An NC-17 rating means that anyone below the age of 17 is not allowed to watch a film. However, some of the most iconic films in cinematic history have been given the NC-17 rating. But keep in mind, the movies that directly release on Netflix aren’t rated by the MPAA (the rating agency for theatrical movies). So when making this list of the boldest movies on Netflix, we decided to take the liberty of rating the unrated movies ourselves. Here’s a list of some really good NC-17 movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
6. The Green Inferno (2013)
Considered as one of the most prominent members of the Splat Pack (a group of filmmakers known for making exploitation horror movies), Eli Roth pays homage to Italian cannibal films of the late 1970s and early 1980s in ‘The Green Inferno.’ Set in the Amazon rainforest, the movie follows a group of student activists who come to South America to protest against a petrochemical company. However, their plane crashes, and they are captured by a cannibalistic tribe, which starts killing and eating their captives one by one. If a horror film’s success is proportional to how uncomfortable and disturbed it makes its audience feel, then ‘The Green Inferno’ has fulfilled its purpose.
5. Point Blank (2019)
Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie star in this buddy action film as a hardened criminal and an ER nurse respectively, who have to battle against some deadly forces in order to protect both their families from being killed. Abe (Grillo) takes along the calm and composed Paul (Mackie) on a ride of a lifetime with danger lurking at every corner along the way. The film clocks in at a modest 87 minutes, but despite the short runtime, it at times feels unnecessarily dragging. The story does begin with a lot of promise, but it somehow loses its grip on the audience along the way. The main issue with ‘Point Blank’ is its pretty run-of-the-mill storyline, which really has nothing new or exciting to offer. The characters also could have been more well-developed than what screenwriter Adam G. Simon manages to pull off.
4. Newness (2017)
The innovation of dating apps has revolutionized dating as a whole. ‘Newness,’ an indie film starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa, explores the trials and tribulations of relationships in this brand-new world. Halt’s Martin meets Costa’s Gabi through an app after they both have bad dates. They sleep with each other, and Gabi subsequently begins living with Martin.
While the beginnings of relationships have become less complicated these days, they remain as difficult as ever when the immediate passion starts to decline and insecurities set in. During a visit to Martin’s parents’ home, Gabi learns certain things about him that she previously didn’t know, and they make her wonder about Martin’s commitment. Ironically, they later end up cheating on each other. But the relationship persists, with certain changes introduced to its definition. In ‘Newness,’ director Drake Doremus showcases how even an ultra-modern love story is affected by its surroundings.
3. 365 Days (2020)
Directed by Barbara Białowąs and Tomasz Mandes, ‘365 Days’ is an unabashedly raunchy Polish erotic thriller that deals with controversial concepts like dubious consent, sadomasochism, and sexual violence. The film’s primary male character, Don Massimo Torricelli (Michele Morrone), becomes the head of a Sicilian crime family following the murder of his father. He has been obsessed with Polish executive Laura Biel (Anna-Maria Sieklucka) since he saw her for the first time at a beach five years earlier. After Laura quarrels with her boyfriend, her path crosses with Massimo, and he abducts her. He takes her to his villa, explaining that he will keep her as his captive for the next 365 days until she develops genuine feelings for him. What follows is a war of dominance between the two headstrong characters.
2. Amar (2017)
Spanish filmmaker Esteban Crespo made his cinematic debut with this invigorating and sexy romance-drama. The story had been stuck in his mind for a considerable period. In 2005, Crespo made a short film with the same script but with different actors. The big-screen rendition stars María Pedraza and Pol Monen as Laura and Carlos, two young people who explore every nook and cranny of their sexuality with each other.
The film’s first half resonates with such thumping optimism that the darkness and separation that almost inevitably arrive don’t feel as oppressive as they should be. Cinematographer Ángel Amorós’ camerawork depicts the intimacy between the two protagonists in minute detail, but it doesn’t feel either obtrusive or voyeuristic even for a minute. At its core, ‘Amar’ is a celebration of adulting, the brief period in our lives when we try to find our true selves through the mazes of teen contradictions.
1. Basic Instinct (1992)
When it originally came out, ‘Basic Instinct’ became the first mainstream film to have such a candid portrayal of sex. The story follows Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) of the San Francisco Police Department as he begins investigating the brutal death of erstwhile rockstar Johnny Boz. The biggest suspect in the case is Boz’s girlfriend, crime novelist Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone). Still, the police can’t arrest her because she previously wrote a novel in which she described the murder of a former rockstar in the same manner as Boz, and now the book serves as her biggest alibi. As the case becomes more complicated, Nick begins a sordid affair with Catherine.
‘Basic Instinct’ is one of the most important films in the history of American cinema. This Paul Verhoeven-directorial venture ushered in an era where the filmmakers became courageous enough to handle more risqué topics. The film also established Stone as a Hollywood A-lister.