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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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Among those that have directed a Thriller R movie are Clint Eastwood and Sylvester Stallone.

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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson
No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) ...more

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The Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal
This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more

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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman
Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence
Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne
The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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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Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter
Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman
Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci
Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
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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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young
Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones
Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released in the ...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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Annabelle Comes Home is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife
Annabelle Comes Home is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Gary Duaberman, based on the legend of the Annabelle doll and a sequel to Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. ...more

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Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley
Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy and starring Mel Gibson. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by ...more

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Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon
Child's Play is a 1988 American horror film directed by Tom Holland, written by Tom Holland, Don Mancini, and John Lafia, and starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad ...more

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane
Serenity is a 2019 American noir thriller-drama film directed by Steven Knight. The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain (Matthew McConaughey) living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt ...more

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Piercing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa
Piercing is a 2018 American horror comedy film directed by Nicolas Pesce, based on the novel by Ryū Murakami. A man (Christopher Abbott) kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away ...more
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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards
Halloween II is a 1981 slasher horror film directed by Rick Rosenthal, and written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. It is the second installment in the Halloween series and is a ...more

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