.
Orgazmo (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Naive young Mormon Joe Young is recruited to act in porn movies. (94 mins.)
Director: Trey Parker
 
12.
Bent (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny... (105 mins.)
Director: Sean Mathias
 
13.
Tokyo Decadence (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen and Yakuza types... (135 mins.)
Director: Ryû Murakami
 
14.
Matador (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An ex-bullfighter who gets turned on by killing, a lady lawyer with the same fetish and a young man driven insane by his religious upbringing... (110 mins.)
 
15.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. (95 mins.)
 
16.
Delta of Venus (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A struggling American writer (England) and a fellow American expatriate (Mandylor) begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II. (102 mins.)
Director: Zalman King
 
17.
Paris, France (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Lucy (Leslie Hope), her husband Michael (Victor Ertmanis), and their business partner William (Dan Left)... (112 mins.)
 
18.
Law of Desire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project. (102 mins.)
Director: Pedro Almodovar