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The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies

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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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  • 1
    Troy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana

    Released2004

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Troy is a 2004 epic period war film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, loosely based on Homer's... more on Wikipedia
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    Amistad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story... more on Wikipedia

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Argo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Argo

    Ben Affleck, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed byBen Affleck

    Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted... more on Wikipedia

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    The Messenger: The Story of Jo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

    Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1999

    Directed byLuc Besson

    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is a 1999 French historical drama film directed by Luc... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Public Enemies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Public Enemies

    Johnny Depp, Christian Bale

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Public Enemies is a 2009 American film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Kingdom of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Kingdom of Heaven

    Eva Green, Liam Neeson

    Released2005

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Enemy at the Gates

    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

    Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Centurion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Centurion

    Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko

    Released2010

    Directed byNeil Marshall

    Centurion is a 2010 British historical action film directed by Neil Marshall, loosely based on... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Ip Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Ip Man 2

    Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung

    Released2010

    Directed byWilson Yip

    Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip, based on... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    The Legend is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    13 Assassins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    13 Assassins

    Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho

    Released2010

    Directed byTakashi Miike

    13 Assassins is a 2010 Japanese samurai film directed by Takashi Miike and is a remake of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Black Robe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Black Robe

    Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg

    Released1991

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Black Robe is a 1991 film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay was written by Irish... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Arbitrage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Arbitrage

    Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere

    Released2012

    Directed byNicholas Jarecki

    Arbitrage is a 2012 American thriller drama film directed by Nicholas Jarecki and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    My Week with Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    My Week with Marilyn

    Emma Watson, Michelle Williams

    Released2011

    Directed bySimon Curtis

    My Week with Marilyn is a 2011 British drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by... more on Wikipedia

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    Ill-Gotten Gains is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Ill-Gotten Gains

    Eartha Kitt, Djimon Hounsou

    Released1997

    Directed byJoel Ben Marsden

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  • 18
    Nomad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Nomad

    Bai Ling, Jay Hernandez

    Released2005

    Directed bySergei Bodrov, Ivan Passer

    Nomad: The Warrior is a 2005 Kazakh historical epic film written and co-produced by Rustam... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Assassination of Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    The Assassination of Trotsky

    Richard Burton, Alain Delon

    Released1972

    Directed byJoseph Losey

    The Assassination of Trotsky is a 1972 British film directed by Joseph Losey with a screenplay... more on Wikipedia
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    The Devil's Double is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    The Devil's Double

    Ludivine Sagnier, Dominic Cooper

    Released2011

    Directed byLee Tamahori

    "Based on actual events, The Devil’s Double recounts the remarkable tale of Latif Yahia, an... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Soldier Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Soldier Blue

    Candice Bergen, Donald Pleasence

    Released1970

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Soldier Blue is a 1970 American Revisionist Western movie directed by Ralph Nelson and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Pentagon Papers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    The Pentagon Papers

    Paul Giamatti, James Spader

    Released2003

    Directed byRod Holcomb

    The Pentagon Papers is a TV special.
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    Restoration is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Restoration

    Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Hoffman

    Restoration is a 1995 American historical drama film directed by Michael Hoffman. It stars... more on Wikipedia

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    10,000 Black Men Named George is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    10,000 Black Men Named George

    Andre Braugher, Mario Van Peebles

    Released2002

    Directed byRobert Townsend

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  • 25
    Villa Rides is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Historical Fiction Movies
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    Villa Rides

    Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson

    Released1968

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    Villa Rides is a 1968 film starring Yul Brynner in toupee in the title role and Robert Mitchum... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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