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The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies

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

List movies include Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas and many more.

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  • 1
    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Piercing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Piercing

    Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska

    Released2019

    Directed byNicholas Pesce

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Serenity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Serenity

    Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

    Released2019

    Directed bySteven Knight

    Serenity is a 2019 American noir thriller-drama film directed by Steven Knight. The mysterious... more on Wikipedia

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel... more on Wikipedia
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    Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd

    Released1994

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Crow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    The Crow

    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee

    Released1994

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime... more on Wikipedia

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    The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    The Warriors

    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend

    Released1979

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer

    Released2005

    Directed byShane Black

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars... more on Wikipedia
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    Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Blue Velvet

    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Candyman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Candyman

    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

    Released1992

    Directed byBernard Rose

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    El Mariachi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    El Mariachi

    Carlos Gallardo, Juan García

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Halloween II

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey

    Released1981

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

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  • 24
    Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer

    Released1981

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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