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

Updated August 28, 2020 38.9k votes 1.9k voters 70.6k views233 items

List RulesRated-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.

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  • 1
    Gladiator
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 2
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    558
    210

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 3
    Die Hard
    640
    209

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 4
    Predator
    456
    158

    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 5
    John Wick
    618
    161

    John Wick

    Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byChad Stahelski, David Leitch

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  • 6
    Saving Private Ryan
    598
    159

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 7
    Aliens
    403
    164

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 8
    The Terminator
    425
    166

    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 9
    The Matrix
    517
    215

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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  • 10
    Braveheart
    433
    153

    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

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  • 11
    Lethal Weapon
    390
    178

    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 12
    Black Hawk Down
    251
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 13
    The Rock
    289
    164

    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 14
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    239
    94

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    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

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  • 15
    First Blood
    253
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    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy

    Released1982

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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  • 16
    Point Break
    225
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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • 17
    Die Hard 2
    228
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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo

    Released1990

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 18
    The Untouchables
    179
    91

    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 19
    Bad Boys
    174
    105

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    Will Smith, Téa Leoni

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 20
    Kill Bill Volume 1
    295
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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 21
    Dirty Harry
    153
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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Siegel

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  • 22
    Mad Max
    278
    145

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    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1979

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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  • 23
    The Boondock Saints
    327
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    Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus

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    Die Hard with a Vengeance
    307
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  • 25
    Blade
    178
    93

    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

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