9 R-rated Movie Suggestions for Disney Plus

To attract more subscribers, Disney+ has added R-rated movies like Deadpool and Logan. What other more adult-oriented titles could come next?

Disney+ announced on Monday that it had added R-rated films like Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan to its streaming library. It makes sense since the movies are about Marvel characters and Disney+ owns Marvel Studios. But the films are for adults, and Disney+ is about families—or it was until Disney decided it wanted that grown-up cash.

What does this mean for the future? More R-rated films are coming to Disney+, but which ones make sense for the service? We have some suggestions.

A collage of movie posters for Stand by Me, Beverly Hills Cop, My Cousin Vinny, Alien, The Lost Boys, The Breakfast Club, The Blues Brothers, and Blazing Saddles.

Common Sense Media parental controls

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DISH has abundant educational and kids channels plus stellar parental controls designed in a partnership with Common Sense Media (CSM). The following film recommendations include CSM ratings so you can see at a glance if a film is age-appropriate for your children.

Stand by Me | Roku Channel | CSM rating: 14+

Stephen King’s story of four preteens’ journey to see a dead body is a perfect coming-of-age movie for boys and a heartfelt, compelling story for everyone.

Stream Stand by Me on the Roku Channel.

Beverly Hills Cop | Paramount+ | CSM rating: 16+

Beverly Hills Cop has violence, language, and brief nudity, but Eddie Murphy’s wisecracking Axel Foley character isn’t nearly as casually violent as Deadpool. However, the hitman played by Jonathan Banks (who you might know as Mike Ehrmantraut from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) has one jarring kill.

Stream Beverly Hills Cop on Paramount+.

My Cousin Vinny | HBO Max | CSM rating: 15+

This comedy, rated “R” only for foul language, is largely appropriate for the “yutes.” And some of the yutes in question may see the strong, capable Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei) as a positive female role model—that’s a good thing.

Stream My Cousin Vinny on HBO Max™.

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Alien | STARZ | CSM rating: 15+

The gory/violent parts of Alien are relatively tame compared to similar content in the Deadpool movies and Stranger Things—although Alien’s Facehugger scene is properly traumatizing. But they have plush Facehuggers nowadays, so they can’t be that scary.

Stream Alien on STARZ.

The Lost Boys | Amazon Prime Video | CSM rating: 16+

The only teen vampire dramedy that matters is edgier than the Twilight movies, but still fine for kids. Worst case scenario: kids could start wearing unironic poodle-permed mullets, riding motorcycles without helmets, and looking up to Corey Feldman.

Stream The Lost Boys on Amazon Prime Video (VOD).

The Breakfast Club | Hulu | CSM rating: 15+

Sure, it has some naughty words, sexual language, and something called “doobage.” But John Hughes’ legendary teen movie teaches valuable lessons about class differences, friendship, and the imperfection of adult authority figures.

Stream The Breakfast Club on Hulu.

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The Frighteners | STARZ | CSM rating: 18+

Compared to Bad Taste and Braindead/Dead Alive, the violence in this Peter Jackson “horror” movie looks more like Casper the Friendly Ghost with each passing year. Since it’s 27 years old, and the film stars Michael J. Fox, that’s pretty innocent. And yet, CSM thought the violence—even combined with some foul language—was enough for an 18+ rating.

Stream The Frighteners on STARZ.

The Blues Brothers | Amazon Prime Video | CSM rating: 16+

Jake and Elwood Blues, among other characters, use many bad words in this film, and there is some violence, but it’s all slapstick. Kids will dig it.

Stream The Blues Brothers on Amazon Prime Video (VOD).

Blazing Saddles | Amazon Prime Video | CSM rating: 15+

As one Reddit user said, “Blazing Saddles is rated R apparently for the n-word and farts.” In other words, it’s perfect for 15-year-olds, as indicated by its CSM rating. Really, though—watch this one with your kids and discuss the content afterward. Long live critical fart theory!

Stream The Blues Brothers on Amazon Prime Video.

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