Watchworthy

The Best Romance Movies Rated R 

Reference
Originally by
Updated May 30, 2020 15.3k votes 2k voters 409.6k views 202 items

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

 

List of R-Rated romance movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated romance movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated romance movie of all time is. Be sure to take a look at which of your favorite romance movies are currently streaming on Amazon Prime, and which of the best movies of all time are streaming on Netflix

There's a lot of overlap between R-Rated romance movies and stuff like What Men Want and Wedding Crashers. Love Actually is actually a really great example of a full romantic R-Rated movie because it uses tasteful, non-distracting nudity and pairs it with a fun, romantic plot. If you see these on HBO, lots of these will just be very good movies that are rated MA. 

Anyway, this list of popular R-Rated romance 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 romance 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 romance films on this list.

If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated romance Film film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for. List of movies ranges from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to The 40-Year-Old Virgin. If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated romance movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated love story movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new romance movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other services, there are thousands of great romance movies rated R, so get out there and start watching. Re-rank this list as your own so that it fit your opinions, the share it with your friends, to find out how they would rank it via votes.

 

Among those that have directed a Romance Film R movie are Clint Eastwood and George Clooney.

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

Released: 1990

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. A down-on-her-luck Hollywood working girl (Julia Roberts) is hired by a wealthy businessman (Richard Gere) to be ...more

More Pretty Woman 

#56 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #39 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

2
Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

More Love Actually 

#381 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #735 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #96 of 293 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

3
When Harry Met Sally... ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rob Reiner

When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the ...more

More When Harry Met Sally... 

When Harry Met Sally is All About Mansplaining, And It's Really Obvious #93 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #104 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

4
Indecent Proposal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Demi Moore, Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Indecent Proposal is a 1993 drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jack Engelhard. It was directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson.

More Indecent Proposal 

#221 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #835 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #23 of 30 The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big

5
There's Something About ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

There's Something About Mary is a 1998 comedy film, directed by the Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter. It stars Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller, and it is a combination of romantic ...more

More There's Something About Mary 

Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of ‘There’s Something About Mary’ #5 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movieslisted on The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

6
Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sharon Maguire

Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and ...more

More Bridget Jones's Diary 

#489 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #556 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #40 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

7
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

More Good Will Hunting 

#56 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #140 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

8
Wedding Crashers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken

Released: 2005

Directed by: David Dobkin

Wedding Crashers is a 2005 American comedy film directed by David Dobkin. John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn), a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to ...more

More Wedding Crashers 

The Funniest 'Wedding Crashers' Quotes #46 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #216 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

9
Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Unfaithful is a 2002 American thriller drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Chad Lowe, Dominic Chianese and Olivier Martinez. It was adapted by Alvin Sargent ...more

More Unfaithful 

#83 of 250 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #283 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #46 of 140 The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

10
Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2011

Directed by: Paul Feig

Bridesmaids is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig, written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, and produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Clayton Townsend. The plot ...more

More Bridesmaids 

Behind The Scenes Of How 'Bridesmaids' Became A Comedy Classic #82 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #933 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

11
American Pie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

Released: 1999

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical ...more

More American Pie 

'American Pie' Is A Nightmarish Vision Of Late '90s High School Life #10 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #52 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

12
Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

Released: 1994

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of ...more

More Legends of the Fall 

#221 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #557 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

13
The 40-Year-Old Virgin ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings, Steve Carell

Released: 2005

Directed by: Judd Apatow

The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Judd Apatow, about a middle-aged man's journey to finally lose their virginity. It was co-written ...more

More The 40-Year-Old Virgin 

#30 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #262 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #36 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

14
Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 1996

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more

More Jerry Maguire 

#74 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #583 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

15
Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
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

More Cruel Intentions 

#377 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #219 of 293 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #247 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

16
An Officer and a Gentlem... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett

Released: 1982

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy aviation officer candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who is the ...more

More An Officer and a Gentleman 

#125 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #1,022 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

17
American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam Mendes

American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more

More American Beauty 

#601 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #276 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

18
Forgetting Sarah Marshal... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand

Released: 2008

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. The film, which was ...more

More Forgetting Sarah Marshall 

#159 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #800 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #120 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

19
Four Weddings and a Fune... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mike Newell

This film is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant. It was made in six weeks and ...more

More Four Weddings and a Funeral 

#277 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #876 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #323 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

20
Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more

More Brokeback Mountain 

#769 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #76 of 293 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

21
Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

More Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 

The Most Memorable 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' Quotes #51 of 250 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

22
Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Madden

Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

More Shakespeare in Love 

#284 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #653 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

23
Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars ...more

More Coming to America 

After A Contentious Six-Month Production, It's A Miracle 'Coming To America' Even Exists #32 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #6 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked

24
The Last of the Mohicans... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

Released: 1992

Directed by: Michael Mann

The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan Creek Pictures. It was directed by Michael Mann and based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same ...more

More The Last of the Mohicans 

#31 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #728 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

25
Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Movies Rated R
Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill, working in the mergers ...more

More Working Girl 

#205 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #222 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever