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

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Updated December 17, 2019 689 votes 55 voters 1k views 50 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite R-rated movies that have grossed over $300 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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Todd Phillips

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
2
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tim MIller

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
3
Deadpool 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Leitch

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
4
Logan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant

Directed by: James Mangold

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
5
Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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
6
Kingsman: The Secret Ser... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Elton John

Released: 2015

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Worldwide Gross: $414,351,546

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a 2014 action spy comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn. A street kid (Taron Egerton) is recruited into an elite agency's training program, just as a tech genius ...more
7
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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
8
Terminator 2: Judgment D... 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

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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
9
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

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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
10
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

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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
11
Die Hard with a Vengeanc... 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

Released: 1995

Directed by: John McTiernan

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
12
There's Something About ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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
13
Kingsman: The Golden Cir... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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
14
The Wolf of Wall Street ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

Released: 2013

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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
15
The Hangover Part II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Chung

Released: 2011

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Worldwide Gross: $586,764,305

The Hangover 2 is a 2011 comedy film directed by Todd Phillips.
16
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Fincher

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
17
The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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
18
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

Released: 1973

Directed by: William Friedkin

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
19
Troy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2004

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

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
20
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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
21
Once Upon a Time in Holl... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Released: 2019

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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
22
Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Miller

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
23
The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

Released: 2009

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Worldwide Gross: $465,764,086

The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film, co-produced and directed by Todd Phillips and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It is the first film of The Hangover trilogy. The film stars ...more
24
300 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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
25
The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Movies That Blew Up At The Box Office
Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom Hooper

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