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The Best R-Rated Superhero Movies 

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List Rules R-rated superhero movies only, nothing PG-13!

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

Examples of movies on this list include Blade and Kick-Ass.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated superhero movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated superhero movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new superhero movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great superhero movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

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You can also find Blade on our list of superhero horror movies.

What kind of directors have worked on R Superhero movies in the past? Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez both have, as have other great directors.

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Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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Directed by: James McTeigue

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Released: 1994

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

Released: 1987

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh

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Released: 1997

Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé

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Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

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Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

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