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The Best R-Rated Melodrama Movies 

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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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Among those that have directed a R Melodrama movie are Barbra Streisand and Lars von Trier.

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Melodrama Movies
Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

Released: 1988

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1999

Directed by: James Mangold

Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993 memoir of the same name. The film chronicles Kaysen's 18-month stay at a mental institution. Directed ...more

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Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

Released: 1996

Directed by: Billy Bob Thornton

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Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse

Released: 2000

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Dancer in the Dark is a 2000 Danish musical drama film directed by Lars von Trier and starring Icelandic singer Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan ...more

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Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jeff Pollack

Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by Pollack and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper, from a story by Pollack and Benny Medina. Starring ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more

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Paz Vega, Geraldine Chaplin, Elena Anaya

Released: 2002

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

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Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy

Released: 2003

Directed by: Alan Parker

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Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

Released: 1997

Directed by: Kasi Lemmons

Eve's Bayou is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, who made her directorial debut with this feature. Samuel L. Jackson served as a producer and starred in the film ...more

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Changing Lanes Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Peet

Released: 2002

Directed by: Roger Michell

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Rosario Dawson, Usher, Judd Nelson

Released: 1999

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Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Heath Ledger

Released: 2001

Directed by: Marc Forster

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Penélope Cruz, Kira Miró, Rossy de Palma

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

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Parker Posey, Rachel Miner, Liam Aiken

Released: 1997

Directed by: Hal Hartley

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Loretta Devine, Clifton Powell, Kimberly Elise

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michael Schultz

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Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Udo Kier

Released: 1996

Directed by: Lars von Trier

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Sylvester Stallone, Ken Norton, Laura Misch

Released: 1975

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett

Released: 2000

Directed by: Sally Potter

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Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta, Gabriel Macht

Released: 2004

Directed by: Shainee Gabel

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Jeremy Irons, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung

Released: 1997

Directed by: Wayne Wang

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Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard Eyre

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Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri

Released: 1997

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

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Amy Adams, Mimi Rogers, Sarah Lancaster

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roger Kumble

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Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, Lauren Graham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Carl Franklin

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Holly Hunter, Beau Bridges, Swoosie Kurtz

Released: 1993

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

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