Photo:
Watchworthy
328 voters

The Best R-Rated Drama Movies

Updated September 3, 2020 13.4k votes 328 voters 31.8k views

List RulesAdd your favorite movie to the list if it's missing, but only if it's the correct rating.

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.

You can share this on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and more to see what your social network would vote to the top. {#nodes}

list.itemsDescription

...more
  • 1
    The Godfather
    109
    21

    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the... more on Wikipedia

    More The Godfather 

    How 'The Godfather' Became An American Classic Even Though It Was 'Nightmarish' Behind The Scenes20 Fun Facts About the Godfather Trilogy

  • 2
    Braveheart
    98
    20

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Goodfellas
    95
    20

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Goodfellas 

    15 Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'Goodfellas'#506 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

  • 4
    Gladiator
    90
    18

    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott,... more on Wikipedia

    More Gladiator 

    Gladiator Might Be One of The Most Historically Inaccurate Movies EverThe Bizarre Sequel To 'Gladiator' That Almost Got Made

  • 5
    The Godfather Part II
    91
    21

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 6
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    84
    21

    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 on Wikipedia

    More One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 

    #19 of 46 Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes#122 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

  • 7
    Bonnie and Clyde
    66
    11

    Bonnie and Clyde

    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway

    Released1967

    Directed byArthur Penn

    Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn and starring... more on Wikipedia

    More Bonnie and Clyde 

    This Gruesome Photo Shows The Moment Bonnie And Clyde Were Riddled With Bullets#621 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • 8
    Man on Fire
    68
    13

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Man on Fire 

    #205 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#36 of 105 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time

  • 9
    Full Metal Jacket
    62
    20

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Apocalypse Now
    59
    19

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Apocalypse Now 

    15 Stories From The Wild Life Of David Hackworth, Who Inspired Two 'Apocalypse Now' CharactersBehind-The-Scenes Stories About Marlon Brando In 'Apocalypse Now'

  • 11
    A Clockwork Orange
    88
    50

    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    No Country for Old Men
    52
    21

    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
  • 13
    Platoon
    51
    20

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Platoon 

    #9 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#1 of 40 Every Movie Coming To Netflix In November 2020

  • 14
    Scarface
    51
    23

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 15
    True Romance
    40
    13

    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
    Black Swan
    40
    15

    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Road to Perdition
    37
    13

    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was... more on Wikipedia

    More Road to Perdition 

    #18 of 108 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#83 of 92 The Very Best DC Comics Movies

  • 18
    Gran Torino
    36
    14

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Gran Torino 

    #116 of 366 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#76 of 155 The Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time

  • 19
    Enemy of the State
    55
    35

    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

    More Enemy of the State 

    #17 of 49 The Very Best Movies About Hackers#5 of 74 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

  • 20
    Rain Man
    53
    35

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 21
    When Harry Met Sally...
    60
    44

    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

    When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and... more on Wikipedia

    More When Harry Met Sally... 

    When Harry Met Sally is All About Mansplaining, And It's Really Obvious#82 of 314 The Funniest '80s Movies

  • 22
    The Silence of the Lambs
    68
    52

    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 on Wikipedia

    More The Silence of the Lambs 

    Small Details And Trivia From 'The Silence Of The Lambs' That Left Us Hungry For MoreYou've Been Watching Silence Of The Lambs Wrong For Years: It's A Comedy

  • 23
    Donnie Darko
    58
    42

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Donnie Darko 

    #72 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#36 of 97 The Best Movies to Watch on Mushrooms

  • 24
    Erin Brockovich
    57
    42

    Erin Brockovich

    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by... more on Wikipedia

    More Erin Brockovich 

    #91 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#22 of 26 The Best F-Bombs In Movie History

  • 25
    Gangs of New York
    63
    49

    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 on Wikipedia