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The Best R-Rated Horror Movies

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

Everything from The Shining to Alien is included on this list.

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

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

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  • 1
    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 4
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 6
    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 7
    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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  • 8
    Alien is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 9
    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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  • 10
    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 11
    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 12
    Friday the 13th Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Friday the 13th Part 2

    Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor

    Released1981

    Directed bySteve Miner

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  • 13
    The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    The Prodigy

    Taylor Schilling, Colm Feore

    Released2019

    Directed byNicholas McCarthy

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  • 14
    Saw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 15
    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • 17
    Scream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 18
    Piercing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Piercing

    Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska

    Released2019

    Directed byNicholas Pesce

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  • 19
    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 20
    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

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  • 21
    Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Halloween II

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey

    Released1981

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

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  • 22
    Greta is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Greta

    Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2019

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: D is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1987

    Directed byChuck Russell

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    Velvet Buzzsaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Velvet Buzzsaw

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

    Released2019

    Directed byDan Gilroy

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  • 25
    Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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    Hellraiser

    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson

    Released1987

    Directed byClive Barker

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