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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
Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence
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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Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter
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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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis
The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, and Mark Wahlberg from the non-fiction work of the same ...more

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon
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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Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico
This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero's series, but contains no characters or settings from them, ...more

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The Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal
This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman
Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette
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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Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris
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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Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid
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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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth
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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Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman, Peter Berg
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Léon: The Profess... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno
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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock
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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Indie Movies
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe
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Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy
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Gael García Bernal, Mía Maestro, Nidia Bermejo
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Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood
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