Photo: Freebase/Public domain

The Best R-Rated Melodrama Movies 

432 votes 59 voters 6.2k views

List Rules Add your favorite movie to the list if it's missing, but only if it's the correct rating.

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.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated melodramatic movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated melodramatic movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new melodramatic movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great melodramatic movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

You could always re-rank this list as your own then share it on your social networks to get a count of what only your friends think. (63 items)

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

list ordered by
Ranker Video
Georgia Rule
Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman
Georgia Rule is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney, Garrett Hedlund, and Cary Elwes. The ...more

More Georgia Rule 

#14 of 30 The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made #131 of 167 The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Melodrama Movies
Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino
Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who ...more

More Rain Man 

#320 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #73 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtrackslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg
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

More Girl, Interrupted 

#669 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #158 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
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

More Sling Blade 

#475 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #247 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse
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

More Dancer in the Dark 

#272 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #47 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

Ranker Video
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid
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

More Cruel Intentions 

#208 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #116 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

Ranker Video
Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans
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

More Above the Rim 

#102 of 720 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #18 of 35 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens

Ranker Video
Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy
The Life of David Gale is a 2003 thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles Randolph. To date, it is Parker's last film as a director. The film is an international ...more

More The Life of David Gale 

#120 of 178 The Best Mystery Movies #156 of 209 The Best R-Rated Crime Thriller Movies

Ranker Video
Karoline Herfurth, Stefan Kurt, Anna Maria Mühe
Big Girls Don't Cry is a 2002 film. It is written and directed by Maria von Heland.
Ranker Video
Hanna Schygulla, Ivan Desny, Klaus Löwitsch
The Marriage of Maria Braun is a 1979 West German film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The film stars Hanna Schygulla as Maria, whose marriage to the soldier Hermann remained unfulfilled ...more
Ranker Video
Tilda Swinton, Josh Lucas, Goran Višnjić
The Deep End is a 2001 film written and directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee. It stars Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker and Josh Lucas and was released by Fox Searchlight ...more
Ranker Video
James Woods, Sean Young, Steven Hill
The Boost is a 1988 drama film directed by Harold Becker. It stars James Woods, Sean Young, John Kapelos, Steven Hill, June Chandler and Amanda Blake.
Ranker Video
Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Colm Meaney
Come See the Paradise is a 1990 drama film written and directed by Alan Parker, and starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita. Set before and during World War II, the film depicts the treatment of ...more

More Come See the Paradise 

#200 of 212 The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked #109 of 132 The Most Powerful Movies About Racism #49 of 75 The Best Dennis Quaid Movies

Ranker Video
Ewan McGregor, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard E. Grant
The Serpent's Kiss is a 1997 film directed by Philippe Rousselot. It is a story about a Dutch garden architect named Meneer Chrome who has been hired by a wealthy metalworker to create an ...more
Ranker Video
Rebecca Romijn, Sissy Spacek, Dave Matthews
Lake City is a 2008 American drama film directed by Perry Moore and Hunter Hill and stars Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity and Dave Matthews.
Ranker Video
Cesar Romero, Doris Roberts, John Spencer
Ranker Video
Mia Kirshner, Brian Dennehy, Judd Hirsch
Out of the Cold is a 1999 drama film directed by Aleksandr Buravsky.
Ranker Video
Colin Farrell, Robin Wright, Sissy Spacek
A Home at the End of the World is a 2004 drama film directed by Michael Mayer. The screenplay by Michael Cunningham was adapted from his 1990 novel of the same title.

More A Home at the End of the World 

#42 of 395 The Best Gay Themed Movies #17 of 89 The Best R-Rated Gay Movies #5 of 40 The Best Colin Farrell Movies

Ranker Video
Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Deborra-Lee Furness
Jindabyne is a 2006 Australian drama film by director Ray Lawrence and starring Gabriel Byrne, Laura Linney, Deborra-Lee Furness and John Howard. Jindabyne was filmed entirely on location in and ...more
Ranker Video
Louis Gossett, Jr., Glynn Turman
J. D.'s Revenge is a blaxploitation horror film released in 1976. It starred Glynn Turman and Lou Gossett. The main character becomes an unwilling host for the restless spirit of J.D. Walker, a ...more
Ranker Video
John Travolta, Lily Tomlin, James Luisi
Moment by Moment is a 1978 film starring John Travolta and Lily Tomlin. The film was written and directed by Jane Wagner.
Ranker Video
David Hemmings, Tom Bell, Tony Beckley
The Long Day's Dying is a 1968 war film directed by Peter Collinson and starring David Hemmings. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival was cancelled due to ...more
Ranker Video
Debbie Harry, Mark Ruffalo, Alfred Molina
My Life Without Me is a 2003 Canadian drama film directed by Isabel Coixet and starring Sarah Polley, Mark Ruffalo, Scott Speedman, and Leonor Watling. Based on the book Pretending the Bed Is a ...more
Ranker Video
Paz Vega, Geraldine Chaplin, Elena Anaya
Talk to Her is a 2002 Spanish drama written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, and starring Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rosario ...more

More Talk to Her 

#373 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #68 of 76 The Best Oscar-Winning Screenplayslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll
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

More Eve's Bayou 

#26 of 720 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #472 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars