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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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  • The Pianist1
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    The Pianist

    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2002

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • Troy2
    64
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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
  • JFK3
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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 on Wikipedia
  • Amistad4
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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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  • Flags of Our Fathers5
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    Flags of Our Fathers

    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford6

    Released2007

    Directed byAndrew Dominik

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  • Rob Roy7
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    Rob Roy

    Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • Das Boot8
    21
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    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer

    Released1981

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • The Passion of the Christ9
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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 on Wikipedia
  • Gettysburg10
    16
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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 on Wikipedia
  • Black Hawk Down11
    22
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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 on Wikipedia
  • United 9312
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    United 93

    Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson

    Released2006

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • Milk13
    19
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    Milk

    James Franco, Sean Penn

    Released2008

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and... more on Wikipedia
  • The King's Speech14
    16
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    The King's Speech

    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth

    Released2010

    Directed byTom Hooper

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  • Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid15
    26
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    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

    Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1973

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

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  • Conspiracy16
    16
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    Conspiracy

    Tom Hiddleston, Colin Firth

    Released2001

    Directed byFrank Pierson

    Conspiracy is a BBC/HBO television film which dramatizes the 1942 Wannsee Conference. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • Death of a President17
    9
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Alexander18
    25
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • We Were Soldiers19
    21
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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 on Wikipedia
  • Bloody Sunday20
    14
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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 on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Hollywoodland21
    11
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • Tombstone22
    20
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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 on Wikipedia
  • Imperium: Augustus23
    10
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    Imperium: Augustus

    Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling

    Released2003

    Directed byRoger Young

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  • Hearts and Minds24
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  • Cadillac Records25
    14
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    Cadillac Records

    Beyoncé Knowles, Elvis Presley

    Released2008

    Directed byDarnell Martin

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