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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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  • 1
    The Dead Zone
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    The Dead Zone

    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

    Released1983

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    This film is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    The Constant Gardener
    56
    10

    The Constant Gardener

    Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2005

    Directed byFernando Meirelles

    The Constant Gardener is a 2005 drama thriller film directed by Fernando Meirelles. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Syriana
    57
    16

    Syriana

    George Clooney, Matt Damon

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Gaghan

    Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    The Hunt for Red October
    42
    6

    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Murder at 1600
    46
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    Murder at 1600

    Diane Lane, Wesley Snipes

    Released1997

    Directed byDwight H. Little

    This film is a 1997 action film starring Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Dennis Miller, Ronny Cox,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Mercury Rising
    38
    11

    Mercury Rising

    Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin

    Released1998

    Directed byHarold Becker

    Mercury Rising is a 1998 American action thriller film starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin.... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Parallax View
    52
    25

    The Parallax View

    Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss

    Released1974

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    The Parallax View is a 1974 American political thriller film directed and produced by Alan J.... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The International
    35
    11

    The International

    Naomi Watts, Clive Owen

    Released2009

    Directed byTom Tykwer

    The International is a 2009 German–American action thriller film directed by Tom Tykwer. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Enemy of the State
    37
    13

    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

    Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    In the Line of Fire
    52
    32

    In the Line of Fire

    Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich

    Released1993

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    In the Line of Fire is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Patriot Games
    30
    12

    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Unthinkable
    27
    10

    Unthinkable

    Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2010

    Directed byGregor Jordan

    Unthinkable is a 2010 American suspense thriller film directed by Gregor Jordan and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Red Corner
    26
    10

    Red Corner

    Richard Gere, Bai Ling

    Released1997

    Directed byJon Avnet

    Red Corner is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by Jon Avnet and starring Richard... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Spy Game
    22
    9

    Spy Game

    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford

    Released2001

    Directed byTony Scott

    Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Mississippi Burning
    30
    19

    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Art of War
    17
    7

    The Art of War

    Donald Sutherland, Wesley Snipes

    Released2000

    Directed byChristian Duguay

    The Art of War is a 2000 Canadian-American action film directed by Christian Duguay, starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Three Days of the Condor
    31
    25

    Three Days of the Condor

    Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway

    Released1975

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Air Force One
    39
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    33
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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2011

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Absolute Power
    28
    26

    Absolute Power

    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman

    Released1997

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Absolute Power is a 1997 American political thriller film produced by, directed by, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Hoffa
    13
    8

    Hoffa

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1992

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Hoffa is a 1992 French-American biographical film directed by Danny DeVito and written by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    No Way Out
    27
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    No Way Out

    Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner

    Released1987

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    No Way Out is a 1987 thriller film. It stars Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and Sean Young. Will... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Year of the Gun
    10
    6

    Year of the Gun

    Sharon Stone, Valeria Golino

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Year of the Gun is a 1991 American thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer and starred... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Lives of Others
    17
    19

    The Lives of Others

    Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe

    Released2006

    Directed byFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarck

    The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Shooter
    24
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    Shooter

    Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara

    Released2007

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Shooter is a 2007 American conspiracy action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua based on... more on Wikipedia

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