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

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
but chickens double d added Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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but chickens double d added Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more

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Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
but chickens double d added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more

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Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster Pandorum is a German-British 2009 post-apocalyptic science fiction film, with elements of locked room mystery, horror, and survival adventure. The film was directed by Christian Alvart and ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
lucas-webb added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a ...more

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
but chickens double d added Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, ...more

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
abyx added Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, released August 13, 2009. It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a short film ...more

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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. ...more

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abyx added Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Alex Garland. A young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to participate in a ground-breaking ...more

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Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous man Richard B. ...more

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton The Thing is a 2011 science fiction horror film directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and written by Eric Heisserer based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell. It is a prequel to ...more

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daniel.vonstein added Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film was a successful product of the Canadian Film Centre's First Feature

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Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya Life is a 2017 science fiction horror thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ryan ...more

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abyx added Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann Alien 3 is a 1992 American science-fiction horror film and the debut feature film of director David Fincher. The film is the third installment of the Alien film series. The film takes place ...more

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The Last Days on Mars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Sci-Fi Movies Rated R
daniel.vonstein added Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams, Romola Garai The Last Days on Mars is a 2013 science fiction-horror film directed by Ruairí Robinson with a screenplay by Clive Dawson, based on the short story "The Animators" by Sydney J. ...more

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abyx added Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut, and starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, and Michael ...more