action The Best R-Rated Action Movies of All Time, Ranked  

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List Rules Rated-R action movies only! No PG-13 or PG flicks.

Ready to marathon the best R-rated action movies? You do? Great! But now you have to decide which R-rated action movies qualify as being the best. To help you, action movie fans have ranked decades of R-rated action movies from best to worst. This list takes the best R-Rated action movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all which one is top dog. Add to the discussion yourself by voting on the movies you like. 

Movie trailers are included when available, so you can get a preview of these action flicks. You'll also find details such as top billed cast, director, year of release, and more. Prepare for excitement, as these top rated-R action movies feature plenty of gratuitous violence, explosions, sexual content, and are generally just over-the-top with awesomeness.

If you are searching for a specific movie,  you can use the search box at the top of the list to find what you're looking for. Don't see a movie you think should be on there? Feel free to add it and let others vote on it.

Generally, you'll find movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator on this list. And while we'll never get to see General Maximus face off against John McClane on screen, we can see which movie audiences prefer. Aside from those movies mentioned above, there are plenty of other R-rated action movies that deserve a spot in the top ten.

Use this list if you're looking for some new action movies that are rated R. If you plan on streaming these movies and similar movies, then you'll also want to check out the Best Action Movies of All Time, Best Action Movies on Netflix Instant and the Best Action Movies Amazon Prime. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other services, there are thousands of great action movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

Did you know that Clint Eastwood and George Clooney have both directed Action R movies?

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Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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John Wick Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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73 24
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Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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78 22
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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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55 21
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Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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The Rock Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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Rambo Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish

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Léon Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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First Blood Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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ashish.bhatta5 added Conan the Barbarian Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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Sin City Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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Air Force One Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach

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Kick-Ass Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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Point Break Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

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Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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The Boondock Saints Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly

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The Long Kiss Goodnight Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

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The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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The Last Boy Scout Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Dick Butkus

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Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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The Crow Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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Road House Sam Elliott, Terry Funk, Kelly Lynch

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Falling Down Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld