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

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

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

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Stebbings | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh, Elias Koteas

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

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

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

62 Metascore

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.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

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

74 Metascore

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.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

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

50 Metascore

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.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon

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

67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

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

50 Metascore

Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou, Shia LaBeouf

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

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

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

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

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

77 Metascore

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.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 561,304 | Gross: $226.28M

12. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 478,857 | Gross: $281.49M

13. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

R | 129 min | Action, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 415,728 | Gross: $139.31M

14. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

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

52 Metascore

Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela

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

65 Metascore

A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake

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

45 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

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

42 Metascore

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.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion

Votes: 22,676

Probably the first ever R rated superhero movie.

19. Special (2006)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A lonely comic book fan, Les Franken, has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero.

Directors: Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore | Stars: Michael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck, Robert Baker

Votes: 5,152 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Wanted (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp

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

33 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh | Stars: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring

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

46 Metascore

Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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

38 Metascore

Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula.

Director: David S. Goyer | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Parker Posey, Ryan Reynolds

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 »

Director: Steve Wang | Stars: David Hayter, Kathy Christopherson, Bruno Patrick, Christopher Michael

Votes: 2,901

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.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Jürgen Prochnow

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

34 Metascore

An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé | Stars: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle

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?

27. Special (2006)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A lonely comic book fan, Les Franken, has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero.

Directors: Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore | Stars: Michael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck, Robert Baker

Votes: 5,152 | Gross: $0.01M

28. RoboCop 2 (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

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.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Peter Weller, John Glover, Mario Machado, Leeza Gibbons

Votes: 75,729 | Gross: $45.68M

Peter Weller did Screamers as well, by the way.

29. The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

R | 85 min | Comedy

41 Metascore

An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son.

Director: Jonathan Kesselman | Stars: Adam Goldberg, Andy Dick, Judy Greer, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 4,496 | Gross: $0.02M

The title is pretty self-explanatory.

30. The Specials (2000)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

38 Metascore

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.

Director: Craig Mazin | Stars: Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden Church, Paget Brewster, Jordan Ladd

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.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok, Françoise Yip

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 »

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung, Damian Lau

Votes: 2,879

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

46 Metascore

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.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Don Harvey

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

41 Metascore

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.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

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

44 Metascore

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.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

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.

Director: Mark Goldblatt | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé, Kim Miyori

Votes: 19,983

With Dolph Lundgren who is playing Dolph Lundgren. And that makes it perfect.

37. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

30 Metascore

Frank Castle known as Punisher ruthlessly demolishes organized crime, but it starts an even bigger war.

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, Doug Hutchison

Votes: 57,379 | Gross: $7.95M

38. Alter Egos (2012)

R | 80 min | Comedy

At a time when superheroes have lost government funding and public support, a superhero meets a girl who can help him overcome his own emotional crisis.

Director: Jordan Galland | Stars: Kris Lemche, Brooke Nevin, Joey Kern, Danny Masterson

Votes: 1,408

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.

Director: Tim Pope | Stars: Vincent Perez, Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks, Iggy Pop

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

42 Metascore

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Ron Fazio, John Altamura, Phoebe Legere, Rick Collins

Votes: 5,643 | Gross: $0.79M

42. The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)

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.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Ron Fazio, Phoebe Legere, John Altamura, Rick Collins

Votes: 3,935 | Gross: $0.36M

43. Officer Downe (2016)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

26 Metascore

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.

Director: Shawn Crahan | Stars: Kim Coates, Tyler Ross, Meadow Williams, Alison Lohman

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.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Mark Frost, Isabel Brook, Jennifer Rope, Jeffrey Combs

Votes: 3,446

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.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Andy On, Tobin Bell, Jon Polito, Teresa Herrera

Votes: 1,582

...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.

Director: Jonathan Winfrey | Stars: Ashley Peldon, Rick Rossovich, Michael Wiseman, Bradford Tatum

Votes: 945

...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.

Director: Johnny Crash | Stars: Erin Brown, Julian Wells, Darian Caine, Adam Cox

Votes: 787

...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

65 Metascore

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

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.