Highest Grossing NC-17 Rated Filmsby Dibyayan_Chakravorty | created - 29 May 2015 | updated - 29 May 2015 | Public
As of May 2015, which of these 30 highest grossing (lifetime domestic gross) NC-17 rated films is your favorite?
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Source: Box Office Mojo
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1. Showgirls (1995)
NC-17 | 128 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 55,043 | Gross: $20.30M
2. Henry & June (1990)
NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama
In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,214 | Gross: $11.57M
NC-17 | 124 min | Crime, Drama
The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.
Votes: 29,983 | Gross: $7.72M
4. Bad Education (2004)
NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.
Votes: 49,534 | Gross: $5.21M
5. Lust, Caution (2007)
NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, History, Romance
During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.
Votes: 33,205 | Gross: $4.60M
6. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
NC-17 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.
Votes: 20,421 | Gross: $4.09M
7. Shame (2011)
NC-17 | 101 min | Drama
A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.
Votes: 164,097 | Gross: $4.00M
8. The Dreamers (2003)
NC-17 | 115 min | Drama, Romance
A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
Votes: 94,147 | Gross: $2.53M
9. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Votes: 114,279 | Gross: $2.20M
10. Crash (1996)
NC-17 | 100 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 45,942 | Gross: $2.04M
11. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
NC-17 | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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 and redemption.
Votes: 32,804 | Gross: $2.00M
12. Killer Joe (2011)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.
Votes: 65,153 | Gross: $1.99M
13. Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)
NC-17 | 98 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,691 | Gross: $1.61M
14. A Dirty Shame (2004)
NC-17 | 89 min | Comedy
An uptight, middle-aged, repressed woman turns into a sex addict after getting hit on the head, and she then falls into an underground subculture of sex addicts in suburban Baltimore.
Votes: 11,317 | Gross: $1.34M
15. Whore (1991)
NC-17 | 85 min | Drama
The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,061 | Gross: $1.01M
16. Poison (1991)
R | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Three stories, each in a different genre, articulate Todd Haynes' idea of a queer cinema.
Votes: 2,875 | Gross: $0.61M
17. Young Adam (2003)
NC-17 | 98 min | Crime, Drama
A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.
Votes: 12,272 | Gross: $0.77M
18. Mysterious Skin (2004)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Votes: 60,980 | Gross: $0.70M
19. Inside Deep Throat (2005)
NC-17 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, History
An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.
Votes: 5,935 | Gross: $0.65M
20. Dice Rules (1991)
NC-17 | 88 min | Comedy, Documentary
Before he was The Diceman, he was a poor, pathetic, put-upon Jew from New York who was disrespected by everyone he came across. Everyone. Then - he got the studded vanity leather jacket--... See full summary »
Votes: 545 | Gross: $0.64M
21. Orgazmo (1997)
NC-17 | 94 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
Naive young Mormon Joe Young is recruited to act in porn movies.
Votes: 32,018 | Gross: $0.58M
22. Bent (1997)
NC-17 | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance
Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay, and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays).... See full summary »
Votes: 6,905 | Gross: $0.37M
23. Tokyo Decadence (1992)
NC-17 | 112 min | Drama
A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen and Yakuza types. She's unhappy about her work, and is apparently trying to find some sort of ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,375 | Gross: $0.28M
24. Matador (1986)
NC-17 | 110 min | Drama, Thriller
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 - these are the main characters in this stylish... See full summary »
Votes: 9,221 | Gross: $0.21M
25. Man Bites Dog (1992)
NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 31,737 | Gross: $0.21M
26. Elles (2011)
Unrated | 99 min | Drama
On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students.
Votes: 5,545 | Gross: $0.16M
27. Ma mère (2004)
NC-17 | 110 min | Drama, Romance
When his father dies, a young man is introduced by his attractive, amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity.
Votes: 5,518 | Gross: $0.07M
28. Delta of Venus (1995)
R | 102 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 1,643 | Gross: $0.06M
29. Paris, France (1993)
NC-17 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama
Lucy (Leslie Hope), her husband Michael (Victor Ertmanis), and their business partner William (Dan Left) are the owners of a small publishing company in Toronto. The stability of their ... See full summary »