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The Best Action Thriller Movies Rated R

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List of R-Rated action thrillers, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated action thrillers and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Action Thriller movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated action thrillers 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 Thriller 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 Thriller films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Action Thriller film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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    Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz

    Released2008

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    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

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    Angela Bassett, Brian Dennehy

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