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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.

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Among those that have directed a History R movie are Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg.

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated History Movies
Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

Released: 1991

Directed by: Oliver Stone

JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

Released: 1981

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. ...more

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#373 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #13 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mel Gibson

The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the ...more

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#259 of 351 The Best Movies Based On Books #670 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on his series of articles published in ...more

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#120 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #69 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Againlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

Released: 2002

Directed by: Roman Polanski

The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The ...more

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Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

Released: 2002

Directed by: Randall Wallace

We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book We Were ...more

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Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2004

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Troy is a 2004 epic period war film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, loosely based on Homer's Iliad. After Paris smuggles Queen Helen to Troy, Achilles leads his Myrmidons along with the rest of ...more

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Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom Hooper

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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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated History Movies
Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael ...more

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#10 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #328 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

Released: 2006

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the ...more

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#31 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #15 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

Released: 1997

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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 taken and managed ...more

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#22 of 33 The Best Steven Spielberg Movies #535 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #50 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2007

Directed by: Andrew Dominik

This film is a 2007 American western drama film written and directed by Andrew Dominik. Adaptated from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel of the same name, the film dramatizes the relationship between ...more

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#92 of 236 The Best Movies Based on True Stories #55 of 68 The Best Movies That Are Super Long

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Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

Rob Roy is a 1995 adventure film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Liam Neeson stars as Rob Roy MacGregor, an 18th-century Scottish clan chief who battles with an unscrupulous nobleman in the ...more

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#121 of 236 The Best Movies Based on True Stories #17 of 22 The Best Period Movies Set in the 18th Century

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Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

Released: 2004

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Downfall is a 2004 German film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, depicting the final ten days of Adolf Hitler's reign over Nazi Germany in 1945. The film is written and produced by Bernd ...more

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#36 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #187 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles, Jr. and Paul Haggis. It is based on the book of the same name ...more

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#106 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #82 of 116 The Best Native American Movies #14 of 82 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books

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ChrisWest added Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. The film starred Tom ...more

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#216 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #8 of 56 The Best '90s Western Movies

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Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon

Released: 2006

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

United 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11 attacks of ...more

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#54 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again #295 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Timelisted on The Best Movies About 9/11

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Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn

Released: 1973

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan, and written by Rudy Wurlitzer. The film is about an aging ...more

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#75 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #111 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #265 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Wilson Yip

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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Marek Walczewski, Henryk Bista, Zdzisław Mrożewski

Released: 1977

Directed by: Jerzy Kawalerowicz

Death of a President is a 1977 Polish drama film directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. It was entered into the 28th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear for an outstanding ...more
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James Nesbitt, Gerard McSorley, Tim Pigott-Smith

Released: 2002

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Bloody Sunday is a 2002 film about the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland. Although produced by Granada Television as a TV film, it premiered at the Sundance ...more
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Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated History Movies
Conspiracy Tom Hiddleston, Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh

Released: 2001

Directed by: Frank Pierson

Conspiracy is a BBC/HBO television film which dramatizes the 1942 Wannsee Conference. The film delves into the psychology of Nazi officials involved in the "Final Solution of the Jewish ...more
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Jude Law, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Fry

Released: 1997

Directed by: Brian Gilbert

Wilde is a 1997 British biographical film directed by Brian Gilbert with Stephen Fry in the title role. The screenplay by Julian Mitchell is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 biography of ...more

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#75 of 417 The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies #74 of 207 The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies

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Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Robin Tunney

Released: 2006

Directed by: Allen Coulter

Hollywoodland is a 2006 American period detective film directed by Allen Coulter in his feature directorial debut. The story presents a fictionalized account of the circumstances surrounding the ...more

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Rutger Hauer, Abraham Murphy, Kasia Smutniak

Released: 2009

Directed by: Renzo Martinelli

Barbarossa is a 2009 film set primarily in northern Italy during the late 12th century. Despite the film's title, Friedrich "Barbarossa" features only as a supporting character in this ...more