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The Best R-Rated Political Thriller Movies  

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

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Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg have both directed a R Political thriller film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo
In the Line of Fire is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich. Written by Jeff Maguire, the film is about a ...more

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#290 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #181 of 258 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #385 of 601 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman
Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to take out a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up. It was written by ...more

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#47 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #27 of 32 Blockbusters With No Cultural Impact Whatsoever, Rankedlisted on The Very Best Movies About Hackers

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Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that ...more

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#49 of 569 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #236 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand
Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Chris Gerolmo. It was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the incidents involving of three ...more

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#262 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #223 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same name by ...more

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#57 of 156 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made #264 of 265 The Best Ensemble Movies #27 of 75 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow
Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. The screenplay by ...more

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#198 of 258 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #1,237 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on The Very Best Movies About Hackers

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Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris
Absolute Power is a 1997 American political thriller film produced by, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1996 novel Absolute Power by ...more

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#205 of 258 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #1,136 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #28 of 45 The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood

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Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones
Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, but with ...more

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#177 of 258 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #39 of 59 Every Movie Coming To Netflix In January 2020 #46 of 80 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

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Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman
No Way Out is a 1987 thriller film. It stars Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and Sean Young. Will Patton, Howard Duff, George Dzundza, Jason Bernard, Fred Thompson, and Iman appear in supporting ...more

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#217 of 258 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #54 of 94 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time #145 of 519 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

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Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt
This film is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay by Jeffrey Boam was based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film stars ...more

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#139 of 258 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #327 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #10 of 52 The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Rhona Mitra
Shooter is a 2007 American conspiracy action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. The film concerns a former U.S. Marine Scout Sniper, ...more

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#839 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #55 of 80 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time #15 of 23 Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda

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Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling
Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62 million in the United States and $143 million worldwide and received ...more

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#6 of 75 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives #5 of 26 The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives #144 of 220 The Best R-Rated Action Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck
The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, about the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the ...more

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#384 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #14 of 134 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema Historylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush
Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more

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#216 of 383 The Best War Movies Ever #16 of 33 The Best Steven Spielberg Moviesfeaturing The Top Must-See Attractions in Munich

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Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy
The Constant Gardener is a 2005 drama thriller film directed by Fernando Meirelles. The screenplay by Jeffrey Caine is based on the John le Carré novel of the same name. The film follows ...more

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#415 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #111 of 241 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn
The Parallax View is a 1974 American political thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula, and starring Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels and Paula Prentiss. The film was ...more

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#136 of 146 The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time #189 of 318 The Best Political Films Ever Made #113 of 200 The Best R-Rated Psychological Thriller Movies

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The Hunt for Red October... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Political Thriller Movies
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The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John McTiernan, based on the 1984 novel by Tom Clancy. In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine ...more

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#72 of 383 The Best War Movies Ever #104 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Bookslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington
Courage Under Fire is a 1996 film directed by Edward Zwick, and starring Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips and Matt Damon.

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#241 of 383 The Best War Movies Ever #361 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on The Best Movies About the Gulf War

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William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy
Gorky Park is a 1983 film based on the novel Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. It was directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Dennis Potter. The main stars of the film are William Hurt as ...more

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#1,305 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #60 of 318 The Best Political Films Ever Made #35 of 134 The Best Political Thriller Movies

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Seberg Starring Kristen Stewart, Jack O'Connell, Anthony Mackie
Seberg is a 2019 political thriller film directed by Benedict Andrews, from a screenplay by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. The F.B.I.'s surveillance program COINTELPRO begins to target ...more

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#166 of 239 The Best Movies Based on True Stories #261 of 318 The Best Political Films Ever Madefeaturing The True Story Behind 'Seberg,' Kristen Stewart's Jean Seberg Movie

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Tim Burton
Hoffa is a 1992 French-American biographical film directed by Danny DeVito and written by David Mamet, based on the life of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Jack Nicholson plays Hoffa, and ...more

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Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija
The Quiet American is a 2002 film adaptation of Graham Greene's bestselling novel of the same name. It was directed by Phillip Noyce and starred Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, and Do Thi Hai ...more

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#477 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #52 of 75 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives #104 of 318 The Best Political Films Ever Made

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George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet
Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more

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Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Steve Guttenberg
The Boys from Brazil is a 1978 British-American thriller film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It stars Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier and features James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen and ...more
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Diane Lane, Wesley Snipes, Alan Alda
This film is a 1997 action film starring Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Dennis Miller, Ronny Cox, Daniel Benzali, and Alan Alda. The 1600 in the title refers to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the address ...more