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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.

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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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Among those that have directed a Indie film R movie are Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen.

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Carpenter

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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Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

Released: 1996

Directed by: Billy Bob Thornton

Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the lead role. It tells the story of a man named Karl Childers with ...more

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1995

Directed by: Scott Kalvert

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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

Released: 1992

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles ...more

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Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

Released: 1978

Directed by: George A. Romero

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Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris

Released: 2003

Directed by: Sofia Coppola

Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi. The ...more

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The Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

Released: 1974

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

Released: 2006

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

Released: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

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Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier

Released: 1994

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also appears in the film as Silent Bob. Starring Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson ...more

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

Released: 1986

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2005

Directed by: David Slade

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Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt

Released: 2010

Directed by: Debra Granik

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Gael García Bernal, Mía Maestro, Nidia Bermejo

Released: 2004

Directed by: Walter Salles

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Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Kaye

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Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu

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Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein

Released: 1999

Directed by: Alexander Payne

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Léon: The Profess... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

Released: 1994

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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