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The Best R-Rated Crime Drama Movies  

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

List features movies like The Godfather Part II, Drive.

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Among those that have directed a R Crime Drama movie are Martin Scorsese and Robert Duvall.

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Crime Drama Movies
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more
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Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo
American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott ...more
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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Crime Drama Movies
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen
Carlito's Way is a 1993 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David Koepp. ...more
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Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel
Mean Streets is a 1973 film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. It was released by Warner Bros. on October ...more
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Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, ...more
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Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda
The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries to ...more
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Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba
American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more
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Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith
In Bruges is a 2008 British-American comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as ...more
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Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah
Juice is a 1992 American drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members ...more
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Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren, Bob Hoskins
The Long Good Friday is a British film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. It was completed in 1979 but, because of release delays, it is generally credited as a 1980 film. It was voted at ...more
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Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson
New Jack City is a 1991 American thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more
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Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Alex Rocco
The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 film directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. The screenplay by Paul Monash was adapted from the novel of the same name by George ...more
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Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, Victor Argo
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 American action film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character, the mysterious "Ghost Dog" who ...more
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Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey
Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his partner, Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker–Hulme case in ...more
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Keener
Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman won several awards, including ...more
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Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold
This film is a 1986 American psychological horror film directed and co-written by John McNaughton who seemingly operates with impunity. It stars Michael Rooker as the nomadic killer Henry, Tom ...more
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Heather Graham, Matt Dillon, William S. Burroughs
Drugstore Cowboy is a 1989 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Van Sant and Daniel Yost, based on an autobiographical novel by James Fogle. Matt Dillon stars in the title ...more
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Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard
Alpha Dog is a 2006 American crime drama film written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, first screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2006, with a wide release the following year on ...more
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Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda
A Simple Plan is a 1998 American neo-noir thriller film, and an adaptation of the 1993 novel of the same name by Scott B. Smith, who also wrote the screenplay. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film ...more
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Sadie Frost, Martin Kemp, Steven Berkoff
The Krays is a 1990 British drama film based on the lives and crimes of the English gangsters and twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, often referred to as The Krays. The film was written by Philip ...more
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Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro
Clockers is a 1995 American drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the eponymous 1992 novel by Richard Price, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Lee. The film stars Harvey ...more
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Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan
Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. It is adapted from the ...more
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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Crime Drama Movies
Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker
This film is a 1995 American film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodriguez, ...more
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Jennifer Lopez, Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine
Blood and Wine is a 1996 neo-noir thriller directed by Bob Rafelson from a screenplay written by Nick Villiers and Alison Cross. It features Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Judy ...more
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John Cho, Jerry Mathers, Sung Kang
Better Luck Tomorrow is a 2002 crime-drama film directed by Justin Lin. The movie is about Asian American overachievers who become bored with their lives and enter a world of petty crime and ...more