15 Highest-Grossing R-Rated Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

From Saving Private Ryan to The Sixth Sense...


An R-rating tends to be seen as killing off potential box office revenue and this is true to some extent. Looking at the highest grossing films of all time, there isn't a single R-rated film in the billion dollar club and there aren't very many among the all-time biggest box-office hits. Only 13 R-rated films have grossed over $500 million worldwide. This is, to be honest, unfortunate since many films which should've been rated R are instead given PG-13 ratings to increase box office chances.

Still, there are some R-rated films which manage to defy the odds and set the box office on fire. The most successful of these are a wildly varied bunch; they include big Awards Season movies, high-profile sequels, sleeper hits and also some of those rare films where studios took the risk with an R-rating and it paid off.

If nothing else, these movies prove that the R-rating is not the kiss of death at the box-office and that studios should be doing more R-rated flicks. But which ones deserved to beat the odds and become global box office smashes the most? Time to find out.

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Film student, nerd and writer who spends his time watching films in darkened rooms and then trashing them all over the internet... especially if everyone else loves them. Once met Tommy Wiseau.