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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
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    38

    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

    Released1992

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 2
    The Usual Suspects
    138
    49

    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    No Country for Old Men
    127
    42

    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    American History X
    100
    31

    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Kaye

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  • 5
    Training Day
    92
    29

    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Kiss the Girls
    78
    24

    Kiss the Girls

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd

    Released1997

    Directed byGary Fleder

    Kiss the Girls is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    The Untouchables
    94
    38

    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 8
    Heat
    101
    44

    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Mann

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  • 9
    American Psycho
    77
    29

    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

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  • 10
    Léon: The Professional
    117
    64

    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action thriller film written and... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Cape Fear
    81
    35

    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Joker
    58
    18

    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Joker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Basic Instinct
    76
    37

    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Enemy of the State
    66
    29

    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
  • 15
    True Romance
    63
    32

    True Romance

    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer

    Released1993

    Directed byTony Scott

    True Romance is a 1993 American film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino.... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    American Gangster
    57
    25

    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 17
    Gone Baby Gone
    54
    23

    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

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  • 18
    Falling Down
    56
    26

    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas

    Released1993

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith.... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Serpico
    55
    27

    Serpico

    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch

    Released1973

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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  • 20
    Blade Runner
    87
    60

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Memento
    70
    42

    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan.... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Mystic River
    60
    34

    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 23
    From Dusk till Dawn
    61
    40

    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

    From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Sin City
    66
    46

    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

    Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Backdraft
    45
    24

    Backdraft

    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell

    Released1991

    Directed byRon Howard

    Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen.... more on Wikipedia

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