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The Best R-Rated Comic Book Movies

Updated February 12, 2020 6.4k votes 752 voters 6.4k views40 items

List RulesComic 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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    Deadpool
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    Deadpool

    Ryan Reynolds

    Released2016

    Directed byTim Miller

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    The Crow
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    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee

    Released1994

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    Blade
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    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

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    Logan
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    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Kick-Ass
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    Kick-Ass

    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2010

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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    300
    217
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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    V for Vendetta
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    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

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    Constantine
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    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves

    Released2005

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Kingsman: The Secret Service
    211
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    Lady Gaga, David Beckham

    Released2015

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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  • 10
    Sin City
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    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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    Watchmen
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    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    Dredd
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    Lena Headey, Karl Urban

    Released2012

    Directed byPete Travis

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    Blade II
    140
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    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Punisher
    146
    74

    The Punisher

    John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn

    Released2004

    Directed byJonathan Hensleigh

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    Darkman
    75
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    Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand

    Released1990

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    30 Days of Night
    74
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    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Slade

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    Wanted
    81
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    Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman

    Released2008

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

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    Akira
    80
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    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama

    Released1988

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

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    Road to Perdition
    56
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    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Oldboy
    71
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    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

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    Conan the Barbarian
    74
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Milius

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    A History of Violence
    62
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    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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    Kick-Ass 2
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    Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2013

    Directed byJeff Wadlow

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    Timecop
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    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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    Tank Girl
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    Tank Girl

    Naomi Watts, Ice-T

    Released1995

    Directed byRachel Talalay

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