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The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite R-rated movies that have grossed over $250 million.

Here is a list of the highest-grossing rated R movies of all time. They built up their box office gains from worldwide distribution and it is often difficult for R rated films to make so much money because they are instantly narrowing their audiences simply by being intended for adults. The movies on this list span across all genres, there are dramas like The Passion of the Christ alongside comedies like Pretty Woman. But which of these highest grossing R rated movies is the best?

Vote up the movies that you love regardless of how much they made at the box office. Then check back to see where your selections end up on the list and look for new rated R movies that get added to the list as they break records at the box office like Joker did when it crossed the billion-dollar barrier.

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Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Worldwide Gross: $1,018,302,982

 

Joker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics character. In 1981, a failed stand-up comedian (Joaquin Phoenix) is driven insane, turning to a life ...more
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Logan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant

Worldwide Gross: $619,021,436

Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the 10th installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final Wolverine solo film ...more
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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

Worldwide Gross: $425,368,238

Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more
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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein

Worldwide Gross: $782,612,155

Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Tim Miller, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being given mutant abilities with a scarred physical appearance, Wade Wilson (Ryan ...more
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Deadpool 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

Worldwide Gross: $785,046,920

Deadpool 2 is a 2018 American superhero film directed by David Leitch, based on the Marvel Comics character. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) forms his own team of mutants to stop mysterious ...more
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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

Worldwide Gross: $463,517,383

The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more
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Kingsman: The Secret Service is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Elton John

Worldwide Gross: $414,351,546

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising ...more
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Worldwide Gross: $520,881,154

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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Worldwide Gross: $485,035,085

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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The Matrix Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

Worldwide Gross: $742,128,461

The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The Matrix, and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy, written and directed by The Wachowski ...more
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Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

Worldwide Gross: $366,236,538

This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce Willis as New York City ...more
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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

Worldwide Gross: $392,000,694

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong

Worldwide Gross: $410,902,662

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 British-American spy action comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn, and is the sequel to 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Eggsy (Taron Egerton), ...more
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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Worldwide Gross: $369,330,363

Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more
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There's Something About Mary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller

Worldwide Gross: $369,884,651

There's Something About Mary is a 1998 comedy film, directed by the Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter. It stars Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller, and it is a combination of romantic ...more
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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

Worldwide Gross: $460,583,960

Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more
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Troy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom

Worldwide Gross: $484,161,265

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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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

Worldwide Gross: $428,214,478

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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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

Worldwide Gross: $532,938,302

The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s ...more
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Worldwide Gross: $371,232,973

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 2019 crime thriller film directed by Quentin Tarantino. A TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) embark on an odyssey to make a name for ...more
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300 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Worldwide Gross: $456,068,181

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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The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

Worldwide Gross: $410,867,243

The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an ...more
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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Worldwide Gross: $374,736,354

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
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The Hangover Part II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Chung

Worldwide Gross: $586,764,305

The Hangover 2 is a 2011 comedy film directed by Todd Phillips.
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Lucy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton

Worldwide Gross: $458,863,600

Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Silla for his company Europacorp. The film was shot in ...more