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

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Released: 1980

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

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Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Wan

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Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

Released: 2007

Directed by: Oren Peli

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Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter

Released: 2003

Directed by: David R. Ellis

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Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
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Released: 2004

Directed by: James Wan

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Released: 2016

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The Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

Released: 1974

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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Released: 2003

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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Released: 1981

Directed by: John Landis

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Mick Garris

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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Horror Movies
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wes Craven

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John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

Released: 1976

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Lynn-Holly Johnson, Dennis Christopher, Martin Hewitt

Released: 1985

Directed by: Deran Sarafian

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Released: 2001

Directed by: Phillip J. Roth

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Released: 2013

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Released: 1996

Directed by: John A. Russo

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