7. The Crow (1994)
As of the darkest movies of its time, The Crow has a tragic tale both on-screen and off-screen. Starring Brandon Lee, the story revolves around rock musician Eric Draven returning from beyond the grace in order to avenge his and his late fiancée’s murder.
Behind the camera lens, Lee was shot in real-life by his co-star Michael Massee while filming a scene due to studio negligence. As a superstar-in-the-making, it was his second film as the lead and as fate would have it, his very last well.
6. Road to Perdition (2002)
It is exceedingly difficult to even imaginable Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks to play a character who is on the opposing end of the law. It is even more unlike for the A-lister to star in an R-rated movie based on a comic book yet Road to Perdition proceeds to showcase exactly that.
The grueling tale demonstrates how a father-son duo are forced to combat a rival criminal who murdered their family. Though being a forgettable movie to star Hanks, Road to Perdition was received six Academy Award nominations and won one for Best Cinematography.
5. 300 (2006)
After receiving a tremendous amount of criticism following the dreadful Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it has become much easier to forget how much big of a name Zack Snyder is when it comes to R-rated movies based on comic books.
As one of the greatest directional debuts in Hollywood, Snyder released the epic war film 300. Setting the high standards for R-rated comic book movies at a time when such movies were once in a blue moon, the movie is revered as a cinematic masterpiece.
4. V For Vendetta (2005)
When a vigilante donning a Guy Fawkes mask going by the name of “V” attempts to overthrow the fascist government of London, all hell breaks loose. The anarchist freedom fighter is an impeccable manifestation of resistance and fits perfectly in the realm of R-rated spectacles.
Apart from being a splendid addition to the greatest R-rated movies based on comic books, V For Vendetta is undeniably responsible for the resurgence in the popularity of Guy Fawkes masks.
3. Sin City (2005)
Frank Miller is unquestionably one of the greatest minds in the comic book industry and his neo-noir series Sin City is arguably his best work to date. So it was only a matter of time when it was adapted for the big screen.
Faithful to the source material due to the inclusion of savagery, murder and a chilling storyline, Sin City is a perfect encapsulation of exactly why comic books can be intended for the adult audience as well.
2. Deadpool (2016)
While there have been several R-rated comic movies released prior, Deadpool flawlessly managed to be the game-changer and would kick-start a revolution. Apart from how grandiose was the performance executed by Ryan Reynolds as the “Merc with the Mouth”, it is not difficult to observe why Deadpool has one of the top spots on the list.
Judging by the numbers, Deadpool was a critical and commercial success and is not only the highest grossing R-rated X-Men movie but also the highest-grossing R-rated comic book movie. Additionally, it is only behind The Passion of the Christ among the highest grossing R-rated movies.
1. Logan (2017)
Was there any doubt about the number one spot? The X–Men franchise is one of the most dominating forces in the realm of comic book movies and a handful of credit goes directly to the magnificence of Australian actor Hugh Jackman.
The movie would have definitely been quite different if it was not rated R. In fact, Jackman took a pay cut from his usual salary so Logan could get that rating. Marked as the final time in which he would portray his most iconic role of Wolverine, the movie was a bittersweet end of an era and is exceptionally the greatest R-rated movie based on a comic book.
We can’t resist mentioning these best R-Rated comic book movies as well:
- History of Violence (2005)
- Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
- Ghost World (2001)
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