The ten best rated R movies of 2010 varied in plot line, era and genre. However, each of them had several main points in common (besides that they were rated R): great stories and characters. Each movie represented their genre wonderfully and made for a great year for rated R movies. As such, each movie on this list is deserving of their place in the top ten best rated R movies in 2010.

  1. “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges reemerged on the silver screen as an acting superpower with his portrayal of washed up alcoholic country singer, Bad Blake. The touching film, with its beautiful soundtrack, captured the hearts of audiences and earned several Oscars in the process.  

  2. “Shutter Island” The eerie offering from Martin Scorsese was visually stunning, but it had audiences divided between those who were shocked by the film’s ending and those who “saw it coming a mile away.” Nevertheless, it was an excellent film by Scorsese and beautifully filmed and acted.  

  3. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Based on the famous book of the same name, the foreign film wonderfully captured the world of Stieg Larsson's famous series. After the disappearance of a young girl, a financial journalist and computer hacker are called in to investigate. During their investigations, they tap into a dark history of murders that seem to involve the family of the girl. The question is how far will they go to solve the crime?

  4. “Winter’s Bone" “Winter’s Bone” tells the moving story of a young woman in backwoods Missouri. In order to save her destitute family, she must seek out her missing drug dealing father.

  5. “The Last Station” This film presented a dynamo cast and story, telling of the final days of famed writer Tolstoy, his philosophies and his relationships, particularly with his wife Sophia. Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren in the title roles were enchanting and earned them both Oscar nominations.

  6. “The Runaways” Though not widely received, the biopic about Joan Jett and Cherie Currie took fans behind the scenes of the tumultuous '70s era and the female band that paved the way for female musicians following them. Both actresses in the lead roles, Kristen Stewart as Jett and Dakota Fanning as Currie, earned wide praise from both audiences and the women they played.

  7. “Kick-Ass” Heroes come in many shapes and colors—they do not exclude nerds, which is exactly what teenage Dave Lizewski is. In an effort to transform his life, he dresses up as the super her Kick-Ass. For a while, things are going great, until Kick-Ass runs into real villains ... with real weapons.  

  8. “The Kids are Alright” This film began earning Oscar buzz before it was even released to theaters. Julianne Moore and Annette Bening play a lesbian couple who have a wonderful life and two beautiful children. However, their lives are turned upside down when their children seek out and find their biological father. When they insist that he become a part of their lives, it throws the family off-balance and exposes problems that had been hiding beneath the surface.

  9. “The Ghost Writer” When a ghost writer is hired to finish the memoirs of a former British prime minister, he uncovers secrets that could change the world around him in more ways than he can possibly imagine.

  10. “Nowhere Boy” The biopic about music legend John Lennon of the Beatles takes audiences to an unusual place for fans—Lennon’s young life pre-Beatles.