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The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies

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

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  • 1
    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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  • 4
    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 6
    Munich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Blow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Blow

    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz

    Released2001

    Directed byTed Demme

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    Rob Roy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Rob Roy

    Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • 9
    Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Enemy at the Gates

    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

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    The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    The Good Shepherd

    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro

    Released2006

    Directed byRobert De Niro

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  • 11
    Gosford Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Gosford Park

    Helen Mirren, Clive Owen

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Altman

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  • 12
    Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Billy Elliot

    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Daldry

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  • 13
    Amistad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 14
    The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    The English Patient

    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1996

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    Casualties of War is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Casualties of War

    Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 16
    Casino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Casino

    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro

    Released1995

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 18
    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    The Godfather Part III

    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton

    Released1990

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Open Range is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

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    Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Kinsey

    Liam Neeson, Tim Curry

    Released2004

    Directed byBill Condon

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    Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Dead Presidents

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Capote is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Capote

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper

    Released2005

    Directed byBennett Miller

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett

    Released1999

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    Gods and Monsters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies
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    Gods and Monsters

    Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser

    Released1998

    Directed byBill Condon

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