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

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Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman, Peter Berg
The Last Seduction is a 1994 neo-noir thriller film directed by John Dahl, and features Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, and Bill Pullman. Fiorentino's performance generated talk of an Oscar ...more
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Ben Stiller, Kim Dickens, Ryan O'Neal
Zero Effect is a 1998 mystery film written and directed by Jake Kasdan. It stars Bill Pullman as "the world's most private detective" Daryl Zero and Ben Stiller as his assistant Steve ...more
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Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand
Lone Star is a 1996 drama, mystery, romance film written and directed by John Sayles.
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Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams
One False Move is a 1992 American thriller film co-written by Billy Bob Thornton. The film stars Thornton alongside Bill Paxton and Cynda Williams and was directed by Carl Franklin. The ...more
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Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle
Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, and directed by Dennis Hopper. The film takes place in the gang ridden neighborhoods of South ...more
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Liev Schreiber, Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver
Big Night is a 1996 American motion picture drama with comedic overtones directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci. Produced by David Kirkpatrick and Jonathan Filley for the Samuel Goldwyn ...more
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Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Robbie Coltrane
Mona Lisa is a 1986 British neo-noir mystery drama about an ex-convict who becomes entangled in the dangerous life of a high-class call girl. The film was written by Neil Jordan and David ...more
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd
This film is a 1992 American drama-thriller film and directed by Katt Shea. Andy Ruben transformed Melissa Goddard's story into the screenplay. It stars Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom ...more
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Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity, David Copperfield
Terror Train is a 1980 slasher film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Johnson and David Copperfield. It follows the members of a college fraternity who played a ...more
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Donald Sutherland, Tina Louise, Leslie Nielsen
The Kentucky Fried Movie is an 1977 American anthology comedy film, released in 1977 and directed by John Landis. The film's writers were the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, ...more
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Hearts and Minds is a 1974 American documentary film about the Vietnam War directed by Peter Davis. The film's title is based on a quote from President Lyndon B. Johnson: "the ultimate ...more
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth
My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title ...more
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Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek
Affliction is an American drama film produced in 1997, written and directed by Paul Schrader from the novel by Russell Banks. It stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn and Willem Dafoe. ...more
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Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Charles Horvath
A Woman Under the Influence is a 1974 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes. It focuses on a woman whose unusual behavior leads her husband to commit her for psychiatric ...more
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Tom Waits, Ellen Barkin, Roberto Benigni
Down by Law is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. The film centers on the arrest, incarceration, ...more
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Carlos Gallardo, Juan García, María Castillo
El Mariachi is a 1992 American action film and the first installment in the saga that came to be known as Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy. It marked the debut of Rodriguez as writer and ...more
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Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies
Def Jam's How to Be a Player is a 1997 comedy film, starring Bill Bellamy, Natalie Desselle and Bernie Mac. The film was directed by Lionel C. Martin, and written by Mark Brown and Demetria ...more
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Arthur Kennedy, Anita Colby, Ray Lovelock
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and Don't Open the Window, is a 1974 Spanish-Italian horror film written and directed by Jorge Grau and starring Ray ...more
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Tom Cruise, Jackie Earle Haley, Shelley Long
Losin' It is a 1983 comedy film starring Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, Jackie Earle Haley, and John Stockwell. The film is directed by Curtis Hanson. It was filmed largely in Calexico, California.
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Mischa Barton, Emily VanCamp, Piper Perabo
Lost and Delirious is a 2001 Canadian drama film directed by Léa Pool and loosely based on the novel The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan. Lost and Delirious is filmed from the perspective of ...more
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Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen and produced by Charles H. Joffe. The screenplay was written by Allen and Marshall Brickman. Allen co-stars as a ...more
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Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson
New Jack City is a 1991 American thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more
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Michael Ironside, Louis Ferreira, Terri Hawkes
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II is a 1987 film, the second installment in the Prom Night saga. It introduced the killer ghost Mary Lou Maloney, who returned in 1989's Prom Night III: The Last
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Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee
School Daze is a 1988 American musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and starring Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin. Based in part on Spike Lee's ...more
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Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Joie Lee
She's Gotta Have It is a 1986 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It is Lee's first feature-length film. The film stars Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks and ...more