FULL LIST OF ALL R RATED SUPERHERO MOVIES EVER MADE

With all the buzz going around “Logan” and “Deadpool”, I decided to make a full list of all R rated superhero movies ever released. Enjoy!

Full list of 40+ titles below, sorted by IMDb rating.

My favourite independent movies on this list are “Defendor” and “Super”. Pretty unique.

TITLE YEAR IMDB RATING BUDGET (MLN) BOX OFFICE  (MLN) NOTES
The Matrix 1999 8.7 $63.000000 $463.500000 by the Wachowskis, with K. Reeves, L. Fishburne, H. Weaving, C. A. Moss
Logan 2017 8.4 $97.000000 $607.300000
V for Vendetta 2005 8.2 $54.000000 $130.000000 produced by the Wachowskis, with N. Portman, H. Weaving. Based on comics by A. Moore
Sin City 2005 8 $40.000000 $158.500000 by R. Rodriguez/F. Miller, with B. Willis, M. Rourke
Deadpool 2016 8 $58.000000 $783.100000
Kick-Ass 2010 7.7 $30.000000 $96.200000 with (unusual) N. Cage
Watchmen 2009 7.6 $130.000000 $184.000000 by Z. Snyder, based on comics by A. Moore
The Crow 1994 7.6 $15.000000 $50.600000 by Alex Proyas (Dark City). Various sequels
Robocop 1987 7.5 $13.000000 $53.400000 by P. Verhoeven, with P. Weller
The Matrix Reloaded 2003 7.2 $150.000000 $742.100000 by Wachowskis, with K. Reeves, L. Fishburne, H. Weaving, C. A. Moss, M. Belucci
Dredd 2012 7.1 $45.000000 $41.400000 screenplay by Alex Garland (directed Ex Machina)
Blade 1998 7.1 $45.000000 $131.200000 based on Marvel character, screenplay by D. S. Goyer, with W. Snipes
Constantine 2005 6.9 $100.000000 $221.600000 with K. Reeves, R. Weisz, P. Stormare, Tilda Swinton
Sin City: A Dame to Kill for 2014 6.9 $65.000000 $39.400000 by R. Rodriguez, with M. Rourke, E. Green, J. Alba, J. Gordon-Lewitt
Super 2008 6.8 $2.500000 $0.400000 by J. Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), with Rainn Wilson
Defendor 2009 6.8 $5.400000 $0.440000 with W. Harrelson
The Matrix Revolutions 2003 6.7 $150.000000 $427.300000 by Wachowski brothers, with K. Reeves, L. Fishburne, H. Weaving, C. A. Moss
Blade ll 2002 6.7 $55.000000 $154.400000 by G. del Toro, screenplay by D. Goyer, based on Marvel character, with W. Snipes
Wanted 2008 6.7 $75.000000 $342.400000 by T. Bekmambetov, with A. Jolie, J. McAvoy, M. Freeman
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 6.7 $250.000000 $873.000000 …only the Director’s Cut was rated R
Kick-Ass 2 2013 6.6 $28.000000 $60.700000
Heroic Trio 1993 6.6 ? ?
The Punisher 2004 6.5 $33.000000 $54.500000 with T. Jane, J. Travolta
Darkman 1990 6.4 $16.000000 $49.000000 by S. Raimi, with L. Neeson
Hebrew Hammer 2003 6.2 $1.300000 $0.082157
The Toxic Avenger 1984 6.2 $0.500000 $0.800000  first R rated superhero movie ever
Black Mask 1996 6.1 ? $14.000000 with Jet Li. Disastrous sequel followed
Punisher: War Zone 2008 6 $35.000000 $10.100000 OST was unexpectedly successful
The Specials 2000 6 $1.000000 $0.130000 written by J. Gunn (Super, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Guyver: Dark Hero 1994 6 $0.900000 ? …the only movie here when the sequel was more successful than the original that wasn’t rated R.
The Punisher 1989 5.9 $9.000000 $0.500000 with Dolph Lundgren
Blade: Trinity 2004 5.9 $65.000000 $132.000000 by D. S. Goyer, with W. Snipes
Robocop 2 1990 5.7 $14.000000 $45.700000 with P. Weller
Judge Dredd 1995 5.5 $90.000000 $113.500000 with S. Stallone
Daredevil 2003 5.3 $78.000000 $182.700000 …only the Director’s Cut was rated R
Tank Girl 1995 5.2 $25.000000 $6.000000 with Naomi Watts, M. McDowell
Spawn 1997 5.2 $40.000000 $87.900000
Alter Egos 2012 5.2 ? $1.000000
The Toxic Avenger: Part ll 1989 5.1 $2.400000 $0.800000 …and 2 other less successful sequels
Black Scorpion 1995 4.8 ? ? …and the sequel
Spiderbabe 2003 4.4 ? ? …direct-to-video, loosely based on Marvel character
Officer Downe 2016 4.1 ? $0.000850
Faust: Love of the Damned 2000 4.1 $3.000000 ?
Let’s make clear few things.
  1. Most R rated superhero movies fall in into categories – or it’s a very high budget Hollywood production, or it’s some independent stuff that’s often trashy. Both categories had their failures and successes.
  2. The movie doesn’t always need to have R rating to be awesome. In “Watchmen” – yes, it’s a part of the plot and story. In “Logan” – well, it could be a great movie even without all that gore.
  3. Neither “Deadpool” nor “Logan” were first R-rated superhero movies. Before that, we had “Watchmen”. And before “Watchmen”, we had “Blade”. And even before them, we had “The Toxic Avenger”.
  4. If we talk about things seriously, let’s admit R rated superhero movies now made a full circle. Blade (1998) was one of the first big successful movies – by the way, it’s a Marvel character – grossing $131 million with only a $40 million budget, but it was mostly pure action and style. The Matrix was probably really the first big office hit that started to change things, being not just cool action movie with violence, but also more though though-provoking ($463.5 million box office). Then came Spider-Man with its $821.7 million worldwide box office, starting the hugely successful era of superhero movies for everybody.
  5. “Defendor” and “Super” are a must-watch for anyone who likes independent cinema.

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