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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. 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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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

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    85
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    Final Destination 2

    Ali Larter, A. J. Cook

    Released2003

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

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    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2003

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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    46
    25

    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • Riding the Bullet11
    78
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    Riding the Bullet

    David Arquette, Erika Christensen

    Released2004

    Directed byMick Garris

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    58
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    36
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Lynn-Holly Johnson, Dennis Christopher

    Released1985

    Directed byDeran Sarafian

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    Alien Covenant

    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston

    Released2017

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street18
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • New Alcatraz19
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    Dean Cain, Mark Sheppard

    Released2001

    Directed byPhillip J. Roth

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    4
    0

    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • Aliens21
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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1997

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    Jason Coviello, Clay Adams

    Released2005

    Directed byMark Steven Grove

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    Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz

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