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The Best Comic Book Movies Rated R  

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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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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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Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords
Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more
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Kingsman: The Secret Service is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Movies Rated R
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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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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Movies Rated R
Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more
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Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup
Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more
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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Movies Rated R
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke
Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much ...more
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Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving
V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more
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Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca
Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who ...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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Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf
Constantine is a 2005 American supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence as his feature film directorial debut, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, with Rachel Weisz, ...more
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Dredd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Movies Rated R
Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby
Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd and its eponymous character ...more
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Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman
Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more
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John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash
The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book vigilante action film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Thomas Jane as the antihero Frank Castle / The Punisher and John ...more
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow
Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 sword and sorcery/adventure film directed and co-written by John Milius. It is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, a pulp fiction writer of the 1930s, about the ...more
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Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more
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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Movies Rated R
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su
Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. ...more
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Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy
Wanted is a 2008 action film which is very loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the same name by Mark Millar. The film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and stars James McAvoy, Morgan ...more
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Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster
For centuries, vampires have stayed in the dark, forced to hide each morning or else be destroyed by the burning power of the sun. But in Columbia Pictures' 30 Days of Night, based on the ...more
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Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris
This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. ...more
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Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca
This film is a 2013 action comedy film written and directed by Jeff Wadlow.
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Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Bruce Campbell
Darkman is a 1990 American superhero action film directed and co-written by Sam Raimi. It is based on a short story Raimi wrote that paid homage to Universal's horror films of the 1930s. The ...more
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Logan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Movies Rated R
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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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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Movies Rated R
Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman
Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars ...more
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Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane
From Hell is a 2001 American horror mystery film directed by the Hughes brothers and loosely based on the graphic novel From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell about the Jack the Ripper
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Naomi Watts, Ice-T, Iggy Pop
Tank Girl is a 1995 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Rachel Talalay, loosely based on Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett's comic series of the same name, which originated in ...more