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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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

  10. 10
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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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    Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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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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    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

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    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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    Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

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    Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy

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    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke

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    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

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