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The Best R-Rated Buddy Movies 

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

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Among those that have directed a R Buddy film movie are Clint Eastwood and Sidney Poitier.

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Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

Released: 1984

Directed by: Martin Brest

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Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

Released: 2007

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

Released: 1987

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

Released: 1994

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

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Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O'Toole

Released: 1982

Directed by: Walter Hill

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Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

Released: 1995

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Friday is a 1995 American stoner buddy comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr, and John ...more

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Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1981

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings, Steve Carell

Released: 2005

Directed by: Judd Apatow

The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Judd Apatow, about a middle-aged man's journey to finally lose their virginity. It was co-written ...more

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John Cho, Kal Penn, Fred Willard

Released: 2004

Directed by: Danny Leiner

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Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier

Released: 1994

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Bob Balaban

Released: 1969

Directed by: John Schlesinger

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Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 1988

Directed by: Martin Brest

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Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson

Released: 1980

Directed by: Sidney Poitier

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Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

Released: 1989

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

Released: 2008

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

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Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly

Released: 1999

Directed by: Troy Duffy

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Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino

Released: 1997

Directed by: David Mirkin

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Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Released: 1992

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Richard Donner

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