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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.

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  • Rob Roy1
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    Rob Roy

    Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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

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  • United 932
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    United 93

    Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson

    Released2006

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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

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  • Amistad3
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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

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  • Alexander4
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    Alexander

    Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer

    Released2004

    Directed byOliver Stone, Wilhelm Sasnal, Anka Sasnal

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

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  • Bowling for Columbine5
    Bowling for Columbine is a 2002 American documentary film written, directed, and narrated by...  more
  • The Passion of the Christ6
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

    The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson...  more

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  • We Were Soldiers7
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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

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  • Das Boot8
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    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer

    Released1981

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by...  more

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  • The Pianist9
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    The Pianist

    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2002

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski,...  more

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  • Black Hawk Down10
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an...  more

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  • JFK11
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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It...  more

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  • Ip Man12
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    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam

    Released2008

    Directed byWilson Yip

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

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  • Troy13
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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

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  • Changeling14
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    Changeling

    Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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

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  • The King's Speech15
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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

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  • Defiance16
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    Defiance

    Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber

    Released2008

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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

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  • Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid17
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    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

    Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1973

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James...  more
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  • Tombstone18
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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

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

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  • Death of a President19
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    Death of a President

    Marek Walczewski, Henryk Bista

    Released1977

    Directed byJerzy Kawalerowicz

    Death of a President is a 1977 Polish drama film directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. It was...  more
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  • Gettysburg20
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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

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

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  • Bloody Sunday21
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    Bloody Sunday

    James Nesbitt, Gerard McSorley

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    Bloody Sunday is a 2002 film about the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" shootings in Derry, Northern...  more
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  • Heaven's Gate22
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    Heaven's Gate

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Cimino

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

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  • Wilde23
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    Wilde

    Jude Law, Orlando Bloom

    Released1997

    Directed byBrian Gilbert

    Wilde is a 1997 British biographical film directed by Brian Gilbert with Stephen Fry in the...  more

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  • Hollywoodland24
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    Hollywoodland

    Ben Affleck, Diane Lane

    Released2006

    Directed byAllen Coulter

    Hollywoodland is a 2006 American period detective film directed by Allen Coulter in his...  more

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  • Barbarossa25
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    Barbarossa

    Rutger Hauer, Abraham Murphy

    Released2009

    Directed byRenzo Martinelli

    Barbarossa is a 2009 film set primarily in northern Italy during the late 12th century....  more