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The Best R-Rated Docudrama Movies  

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

List features movies like Dog Day Afternoon and Into the Wild.

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Among those that have directed a R Docudrama movie are Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.

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James Nesbitt, Gerard McSorley, Tim Pigott-Smith
Bloody Sunday is a 2002 film about the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland. Although produced by Granada Television as a TV film, it premiered at the Sundance ...more
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Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush
Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more
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Hilary Swank, Chloƫ Sevigny, Natalie Zea
Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, ...more
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Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis
Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on ...more
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Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer
The Insider is a 1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, based on the true story of a 60 Minutes segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower in the tobacco industry. The 60 Minutes ...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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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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Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart
Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia ...more
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Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy
Serpico is a 1973 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer Frank ...more
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Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy
The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British fiction drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of the same name, adapted by screenwriters Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock, and directed by Kevin ...more
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George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet
Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more
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Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen
Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. The film tells the story behind the ...more
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Holly Hunter, Beau Bridges, Swoosie Kurtz
This film is a 1993 comedy TV movie produced by and for HBO. It was directed by Michael Ritchie and starred Holly Hunter, Swoosie Kurtz and Beau Bridges. It is based on the true story of Wanda ...more
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Sage Stallone, Jim Van Bebber, Marc Pitman
The Manson Family is a 2003 American crime drama film. The film covers the lives of Charles Manson and his "family" of followers.
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Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon
United 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11 attacks of ...more
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Charlize Theron, Amber Heard, Woody Harrelson
North Country is a 2005 American drama film directed by Niki Caro, starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson and ...more
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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Tim Burton
Hoffa is a 1992 French-American biographical film directed by Danny DeVito and written by David Mamet, based on the life of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Jack Nicholson plays Hoffa, and ...more
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Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Annabella Sciorra
Find Me Guilty is a 2006 American courtroom comedy film co-written and directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the true story of the longest trial in American history. Giacomo "Jackie" ...more
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Pat Morita, Michael Nouri, Michael Imperioli
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story is a 2003 biopic focusing on the life of American professional poker and gin player Stu Ungar. Stuey is the film's alternate title. The film features cameos from ...more
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Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside
The Falcon and the Snowman is a 1985 spy film directed by John Schlesinger about two young American men, Christopher Boyce and Daulton Lee, who sold U.S. security secrets to the Soviet Union. ...more
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Liev Schreiber, John Malkovich, Melanie Griffith
RKO 281 is a 1999 historical drama film directed by Benjamin Ross. It stars Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, John Malkovich, Roy Scheider and Liam Cunningham. The film depicts ...more
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Norman Reedus, Sarah Paulson, Gretchen Mol
The Notorious Bettie Page is a 2005 biographical film directed by Mary Harron. The screenplay by Harron and Guinevere Turner focuses on 1950s pinup and bondage model Bettie Page.
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Martin Scorsese, David Carradine, Barbara Hershey
Boxcar Bertha is a 1972 American film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a loose adaptation of Sister of the Road, an autobiographical account of Bertha Thompson written by Ben L. Reitman. It ...more
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Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Michelle Rodriguez
Battle in Seattle is a 2007 political action film and the directorial debut of actor Stuart Townsend. It is based on the protest activity at the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999. The film ...more
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Matt Damon, Patton Oswalt, Joel McHale
The Informant! is a 2009 American biographical-comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It depicts Mark Whitacre's involvement as a whistle blower in the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the ...more