Graveyard Shift 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. These horror movies are all R-Rated, so if you want a more broad look at the genre check out The Best horror Movies of All Time. 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 you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

List ranges from Paranormal Activity to Final Destination 2 and more.

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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Alfred Hitchcock and Ridley Scott have both directed a Horror R film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more

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Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more

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Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie arrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, though Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems, who produced the ...more

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen ...more

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Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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TheNewCODSonicHaloFan1997 added Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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TheNewCODSonicHaloFan1997 added Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are taken out one by one while attempting ...more

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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield P... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
TheNewCODSonicHaloFan1997 added Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the third installment in The Conjuring series. Ed and Lorraine ...more

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TheNewCODSonicHaloFan1997 added Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 horror comedy film written and directed by John Landis, and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne. The film starts with two young ...more

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TheNewCODSonicHaloFan1997 added Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams Get Out is a 2017 satirical horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. A young African American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, ...more

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Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter Final Destination 2 is a 2003 supernatural American horror film directed by David R. Ellis. The screenplay by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress was from a story by Gruber, Bress, and series ...more

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Alien Covenant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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Saw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
TheNewCODSonicHaloFan1997 added Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more

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Hayden the Monster Man added Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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TheNewCODSonicHaloFan1997 added Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Wentworth Miller Underworld is a 2003 action horror film directed by Len Wiseman about the secret history of Vampires and Lycans. It is the first installment in the Underworld series. The main plot revolves ...more

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George Clooney, Maureen McCormick, Alex Rocco Return to Horror High is a 1987 American comedy/horror film. It was executive produced by Greg H. Sims, directed by Bill Froehlich, and written by Mark Lisson, Dana Escalante, Greg H. Sims and ...more

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Necessary Evil Danny Trejo, Lance Henriksen, Richard Riehle Necessary Evil is an American thriller film from 2008. It was directed by Peter J. Eaton, written by Eric Feldman and Christopher James Harvill, starring Frank Novak, Donald Agnelli and Lance ...more

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Lynn-Holly Johnson, Dennis Christopher, Martin Hewitt The Falling is a 1987 movie starring Dennis Christopher, Martin Hewitt, and Lynn-Holly Johnson. This film was also known as Alien Predator and Mutant 2.

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Tennyson Loeh, Erik Rutherford, Marty Daniels Lady of the Lake is the titular name of the ruler of Avalon in the Arthurian legend. She plays a pivotal role in many stories, including giving King Arthur his sword Excalibur, enchanting ...more

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TheNewCODSonicHaloFan1997 added David Arquette, Erika Christensen, Barbara Hershey Riding the Bullet is a 2004 horror film, directed by Mick Garris. It is an adaptation of a Stephen King novella of the same name. The movie, which received a limited theatrical release, was not ...more

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Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced, photographed, edited, and directed by Oren Peli. The film centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who ...more

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The Fiend David Lodge, Patrick Magee, Tony Beckley The Fiend is a 1972 British serial killer horror film, directed by Robert Hartford-Davis and starring Ann Todd, Tony Beckley and Patrick Magee. The film is set against a background of religious ...more

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Deep in the Woods Denis Lavant, Clotilde, Princess of Venice and Piedmont Deep in the Woods is a 2000 French horror film directed by Lionel Delplanque. The film is about a troupe of five young actors who are hired to perform at a remote chateau for Baron Axel De ...more

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Raw Meat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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Debbie Rochon, Grant Cramer, Marilyn Eastman Santa Claws is a 1996 horror film written and directed by John A. Russo. It stars Debbie Rochon as a Scream Queen B-movie actress who is stalked by an obsessed fan. The film gives an insider's ...more

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Jason Coviello, Clay Adams, Jennifer Summers Shadow Walkers is a 2012 action, horror film directed by Vander McLeod and Tingyi Liu. Set in an alternate post apocalyptic zombie infested universe, a black op commando is left for dead ...more

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Minori Terada, Kyusaku Shimada, Satoshi Tsumabuki Dragon Head is a post-apocalyptic disaster manga by Minetaro Mochizuki. It was published by Kodansha in Young Magazine from 1995 and 2000 and collected in ten tankōbon volumes. It is licensed in ...more

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The Night Evelyn Came Out of t... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave Erika Blanc, Anthony Steffen, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave is a 1971 Italian giallo film directed by Emilio Miraglia. It was released in 1971.

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New Alcatraz Dean Cain, Mark Sheppard, Craig Wasson New Alcatraz, is a 2001 direct-to-video B-horror film. It was directed by Phillip Roth.

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Laura Johnson, Michael Beck, Beatrice Straight Psychotic Connections is a 3-film collection.