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The Best R-Rated History Movies

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

With movies ranging from The King's Speech to The Pianist, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated history movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated history movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new history movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great history movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson
    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965....  more

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    Rob Roy

    Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange
    Rob Roy is a 1995 adventure film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Liam Neeson stars as Rob Roy...  more

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    #51 of 102 The Best 1990s Action Movies#39 of 47 The Best Historical Movies from the '90s

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    United 93

    Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson
    United 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that...  more

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    #2 of 26 The Best Movies About 9/11#312 of 318 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey
    Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story...  more

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    Alexander

    Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer
    Alexander is a 2004 action adventure biography film written by Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle...  more

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    Bowling for Columbine

    Michael Moore, Charlton Heston
    Bowling for Columbine is a 2002 American documentary film written, directed, and narrated by...  more
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    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam
    Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life...  more

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    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana
    Troy is a 2004 epic period war film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, loosely based on Homer's...  more

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    The King's Speech

    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth
    The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written...  more

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    Changeling

    Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich
    Changeling is a 2008 American drama film, written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed,...  more

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    Defiance

    Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber
    Defiance is a 2008 WWII era film written, produced, and directed by Edward Zwick, and set...  more

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    #160 of 376 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#113 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

    Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson
    This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James...  more

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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman
    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It...  more

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    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer
    Das Boot is a 1982 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by...  more

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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger
    Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the...  more

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    Death of a President

    Marek Walczewski, Henryk Bista
    Death of a President is a 1977 Polish drama film directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. It was...  more
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    Bloody Sunday

    James Nesbitt, Gerard McSorley
    Bloody Sunday is a 2002 film about the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" shootings in Derry, Northern...  more
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel
    The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson...  more

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    Heaven's Gate

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe
    Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. It...  more

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    #452 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#478 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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    Wilde

    Jude Law, Orlando Bloom
    Wilde is a 1997 British biographical film directed by Brian Gilbert with Stephen Fry in the...  more

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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell
    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin...  more

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    Hollywoodland

    Ben Affleck, Diane Lane
    Hollywoodland is a 2006 American period detective film directed by Allen Coulter in his...  more

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    Barbarossa

    Rutger Hauer, Abraham Murphy
    Barbarossa is a 2009 film set primarily in northern Italy during the late 12th century....  more
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    The Warrior

    Zhang Ziyi, Jung Woo-sung
    Musa, released as both The Warrior and The Ultimate Warrior in English-speaking countries, is...  more

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    #34 of 152 The Best Wuxia Movies#144 of 205 The Best R-Rated War Movies

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    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

    Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman
    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is a 1999 French historical drama film directed by Luc...  more

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