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The Best R-Rated War Movies

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

Examples of movies on this list: Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List and many more.

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  • 1
    Braveheart
    87
    7

    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    1917
    92
    14

    1917

    George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman

    Released2019

    Directed bySam Mendes

    1917 is a 2019 British war film directed by Sam Mendes. Two British soldiers are tasked with... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Full Metal Jacket
    68
    7

    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Black Hawk Down
    69
    8

    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Das Boot
    60
    7

    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer

    Released1981

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Druids
    57
    8

    Druids

    Max von Sydow, Christopher Lambert

    Released2001

    Directed byJacques Dorfmann

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  • 7
    Apocalypse Now Redux
    49
    7

    Apocalypse Now Redux

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released2001

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now Redux is a 2001 extended version of Francis Ford Coppola's epic film Apocalypse... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    We Were Soldiers
    52
    11

    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Apocalypse Now
    48
    10

    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Letters from Iwo Jima
    46
    8

    Letters from Iwo Jima

    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    The Killing Fields
    44
    7

    The Killing Fields

    John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1984

    Directed byRoland Joffé

    This film is a 1984 British drama film set in Democratic Kampuchea, which is based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Troy
    44
    8

    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana

    Released2004

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Troy is a 2004 epic period war film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, loosely based on Homer's... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    45
    9

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

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  • 14
    300
    50
    16

    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Alexander
    43
    10

    Alexander

    Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer

    Released2004

    Directed byOliver Stone, Wilhelm Sasnal, Anka Sasnal

    Alexander is a 2004 action adventure biography film written by Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Platoon
    41
    11

    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    34
    5

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden

    Released1957

    Directed byDavid Lean

    The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Pan's Labyrinth
    39
    14

    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • 19
    The Patriot
    35
    10

    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich.... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Hamburger Hill
    30
    9

    Hamburger Hill

    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Irvin

    Hamburger Hill is a 1987 American film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Atonement
    32
    11

    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2007

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The Last of the Mohicans
    28
    7

    The Last of the Mohicans

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Mann

    The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
    25
    4

    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

    Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1999

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 24
    The Emperor and the Assassin
    24
    5

    The Emperor and the Assassin

    Gong Li, Chen Kaige

    Released1998

    Directed byChen Kaige

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  • 25
    MASH
    29
    11

    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

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