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Best R Rated Movies - Top R Rated Movies

Updated on April 10, 2015

# 1 The Passion Of The Christ

Directed By: Mel Gibson


Starring: Jim Caviezel


Released in 2004


The R Rated films covers mostly the last twelve hours of Jesus Christ. When released the film created a lot of waves in the public. Several religious groups were upset by the portrayal of the Jewish religion in the film. Other critics felt the violence in the movie blocked out some of the movie's message. However, despite its many controversies, the movie is the top grossing R-Rated movie ever. The film made more than 610 million dollars worldwide.

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# 2 Saving Private Ryan

Directed By: Steven Spielberg


Starring: Tom Hanks and Matt Damon


Released in 1998


The film very realistically depicts World War II, with a 27 minute intro to The Invasion of Normandy and storming the beach. The movie follows a squad of men who are searching for Private Ryan who is the last surviving brother of four total service men. The squad has been given orders to bring Private Ryan home safely. The film made over $480 million dollars.

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# 3 300

Directed By: Zack Snyder


Starring: Gerard Butler


Released in 2007


The follows King Leonidas into battle at Thermopylae with the Persians. King Leonidas has only 300 men to fight the 300,000 men Persian army. The film grossed over $456 million dollars.

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# 4 Rain Man

Directed By: Barry Levinson


Starring: Dennis Hoffman and Tom Cruise


Released in 1989


The film follows Charlie Babbitt as he discovers he has an autistic brother who their father left all of his millions of dollars to. Babbitt goes in search of his brother for dishonorable reasons but ends up creating a lifelong brotherly bond. The film won Four Oscars including one for Hoffman and his portrayal of Raymond, a man with autism. The film grossed over $350 million dollars.

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# 5 Argo

Directed By: Ben Affleck


Starring: Ben Affleck and John Goodman


Released in 2012


This American political film follows the rescue efforts by CIA operatives in Iran, during the Iran Hostage Crisis. The CIA must rescue six U.S. diplomats by pretending they are a part of a film crew. The movie won Affleck an Oscar for Best Director and grossed over $232 million dollars.

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# 6 The Hangover

Directed By: Todd Phillips


Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis


Released in 2009


This Rated R comedy spawned two sequels and is now known as one of the funniest movie of current time. The movie follows a bachelor and his groomsmen as they go partying in Las Vegas for his bachelor party. However, things get very out of hand, and the groomsmen end up drugged and confused and the groom goes missing. The Hangover made over $467 million dollars.

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# 7 Beverly Hills Cop

Directed By: Martin Brest


Starring: Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold


Released in 1984


Axel Foley is a street smart Detroit cop who isn't very good at taking orders or listening to higher up. However, Foley is forced to travel to Beverly Hills, California in order to solve the murder of his best friend. The film grossed over $316 million and made Edie Murphy an instant action movie star.

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# 8 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Directed By: James Cameron


Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton


Released in 1991


The sequel to Terminator, audiences now find John Connor a grown pre-teen who is living with foster parents while his mother, Sarah Connor is stuck in a psych ward due to her stories of terminators and judgment days. However, a new style of terminator is sent back to kill John Connor and his mother but as a defensive move the future John Connor sends back and old terminator model that is the twin of the terminator model that tried to kill Sarah Connor years before. The movie grossed over $519 million.

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# 9 The Matrix

Directed By: The Wachowski Brothers


Starring: Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishbourne, and Carrie Ann Moss


Released in 1999


The movie occurs mostly in a simulated world that is the dystopian creation of machines which have taken over the human race. Neo, a computer hacker must decided if he truly wants to see the world for what it is or if he wants to continue living in the illusion provided from the machines. The movie was the first of its kind in a variety of ways and was a major commercial hit, spawning two sequels. The movie grossed over $463 million.

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# 10 Silver Linings Playbook

Directed By: David O. Russell


Starring: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence


Released in 2012


A man who is just recently released from a psych ward for his bipolar disorder tries to re-establish his new life after exiting the treatment center. He finds a kindred soul in Lawrence's character Tiffany, who is dealing with the traumatic death of her husband. The film won Lawrence and Oscar for Best Actress and earned over $236 million.

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# 11 Aliens

Directed By: James Cameron


Starring: Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn


Released in 1986


This horror sequel was even better than the first. The audience discovers what happens to Ellen Ripley as the lone survivor of the first attack from the aliens and they are sent on another horrific adventure with Ripley when she is sent back the planet where the aliens' reside. The movie grossed over $131 million dollars.

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# 12 Fargo

Directed By: Joel Coen


Starring: William H Macy, Frances McDormand, and Steve Buscemi


Released in 1996


A pregnant Minnesota police officer investigates a series of local homicides, just as a car salesman hires two men to kidnap his wife. The film was inducted in the US National Film Registry in 2006. This R Rated dark comedy won two Academy Awards and grossed over $60 million.

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# 13 Gladiator

Directed By: Ridley Scott


Starring: Russell Crowe


Released in 2000


A loyal roman general is betrayed by the son of the king he remains loyal to, when the son of the king orders that the general's innocent wife and son to be killed. The general ends up jailed and sold as a gladiator. The movie grossed over $457 million.

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# 14 Schindler's List

Directed By: Steven Spielberg


Starring: Liam Neeson


Released in 1993


This epic drama is based off of the real life of Oskar Schindler and the more than 1,000 Jewish refugees he saved by employing them in his factories during the Holocaust. The movie made over $321 million dollars and won seven Academy Awards.

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# 15 Ted

Directed By: Seth MacFarlane


Starring: Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis


Released in 2012


This raunchy comedy follows a boy who wishes that his stuffed bear were alive and real. The boy soon discovers he has gotten his wish and his teddy bear, Ted, is now alive. However, as the boy grows older, it gets harder to maintain a friendship with such a raunchy teddy bear. Ted made over $549 million dollars.

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# 16 Pretty Woman

Directed By: Gary Marshall


Starring: Richard Gere and Julia Roberts


Released in 1990


Edward Lewis, a wealthy millionaire is lost in Hollywood, and the only person around to ask for directions is a prostitute. Buying the prostitute for directions, Lewis ends up taking the prostitute up to his pent house and asking her to stay the week for a large sum of money. The movie has made over $463 million.


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# 17 Bridemaids

Directed By: Paul Feig


Starring: Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph


Released in 2011


Annie's best friend Lillian is getting married and has asked Annie to be her maid of honor. However, Annie hasn't had the best of luck lately. Annie soon become jealous of another bridesmaid and her extravagant display of her fortune and soon the two bridesmaids are battling for the bride's attention. Bridesmaids is the girls answer to The Hangover and grossed over $228 million.

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# 18 Bridget Jones's Diary

Directed By: Sharon Maguire


Starring: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant


Released in 2001


Bridget Jones's is in her mid thirties and still single. Jones is always worried about her weight and her relationship status. Afraid that she will become a spinster, she begins dating scoundrel Daniel Cleaver, but soon finds that love may be in the one place where she last expect it. Bridget Jones's Diary made over $281 million.

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# 19 21 Jump Street

Directed By: Phil Lord


Starring: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill


Released in 2012


This comedy remake of the television series of the same name follows two bumbling cops as they go undercover as high school students to bust up a drug ring. The movie did very well commercially and made over $201 million

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# 20 Shutter Island

Directed By: Martin Scorsese


Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo


Released in 2010


U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels, must investigate a psychiatric ward on Shutter Island, however, this psychological thriller has many twists and turns and the audience can never guess where the film will lead next. The film made over $294 million.

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