In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film rating system introduced by the Motion Picture Association of America in 1968, the organization has published a report on the ratings, including their history, the process behind them, reaction to them and tons of numbers.
One tidbit we found interesting, while hardly a surprise, is the revelation that the most common rating over the past half-century has been the “R” rating.
Over the span of the system’s 50 years, the MPAA says, it has rated a total of 29,791 films. Of those, 17,202, or about 58%, have been rated R. Meanwhile, 5,578 have been rated M, GP or PG; 4,913 have received ratings of PG-13; 1,574 have been rated G; and the smallest number, 524, have been rated X or NC-17.
The MPAA’s full report on the film ratings system can be seen by clicking here.