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

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List Criteria: 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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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  3. 3
    + 84
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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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  4. 4
    + 47
    - 12


    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    + 66
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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    + 59
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    + 49
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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    + 48
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    + 68
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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    + 50
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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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    + 29
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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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  14. 14
    + 45
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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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  15. 15
    + 61
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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  16. 16
    + 50
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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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  17. 17
    + 30
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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  18. 18
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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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    + 49
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    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish

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    + 43
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    Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

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    + 26
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    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

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    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

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    Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly

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    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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    Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Dick Butkus

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    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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    Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam

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    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Huang Shengyi

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    Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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