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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.

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    The Full Monty

    Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Cattaneo

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  • Pulp Fiction2
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Election3
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    Election

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick

    Released1999

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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  • Halloween4
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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Buffalo '66

    Christina Ricci, Mickey Rourke

    Released1998

    Directed byVincent Gallo

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street6
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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  • Memento8
    22
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    The Boondock Saints

    Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus

    Released1999

    Directed byTroy Duffy

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  • American Splendor10
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    American Splendor

    Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman

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  • 2 Days in Paris11
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    2 Days in Paris

    Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl

    Released2007

    Directed byJulie Delpy

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  • The Fisher King12
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    The Fisher King

    Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges

    Released1991

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • Primer13
    22
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    Primer

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan

    Released2004

    Directed byShane Carruth

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  • Chasing Amy14
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    Chasing Amy

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1997

    Directed byKevin Smith

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  • Charlie Bartlett15
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    Charlie Bartlett

    Robert Downey Jr., Kat Dennings

    Released2007

    Directed byJon Poll

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  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire16
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    Released2009

    Directed byLee Daniels

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  • Sling Blade17
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    Sling Blade

    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released1996

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

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  • Dawn of the Dead18
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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  • Before Sunset19
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    Before Sunset

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released2004

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • The Basketball Diaries20
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    The Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1995

    Directed byScott Kalvert

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  • Platoon21
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre22
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • Seven23
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • Shadow of the Vampire24
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    Shadow of the Vampire

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich

    Released2000

    Directed byE. Elias Merhige

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  • Synecdoche, New York25
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    Synecdoche, New York

    Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2008

    Directed byCharlie Kaufman

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