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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  • Braveheart
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Mel Gibson
  • Gladiator
    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Che Guevara
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    Sônia Braga, Paula Garcés, Charis Michelsen
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Josh Evans
  • Gangs of New York
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • The Last Samurai
    Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Edward Zwick
  • The King's Speech
    Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Tom Hooper
  • The Last King of Scotland
    Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
  • Charlie Wilson's War
    Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Mike Nichols
  • Fellini's Casanova
    Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont, Cicely Browne
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Federico Fellini
  • A Royal Affair
    Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Harriet Walter
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel
  • True Legend
    Wenzhuo Zhao, David Carradine, Michelle Yeoh
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Woo-Ping Yuen
  • A Heavenly Vintage
    Vera Farmiga, Gaspard Ulliel, Lizzie Brocheré
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Niki Caro
  • The Legend
    Jet Li, Michelle Reis, Vincent Zhao
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Corey Yuen
  • The Road to Freedom
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    Tom Proctor, Joshua Fredric Smith, Nhem Sokun
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Brendan Moriarty
  • Citizen X
    Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Chris Gerolmo
  • Camille Claudel
    Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Laurent Grévill
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Bruno Nuytten
  • La Reine Margot
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    Isabelle Adjani, Asia Argento, Virna Lisi
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Patrice Chéreau
  • Burden
    Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Crystal Fox
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Andrew Heckler
  • Robert the Bruce
    Angus Macfadyen, Jared Harris, Zach McGowan
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Richard Gray
  • Resistance
    Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Jonathan Jakubowicz
  • Capone
    Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, Noel Fisher
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Josh Trank
  • Edges of the Lord
    Willem Dafoe, Haley Joel Osment, Krystyna Feldman
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Yurek Bogayevicz
  • The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
    Helmut Berger, Dominique Sanda, Fabio Testi
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Vittorio De Sica
  • Come See the Paradise
    Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Alan Parker
  • The Flowers of War
    Christian Bale, Paul Schneider, Yuan Nie
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Zhang Yimou