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The Best R-Rated Melodrama Movies

Updated November 29, 2019 259 votes 61 voters 6.7k views

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

This list contains movies like Rain Man and Above the Rim.

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  • Girl, Interrupted1
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    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • Rain Man2
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    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • Talk to Her3
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    Talk to Her

    Paz Vega, Geraldine Chaplin

    Released2002

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

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  • Dancer in the Dark4
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    Dancer in the Dark

    Björk, Catherine Deneuve

    Released2000

    Directed byLars von Trier

    Dancer in the Dark is a 2000 Danish musical drama film directed by Lars von Trier and starring...  more

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  • Above the Rim5
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    Above the Rim

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

    Directed byJeff Pollack

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  • Sling Blade6
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    Sling Blade

    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released1996

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

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  • Cruel Intentions7
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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

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    The Life of David Gale

    Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey

    Released2003

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Broken Embraces

    Penélope Cruz, Kira Miró

    Released2009

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

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    Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2002

    Directed byRoger Michell

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    Eve's Bayou

    Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good

    Released1997

    Directed byKasi Lemmons

    Eve's Bayou is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, who made her...  more
  • Monster's Ball12
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    Monster's Ball

    Halle Berry, Sean Combs

    Released2002

    Directed byMarc Forster

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    Henry Fool

    Parker Posey, Rachel Miner

    Released1997

    Directed byHal Hartley

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    Light It Up

    Rosario Dawson, Usher

    Released1999

    Light It Up is a 1999 American hostage drama film starring an ensemble cast that consists of...  more
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    Woman Thou Art Loosed

    Loretta Devine, Clifton Powell

    Released2004

    Directed byMichael Schultz

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  • The Man Who Cried16
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    The Man Who Cried

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released2000

    Directed bySally Potter

    The Man Who Cried is a 2000 Anglo-French film, written and directed by Sally Potter. The film...  more
  • Georgia Rule17
    2
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    Georgia Rule

    Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda

    Released2007

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Georgia Rule is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and starring Jane...  more

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  • A Love Song for Bobby Long18
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    A Love Song for Bobby Long

    Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta

    Released2004

    Directed byShainee Gabel

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  • Breaking the Waves19
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    Breaking the Waves

    Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

    Released1996

    Directed byLars von Trier

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  • Come See the Paradise20
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    Come See the Paradise

    Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita

    Released1990

    Directed byAlan Parker

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  • Chinese Box21
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    Chinese Box

    Jeremy Irons, Gong Li

    Released1997

    Directed byWayne Wang

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    Mandingo

    Sylvester Stallone, Ken Norton

    Released1975

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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    Notes on a Scandal

    Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench

    Released2006

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    Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger

    Released1998

    Directed byCarl Franklin

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