Have movies become more violent over the years?

They certainly have. A 2013 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that violence in films has more than doubled since 1950, and gun violence in PG-13-rated films has more than tripled since 1985. The Harvard School of Public Health warned that "ratings creep" has allowed more violent and sexually explicit content into films. Even the standards for movie trailers has become more lenient, letting studios market R-rated films to PG-13 audiences.

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) claims its ratings have simply evolved to accommodate changing audience and cultural standards. And, in fairness, it did release a more detailed ratings system called Check the Box designed to help parents make more informed movie choices for their kids.

Kids also have more access to violent movie clips and trailers than ever. "Red-band" trailers -- with the graphic scenes edited out of the general-audience trailers -- are easily available online with easy-to-beat age restrictions.

Bottom line? You'll need to dig deeper to find out how much violence a film contains. When your kids ask to see a movie, check out Common Sense's age ratings as well as our detailed information on the amount and type of violence it has. Read what other parents have to say too. If you're on the fence, watch the movie with your kid and talk about it afterward. 

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Kid, 10 years old

Yes. Movies have definintly gotten more violent over the years. Over the years, movies have been advancing with cgi, prosthetics, ext. Therefore, violence in movies tend to feel more realistic then they would in the 80’s.
Adult written by TylerB 2

Superheros have recently started to become more violent. I've never really been bothered with them before as i never really watched the series before-that all changed with "logan" the X-Men cartoon from the 90s and leading up to the films were very positive things in an otherwise negative life with Logan as a role model. The movies carried over the same characteristics from the cartoons-than came logan-which was basically a suicidally depressive glorified gore fest littered with swear words-not something i and many others would even call a superhero move-or an X-Men movie-hell, some would just as soon forget it was ever made.
Teen, 13 years old written by RandomBoi2004

Yes they have For example Cannibal Holocaust and Ferox were the most contraversial movies in the 80s and all time because of the violence, and The Godfather has some brutal scenes like the horse scene and the brutal beatdown
Teen, 14 years old written by Anna_Grace

I think that the reason that rated R movies are becoming more violent because of the increase in technology. Movie producers are able to do more, therefore, movies can become more violent.
Teen, 14 years old written by shelby l.

I agree with this statement. As the culture of our world has changed over the years, movies have become more violent. Not only have the become more violent, but they have also allowed scenes in movies that wouldn't be allowed a couple years ago.
Teen, 14 years old written by a'nna s.

Right now, movies are becoming more violent and giving a negative influence on children and teens today. Although, if certain children can handle it and maintain healthy thoughts and actions after witnessing these movies, they can be trusted by an adult.
Teen, 13 years old written by Alexis Ravellette

A lot of the movies that they are coming out with today are violent marking Rate at R movies PG13. I think that they are just allowing this to fly.
Teen, 14 years old written by Mellen

Not all PG-13 movies are violent, but it is true about the how the rated R marketing are being put out there to PG-13 audiences. This is mainly true because I have gotten to the movies when they show the previews of other movies coming out. Some of these movies have been rated R and are highly violent and/or frightening to younger audiences who decide to go to a PG-13 movie even if they are not 13 and there parents feel like they can handle a PG-13. So the point is I think that they should stop marketing R-rated movies to a PG-13 audience.
Teen, 13 years old written by amandad051103

I believe that this article is true because most of the new PG-13 movies have a lot more violence and have grown to become more inappropriate.
Kid, 12 years old

Movies are becoming more and more violent, but the messages in most movies have stayed relatively the same. There is an increasing number of horror movies, but superhero movies or war movies, etc. have the same messages as they used too though there is more violence.
Teen, 13 years old written by ThePro27

I really don't think it's content we should be worried about, it's the overall theme of the movie(s). Take the Dark Knight for example, it wasn't very violent but the overall theme was. The rating companies should think about the theme of the movie, not the content.
Teen, 13 years old written by mikethespike451

Well there is torture movies and torture/experimental movie but they only come once and a while. There is a movie about kids killing kids but it's PG-13 and has great role models and great messages, there is war movies but they arent that violent...