MPAA Debuts PG-13 Rating 32 Years Ago Today: Top 5 PG-13 Films

We Look Back At The 5 Best PG-13 Movies Since Its Creation In 1984

Until 1984, G, PG, R, and X were the only ratings for movies.Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom changed that by outraging parents; starting a debate within the film community in the process. Where do you place a film that is too adult for its PG rating but not adult enough for the dreaded R rating?

MPAA’s answer was to create the PG-13 rating.

First film under the newly established PG-13 was Red Dawn‘, released August of 1984. Since then, there has been countless of movies under the rating. Even the top three highest grossing films are rated PG-13. The impact Temple of Doom had on the industry is now without a doubt unforgettable.


Here’s a breakdown of the five best PG-13 rated movies ever.

To make it on the list is simple: Just take the rating and use it to the fullest. Outshine your peers whether its in box office sales, popularity, or memorability.

[PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned: Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.]


5. Jurassic Park (1993)

Steven Spielberg tested limits with ‘Jaws’ in 1975 and then made ‘Temple of Doom’ which we said created the PG-13 rating. In 1993, he created a modern classic that captured hearts of movie lovers and dinosaur enthusiasts. Equally adventurous, comedic, and scary, ‘Jurassic Park’ is one of the most well-rounded films on this list.


4. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

‘Avengers’ took an unconventional team of comic book superheroes and made them into cinema gods. Since this film, we’ve seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe reach unheard of heights and became one of the most established franchises in film history. Not that last time Disney is on this list…


3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Global Phenomenon! More so than ‘Avengers’ or ‘Pirates’ or ‘Harry Potter’, the latest Star Wars film took the world by storm. It also managed to creep all the way to number three on the highest grossing movie list. We venture back into the galaxy far, far away soon; will they have similar success?


2. The Dark Knight (2008)

Christopher Nolan’s second Batman film skirts the line of genre conventions by supplying the darkest superhero up until that point. ‘The Dark Knight’ shaped an entire era of movies imitating its “dark and gritty” tone. Other films may have better box office numbers but no other film here pushes the PG-13 boundaries as hard.


1. Titanic (1997)

Titanic’ was once box-office king. Sitting pretty at over 2 billion dollars, James Cameron’s epic takes the top spot for achievements alone. ‘Avatar’ may be the highest grossing but ‘Titanic’ is a beloved film and has an Academy Award for Best Picture. Also, who can forget that infamous nude scene!?

Does your favorite PG-13 film make this list?

Let me know in the comments below if I missed anything!

EJ Moreno
EJ Moreno
Who is EJ Moreno? Is he a trained physician? No. Is he a former Miss Universe contestant? Possibly. With a bachelors degree in film and a love of pop culture, he brings an alternative view to the world of pop culture journalism. Follow him on Twitter @EJKhryst and check out his film work at