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The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies

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List of R-Rated action/adventure movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated action/adventure movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Action/Adventure movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated action/adventure movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Action/Adventure movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Action/Adventure films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Action/Adventure film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

List includes Fight Club, True Grit, more.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated action/adventure movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated action/adventure movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new action/adventure movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great action/adventure movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

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    True Grit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    True Grit

    Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon

    Released2010

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on... more

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    Blade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

    Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen... moreamazon buy button
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    Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Bad Boys

    Will Smith, Téa Leoni

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Bad Boys is a 1995 American action comedy film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer,... more

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    Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Blade: Trinity

    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid S. Goyer

    Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed... more

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    The Ghost and the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael... more
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    Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    RoboCop 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    RoboCop 2

    Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

    Released1990

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    RoboCop 2 is a 1990 American cyberpunk action film directed by Irvin Kershner and starring... more

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    Shooter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Shooter

    Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara

    Released2007

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Déjà Vu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Déjà Vu

    Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer

    Released2006

    Directed byTony Scott

    Déjà Vu is a 2006 American action thriller film with elements of science fiction, directed by... more
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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Speed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Speed

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial... more

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    Running Scared is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Running Scared

    Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Kramer

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    300 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by... more

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    Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Kick-Ass

    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2010

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

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    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.... more
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    Redbelt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Redbelt

    Tim Allen, Jennifer Grey

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Mamet

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    Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Crimson Tide

    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1995

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Death Wish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Death Wish

    Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson

    Released1974

    Directed byMichael Winner

    This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name... more
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    Virtuosity is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Action/Adventure Movies
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    Virtuosity

    Kaley Cuoco, Denzel Washington

    Released1995

    Directed byBrett Leonard

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