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Need a good movie designed for adults? Want something more mature and deep than Wonka? Then keep reading as we’ve designed a list of some of the best R-rated movies that are streaming right now.

Contents

  • Hit Man (2024)
  • X (2022)
  • Anyone but You (2023)
  • Late Night with the Devil (2023)
  • Anatomy of a Fall (2023)
  • Oppenheimer (2023)
  • All of Us Strangers (2023)
  • Parasite (2019)
  • Alien (1979)
  • The Godfather (1972)

From new movies like Richard Linklater’s Hit Man to classics like The Godfather, these excellent R-rated movies are available to stream on different platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Max. If you’re in the mood for drama, action, romance, sci-fi, or biopics, these are great picks for an enjoyable movie night among grownups.

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Hit Man (2024)

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The ascension of Glen Powell is complete. The journeyman actor, who has been trying to find the breakout role he deserves for years, shines in the new action comedy Hit Man, which is currently the most popular movie on Netflix right now. It helps that he co-wrote the screenplay with director Richard Linklater, and took an inspiration from a Texas Monthly article about a mild-mannered professor, Gary Johnson, who posed as different hit men to entrap potential customers who were looking to off someone they loathed.

Things go according to plan until Madison (Adria Arjona) walks into his life. She wants to get out of an abusive marriage and thinks offing her husband is her only option. Gary talks her out of it, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for her … or for violence to ensue. Hit Man emphasizes foreplay over gunplay, and it’s all the better for it. It’s a dizzyingly romantic movie, even if true love is found here by disposing a body or two.

Hit Man is streaming on Netflix.

X (2022)

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The July 5 release of MaXXXine brings closure to one of the unlikeliest film trilogies of modern times. Director Ti West’s horror triptych with star Mia Goth got its start with 2022’s X, a seemingly run-of-the-millTexas Chain Saw Massacre rip-off that was surprising in both its depth (growing old stinks!) and gore (never, ever look into a peephole in a dark barn).

X follows a ragtag group of young amateur p*rnographers who rent an old farmhouse to shoot their latest movie, The Farmer’s Daughters. Much to their surprise, they find the owner, Howard, still on the property. Maxine Minx (Goth), meanwhile, discovers a mysterious old lady (also Goth) lurking in the shadows. As night falls, the blood begins to spill, and not everyone will make it out alive. The plot is nothing new, but horror auteur West directs the hell out of it, and the cast, which also includes a then-unknown Jenna Ortega and a charismatic Brittany Snow as cheery p*rno actress Bobby-Lynne Parker, makes you care for these walking targets.

X is streaming on Netflix.

Anyone but You (2023)

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Rom-coms aren’t usually racy enough to warrant an R rating, and maybe that’s why Anyone but You was a surprise hit in late 2023. The Will Gluck-directed movie, which is a very loose adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, stars Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) and Sydney Sweeney (Madame Web) as Ben and Bea, who loathe each other because of a past botched one-night stand, and now must attend the same lavish wedding with their exes. They then decide to strike a deal to pose as a couple to try to win back their former lovers. Guess what happens in the process? Yes, they start to develop feelings for each other.

While Anyone but You isn’t all that original or surprising (especially if you know your Shakespeare), it’s still fun and genuinely funny. The film makes great use of its primary assets: the beautiful Australian setting, and the magnetic charisma of both its leading stars. When they share the screen together, Powell and Sweeney showcase palpable chemistry, and elevate a standard rom-com into a near-great one.

Anyone But You is streaming on Netflix.

Late Night with the Devil (2023)

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Spring isn’t usually the time for scary movies, but when a movie is good, it doesn’t matter what genre it is. And make no mistake, Late Night with the Devil is a good, creepy movie, even if its ending is a bit of a letdown. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey, as they say, and to watch Late Night is to travel to a dark place filled with escalating tension and paranoia.

Character actor David Dastmalchian stars as Jack Delroy, a desperate late-night show host who is facing cancellation if he can’t come up with an eye-catching act to boast ratings. On October 31, 1977, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot by having a parapsychologist and her subject of study, teenaged Lilly D’Abo, on his show. Lilly claims she’s been possessed by the Devil, and Jack wants to conjure up ol’ Beelzebub so that millions of eyeballs will tune in and save his crumbling career. Is he successful? Well, you’ll just have to watch the movie to find out.

Late Night with the Devil is streaming on AMC+.

Anatomy of a Fall (2023)

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Did Sandra Voyter kill her husband? That’s the central question behind Anatomy of a Fall , a thriller that was nominated for Best Picture and won Best International Film and Best Original Screenplay at the 2024 Oscars. Directed by Justine Triet, the French film depicts the seemingly idyllic life of German expat Sandra (Sandra Hüller), her husband, Samuel (Samuel Theis), and their legally blind 11-year-old son, Daniel (Milo Machado-Graner), in their remote French Alps town.

Their perfect existence is shattered when Samuel is found dead below their chalet and the police suspect Sandra. As her tumultuous relationship with her husband is dissected in the courtroom, the audience is invited to be both judge and jury and determine if Sandra is truly guilty or as innocent as she claims.

Anatomy of a Fall is streaming on Hulu.

Oppenheimer (2023)

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Already being called director Christopher Nolan’s best movie, Oppenheimer is an epic biographical thriller that dramatizes the life of the “father of the atomic bomb,” J. Robert Oppenheimer. Oscar winner Cillian Murphy stars as the theoretical physicist in the film, which chronicles his experiences in universities before being recruited to lead the Manhattan Project. It also depicts his downfall after World War II, with a 1954 security hearing condemning his part in the creation of nuclear weapons.

Oppenheimer quickly gained critical acclaim for its unique portrayal of the complicated historical figure’s story, with Murphy infusing his character with both brilliance and imperfections. Aside from the protagonist’s gory visions of his creation’s victims, Oppenheimer earned its R-rating for its straightforward portrayals of sex and nudity. A scene with Florence Pugh’s Jean Tatlock has even been censored using a CGI black dress in the Middle East and India, with the latter also censoring any scenes that show characters smoking.

Oppenheimeris streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

All of Us Strangers (2023)

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Loneliness is something not often depicted on-screen, and when it is, it’s often in a depressing context. That’s not necessarily true with All of Us Strangers, a 2023 drama that is both very sad and also incredibly uplifting. Andrew Haigh’s acclaimed film stars Andrew Scott (Ripley) as Adam, a single screenwriter living in a near-empty apartment building just outside of London. One night, he has a chance encounter with his mysterious neighbor, Harry (Aftersun‘s Paul Mescal), and starts a relationship that causes Adam to think about his long-dead parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell), who appear to him as if they are alive.

No, this isn’t a ghost story — not exactly. All of Us Strangers is a lot of things: a sensual love story, a moody rumination of childhood trauma, and a generational portrait that examines the inherent chasm between parents and their children. Ultimately, though, the movie is a stellar drama that contains a quartet of fine performances from Scott, Mescal, Foy, and Bell. It’s movie you won’t soon forget, and you won’t want to after watching that devastating climax.

All of Us Strangers is streaming on Hulu.

Parasite (2019)

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Parasite immediately became an international sensation when it first premiered, putting the spotlight on director Bong Joon-ho’s underappreciated talent. The film follows the impoverished Kim family – Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho), his wife, Chung-sook (Jang Hye-jin), and their children, Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) and Ki-jeong (Park So-dam) – as they infiltrate the affluent Park family’s home by posing as skilled workers. However, their scheme takes a dark turn when a hidden secret surfaces, turning the situation tragic.

Parasite made history as the first non-English language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, solidifying its status as a culturally significant and groundbreaking movie. It’s impossible to fully talk about what makes the 2019 film incredible without spoiling its clever midpoint twist. It’s mostly the events after that shocking revelation that also explain the movie’s R rating, especially its dramatic ending.

Parasiteis streaming on Max.

Alien (1979)

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Director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien takes place in deep space aboard the commercial towing spaceship Nostromo. The ship’s crew, including warrant officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), encounters a deadly extraterrestrial organism on an alien vessel. Little do they know that after they retreat back to the Nostromo, the alien has already infiltrated their ship. As the creature begins hunting the crew, they must fight for survival against an unknown and terrifying enemy.

The 1979 classic would go on to spawn the beloved Alien franchise, with the first movie best remembered for its clever use of silence and its claustrophobic setting. Scott focuses on the build-up, with the film containing very few shots of the actual alien killing its victims. It’s those moments, of course, that gave Alien its R rating, as well as intense and frightening ones like the iconic chest-burster moment.

Alienis streaming on Hulu.

The Godfather (1972)

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Director Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather is a legendary mob drama that’s often called the best crime movie ever made. Based on Mario Puzo’s eponymous 1969 novel, the sweeping epic chronicles the Corleone crime family’s rise to power in post-World War II America. The story specifically follows Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his reluctant son, Michael (Al Pacino), who is drawn into the world of organized crime after his father is nearly assassinated.

The first in the award-winning trilogy sees Michael experience brutality and betrayal as he learns more about the family business. Its R rating was unavoidable, as the glimpse into the inner workings of the mafia comes with shootings, murders, physical fights, and more kinds of gore and violence. Despite premiering over half a century ago, The Godfather has lost none of its impact and is still celebrated for the way it set a new standard for the gangster genre and cinema as a whole.

The Godfatheris streaming on Paramount+.

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