The Most Successful R-rated Movie: Ranking the Best in Box Office Performance

Choose the movie you think is the most successful!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 07:55
Step right up and make your voice heard in the ultimate cinematic showdown! StrawPoll is proud to present our latest blockbuster ranking: "What is the most successful R-rated movie?" This is your chance to support your all-time favorite R-rated flicks, as they battle for the title of the ultimate R-rated champion. From groundbreaking masterpieces to guilty pleasures, we've compiled a diverse list of the most iconic films that pushed the boundaries of cinema. So what are you waiting for? Grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and join thousands of other movie buffs as we celebrate the thrilling world of R-rated cinema. Don't see your top pick on our list? Fear not! You can suggest a missing option and rally support for your beloved gem. Cast your vote now and help us unveil the undisputed king (or queen) of R-rated movies!

What Is the Most Successful R-rated Movie?

  1. 1
    With a worldwide box office gross of over $1 billion, Joker is the most successful R-rated movie of all time. It received critical acclaim for Joaquin Phoenix's performance as the titular character and its exploration of mental illness and societal issues.
    Joker (2019) is a psychological thriller film that explores the origins of the iconic DC Comics supervillain Joker. It focuses on Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who descends into madness and chaos, becoming the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.
    • Release Date: October 4, 2019
    • Director: Todd Phillips
    • Writers: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
    • Main Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
    • Genre: Psychological Thriller, Drama
  2. 2
    Starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed anti-hero, Deadpool became a surprise hit with its irreverent humor and over-the-top violence. It grossed over $780 million worldwide and spawned a sequel.
    Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is directed by Tim Miller and stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, a wisecracking mercenary with accelerated healing powers. The film follows Deadpool's transformation from a former Special Forces operative into a vigilante who seeks revenge on the man who disfigured him while also trying to save his girlfriend. Known for its irreverent humor, self-awareness, and graphic violence, Deadpool offers a unique and unconventional take on the superhero genre.
    • Release Date: February 12, 2016
    • Running Time: 1 hour and 48 minutes
    • Genre: Action, comedy, superhero
    • Production Company: 20th Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, The Donners' Company, TSG Entertainment, Kinberg Genre
    • Budget: $58 million
  3. 3
    Directed by Mel Gibson, this controversial film depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was a massive box office success, grossing over $611 million worldwide. It was praised for its technical achievements and criticized for its perceived anti-Semitic themes.
    The Passion of the Christ (2004) is a highly acclaimed religious drama film depicting the final hours of Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament of the Bible. The film primarily focuses on the intense sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus, with an emphasis on his life, teachings, and sacrifice. It was directed by Mel Gibson and written by Gibson and Benedict Fitzgerald.
    • Release Date: February 25, 2004
    • Genre: Religious drama
    • Runtime: 126 minutes
    • Language: Aramaic, Latin, Hebrew
    • Box Office: $622.3 million
    The Passion of the Christ (2004) in other rankings
  4. 4
    The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
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    The second installment in the Matrix trilogy, Reloaded grossed over $742 million worldwide. It continued the story of Neo's battle against the machines and introduced new characters and concepts.
    The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 science fiction action film and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy. It was written and directed by the Wachowskis.
    • Release Date: May 15, 2003
    • Runtime: 138 minutes
    • Genre: Science Fiction, Action
    • Rating: R
    • Box Office: $742.1 million
  5. 5
    The Hangover (2009)
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    The Hangover (2009)

    Directed by Todd Phillips
    This comedy about a bachelor party gone wrong in Las Vegas was a surprise hit, grossing over $467 million worldwide. It spawned two sequels and helped launch the careers of its stars.
    The Hangover (2009) is a comedy film that follows the misadventures of four friends who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, only to wake up the next morning with no memory of the previous night and a missing groom. As they try to retrace their steps and find their friend, they encounter hilarious obstacles and uncover shocking surprises along the way.
    • Release Date: June 5, 2009
    • Genre: Comedy
    • Duration: 100 minutes
    • Language: English
    • Country: United States
    The Hangover (2009) in other rankings
  6. 6
    American Sniper (2014)
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    Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, American Sniper tells the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. It was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $547 million worldwide.
    American Sniper is a biographical war film released in 2014. It tells the story of Chris Kyle, a United States Navy SEAL sniper with the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history. The film explores Kyle's struggles with the effects of war on his mental health and his efforts to readjust to civilian life.
    • Release date: December 25, 2014
    • Genre: Biography, Drama, War
    • Running time: 133 minutes
    • Box office: $547.4 million
    • IMDb rating: 7.3/10
  7. 7
    Based on the Stephen King novel, It follows a group of kids who are terrorized by a shape-shifting monster. It grossed over $700 million worldwide and became the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.
    It (2017) is a horror film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King. It is the first installment in a two-part film series, with the second part released in 2019. The movie follows a group of seven children in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, as they are terrorized by a malevolent entity that takes the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. As they face their fears, they must confront the ancient evil that has haunted their town for centuries.
    • Release Date: September 8, 2017
    • Running Time: 135 minutes
    • Genre: Horror
    • MPAA Rating: R
    • Production Company: New Line Cinema, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, KatzSmith Productions
  8. 8
    This epic about the Battle of Thermopylae was praised for its stylized visuals and action sequences. It grossed over $456 million worldwide and spawned a sequel.
    300 is a 2006 epic war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller. The film depicts the Battle of Thermopylae between the Spartans and Persians in 480 BC. It highlights the courage and determination of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors as they face overwhelming odds.
    • Box Office: $456.1 million
    • Budget: $65 million
    • Release Date: 9 March 2006
    • Runtime: 117 minutes
    • Genre: Action, Historical, War
  9. 9
    The Exorcist (1973)
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    The Exorcist (1973)

    Directed by William Friedkin
    This horror classic about a young girl possessed by a demon was a massive box office success, grossing over $441 million worldwide. It has become a cultural touchstone and remains one of the most influential horror movies of all time.
    The Exorcist (1973) is a horror film that has become a classic Halloween movie. It tells the story of a young girl named Regan who becomes possessed by a demonic entity. Her mother, along with two priests, tries to save her through an exorcism. The film is known for its intense and horrifying scenes and has been hailed as one of the scariest movies ever made.
    • Release Date: December 26, 1973
    • Running Time: 122 minutes
    • Genre: Horror
    • Language: English
    • Country: United States
    The Exorcist (1973) in other rankings
  10. 10
    Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of a stockbroker's rise and fall. It was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $392 million worldwide.
    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) is a biographical black comedy crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort. The film chronicles Belfort's rise to a wealthy stockbroker living a luxurious lifestyle, as well as his fall involving widespread corruption and illegal activities.
    • Release Year: 2013
    • Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
    • MPAA Rating: R
    • Running Time: 180 minutes
    • Language: English

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Ranking factors for successful movie

  1. Box office performance
    This refers to the movie's gross revenue and ticket sales at the box office.
  2. Critical reception
    This includes the movie's overall critical acclaim, its rating on review aggregator websites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, and any major awards or nominations.
  3. Cultural impact
    This includes the movie's impact on popular culture, its influence on other movies and media, and its lasting legacy.
  4. Audience reception
    This refers to the movie's overall popularity and fanbase, as well as audience reviews and ratings on websites such as IMDb.

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This is a community-based ranking of the most successful R-rated movie. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Film is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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More information on most successful r-rated movie

When it comes to movies, the rating system plays a crucial role in determining the target audience and the content that can be shown on screen. One of the most popular ratings is the R-rating, which indicates that the movie is intended for mature audiences only. Despite the limitations that come with this rating, many R-rated movies have become box office hits and cultural phenomena. From gritty dramas to raunchy comedies, R-rated movies have pushed boundaries and challenged audiences for decades. So, what is the most successful R-rated movie? Let's take a closer look at the contenders and the factors that make them stand out.

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