R-Rated movies are all about the stuff that the kids shouldn’t be able to see, or more importantly – hear. It’s a tag that gives carte blanche for filmmakers to go beyond the boundaries and tell darker, dirtier, or more violent tales without having to work with one arm tied behind their backs.
That also means filmmakers tend to go hog wild with their content. Whether it’s gratuitous sexual content, extreme graphic violence, or violet-shrinking profanity, the gloves come off. Here are the top ten films with the most insane abundance of profanity. Invest in some cotton swabs, just in case.
10 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
South Park might have made a name for itself by pushing television boundaries with its raunchy adult humor, but the feature film was an entirely different thing altogether. It let Trey Parker and Matt Stone off the leash to traumatize the ratings review board before it finally hit theaters.
The film contains a grand total of 399 swears, with 146 of them being f-bombs. While that’s somewhat tame compared to others on this list, it’s still an offensive film, especially when you count the 199 offensive gestures thrown in for good measure
9 Twin Town (1997)
Twin Town is a bizarre tale about two brothers in a dead-end town who decide to flip off the entire world in pursuit of illicit drug use and car thievery. After their father suffers an accident on the premises of a rich club owner, they demand compensation whether he wants to give it or not.
A movie with such an obviously seedy premise wouldn’t shy away from the bad language, and there’s plenty of it to go around here. The profanity is captained by the dreaded f-bomb which is dropped over 300 times during the course of an hour and forty minutes
8 End Of Watch (2012)
Iconic actor Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña starred in this crime drama about two South Central L.A. cops who patrol the streets with machismo and bravado at their side, believing they can take on anything. As it turns out, they’re in for quite a wild ride when a Mexican drug cartel moves to take them out.
The film has plenty of bad language to go around, including 326 separate f-bombs spread out over just under two hours worth of run time. That’s a lot of acid to bring to the mix.
7 Alpha Dog (2006)
Justin Timberlake and Emile Hirsch starred in this crime drama by writer/director/actor Nick Cassavetes about a young boy taken hostage in exchange for a debt payment. The boy parties with his captors before things finally start to fly off the rails into chaos.
This drama about young adult angst, anger, and violence is mired in drugs, guns, and violence, so it’s only natural that the language would fit the subject matter. The result is 367 separate f-bombs spread across 2 hours of runtime.
6 Straight Outta’ Compton (2015)
Any biographical film about the rise and fall of notorious gangsta’ rap group NWA is bound to be loaded with bad language (not to mention plenty of memorable quotes), and director F. Gary Gray certainly delivered on that front with a heavy 392 f-bombs within its 2.5 hour running time.
That’s to be expected. Not only did NWA take the world by storm in the early 90s with its vicious brand of rebellious rap, but it also paved the way for an entire musical movement that later gave rise to a more pop-oriented variation on the genre.
5 Uncut Gems (2019)
Adam Sandler is no stranger to profanity in film thanks to his many varied roles over the years, but Uncut Gems lists high as one of the most expletive-ridden films ever made. Sandler plays a gems dealer with a serious gambling problem that has destroyed his life. Believing he has a clear shot to wiping out his debt and getting back on track, he pursues the sale of rare uncut gems to a rich buyer, but it’s not as easy as it seems.
The movie’s f-bomb count clocks in at 408 over the course of a little more than two hours, which is definitely getting up there in terms of a minute-to-swear ratio. Ironically, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
4 Casino (1995)
There was a time when Martin Scorsese’s Casino was the most profanity-laced film ever made, and even by today’s standards, it has managed to cling on to the top ten. This classic crime drama is a mess of mafia murders, greed, and of course, plenty of expletives spewing left right, and center.
Casino has around 422 f-bombs to its name. This, combined with the aggressive and unpleasant subject matter (including some dramatic overacting by Sharon Stone) makes one feel dirty and in need of a shower once its 3-hour runtime is up.
3 Nil By Mouth (1997)
Chameleonic actor Gary Oldman took the director’s chair for this 1997 drama about a working-class London family besieged by drug use and violence fueled by main character Raymond. A series of terrible decisions nearly cost him everything before he’s able to get his life largely back on track.
The uncomfortable subject matter and the nihilistic tone of the film are a breeding ground for the kind of profanity that would probably make its way into a scenario such as this. As a result, the film has 428 f-bombs sprinkled over 2 hours and 8 minutes.
2 Summer Of Sam (1999)
New York took center stage in this film about the infamous Son of Sam murders that took place in the year 1977. The film is told from the perspectives of main characters engaged in different relationships during the same period as the killer begins murdering local victims.
It’s an expletive-ridden film that sits at number two on this list thanks to 435 f-bombs doused over 2 hours and 22 minutes worth of runtime. Few films can’t even hope to reach this level of notoriety.
1 The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Depending on the source, there are an estimated 544-569 f-bombs in this instant classic starring the ever-versatile Leonardo DiCaprio. That means The Wolf Of Wall Street is the second of two Martin Scorsese flicks to shatter the record when it comes to the most profanity in a single scripted film.
Thankfully, the film is a hugely entertaining ride that blends comedy and drama together with a host of thoroughly unlikeable characters that audiences simply can’t help but root for. Just don’t watch it with your parents, your children, or your Reverend.
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