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The Best Comic Book Movies Rated R  

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List Rules Comic Book Movies Rated R only

The blockbuster comic book movies of today all have one thing in common: they aim to be family friendly. And while some comics are all for family fun, others are not suitable for children under 17. Now and then studios have decided to take the extra gamble and in turn have created some excellent R-rated comic book movies.  

From bloodbaths to profanity, these comic book movies have stayed true (or in some cases gone beyond) to the mood and spirit of their comic book origins. Adapted from comics containing some of the most compelling stories and artistry in comic book canon,  these cinematic translations borne of realism and artistry have found their way on the R-rated list.

With comic book movies taking box offices by storm, it seems fitting to give kudos to their unsung R-rated brethren. Check out our list of the best R-rated comic book movies to revisit old favorites and find new ones. Just make sure the kids go to bed early.
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Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H
Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed by David S. Goyer who also wrote the screenplays to Blade and Blade II, and also produced by and ...more
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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver
Timecop is a 1994 science fiction action film directed by Peter Hyams and co-written by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. Richardson also served as executive producer. The film is based on ...more
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Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, James Earl Jones
Judge Dredd is a 1995 American science fiction action film directed by Danny Cannon, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, Rob Schneider, Armand Assante, and Max von Sydow. The film is ...more
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Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson
This film is a 2014 American neo-noir action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, based on the book by Miller. Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few ...more
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Julie Benz, Ray Stevenson, Dominic West
This film is a 2008 comic book action film featuring the Marvel Comics character The Punisher, directed by Lexi Alexander. It is the third feature film adaptation of The Punisher and is the ...more
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Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro
300: Rise of an Empire is a 2014 American fantasy film directed by Noam Murro. It is a follow-up to the 2007 film 300, taking place before, during and after the main events of its predecessor ...more
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Shinya Tsukamoto, Tadanobu Asano, Susumu Terajima
This film is a 2001 Japanese film directed by Takashi Miike, written by Sakichi Sato, and based on Hideo Yamamoto's manga series of the same name. It portrays a story of feuding yakuza gangs ...more
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Charlotte Rampling, Thomas Kretschmann, Frédéric Pierrot
Immortal is a 2004 English language, French-produced live-action and animated science fiction film, directed by Enki Bilal and loosely based upon his comic book La Foire aux immortels. It was ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr
Ghost World is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book of the same name by Daniel Clowes, with a screenplay cowritten by Daniel Clowes and Terry ...more
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John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Anjelica Huston
Art School Confidential is a 2006 comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, loosely based on the comic of the same name by Daniel Clowes. The film is Zwigoff's second collaboration with ...more
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Rachael Taylor, Alex O'Loughlin, Imogen Bailey
Man-Thing is a 2005 American superhero horror film, directed by Brett Leonard and featuring the Marvel Comics creature created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, and Gerry Conway. The plot is based ...more
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Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm, Molly Shannon
American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is also in part an adaptation of the ...more
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Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky
Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh. French teenager Adèle ...more
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Gerard Butler, Jared Harris, Cam Clarke
Tales of the Black Freighter is a 2009 animated film directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio and Mike Smith, based on the fictional comic book featured in the Watchmen universe. A mariner (Gerard ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Alex O'Loughlin, Gabriel Macht
Whiteout is a 2009 thriller film based on the 1998 comic book of the same name by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber. Directed by Dominic Sena, with uncredited reshoots by Stuart Baird and Len Wiseman, ...more