The ratings system of the MPAA has long been the subject of some criticism and debate. It seems they’re perfectly okay with a PG-13 movie showcasing massive explosions, maybe some rough deaths and more. But throw in some bad language or ultra sexy stuff and it’s deserving of an R. Ditto for how some family fare can get a PG-13 when it’s not that bad while some PG flicks seem to push odd boundaries. Since the dawn of the PG-13 rating in 1984, the arguments over which movies deserve these ratings have raged and isn’t stopping. Complicating matters more is how many films rated 13 in the U.S. are simply PG in the UK thanks to England not as strict on such things (The Fifth Element is a great example).
This has led to the basic idea that "PG = family flick", perfect for your little kids and a more innocent show. However, that’s not always the case. Every now and then, a PG film will suddenly throw at you an amazingly hot bit, hotter than all else in the film and seems out of a different movie totally. They really do seem like scenes better suited for a larger rating, which makes the reasoning for them more baffling than ever. Here are 15 PG-rated films with scenes far sexier than expected and how the ratings can be an odd thing.
15 The Seven Year Itch
It’s one of the single most iconic sights in all of movies and the one forever associated with its actress. This 1955 Billy Wilder classic revolves around Tom Ewell as a publishing executive feeling a bit tired of his marriage and fatherhood. He soon strikes a friendship with a model called simply “The Girl,” played by Marilyn Monroe. His fantasies of her get hotter and hotter as they go on a walk with her in a billowing white dress. Then, in the moment still remembered, a subway car blows wind up a grating and causes the Girl’s dress to billow around to flash her white panties and long legs. For 1955, this was shocking and even today, it’s erotic as hell and a classic moment that reminds you why Monroe is the blonde bombshell to beat all others.
14 Space Jam
In the early 1990s, Michael Jordan did a series of commercials for Nike that had him playing basketball with Bugs Bunny. Warner Bros thought this was a perfect idea for a movie and so created a mix of live action and animation as the Looney Tunes call on Jordan to help them fight a band of aliens in a basketball match. Putting out the call for tryouts, the gang are stunned by the arrival of Lola, a sexy lady bunny who talks in a drawl, flaunts her legs and body in short-cut shirt and shorts and more fully figured than any female bunny drawn before. She’s obviously meant to appeal to girl viewers but boys get more than excited at her moves (in every way) and quite a daring break from the usually clean film to push some serious erotic edge.
This 1984 film was the first by Touchstone Pictures, the “adult-themed” branch of Walt Disney and a clear sign of what should have gotten a PG-13 rating before that took off. In one of her breakout roles, Daryl Hannah played Madison, a mermaid who comes to New York to bond with the young man (Tom Hanks) she saved as a child. It starts off with Madison emerging at Liberty Island to march across the grass, completely nude and the camera lingering on her rear end as she marches to startle a group of tourists. Later, she’s shown topless in a tank being studied and Hannah does look lovely in the water with blonde hair billowing and helping make this film a hit. When it comes to being a sexy mermaid, Hannah certainly made plenty of waves.
12 Urban Cowboy
This was the last hit of John Travolta during the early period of his career as he plays Bud, a cocky two-stepping cowboy with a love/hate banter with Sissy (Debra Winger), an independent gal. They get married to different people but still slamming against each other when meeting at the local bar. Seeing Bud with a new gal, Sissy decides to get onto the mechanical bull in jeans and a low-cut muscle shirt. The sight of her gyrating about, hair blowing around her as she goes, rubbing herself on the bull in an obvious mimicking of pleasure is amazingly sexy. It gets roars from the crowd as she finishes with a smirk; it's easy to see why Winger was such a fantastic presence as a gal who could promise a hell of a ride.
11 Clash of the Titans
This 1981 cult classic is known for the glorious stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen as it tells of Perseus (Harry Hamlin) who falls for the beautiful Andromeda (Judi Bowker) and fighting to save her from various dangers. Much of it involves battling monsters and such but a truly hot moment comes near the end as Andromeda is set to be sacrificed to the monstrous Kraken to save her city. Her perpetration is almost ceremonial as she’s standing in a bath, water poured over her and then slowly rises completely naked. Bowker is somber during it and yet it’s undeniably hot with her near-perfect body on display before wrapped into a dress and then clad in a flimsy one chained to ocean rocks. The movie is known for its campy aspects but Bowker truly put a goddess-like body on display for it.
Tom Hanks had been doing various good movies for a while but this 1988 film is what made him a true major star. He’s a kid who makes a wish on a machine and is turned into an adult, making his way awkwardly in New York until he lands a job for a toy company. He soon banters with Elizabeth Perkins, the two having a date together at his loft and trying out his trampoline, Perkins’ dress bouncing around her as she goes. When she suggests a “sleepover,” he intones “I get to be on top!” It turns out he meant the top bunk of the bunk bed as she just lies baffled. They do kiss but he realizes he just can’t do this, a key push to the realization he has to grow up naturally. A nice showcase of how kids of the time could still be baffled by sex despite how much Perkins tries.
9 Dick Tracy
Warren Beatty’s adaptation of the popular comic strip was hailed by critics for its terrific art design, production and colorful action. It also had plenty of sex appeal thanks to the casting of Madonna as vampy singer Breathless Mahoney. Her scenes were amazing such as in a nearly sheer nightgown when first meeting Tracy and then waltzing into his office in a very low cut dress and coat. “What’s a girl got to do to get arrested around here?” “Wearing that dress is a step in the right direction.” She crawls on Tracy’s desk to tempt him and later undoes the coat to show her tight dress with “don’t you wanna frisk me?” Having this living embodiment of sexual energy in a comic book kid’s film is truly amazing and arguably Madonna’s best film role to turn this into one steamy adaptation.
8 Back to the Future
The smash hit film has a well-known plot as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) finds himself accidentally going back in time and interrupting the first meeting of his parents. Waking up in bed after being hit by a car, Marty realizes he’s with the teenage version of her mother Lorraine (Lea Thompson) who thinks he’s “Calvin Klein” as that’s the name on his underwear. Thompson is clearly smoking as she puts the moves on Marty who obviously has to fight this attraction to his own mother. Thompson looks incredibly hot in the role leading to her trying to sex it up at the prom with Marty setting up her meeting his dad. It pushes some boundaries but it still works thanks to Thompson to add some edge to this beloved film.
7 Raiders of the Lost Ark
The classic adventure is truly a 1930s serial taken to the next level as Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) goes around the world to stop the Nazis from getting the Ark of the Covenant. That involves getting his old flame Marion (Karen Allen) to help but she’s soon captured by the Nazis. Wanting info, Belloq (Paul Freeman) goes to Marion’s tent to provide her food and also hands her a beautiful dress to try on. We catch Belloq peeking in the mirror at Marion’s bare back as she changes and she truly looks lovely in the outfit. They have a drinking match with Belloq drunk but Marion faking it to try and escape, both just chuckling at the whole thing. The effort fails but Allen in that dress is a truly hot sight that she later seduces Indy with and another great touch to an action masterpiece.
A live-action version of Disney’s greatest animated villainess was a good idea. Casting Angelina Jolie in the role is a fantastic way of ensuring it’s hotter than any regular family film. From the start, Jolie captivates you with her look and the way she moves, so smooth and seductive. Her takedown of an invading army leads to a scene with an old friend (Sharlto Copley) that gets them close before he betrays her. That’s followed by Maleficent using her powers to turn a raven (Sam Riley) into her aid and her cursing of the child Aurora is meant to be terrifying but truly gorgeous thanks to Jolie. Frankly, any scene with her (especially the tight leather suit in the climax) ensures Maleficent is packed with sexy moments and how Jolie was born to play the role.
5 Top Gun
The PG-13 rating still wasn’t a regular thing in 1986 so this Tony Scott film managed to skirt to get a PG instead. It’s the movie that truly made Tom Cruise a mega-star as Maverick, the hotshot pilot training at the special Naval Academy and clashing with Val Kilmer’s Iceman. He woos a gorgeous blonde at a bar until he finds she’s Charlie (Kelly McGillis), a civilian instructor and their banter soon has a very hot edge to it. It all builds to a stunning love scene shot in mood lighting with “Take My Breath Away” playing in the background, skin flashing from both and yet somehow fitting the overall tone of the movie. It gives an emotional core to the flick which was the biggest hit of the year and launched Cruise majorly into the upper reaches of Hollywood.
David Bowie, the only man who could be surrounded by Muppets and still be the most bizarre person in the room. As Jareth the Goblin King in this 1986 cult classic, Bowie is pure magic and selling a suave sex appeal to win you over with his wild performance. It gets very intriguing later in the film as he tempts the young Sarah, getting closer as he dons her in a gorgeous white gown and the subtext is impossible to miss. The fact Sarah is played by a young Jennifer Connelly just adds to it and makes this far more adult than the kids movie you’d expect it to be. To turn this family flick into something blistering with so much sexual energy is a feat only the late Bowie could do and a reason he’s such an icon.
3 Into the Woods
On paper, this looks like your typical fun musical involving fairy tale characters. Until you realize it’s by Stephen Sondheim, a man infamous for his sardonic streak. The first half plays well with Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) winning the heart of the Prince (Chris Pine) while the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) fight to get a child. The second half is where things get darker and show the grim side of these things. That includes the Prince and Baker’s Wife meeting in the woods and him seducing her despite how both are married and she openly saying “this isn’t my story” but soon gives in. Selling a family musical with a blatant case of adultery was quite jarring but yet another reason Sondheim’s works are so amazing.
2 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
It’s one of the single most famous and iconic costumes in the entire Star Wars saga. Trying to rescue Han Solo, Leia (Carrie Fisher) is captured and forced to become Jabba the Hutt’s new slave girl. Thus we have the now legendary sight of Leia clad in what amounts to a metal bikini with her hair in a long braid, lounging around, a fantastic sight. She still shows her strength as she personally strangles Jabba to death with the chain around her before helping the gang escape. She wouldn’t spend more time in that outfit but given how clothed-up Leia was in the first two movies, letting her show off so much here was truly amazing and at least one reason why Jedi remains loved by Star Wars buffs.
1 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
This 1988 hit remains genius in how it mixes live-action with animation, the idea that cartoon characters exist as real beings in a 1947 Hollywood. Rough and tumble private eye Eddie Valentine (Bob Hoskins) is sent to check on Jessica Rabbit, wife of cartoon star Roger Rabbit, to see if she’s stepping out on him. Eddie goes to a club, naturally expecting a rabbit performer. Instead, out comes a stunningly stacked and curvaceous redhead voiced by Kathleen Turner who performs a scorching song number. It’s logical why every guy in the place just stares in awe as she slinks along singing, the realism of the number making her look even hotter. Wilder is that when the movie hit laser disc, it was discovered the sneaky animators had drawn Jessica without underwear to cause more buzz. For a movie marketed toward kids, this was a stunningly sexy sequence and still a reason it’s a classic.