5. The Crow (Alex Proyas, 1994)
The release of The Crow was marred by the tragic death of its star Brandon Lee during filming, which led to a morbid curiosity among cinema-goers. But when you get past its notoriety, you’ll find this is one of the most mature and aesthetically intriguing comic book adaptations to date.
Based on James O’Barr’s gritty source material, The Crow is the Gothic origin story of an undead vigilante who returns from the grave to seek revenge against the men who murdered him and his fiancée. A step ahead of many others in the genre released around the same time, The Crow is a victim of people not being entirely ready for something so visceral. Nevertheless, as an R rated comic book movie, there are few that earn the rating more.