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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
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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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
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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#4 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #70 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #131 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom
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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#122 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #15 of 382 The Best War Movies Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong
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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Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht
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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Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey
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
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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#3 of 382 The Best War Movies Everfeaturing The Behind The Scenes Madness Of 'Apocalypse Now' Was Even More Hellish Than You Thoughtlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm
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 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #21 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #746 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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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
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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#129 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #45 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #172 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya
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 382 The Best War Movies Ever #15 of 220 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
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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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated War Movies
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe
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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#6 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #131 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Andreas Lind added Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins
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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#2 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #1 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman
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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#32 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #135 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #113 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance
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 382 The Best War Movies Ever #237 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #60 of 95 The Best Action Movies of the 1980s

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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
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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#53 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #36 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #36 of 440 The Funniest '80s Movies

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite
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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Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould
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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#62 of 382 The Best War Movies Everfeaturing Dramatic Stories From Behind The Scenes Of ‘M.A.S.H.’listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann
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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#47 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #36 of 220 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
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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#1 of 382 The Best War Movies Everfeaturing 17 Surprising Facts You Probably Didn't Know About 'Saving Private Ryan'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall
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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Max von Sydow, Christopher Lambert, Inés Sastre
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
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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James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger
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 382 The Best War Movies Ever #50 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #359 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris
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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