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Blade

Studio: New Line Cinema

Budget: $40 million

Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror

Directed By: Stephen Norrington

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson

Box Office: $131.2 million

Blade is an outrageous, blood-soaked hyper-violence and beautiful movie. It fully embraced its silliness while also delivering black humor and enough gory practical effects to delight horror fans. The film has an amazing bloodbath rave sequence which is one of the coolest comic book movie openings. When the film came out in 1998 it was a revelation for a Marvel Comics character. There was really nothing like the film up until that point.

The Crow

Studio: LionsGate Entertainment

Budget: $23 million

Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: Alex Proyas

Starring: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis

Box Office: $50.7 million

Most know the film that had the tragic off-screen death of star Brandon Lee. But if you go around that what you get is a very interesting and good comic book movie. The performance by Lee was phenomenal and it featured one hell of a soundtrack that truly set the tone for the movie. The film is truly a great supernatural revenge thriller that was overshadowed by tragedy. Over the year fans have embraced the movie and found the greatness within.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Budget: $81 million

Genre: Mystery & Suspense

Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

Box Office: $414.4 million

With this film Director Matthew Vaughn is officially 5 for 5 in his films. This time around the story centers on a secret society of super-spies. Seems fun enough but add the fact that he tackles the material with a self-aware sense of humor with a fresh and modern take on the spy genre. Think James Bond meets Kick-Ass if it was set in a badass Hogwarts style school for spies. From beginning to end the movie is a no holds barred fun joyride that manages to pay homage to classic spy thrillers while bringing the action and themes to a new levels. The church sequence will likely go down as one the greatest action scene of the last 10 years.

Dredd

Studio: Lionsgate Films

Budget: $45 million

Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: Pete Travis

Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey

Box Office: $41.5 million

Dredd was one of the biggest surprises when it was released. Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby do remarkable jobs as they completely disappear into their roles set in this unique apocalyptic sci-fi action film. It gave us a great villain, was beautifully shot and gave us the feel of a massive film, like something done on a budget a much bigger budget. The movie has become a bit of a cult classic, and it’s the kind of film that deserves a sequel. If we will ever get it nobody knows but lets hope.

Kick-Ass

Studio: Lionsgate Films

Budget: $30 million

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz

Box Office: $96.2 million

Kick-Ass was just plain a cool idea. It was bloody, sweary, satirical and so refreshingly for adults. Yes it was about a guy in a costume but underneath it was more than just that. The relationship between Nicholas Cage’s Big Daddy and Chloe Grace-Mortez’ Hit Girl seem to be sweet in a very messed up way. Kick-Ass took the criticism of most comic book movies at the time and turned it on its head. The plot, the action and the characterizations were all strong. It’s sometimes hard to get into a story where the characters are all kind of over-the-top and unlikable…but somehow here it seemed fitting.

Oldboy

Studio: Tartan Films

Budget: $3 million

Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Directed By: Park Chan-wook

Starring: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang

Box Office: $15 million

No not the 2013 atrocity, forget about that. Now the movie is actually based on a Manga instead of a comic book but Tomato, Tomato its on the list. The movie about a businessman who is mysteriously imprisoned for 15 years is dark, twisted, disturbing and will defiantly leave an impression at the end. It took the revenge plot story and turned it inside out. Filled with intense action sense as well as great acting trust me you have never seen a story like this. It has one of the most notoriously memorable twist of all time.

Deadpool

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Budget: $58 million

Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Directed By: Tim Miller

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller

Box Office: $708.2 million(SoFar)

Deadpool is the latest attempt at Rated R comic book movies and it knocks it out of the park. The film Fox didn’t want to make turned out to be the biggest film in there X-Men Franchise. With Ryan Reynolds being the perfect casting for the Merc with the Mouth we as fans are glad he stuck with making this movie. The film is violent, fun and over the top in the best possible way. Of all the movies on this list Deadpool might be the most fun to watch. It’s self-reference and self-awareness were handled with the up most respect to the source material and became an instant runaway hit thanks to its marketing campaign.

A History of Violence

Studio: New Line Cinema

Budget: $32 million

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Directed By: David Cronenberg

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris

Box Office: $60.7 million

This one is loosely based on a graphic novel but it still counts. The film was a brutal character drama about a small-town diner owner whose past catches up with him. Anchored by a powerful performance from leading man Viggo Mortensen the film is filled with some intense fast paced action and at the same time earned a pair of Academy Award nominations for supporting actor William Hurt and screenwriter Josh Olson. The film never had the based on a comic book title but it is still one worth seeking.

V for Vendetta

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Budget: $54 million

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: James McTeigue

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves

Box Office: $132.5 million

V for Vendetta – I truly adore this film that was adapted from an Alan Moore graphic novel. It’s a film filled with a fascinating concept with innovative ideas wrapped in a stylish action movie. Acting heavyweights Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman deliver phenomenal performances that elevate the already great dialogue. The novel and movie were meant to take shots at politics and the government and I feel the movie nailed what it was trying to deliver.

Road to Perdition

Studio: DreamWorks SKG

Budget: $80 million

Genre: Drama

Directed By: Sam Mendes

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey

Box Office: $181 million

Sam Mendes followed up his Oscar-winning drama American Beauty with a comic book property about gangsters. The film stars Tom Hanks as a mob enforcer who is on the run with his surviving son after he’s betrayed by his criminal family. It turns into a film about revenge when he sets out after the man who murdered his family. Road to Perdition is brilliant, well-crafted and so moving. The film earned a lot of Academy Award nominations and turned out to be Paul Newman’s final live-action role. The film is defiantly worth watching and being lost in it.

What's your favorite R-rated comic book movie? Let me know in the comments!

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