All R rated superhero movies ever made.by indiescifi451 | created - 22 May 2017 | updated - 28 Jul 2017 | Public
With all the recent buzz about Logan and Deadpool, let's remember for a second that they were by no means first R rated superhero movies.
The best independent films here are Defendor, Super, The Crow, Darkman and Robocop.
As for the big budget films, my preference goes to The Matrix, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Sin City and Constantine.
Here you can find the full list with more info about the production budget and box office: https://indiescifi451.com/2017/07/12/full-list-of-all-r-rated-superhero-movies-ever-made/
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1. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,511,002 | Gross: $171.48M
A unique example of a smart, innovative and visually gorgeous science fiction movie. I'm curious though if someone will ever dare to do an unnecessary remake. Big bosses love remakes, don't they?
2. Defendor (2009)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as "Defendor", combs the city streets at night, in search of his archenemy, Captain Industry.
Votes: 34,235 | Gross: $0.04M
A must-see for anyone who loves independent cinema. Incredible performance by Woody Harrelson.
3. Watchmen (2009)
R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.
Votes: 455,722 | Gross: $107.51M
Damn, I wish Zack Snyder could always make movies like Watchmen and not like Batman v Superman... I'd like to know what the hell gave him $184 million budget with not a really well-known cast. Based on the comics by Alan Moore.
4. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
Votes: 953,124 | Gross: $70.51M
Probably one of the smartiest entries on this list. Based on the comics by Alan Moore.
5. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Votes: 715,400 | Gross: $74.10M
Not so many movies have such incredible visuals combined with a stellar cast.
6. Super (I) (2010)
R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills.
Votes: 70,642 | Gross: $0.32M
This is what James Gunn directed before he was invited to do The Guardians of the Galaxy. Amazing cast. Lots of violence.
7. RoboCop (1987)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Votes: 214,699 | Gross: $53.42M
One of the first commercially successful entries on this list.
8. Constantine (2005)
R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.
Votes: 278,418 | Gross: $75.98M
...I've always felt like Constantine was underrated. Peter Stormare's and Tilda Swinton's performances were awesome.
9. Dredd (2012)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Votes: 234,716 | Gross: $13.41M
Not often a remake is received better by the critics than the original, isn't it?
10. Kick-Ass (2010)
R | 117 min | Action, Comedy
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.
Votes: 497,623 | Gross: $48.07M
A big budget and less tragic version of Defendor/Super. Unusually weird and funny Nicholas Cage.
11. Logan (2017)
R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.
Votes: 561,304 | Gross: $226.28M
12. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Following the events of The Matrix (1999), Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
Votes: 478,857 | Gross: $281.49M
13. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
R | 129 min | Action, Sci-Fi
The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.
Votes: 415,728 | Gross: $139.31M
14. The Crow (1994)
R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.
Votes: 155,374 | Gross: $50.69M
Alex Proyas should release 1 movie per year. At least.
15. Blade II (2002)
R | 117 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.
Votes: 186,751 | Gross: $82.35M
Guillermo del Toro, Guillermo del Toro, Guillermo del Toro!
16. Darkman (1990)
R | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.
Votes: 54,260 | Gross: $33.88M
Liam Neeson was a superhero long before Taken. Sam Raimi did superhero movies long before Spider-Man. As it usually happens, Darkman was followed by a lousy sequel.
17. Blade (1998)
R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.
Votes: 226,580 | Gross: $70.09M
Based on a Marvel Comics character. The first commercially successful R rated superhero movie - $131 million box office with $45 million box office.
18. The Toxic Avenger (1984)
R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.
Probably the first ever R rated superhero movie.
20. Wanted (2008)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.
Votes: 340,042 | Gross: $134.51M
First English/Hollywood movie of Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (check-out Night Watch and Day Watch!). Good cast, lots of gore and awesome visuals, mask well the stupid plot and mediocre screenplay.
21. The Punisher (2004)
R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.
Votes: 142,459 | Gross: $33.68M
I still prefer The Punisher from the Daredevil Netflix 2015 series.
22. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller
Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
Votes: 140,764 | Gross: $13.76M
This one was a big disappointment for everybody. It's not bad, but it just stands nowhere near the original. The only really good thing here was an awesome Joseph Gordon-Levitt (I apologize in advance for all Eva Green fans).
23. Blade: Trinity (2004)
R | 113 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula.
Votes: 155,902 | Gross: $52.41M
24. Guyver: Dark Hero (1994)
R | 127 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Sean Barker became the unwilling host to an alien bio-armor known as the Guyver. A year ago he destroyed the Kronos Corporation, an organization of mutants who want the Guyver. Now he is ... See full summary »
The only movie on this list where the sequel was more successful than the original.
25. Judge Dredd (1995)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers), is convicted for a crime he did not commit and must face his murderous counterpart.
Votes: 103,190 | Gross: $34.69M
$90 million budget, 5.5 IMDb rating, Sylvester Stallone. That's enough to put it on a must-see list, right?
26. Spawn (1997)
R | 96 min | Action, Horror
An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.
Votes: 60,176 | Gross: $54.97M
Spawn was badly received, but it was an interesting artistical take on superheroes. Ebert was probably the only one who loved it (3.5/4!). 18% of Rotten Tomatoes. But we don't care about the critics, do we?
28. RoboCop 2 (1990)
R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Cyborg law enforcer RoboCop returns to protect the citizens of old Detroit but faces a deadly challenge when a rogue OCP member secretly creates a new, evil RoboCop 2.
Votes: 75,729 | Gross: $45.68M
Peter Weller did Screamers as well, by the way.
29. The Hebrew Hammer (2003)
R | 85 min | Comedy
An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son.
Votes: 4,496 | Gross: $0.02M
The title is pretty self-explanatory.
30. The Specials (2000)
R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
The sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of toy tie-ins and fighting evil.
Votes: 2,106 | Gross: $0.01M
written by James Gunn (Super, Guardians of the Galaxy). I wonder if the guys that called him to direct Guardians of the Galaxy have actually watched this movie.
31. Black Mask (1996)
R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.
Votes: 10,447 | Gross: $12.49M
With Jet Li, the only mortal who beat Chuck Norris.
32. The Heroic Trio (1993)
R | 88 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
The all-female Heroic Trio are Tung (Wonder Woman), Chat (Thief Catcher), a mercenary, and Ching (Invisible Woman). Initially, they're on opposing sides - the invisible Ching is kidnapping ... See full summary »
In 2008, the film critic website Rotten Tomatoes ranked her the greatest action heroine of all time. In 2009, she was listed by People – as the only Asian actress – as one of the "35 All-Time Screen Beauties".
And in 1993 she did The Heroic Trio! Yahoo.
33. Tank Girl (1995)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A girl is among the few survivors of a dystopian Earth. Riding a war tank, she fights against the tyranny of a mega-corporation that dominates the remaining potable water supply of the planet.
Votes: 28,104 | Gross: $4.06M
$25 million budget and a box office disaster ($6 million).
34. Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for.
Votes: 238,981 | Gross: $28.80M
Unnecessary sequels rule the world.
35. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.
Votes: 577,324 | Gross: $330.36M
Only the Extended Cut was R rated - but it will barely prevent you from sleeping.
36. The Punisher (1989)
89 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as The Punisher.
With Dolph Lundgren who is playing Dolph Lundgren. And that makes it perfect.
39. The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
The spirit of the Crow resurrects another man seeking revenge for the murder of his son.
Votes: 18,014 | Gross: $17.88M
Plus other endless sequels... Poor Brandon Lee. No irony intended here.
40. Daredevil (2003)
PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.
Votes: 197,658 | Gross: $102.54M
Only the Director's Cut was R rated. The 2015 TV series were way better.
41. The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)
R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
The Toxic Avenger is tricked into traveling to Tokyo to search for his estranged father, leaving Tromaville open to complete domination by an evil corporation.
Votes: 5,643 | Gross: $0.79M
R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Toxie finds he has nothing to do as a superhero, as he has ridden his city of evil. He decides to go to work for a major corporation, which he discovers may be the evilest of all his adversaries.
Votes: 3,935 | Gross: $0.36M
43. Officer Downe (2016)
R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Based on the graphic novel, a police officer who can't be stopped by death returns to the streets time and time again to fight crime.
Votes: 1,619 | Gross: $0.00M
Directed by one of the founding members of Slipknot.
44. Faust (2000)
R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A man sells his soul to the devil in order to gain superpowers and avenge the brutal death of his girlfriend. When he realizes that the price is the soul of his new love interest, he turns on the devil.
Welcome to the world of trash, kiddies...
45. Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2002)
R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
The Black Mask must stop a group intent on setting off a DNA bomb that could cause mutations to the human race.
...with its trashy sequels...
46. Black Scorpion (1995)
R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
A female "BATMAN" with a strong story, intriguing characters, good action pacing... and several opportunities for sex.
...trashy erotic superhero movies...
("I wanted to do a female Superman-Spiderman-Batman," - said the director.
''I figured this would be pretty easy in Hollywood. It turned out to be incredibly difficult. I've never seen so many beautiful bad actresses in my life,'' - he said.
Well, we all know that the superhero costumes cover all the body only for male superheroes, right?)
47. SpiderBabe (2003 Video)
R | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A socially awkward young woman gets bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes a crime-fighting superhero and tries to defeat a nefarious super villain while going after any man (or woman) she wants to bed down with.
...and very trashy erotic superhero movies.
This movie is even too trashy to close this list.
48. Deadpool (2016)
R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.
Votes: 821,704 | Gross: $363.07M
I am sure Deadpool would be more than happy to be at the end of the list. It's truly his spirit.