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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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  • Halloween1
    197
    64

    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • The Exorcist2
    184
    64

    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre3
    175
    61

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

  • The Shining4
    159
    55

    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • Psycho5
    137
    43

    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street6
    181
    76

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • Alien7
    123
    38

    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Friday the 13th8
    141
    52

    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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  • Dawn of the Dead9
    116
    41

    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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  • Saw10
    127
    56

    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

  • Carrie11
    106
    41

    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • The Thing12
    114
    48

    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

  • Aliens13
    91
    31

    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

  • Friday the 13th Part 214
    93
    33

    Friday the 13th Part 2

    Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor

    Released1981

    Directed bySteve Miner

  • The Lost Boys15
    86
    28

    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 28 Days Later16
    90
    31

    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

  • Scream17
    105
    46

    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

  • Piercing18
    111
    52

    Piercing

    Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska

    Released2019

    Directed byNicholas Pesce

  • The Prodigy19
    127
    66

    The Prodigy

    Taylor Schilling, Colm Feore

    Released2019

    Directed byNicholas McCarthy

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  • Pet Sematary20
    73
    22

    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

  • Halloween II21
    72
    23

    Halloween II

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey

    Released1981

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

  • Greta22
    97
    45

    Greta

    Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2019

    Directed byNeil Jordan

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors23
    73
    26

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1987

    Directed byChuck Russell

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  • Rosemary's Baby24
    59
    16

    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • Hellraiser25
    88
    42

    Hellraiser

    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson

    Released1987

    Directed byClive Barker