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Top 10 Most Profitable Rated R Films


It is no secret that children’s animated features and popular film dynasties dominate the
international box office.  A modern Hollywood trend has emerged and movie
production companies do not want their blockbusters to gain an R rating.  A film that is
rated R will immediately lose millions of adolescent viewers.  As an adult, I always
enjoy a good blockbuster adult film that is not intended for kids.  I have collected a list
of the Top 10 most successful films at the world box office that are rated R.

10. Rain Man (1988)

Worldwide Gross - $412 Million


Rain Man is a comedy-drama that tells the story of Charlie Babbitt, who discovers that
his father has left all of his multimillion-dollar estate to his brother, Raymond, an
autistic savant, of whose existence he was unaware. Rain Man is a telling story of
friendship and mental illness.  The performances by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise
are outstanding.  The film won four Oscars in 1988, including Best Picture, Best
Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor in a leading role for Hoffman.  Rain
Man made an impressive $412 million dollars at the international box office.  It is
ranked #103 on the list of the most profitable films of all time.

9. The Last Samurai (2003)
Worldwide Gross - $435 Million


The Last Samurai is a war film that tells the story of American soldier Nathan Algren,
who's personal and emotional conflicts bring him into contact with samurai in the wake
of the Meiji Restoration in the Empire of Japan in 1876 and 1877.  The film's plot is
based on the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion led by Saigō Takamori, although the film does
not seek to directly duplicate history.  It was an entertaining film with many impressive
action sequences.  The scenes focusing on the ancient art of the samurai are great.  The
Last Samurai was well received upon its release and earned over $435 million dollars at
the international box office.  It is rated #88 on the list of the most profitable films of all
time.  It received an R rating for strong violence and battle sequences.

8. Gladiator (2000)
Worldwide Gross - $456 Million


Gladiator is a 2000 epic production directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crow,
Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, and Oliver Reed
.  The plot revolves around
Maximus Decimus Meridius, favorite of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius who is betrayed
and murdered by his son Commodus.  Maximus is captured and enslaved along the outer
skirts of the Roman Empire.  He rises through the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to
avenge the murder of his family and his Emperor.  The film received good reviews and
was praised for its realistic portrayal of Roman Gladiors and events at the Collasium.
The action scenes are extremely intense and the plot is compelling.  The film
rated #79 on the list of the most successful films at the box office.  It received an R
rating for
intense, graphic combat.

7. 300 (2006)

Worldwide Gross - $457 Million


300 is a 2006 American action film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by
Frank Miller.  It is a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae.  The film was
shot mostly with a super-imposition chroma key technique, to help replicate the imagery
of the original comic book.  The story revolves around Spartan King Leonidas as he
300 Spartans to fight against Persian King Xerxes and his army of more than one
million soldiers.  The much more skilled and trained Spartans hold off the Persians for
many days.
The movie has many entertaining action sequences and a fair representation of the time.
It received mixed reviews amongst viewers and critics.  Many felt it gave an unfair
depiction of the ancient Persians, but millions of other viewers praised the production.
The film’s opening was the 24th largest in box office history.  It ranks #77 on the list of
the highest grossing movies of all time.  It received an R rating for
graphic battle
some sexuality, and nudity.

6. Pretty Woman (1990)

Worldwide Gross - $463 Million


Pretty Woman is a romantic comedy that centers around down-on-her-luck prostitute
Vivian Ward.  It was initially intended to be a dark drama about prostitution in Los
Angeles, but was reconceptualized into a romantic comedy.  The chemistry between
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere is amazing and helped propel this film to the top of the
charts.  The screenplay is really well written and this movie conceptualized the modern
romanic comedy.  The supporting cast is also great.  Pretty Woman was one of the
highest grossing films of the 1990’s and has made over $460 million dollars
worldwide.  The film ranks #75 on the list of the highest grossing films of all time.
Pretty Woman also has a critically acclaimed soundtrack.  You might be surprised that
this film received the R rating as it did not contain much profanity or any nudity.  It is
labeled as having sexuality and some language.

5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Worldwide Gross - $479 Million


Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American war film set during the invasion of Normandy
in World War II.  It was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks,
Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, and Matt Damon.
Saving Private Ryan garnered critical acclaim and is widely considered one of the best
war movies ever made.  The realism and amazing camera work transport you into the
battle.  The story surrounds a group of soldiers as they risk
their lives searching for a
Private Ryan, who is the last surviving brother of three fallen servicemen.  The film was
nominated for 11 Academy Awards and was an international success.  It grossed over
$475 million dollars worldwide and is rated #72 on the list of the most profitable films
of all time.  It was rated R for
intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war
violence, and for language.

4. Troy (2004)
Worldwide Gross - $481 Million


Troy is a 2004 epic/action film concerning the Trojan War.  The film is often noted for
its incredible ensemble cast, which include Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Peter
O'Toole, and Diane Kruger.  It received mixed reviews, but has a large following of
passionate fans who believe it is an entertaining historical representation of the time.
When the film was completed the total production costs were $185 million, which
makes it one of the most expensive films ever made.  Troy was a financial success at the
international box office, making more than 73% of its revenues outside of the U.S.  It is
the 70th most successful film at the Box Office.

3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Worldwide Gross - $516 Million


Terminator 2 was released in 1991, directed, co-written, and co-produced by James
Cameron.  Set eleven years after the events of The Terminator, it follows Sarah Connor,
her 10-year-old son John, and a reprogrammed Terminator from the future, as they
defend themselves from a T-1000 and attempt to prevent Judgment Day.  The film had an
impact on popular culture and was influential in the genres of action and science fiction.
The production included the first use of natural human motion for a CG character and
the first computer-generated main character.  T2 is rated as the 65th most successful
film of all time.

2. The Passion of Christ (2004)

Worldwide Gross - $604 Million


The Passion of Christ is a film co-written, co-produced and directed by Mel Gibson. It is
based on the New Testament accounts of the arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion, and
resurrection of Jesus.  The film’s dialogue is in Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew, with
subtitles.  Upon release the movie was banned in many areas of the world.  This helped
the advertising of the movie, as people wanted to view the controversial religious film.
Despite boasting no true star power amongst the actors, the production ended up
grossing over $600 million dollars worldwide, giving it the #44 spot on the list of most
successful films of all time.  It is the highest grossing non-English language film in the
history of cinema.  The Passion of Christ received a rated R rating for graphic violence.

1. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Worldwide Gross - $735 Million


The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 film, the second installment in The Matrix trilogy.  The
film received a controversial R rating for sci-fi violence and some sexuality.  However,
it did not slow down the popularity of the film as it raised over 730 million dollars
worldwide.  The Matrix Reloaded is currently ranked #32 on the list of the highest
grossing films of all time and #1 amongst rated R cinema. 


Daniel - Posted August 16, 2009 at 10:28 PM
Not a single one of these movies was rated 'R' - at least
not in Australia, so I don't understand why you are quoting
"worldwide" profits.

Bryan - Posted August 17, 2009 at 12:12 PM
I am not 100% familiar with the international movie grading system.  The United
States uses the G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17, and X scale, which is known as the
MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) scale and that is what this
article is based around.  Movies such as Saving Private Ryan must have
recieved an equivalent R rating in Australia, with all of the graphic violence.  It
seems that most of the movies on this list are rated MA or M in Australia.

Richard - Posted August 30, 2009 at 2:55 PM
Daniel, you're a dimwit.

Shehan - August 6, 2010

Very Nice.

Anonymous - September 5, 2010

I like to watch all of those because i can get the many knowledges.

James Adu-Gyamfi - December 19, 2010

I like to watch The Passion of the Christ if I get the chance.  I think it is the best.

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