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Best R-Rated Movies of the Past 10 Years

This probably looks like an odd question, so let me give it some context: I haven’t watched a rated R movie in a long, long time. (I don’t think it’s been 10 years, but it’s close enough.) Why? Because I’d rather avoid the things that make movies rated R – even though it pains me to miss out on movies like Matrix that seem to have very little in them to worry about.

In any case, now that I have ClearPlay, I can watch just about whatever movie I want – as long as I can get a filter for it.

So, back to my original question, what are the best R-rated movies of the past decade (or so)? I’ve got some catching up to do.

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Saving Private Ryan
LA Confidential
Godfather – part one from 1972
Godfather – part two from 1974
Shawshank Redemption
American History X
Pulp Fiction
Mystic River
Schindler’s List
Full Metal Jacke
Usual Suspects
Million Dollar Baby
Green Mile
6th Sense
Deer Hunter

I tried to list a variety of categories.
Not in any particular order:
The Boondock Saints (action)
Sin City (action)
300 (action)
The Propostion (Western)
Amelie (foriegn)
Oldboy (forgein)
V for Vendetta (drama)
Planet Terror (horror/comedy)
Shaun of the Dead(horror/comedy)
Memento (mystery/suspense)

This is a bit tangential, but I find it interesting that you’d be willing to talk or read about a topic on OmniNerd, but not see it in a movie. You’re willing to listen to the entire spectrum of music which covers tons of subject, but you won’t watch an R-rated movie.

R-rated movies are usually pretty light too, i.e., some cussing, maybe a boob, and you might hear the f-word. It’s usually the ideas that are more adult focused, e.g., you know people in a movie are having sex even if no nudity is shown. In that regard, I’d say OmniNerd and most music is R-rated too, i.e., intended for an adult audience. So if you get sex, drugs, and violence via other media outlets and don’t discriminate, why do you filter video? What’s the difference?

Moreover, do you really think that filtering that cuss word, boob, and f-word makes the film not R-rated? I could understand a "I don’t want my kid exposed to these things," but that usually is short for "I don’t want my kid exposed to these things until they are older and know what it is they are seeing/thinking/hearing/etc." Being an adult capable of extrapolating the events in a film whether explicitly shown or not, what’s not R-rated about the filtered film?

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Please Explain ... by VnutZ

… why is it that you avoid a movie rated R. And I ask this question especially because you clearly comment that "it pains me to miss out on movies like Matrix that seem to have very little in them to worry about." If you know there is nothing to worry about, why restrict yourself because a third party [MPAA] put a label on it? It wasn’t R for language. It wasn’t R for sex. It was R for violence. The Matrix isn’t The Matrix if they remove those scenes.

I know a lot of people that have chosen not to watch certain movies based on content … but I’m curious if you can describe your rationale for it.


Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai — This one is kinda out there, as it stars Forest Whitaker as a mob hitman who follows the samurai code of Bushido. Slower paced and off -beat, but I dug it.

Gladiator — Obvious.

Almost Famous — Writer/director Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical story of a teenage music writer getting a writing gig for Rolling Stone and touring with fictional band Stillwater. A love letter to rock n’ roll.

Requiem for a Dream — Not really a "fun" movie to watch. Darren Aronofsky crafts a disturbing tale of drug addiction, misery, wretchedness, and despair. Perfect for Christmas!

The Gift — Sam Raimi directs this Southern Gothic quasi-supernatural tale of pshycic Kate Blanchett who is asked to find a missing woman played by Katie Holmes (who shows her boobies!) We have a red-neck wife beater played by Keanu Reeves (with nary a "whoa" to be heard,) his fem-mullet sporting victimized wife Hillary Swank, Giovanni Ribisi playing a disturbed young man (which, is just about every role he plays) tormented by a past he can’t remember, and Greg Kinnear as Katie’s boyfriend.

Shadow of the Vampire — Willem Dafoe plays Max Schreck, the star of F.W. Murnau’s (John Malkovitch) silent era masterpiece Nosferatu. The catch is, Schreck isn’t merely playing a vampire, he is one. Very atmospheric, very clever conceit.


Black Hawk Down — Gripping account of the battle in Mogadishu and gritty, realistic version of modern warfare.

Momento — already mentioned. Clever narrative device of unraveling the movie backwards chronologically. Twists and turns keep you glued to the screen as you watch a man with no short-tern memory try to hunt down the man who raped and killed his wife.

Donnie Darko — Pre -Brokeback (and post Bubbleboy) Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a troubled teenager who is warned of the end of the world by Frank, a man-sized, skull faced bunny rabbit. Off-beat, well-executed character study, way better than I’m making it sound.


Road to Perdition — Tom Hanks as a mob hitman whose wife and one son are murdered by the boss’s nutty son. Hanks and his surviving son hit the road to avoid other hired killers. Well done prohibition-era road-trip-mob movie.

Blade II— The best of the Blade movies sees Blade joining forces with a vampire clan to fight a newer, deadlier breed of vampire, the "Reaper."

We Were Soldiers — Mel Gibson stars in this harrowing true account of the Battle of Ia Drang in November of 1965, the first major engagment between U.S. and North Vietnamese forces of the war.

Super Troopers — There is no point watching a censored version of this movie. An instant classic.

Narc — Jason Patrick and Ray Liotta star in this hard-boiled look at the murder investigation of an undercover cop. Dark and gritty, more a character study than your buddy-cop actiona flick.

Next: 2003, 2004 and 2005

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ClearPlay Policy by Brandon

I went through ClearPlay’s catalogue and looked up all of the movies listed so far. Most of them were available, but some weren’t. After submitting requests for each of those missing, I received one of a number of responses for each; the movies didn’t have filters either because they hadn’t gotten around to it yet, they thought a filter would compromise the integrity of the movie, or because the filter wasn’t public. I thought the policy explanations for the latter two were interesting, so I’m going to include them here, as well as the movies in each category.

Movie Integrity
Movies included:

  • American Beauty
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Boondock Saints
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Policy statement:
bq. Thank you for your request! Unfortunately, we will not be creating a Filter for [INSERT MOVIE TITLE] at this time.

One of our unwavering standards at ClearPlay is that we will not provide a Filter that will ruin the customer experience watching the movie. We don’t want our viewers scratching their heads, wondering what is going on, asking what someone is talking about (because half their words are muted) and wishing they were watching without ClearPlay. We are even willing to bypass some filter categories if required to understand the movie, naturally with explicit warnings to our users. But some movies are so graphic, and the content so prevalent, that we can’t make a Filter that we think you will enjoy. So we don’t.

We have Filters for over 2000 movies, with more every week. We have almost all of the top 1000 all-time box office leaders. We hope you enjoy our collection, and understand when the occasional movie is not a good candidate for ClearPlay.

Filter Not Public
Movie included:

  • Schindler’s List

Policy Statement:
bq. Thank you for your request! We do have a Filter for [INSERT MOVIE TITLE], but it has not been released at this time due to the mature content that still remains in the film. I will include the current version of the Filter with this e-mail. If you would like to evaluate it, download the attached file and copy it to a CD or USB flash to load it onto your player. We would appreciate your opinion regarding the filtering quality. If you have any more questions regarding this Filter, please let us know.


Bad Boys II — Director Micheal Bay is hated by mainstream film critic s, and the only reason why I can figure is that he makes action adventure summer blockbusters that the general public flocks to. I love his movies, including the much-maligned The Island. Anyway, this is an awesome action/comedy/buddy cop popcorn flick, better even than the first Bad Boys.

The Last Samurai — On the one hand, I do wonder how Hollywood can preach against racism with a straight face when they insist on making Caucasians the star of films about other ethnicities (see also The Windtalkers). But, this samurai film us awesome, and Cruise (couch-jumping wackiness aside) is, as always, an excellent actor.

Kill Bill vol 1 — You have to be a fan of Tarentino, Asian revenge films, and spaghetti westerns to really like this film series, I think, and since I am , I like it.

Open Range — An under-rated western, Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall star as open-range cattlemen finding themselves in a de-facto war with corrupt ranchers.

Underworld — Vampires fighting a war with werewolves with a human caught in the crossfire, plus Kate Beckinsdale in skin tight black leather.

21 Grams — Actually, I’ve never seen most of this movie, as I loathe Sean Penn. But, you do get to see Naomi Watts’ boobies (with nipples very much like traffic cones, I might add.)

Gigli — Dear God, am I kidding.

Bubba Ho Tep - Elvis (Bruce Campbell) and JFK(Ozzie Davis- yes, the black one) both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy. Funny and actually touching and sad.


Kill Bill vol 2 — Much more deliberate paced than vol 1.

Blade Trinity — The least of the Blade flicks, but Ryan Reynolds is Hi-Larious

Team America: World Police — The South Park dudes do marionettes. Skewers Hollywood big time. Hysterical.

Shaun of the Dead — A British comedy/zombie flick. Pure, unadulterated genius.

The Final Cut — Overlooked Robin Williams drama in which he plays a "cutter" — someone who takes the footage of a person’s life recorder through brain implants and makes memorials after their deaths. Williams plays it low key, and there is tension and atmosphere to spare.


The 40-Year Old Virgin — Raucously funny with a sweet heart behind the raunchy humor.

Sin City — By far THE most faithful adaptation of a comic book EVER, almost frame by frame. Awesome, over-the-top action with hard-boiled dialog and characters.

Grizzly Man — A fascinating look at a man who lived among grizzlies in the wold… until one ate him. If it weren’t a documentary using the man’s own footage, it would be modern-day Shakespeare.


The Departed - Scorsese on top of his game. Cat and mouse, betrayal, secrets, casual yet shocking acts of brutality- this is crime drama as high art.

Underworld: Evolution — Ups the ante in terms of plot and action.

Apocalypto — Maybe overlooked thanks to Mel Gibson’s drunken antics, but this movie is a heart-pumping adventure story set at the twilight of the Maya. Brutal, heart wrenching, then fist-pumping "Hell Yeah!" exciting.


300 — "SPARTAAANS!! PREPARE FOR GLORY!!"" Oh hell yes.

30 Days of Night — See my review.

Grindhouse — I include both movies here, as they should be watched together, like at the movies. Fun homage to b-movies.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon — Clever, original (yet flawed) deconstruction of the masked killer horror film archetype. The last act of the movie is a little bit of a let down from the rest of the flick, but worth watching nonetheless.

There are a lot of movies from the last couple of years that I haven’t seen yet, but that I am looking forward to, such as Wristcutters: A Love Story and The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward, Robert Ford.

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ClearPlay review by Brandon

See my review of ClearPlay on Amazon.com here.

It’s funny how people are different. I will ONLY watch R-rated action/thriller movies because anything rated less is just not intense or edgy enough. That’s how I stumbled on this page, seeking good R rated flicks! Oh, X rated movies are sometimes good too.

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