Special Report

Highest-Grossing R-Rated Movies of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Artisan Entertainment

25. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $253,689,664
> Genre: Horror
> Directors: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez

Told in a documentary style, “The Blair Witch Project” is about three young movie makers seeking evidence of a legendary witch in the woods in Maryland. They vanish but their equipment is recovered and the found footage documents their project up until their disappearance. The critically acclaimed film was made for less than $1 million and is one of the most profitable films of all time.

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

24. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $255,048,401
> Genre: Action
> Director: Richard Donner

The four buddy-cop Lethal Weapons films, all starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, have grossed more than $487 million domestically, but this one outpaced all the others..

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

23. The Birdcage (1996)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $257,383,542
> Genre: Comedy
> Director: Mike Nichols

The Mike Nichols-helmed farce “The Birdcage” stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as gay parents of a son who plans to marry the daughter of a conservative couple. A favorite of both critics and audiences, the movie is a remake of the French film “La Cage aux Folles.”

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Home Entertainment

22. Scary Movie (2000)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $267,137,524
> Genre: Comedy
> Director: Keenan Ivory Wayans

With Keenan Ivory Wayans at the helm and brother Marlon co-writing and co-starring, “Scary Movie” takes a lampoon sledgehammer to every horror movie cliché. The parody spawned four other films and the franchise has made about $712 million in domestic ticket sales gross in total.

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

21. Hannibal (2001)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $267,472,797
> Genre: Horror
> Director: Ridley Scott

“Hannibal,” one of two Ridley Scott-directed films on the list, is the sequel to “Silence of the Lambs.” Anthony Hopkins reprises his role as the brilliant cannibalistic killer, now on the loose in Europe, and disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore, in place of Jodie Foster from the original movie) is dangled as bait to catch him.

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