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

Examples of movies on this list include Schindler's List and The King's Speech.

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Ben Affleck and Steven Spielberg have both directed a Historical fiction R film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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The King's Speech Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce 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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300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey 300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae which took ...more

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Troy Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne Troy is a 2004 American epic war film written by David Benioff and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is loosely based on Homer's Iliad, which narrates the story of the 10 year Trojan War. ...more

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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the ...more

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson 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 ...more

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Public Enemies Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum Public Enemies is a 2009 American biographical crime drama film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction ...more

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Ip Man 2 Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Darren Shahlavi Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. A sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, Ip Man 2 was ...more

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Kingdom of Heaven Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan ...more

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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is a 1999 French historical drama film directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman. The ...more

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Argo Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah ...more

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Enemy at the Gates Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 war film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken from William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which ...more

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Black Robe Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg, Raoul Trujillo Black Robe is a 1991 film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay was written by Irish Canadian author Brian Moore, who adapted it from his novel of the same name. The film's main character, ...more

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13 Assassins Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki 13 Assassins is a 2010 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Takashi Miike. The screenplay was written by Daisuke Tengan. The film is a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black-and-white Japanese film ...more

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The Devil's Double Ludivine Sagnier, Dominic Cooper, Dar Salim "Based on actual events, The Devil’s Double recounts the remarkable tale of Latif Yahia, an Iraqi army lieutenant who was summoned to Saddam Hussein’s palace in 1987 and ordered to become ...more

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The Assassination of Trotsky Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider The Assassination of Trotsky is a 1972 British film directed by Joseph Losey with a screenplay by Nicholas Mosley. It starred Richard Burton as Leon Trotsky, as well as Romy Schneider and Alain ...more

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Soldier Blue Candice Bergen, Donald Pleasence, Dana Elcar Soldier Blue is a 1970 American Revisionist Western movie directed by Ralph Nelson and inspired by events of the 1864 Sand Creek massacre in the Colorado Territory. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Ip Man Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee. The film focuses on ...more

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Centurion Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots Centurion is a 2010 British historical action-war film directed by Neil Marshall, loosely based on the legend of the massacre of the Ninth Legion in Caledonia in the early second century AD. The ...more

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Ill-Gotten Gains Eartha Kitt, Djimon Hounsou, Reg E. Cathey Ill-Gotten Gains is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Joel Ben Marsden.

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The Legend Jet Li, Michelle Reis, Vincent Zhao 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 ...more

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Lan Yu Hu Jun, Liu Ye, Su Jin Lan Yu is a gay-themed Hong Kong-Chinese film, set in Beijing in China, by Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan in 2001, and features full-frontal male nudity.

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Arbitrage Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Laetitia Casta Arbitrage is a 2012 American thriller drama film directed by Nicholas Jarecki and starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, and Brit Marling. Filming began in April 2011 in New York City. ...more

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The Pentagon Papers Paul Giamatti, James Spader, Claire Forlani The Pentagon Papers is a TV special.

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Blades of Blood Han Ji-hye, Cha Seung-won, Hwang Jung-min "It is 1592 and the Korea of the Joseon Dynasty is storm-tossed by political instability, moreover in the face the Japanese invasion. Foul souls are caught up in the furious winds of ...more

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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Shu Qi, Donnie Yen, Anthony Wong Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is a 2010 Hong Kong martial arts film directed and produced by Andrew Lau, and starring Donnie Yen as Chen Zhen, a role made famous by Bruce Lee in ...more

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Nomad Bai Ling, Jay Hernandez, Mark Dacascos Nomad: The Warrior is a 2005 Kazakh historical epic film written and co-produced by Rustam Ibragimbekov, executive-produced by Miloš Forman and directed by Sergei Bodrov, Ivan Passer and Talgat ...more

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10,000 Black Men Named George Andre Braugher, Mario Van Peebles, Charles S. Dutton 10,000 Black Men Named George is a 2002 television film directed by Robert Townsend.

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Restoration Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan, Ian McKellen Restoration is a 1995 American historical drama film directed by Michael Hoffman. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a 17th-century medical student exploited by a debauched king. The film is based ...more

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The Affair of the Necklace Hayden Panettiere, Christopher Walken, Hilary Swank 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, ...more

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The Grey Zone Steve Buscemi, Mira Sorvino, Harvey Keitel The Grey Zone is a 2001 film directed by Tim Blake Nelson and starring David Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino and Daniel Benzali. It is based on the book Auschwitz: A ...more

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Holy Rollers Jesse Eisenberg, Q-Tip, Justin Bartha Holy Rollers is a 2010 independent film written by Antonio Macia, directed by Kevin Asch, and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Ari Graynor, Danny Abeckaser, Q-Tip and Jason Fuchs. Holy ...more

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The Emperor and the Assassin Gong Li, Chen Kaige, Zhou Xun The Emperor and the Assassin, also known as The First Emperor, is a 1998 - 1999 Chinese historical romance film based primarily on Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin, as ...more

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One Man's Hero Tom Berenger, Stephen Tobolowsky, Patrick Bergin One Man's Hero is a 1999 film starring Tom Berenger and directed by Lance Hool. The film has the distinction of being the last film released by Orion Pictures' arthouse division Orion Classics, ...more

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Villa Rides Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner Villa Rides is a 1968 film starring Yul Brynner in toupee in the title role and Robert Mitchum as an American adventurer and pilot of fortune. The supporting cast includes Charles Bronson as ...more

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Cabeza de Vaca Josefina Echánove, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Diego Cabeza de Vaca is a 1991 Mexican film about the adventures of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, an early Spanish explorer, as he traversed what later became the American ...more

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Druids Max von Sydow, Christopher Lambert, Inés Sastre Druids is a French-Canadian-Belgian historical film first released on 31 August 2001, directed by Jacques Dorfmann. It stars Christopher Lambert, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Inés Sastre, Maria ...more

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My Week with Marilyn Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench My Week with Marilyn is a 2011 British drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges. It stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper, Julia ...more