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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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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated War Movies
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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#20 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #12 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated War Movies
Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1987

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers. The film ...more

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#60 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #56 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on his series of articles published in ...more

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#120 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #69 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Againlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong

Released: 2019

Directed by: Sam Mendes

1917 is a 2019 British war film directed by Sam Mendes. Two British soldiers are tasked with delivering a message to the frontlines and experience a particularly harrowing day during World War

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#29 of 69 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock #3 of 26 The Best British War Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

Released: 1981

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. ...more

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#373 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #13 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae which took ...more

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Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

Released: 2002

Directed by: Randall Wallace

We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book We Were ...more

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#172 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #56 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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The Good, the Bad and th... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated War Movies
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sergio Leone

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age ...more

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#1 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #174 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #45 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

Released: 2006

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the ...more

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#31 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #15 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2004

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Troy is a 2004 epic period war film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, loosely based on Homer's Iliad. After Paris smuggles Queen Helen to Troy, Achilles leads his Myrmidons along with the rest of ...more

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#192 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #40 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made The Film Version Of 'Troy' Doesn't Even Come Close To The Brutality Of The Source Texts

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated War Movies
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

Released: 1986

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by ...more

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#184 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Platoon'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Andreas Lind added Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1957

Directed by: David Lean

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the ...more

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#83 of 351 The Best Movies Based On Books #341 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more

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#134 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #63 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #113 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Irvin

Hamburger Hill is a 1987 American film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, part of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division 'Screaming Eagles', on a well-fortified ...more

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#34 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #237 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #12 of 304 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated War Movies
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

Released: 1987

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during Vietnam, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ ...more

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#135 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #53 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

Released: 1992

Directed by: Michael Mann

The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan Creek Pictures. It was directed by Michael Mann and based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same ...more

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#52 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #434 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on List of Silent Movies

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Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert Altman

MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The ...more

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Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

Released: 2004

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Downfall is a 2004 German film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, depicting the final ten days of Adolf Hitler's reign over Nazi Germany in 1945. The film is written and produced by Bernd ...more

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#36 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #187 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

Released: 2003

Directed by: Edward Zwick

The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Logan. The film stars Tom Cruise, who also co-produced, as well ...more

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#298 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #51 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Max von Sydow, Christopher Lambert, Inés Sastre

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jacques Dorfmann

Druids is a French-Canadian-Belgian historical film first released on 31 August 2001, directed by Jacques Dorfmann. It stars Christopher Lambert, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Inés Sastre, Maria ...more

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Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 2001

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Apocalypse Now Redux is a 2001 extended version of Francis Ford Coppola's epic film Apocalypse Now, which was originally released in 1979. Coppola, along with editor/long-time collaborator ...more

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#116 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #96 of 387 The Best Movies to Watch While Stoned

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James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

Released: 1977

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World War ...more

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#80 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #50 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #191 of 222 The Best R-Rated Action Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken from William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which ...more

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#27 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #15 of 304 The Best Military Movies Ever Made