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The Best R-Rated Indie Movies

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

Movies on this list include Pulp Fiction and The Big Lebowski.

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

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

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    The Full Monty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    The Full Monty

    Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Cattaneo

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    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Election is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Election

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick

    Released1999

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Buffalo '66 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Buffalo '66

    Christina Ricci, Mickey Rourke

    Released1998

    Directed byVincent Gallo

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    American Splendor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    American Splendor

    Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman

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    The Boondock Saints is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    The Boondock Saints

    Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus

    Released1999

    Directed byTroy Duffy

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    2 Days in Paris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    2 Days in Paris

    Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl

    Released2007

    Directed byJulie Delpy

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    The Fisher King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    The Fisher King

    Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges

    Released1991

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Primer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Primer

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan

    Released2004

    Directed byShane Carruth

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    Chasing Amy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Chasing Amy

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1997

    Directed byKevin Smith

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    Charlie Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Charlie Bartlett

    Robert Downey Jr., Kat Dennings

    Released2007

    Directed byJon Poll

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    Precious: Based on the Novel P is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Released2009

    Directed byLee Daniels

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    Sling Blade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Sling Blade

    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released1996

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Before Sunset is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Before Sunset

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released2004

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    The Basketball Diaries is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    The Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1995

    Directed byScott Kalvert

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    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Shadow of the Vampire

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich

    Released2000

    Directed byE. Elias Merhige

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    Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
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    Synecdoche, New York

    Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2008

    Directed byCharlie Kaufman

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