Plenty of movies have adult undertones you likely missed as a kid. But it's startling and disappointing to realize that so many childhood favorites are loaded with sexual assault. Unfortunately, Hollywood normalizing sexual assault isn’t a new thing. Movies you forgot get super rapey go back to the earliest days of cinema, and just because some of those scenes are in black and white doesn’t mean that they’re any easier to stomach. Keep reading to see how many of these classic movies with inappropriate sexual encounters slipped that questionable content right past you the first time around.
You might be surprised how many of these movies your family loves. As audiences and filmmakers become more aware of the real-life dangers of normalizing this type of violence, hopefully beloved movies rife with sexual assault will become a thing of the past. But there are still plenty of garbage movies out there featuring aggressive bro rapiness. It's time to find out which of your favorite pictures are filled with straight-up sexual assault.
Back to the Future is largely a fun romp - except for that one scene where Marty's mom is attacked at the school dance. The school bully wants her so badly that he won't take no for an answer, and attempts to rape her in his car. The whole scenario seems set up to make Marty's nerdy dad seem extra heroic.
Actors: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Billy Zane, + more
#11 on The Greatest Movie Themessee more on Back to the Future
Big is undeniably the film that made Tom Hanks a star. But there's also a genuinely unsettling scene where Elizabeth Perkins has sex with a child in a man's body. True, she has no idea that that's the case, but it's horrifying nonetheless.
Actors: Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins, Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Loggia, + more
#83 on The Most Rewatchable Movies
#19 on The Funniest '80s Moviessee more on Big
Animal House is full of all kinds of offensive content. One particularly wince-worthy scene shows Bluto watching young women undress through their windows. He even climbs a ladder to do it.
Actors: Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen, John Landis, + more
#35 on The Best '70s Moviessee more on National Lampoon's Animal House
Sixteen Candles is one of the most loved films from the '80s, and it's not hard to see why. Molly Ringwald feels instantly relatable as an angsty teen, and the film features that classic John Hughes wit. But it also has a few moments that aren't so great: blatant racism and sexual assault. Towards the end of the film, Jake Ryan pushes his drunk girlfriend off on Anthony Michael Hall's dweeby freshman, and it's heavily implied that she was so drunk that she had sex with him.
Actors: John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall, Jami Gertz, + more
#8 on The Best Movies of 1984
#46 on The Funniest '80s Moviessee more on Sixteen Candles