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The Best R-Rated Crime Thriller Movies

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

This list includes No Country for Old Men, Blade Runner and more.

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    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi
    Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after...  more

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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro
    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan...  more

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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones
    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel...  more

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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg
    Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David...  more

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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong
    American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David...  more

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    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino
    Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann,...  more

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    Kiss the Girls

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd
    Kiss the Girls is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and...  more

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    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery
    The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David...  more

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    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman
    Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action thriller film written and...  more

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    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington
    The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring...  more

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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte
    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a...  more

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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe
    American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by...  more

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    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas
    Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul...  more

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    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro
    Joker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics...  more
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    Nikita

    Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau
    Nikita, also called La Femme Nikita, is a 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film written and...  more

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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black
    Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National...  more

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    Crank

    Jason Statham, Amy Smart
    Crank is a 2006 American black comedy/action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and...  more

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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn
    Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It...  more

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    True Romance

    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer
    True Romance is a 1993 American film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino....  more

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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan
    Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck,...  more

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    French Connection II

    Gene Hackman, Ed Lauter
    French Connection II is a 1975 drama film starring Gene Hackman and directed by John...  more

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    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas
    Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith....  more

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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe
    American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based...  more

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    Kiss of the Dragon

    Bridget Fonda, Jet Li
    Kiss of the Dragon is a 2001 English-language French action thriller film directed by Chris...  more

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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss
    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan....  more

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