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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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  • 1
    Ronin
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    Ronin

    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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  • 2
    Sudden Impact
    74
    12

    Sudden Impact

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1983

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 3
    First Blood
    50
    15

    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy

    Released1982

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Conspiracy Theory
    47
    15

    Conspiracy Theory

    Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson

    Released1997

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Conspiracy Theory is a 1997 American action thriller film directed by Richard Donner. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Cold Pursuit
    51
    22

    Cold Pursuit

    Liam Neeson, Laura Dern

    Released2019

    Directed byHans Petter Moland

    Cold Pursuit is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Hans Petter Moland.... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Rock
    40
    11

    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 7
    Dirty Harry
    41
    13

    Dirty Harry

    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Siegel

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  • 8
    Lethal Weapon 2
    35
    9

    Lethal Weapon 2

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 9
    Runaway Train
    39
    13

    Runaway Train

    Jon Voight, Rebecca De Mornay

    Released1985

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky

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  • 10
    Die Hard 2
    39
    13

    Die Hard 2

    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo

    Released1990

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 11
    The Jackal
    35
    11

    The Jackal

    Bruce Willis, Richard Gere

    Released1997

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    The Jackal is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Rambo
    40
    19

    Rambo

    Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz

    Released2008

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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  • 13
    Surviving The Game
    29
    9

    Surviving The Game

    Ice-T, Gary Busey

    Released1994

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

    Surviving the Game is a 1994 action thriller film directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    True Lies
    32
    12

    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 15
    Children of Men
    33
    14

    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Die Hard
    25
    6

    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 17
    End of Days
    26
    9

    End of Days

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney

    Released1999

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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  • 18
    Wanted
    29
    12

    Wanted

    Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman

    Released2008

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

    Wanted is a 2008 action film which is very loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Enemy of the State
    24
    7

    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

    Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Blade: Trinity
    26
    10

    Blade: Trinity

    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid S. Goyer

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  • 21
    Magnum Force
    24
    9

    Magnum Force

    Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers

    Released1973

    Directed byTed Post

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  • 22
    Face/Off
    31
    17

    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Woo

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  • 23
    Patriot Games
    21
    7

    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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  • 24
    Eraser
    19
    5

    Eraser

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan

    Released1996

    Directed byChuck Russell

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  • 25
    Lethal Weapon 4
    25
    12

    Lethal Weapon 4

    Mel Gibson, Chris Rock

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Donner

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