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The Best R-Rated Drama Movies

Updated September 3, 2020 13.4k votes 327 voters 31.6k views

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

List contains movies like The Godfather and Pulp Fiction.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated drama movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated drama movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new drama movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great drama movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel... more
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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation... more

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford... more
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman... more

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    Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway

    Released1967

    Directed byArthur Penn

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    Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

    Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's... more

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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by... more
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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced... more

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    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
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    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom... more

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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the... more
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    True Romance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    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
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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also... more

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    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

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    Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow... more
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    When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime... more

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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

    Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly... more

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    Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Erin Brockovich

    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Drama Movies
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    Gangs of New York

    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th... more
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