Top 10 R-rated films in Singapore

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson (both above).
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson (both above).PHOTO: UIP
Ralph Fiennes (above).
Ralph Fiennes (above).PHOTO: UIP
Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone (both above).
Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone (both above).
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (both above).
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (both above).PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
Tony Leung Ka Fai and Jane March (both above).
Tony Leung Ka Fai and Jane March (both above).
Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Tang Wei (both above).
Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Tang Wei (both above).PHOTO: DISNEY
Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie (both above).
Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie (both above).PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE
Lena Olin (above).
Lena Olin (above).
Martin Freeman and Joanna Page (both above).
Martin Freeman and Joanna Page (both above).PHOTO: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Sharon Stone and William Baldwin (both above).
Sharon Stone and William Baldwin (both above).PHOTO: PARAMOUNT PICTURES

1 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (2015)

Genre: Drama romance thriller

Stars: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson

What: The film was screened uncut and includes 20 minutes of lovemaking between the leads. The Films Classification Database says it "explores the power dynamics in the protagonists' budding relationship, with an emphasis on the conflict caused by the male protagonist's preference for bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism sexual practices versus the female protagonist's desire for emotional intimacy".

2 SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)

Genre: Drama

Stars: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes

What: Contains scenes of lovemaking and frontal nudity.

 

3 BASIC INSTINCT (1992)

Genre: Thriller

Stars: Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone

What: The Board of Film Censors cut scenes of women kissing and shortened the heterosexual sex scenes.

4 GONE GIRL (2014)

Genre: Thriller

Stars: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

What: The Films Classification Database says "there are some explicit sexual scenes, such as one at the beginning of the film, where a man is seen going down on a woman, pleasuring her orally as she moans".

5 THE LOVER (1992)

Genre: Drama romance

Stars: Tony Leung Ka Fai and Jane March

What: Love scenes take up almost a quarter of the two-hour film.

6 LUST, CAUTION (2007)

Genre: Drama thriller

Stars: Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Tang Wei

What: The torrid sex scenes between the leads and a violent murder scene, excised in an NC16 edit, were reinstated for the R21 version.

7 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)

Genre: Drama

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill

What: The Films Classification Database says there is pervasive use of strong coarse language by the main characters, along with sexual scenes and drug use.

8 THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING (1988)

Genre: Drama romance

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin

What: According to The Straits Times review, it "boasts what are possibly the most erotic and exquisitely filmed sex scenes".

9 LOVE ACTUALLY (2003)

Genre: Romance comedy

Stars: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson

What: In a 10-minute storyline, a pair of body doubles, played by Martin Freeman and Joanna Page, get to know each other while working naked on a movie set.

10 SLIVER (1993)

Genre: Drama thriller

Stars: Sharon Stone and William Baldwin

What: The New Paper noted that you can catch a glimpse of Baldwin's rear. It added: "His much publicised frontal nudity scenes and other explicit scenes suffered the director's cut for an R-rating in the United States."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2017, with the headline 'Top 10 R-rated films in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe