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The Best R-Rated Comic Book Movies 

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Updated February 12, 2020 6.1k votes 700 voters 5.8k views 40 items

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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Directed by: Tim Miller

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Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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Logan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Comic Book Movies
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Directed by: James Mangold

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Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

Released: 1994

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2005

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

Released: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

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Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

Released: 2010

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Comic Book Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

Released: 2009

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Elton John

Released: 2015

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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Dredd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Comic Book Movies
Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

Released: 2012

Directed by: Pete Travis

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Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh

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Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda

Released: 1988

Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo

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Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Bruce Campbell

Released: 1990

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Slade

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Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Comic Book Movies
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su

Released: 2003

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Milius

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Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow

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Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris

Released: 2005

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane

Released: 2001

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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