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The Best R-Rated Historical Drama Movies

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

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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, Derek...  more

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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 Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War...  more

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    Che Guevara

    Sônia Braga, Paula Garcés

    Released2005

    Directed byJosh Evans

    Che Guevara is 2005 Drama, Romance, War film written and directed by Josh Evans....
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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 century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin Scorsese...  more

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    The King's Speech

    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth

    Released2010

    Directed byTom Hooper

    The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an...  more

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    The Last King of Scotland

    Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson

    Released2006

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

    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 MacDonald....  more

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    A Royal Affair

    Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander

    Released2012

    Directed byNikolaj Arcel

    A Royal Affair is a 2012 Danish romantic drama film directed by Nikolaj Arcel. A young queen (Alicia Vikander), who is married to an insane king (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard), falls secretly in love with...  more
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    Fellini's Casanova

    Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont

    Released1976

    Directed byFederico Fellini

    Fellini's Casanova is a 1976 Italian film by director Federico Fellini, adapted from the autobiography of Giacomo Casanova, the 18th century adventurer and writer. Shot entirely at the Cinecittà...  more
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    Charlie Wilson's War

    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch...  more

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    Citizen X

    Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Gerolmo

    Citizen X is a 1995 biography drama film written by Robert Cullen and Chris Gerolmo and directed by Chris Gerolmo....  more
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    The Legend

    Jet Li, Michelle Reis

    Released1993

    Directed byCorey Yuen

    Fong Sai-yuk, also known as The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk and The Legend, is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia-comedy film directed by Corey Yuen, starring Jet Li as Chinese folk hero Fong Sai-yuk. The film won...  more
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    True Legend

    Michelle Yeoh, David Carradine

    Released2010

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

    True Legend is a 2010 historical action drama film written by Chi-long To and directed by Yuen Woo-ping....  more

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    A Heavenly Vintage

    Vera Farmiga, Gaspard Ulliel

    Released2009

    Directed byNiki Caro

    This historical romantic drama shares the compelling tale of Sobran Jodeau, an ambitious young peasant winemaker and the three loves of his life - his wife Celeste, the proudly intellectual baroness...  more
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    Edges of the Lord

    Willem Dafoe, Haley Joel Osment

    Released2001

    Directed byYurek Bogayevicz

    Edges of the Lord is an award-winning 2001 film, written and directed by Yurek Bogayevicz, set in Poland during World War II, starring Willem Dafoe and Haley Joel Osment....  more
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    The Flowers of War

    Christian Bale, Paul Schneider

    Released2011

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    The Flowers of War is a 2011 Chinese historical drama war film directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. The...  more
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    Resistance

    Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris

    Released2020

    Directed byJonathan Jakubowicz

    Resistance is a 2020 biographical drama film directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz. The story of how Marcel Marceau (Jesse Eisenberg) and a group of Jewish Boy Scouts worked with the French Resistance to...  more
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    Camille Claudel

    Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani

    Released1988

    Directed byBruno Nuytten

    Camille Claudel is a 1988 French film about the life of the 19th century female sculptor Camille Claudel. The movie was based on the book by Reine-Marie Paris, granddaughter of Camille's brother, the...  more

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    Burden

    Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker

    Released2020

    Directed byAndrew Heckler

    Burden is a 2020 American drama film directed by Andrew Heckler. Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a Klansman who is sheltered by Baptist Reverend Kennedy (Forest Whitaker) is forced to re-examine his...  more
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    Robert the Bruce

    Angus Macfadyen, Jared Harris

    Released2020

    Directed byRichard Gray

    Robert the Bruce is a 2019 American historical drama film directed by Richard Gray. As his rebellion is on the verge of defeat, Robert the Bruce (Angus Macfadyen) is forced to retreat and finds...  more

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    Capone

    Linda Cardellini, Tom Hardy

    Released2020

    Directed byJosh Trank

    Capone is a 2020 American biographical crime film directed by Josh Trank. At the age of 47, Al Capone (Tom Hardy) is released from prison after nearly a decade and retires to Palm Island, Florida,...  more
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    The Outpost

    Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood

    Released2020

    Directed byRod Lurie

    The Outpost is a 2020 American war drama film directed by Rod Lurie and is based on the 2012 non-fiction book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, by Jake Tapper. The film tells the story...  more
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    Nightwatching

    Martin Freeman, Toby Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byPeter Greenaway

    Nightwatching is a 2007 film about the artist Rembrandt and the creation of his painting The Night Watch. The film is directed by Peter Greenaway and stars Martin Freeman as Rembrandt, with Eva...  more
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    The Affair of the Necklace

    Hayden Panettiere, Christopher Walken

    Released2001

    Directed byCharles Shyer

    The Affair of the Necklace is a 2001 American historical drama film directed by Charles Shyer. The screenplay by John Sweet is based on what became known as the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, an...  more
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    La Reine Margot

    Isabelle Adjani, Asia Argento

    Released1994

    Directed byPatrice Chéreau

    La Reine Margot is a 1994 French period film directed by Patrice Chéreau, based on the 1845 historical novel La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas. It stars Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Virna Lisi...  more

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    The Road to Freedom

    Tom Proctor, Joshua Fredric Smith

    Released2011

    Directed byBrendan Moriarty

    The Road to Freedom is a 2010 war film directed by Brendan Moriarty in his directorial debut. The film is inspired by the true-life story of photojournalist Sean Flynn, the son of Errol Flynn, who...  more