Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout

Sex & Nudity

  • At one point, two characters kiss in order to avoid being detected by bad guys. Afterward, the woman teases the man about it, asking if it was his first kiss in years.
  • A recurring plot line involves Black Widow suggesting different women who she thinks Captain America should ask out.

Violence & Gore

  • One unfortunate is thrown into the side-rotors of a small plane, making both the man and the plane explode.
  • There is a massive shootout/chase scene with Nick Fury and Hydra agents disguised as police officers. At one point Nick Fury gets seriously injured causing a fracture in his left arm. He has several bruises and some blood on his face. There are a lot of intense car crashes and men getting shot multiple times.
  • There is a shootout on a bridge in which there is lots of mayhem and a few explosions. Two super soldiers get into an intense hand-to-hand combat fight, and a woman gets shot in the shoulder. We later see blood coming out of the wound.
  • A cyborg assassin throws a man out of a car and at a moving truck. It is heavily implied that he was killed by the truck. We briefly hear a crunch.
  • Captain America and Winter Soldier get into a violent hand-to-hand combat fight on one of the Helicarriers. Captain America is shot multiple times throughout the fight and we see blood seep through his uniform. One one scene Winter Soldier has his arm dislocated and we hear a loud crack and he is then choked out. Lots of debris falls on them and Captain America is brutally battered in the face multiple times by Winter Soldier's metal arm, leaving his face covered in swollen bruises.
  • There is a brief flashback of Bucky Barnes falling off of a train. We later see that his left arm is missing and we see a glimpse of the bloody wound and a trail of blood in the snow as he is being dragged away.
  • one of the darkest and most violent mcu movies, there is a very high body count, even though the movie has no fantasy violence, just mostly hand to hand combat and massive shootouts, this movie doesn't feel like its from marvel, its a solid realistic action movie
  • The Winter Soldier is a harsher, sometimes bloodier movie than The First Avenger, with near-constant action-violence. None of it is graphic though.
  • Captain America tangles with dozens of bad guys. Some he mows down in quick succession taking them out with a fling of his shield (which we see strike with painful realism) or pushing them off ship decks to fall into the ocean. Others take more effort, and fights can be filled with punches, kicks, flying leaps and knockout smacks. Cap suffers more than bumps and bruises too: he's repeatedly shocked with strange Taser-like devices, shot several times, stabbed in the shoulder and outright brutalized in one hard-to-watch showdown.
  • Scads of people are hit, kicked, shot, stabbed, thwacked with heavy objects and caught in explosions. Huge warships fire on each other and crash into buildings. Limbs are broken. Cars, trucks and planes crash. Elevators fall.
  • There is a huge amount of shooting/explosion in the film. Several men are gunned down, heavy weapons like minigun or grenade launcher do lots of damage. A huge amount of both good and bad guys die.


  • 2 uses of "shit", 1 use of "son of a bitch". Multiple uses of "hell" and "damn".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Chris Evans and Robert Redford's characters drink champagne occasionally, in between the action.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Hydra's menacing presence within S.H.I.E.L.D. is eerie. Arnim Zola's A.I. computed May be scary for some.
  • The scenes with Bucky can be somewhat frightening and definitely intense to younger viewers.
  • This movie has a lot of violent fight sequences but nothing to grim or brutal.
  • This is one of the most intense MCU movies.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • Nick Fury's damaged eye is seen in detail when he removes his eyepatch.
  • Nick Fury shoots Alexander Pierce twice killing him and there is a brief shot of blood mist. We later see two bloody bullet holes in his chest.
  • Members of the World Security Council are electrocuted by these devices killing them creating two inch holes in their sternums.
  • A house keeper is shot twice in the stomach. This scene is pretty dark
  • Sam Wilson and Brock Rumlow get into a fist fight. An entire building collapses on Brock Rumlow we later his whole body charred up and burned while strapped to a gurney.
  • a man is shot in the neck by the winter soldier on the helicarrier, brief blood spray.
  • when nick fury is shot in captain america's apartment by the winter soldier, there is blood spraying, as well as little chunks of flesh, not very graphic and quite brief
  • Guys are repeatedly pummeled and slammed in the opening scene, captain america throws a knife into a guy hand, no blood but still pretty violent for a marvel movie
  • the highway fight is very chaotic with tons of shooting and towards the end there is a very intense hand to hand fight between captain america and winter soldier.
  • there is an intense car chase, nick fury is attacked by gunmen, tons of shooting, nick fury explodes a car with the turret in his chevy, hydra agents dressed as cops chase after nick fury while repeatedly shooting at him, 2 police cars are crashed into by a truck, at the end of the chase the winter soldier explodes fury's car and goes to kill him, but fury escapes.
  • the elevator fight is intense, with cap punching, kicking and slamming about 10 guys, cap is also brutally tasered by rumlow twice
  • the last fight between winter soldier and cap is very brutal, winter soldier has his shoulder brutally dislocated by cap, winter soldier stabs cap in the solider, there is blood on knife, cap is shot twice, no blood spurts but the bloody gunshots wounds are graphic, towards the end of the fight cap is brutally punched several time in the face by winter soldier's metal arm, his entire face is bloodied up, this fight is hard to watch
  • An important character is shot down with blood spraying and is presumed to be dead for more than half of the film. We even see him dying on the hospital's surgery table. When we later find out he is alive, he talks about how big amount of injuries (broken bones, injured intestines etc.) he suffered.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The titular Winter Soldier at one point begins to remember who he was, causing him to have to undergo a procedure (resembling electroconvulsive therapy) that erases his memory; he is visibly distressed throughout this scene, and once the procedure starts, he starts screaming in pain.

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