Top 8 Revenge Movies

Of all the movie genres, revenge movies take a special place in our hearts. Though some films are hard to watch due to the violence and dark aspects of the movies, the end satisfaction is on another level when we know that the wrongdoers got what they deserved. This is another reason why movies like John Wick are a super hit; everyone connects with John in the movie. 

Here is a compilation of eight movies that are based on revenge. We hope you like the compilation of this list. So go through it, and remember to express your views on this list in the comment box below the article. 

8. Taken

Still of Liam Neeson from Taken. (Image via Looper)
Still of Liam Neeson from Taken. (Image via Looper)

Taken is one of the first things I think of when someone talks about revenge movies. It is a simple movie with Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills, who is a retired CIA agent. He hunts the human traffickers who kidnap his daughter. Taken earned cult classic just from one iconic phone call scene. Mills ends the phone call by saying, “I will find you, and I’ll kill you.” The audience watching the movie doesn’t care what Bryan will do or who he has to kill. They desperately want him to find and save his daughter. There were similar action revenge films before (and after) 2008’s Taken, and there will be more in the future. The movie reignited the specific genre, focusing on older protagonists.

7. Upgrade

Still of Logan Marshall- Green from Upgrade. (Image via New York Times.)

In Leigh Whannell’s underrated and under-seen science fiction film Upgrade, Logan Marshall-Green plays Grey, a man who develops paraplegia after he and his wife are victims of a gang shooting. Grey accepts the help of a famous techno-engineer and has a state-of-the-art microchip placed in his neck, which takes complete control of his physical functions, not only allowing him to walk and move again but making him a violent force of nature, trained in several fighting styles. Grey then hunts down his wife’s killers to determine who was behind the attack.

6. Equilizer

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The Equalizer is an action movie starring Denzel Washington. The movie was released years after Taken. Washington’s Bob McCall takes on a much vigilante role in the film. He avenges the Russian mafia for a young sex worker named Alina, played by Chloë Grace Moretz. The 2014 film embraces the rising trend of older, weathered protagonists with antihero-style morals, and it’s one of the few films in the action genre with a Black main character. With a well-structured plot, tight action sequences, and a star-studded cast that includes Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, and David Harbour, The Equalizer truly delivers on what it promises audiences — Washington dealing out his brand of violent justice.

5. Gladiator

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Directed by Ridley Scott, Gladiator lead actor Russell Crowe was awarded the Best Actor Oscar award for his portrayal of Maximus. A Roman general betrayed by the jealous and conniving, played by Joaquin Phoenix. When Maximus’s family is murdered, and he is sentenced to death as a gladiator, Maximus slowly regroups among men of sweat and blood, a different army than he previously led. He bides his time to exact revenge while earning the admiration of the people of Rome. Their thirst for blood surpasses Commodus’s (Phoenix) thirst for power. The interim Emperor and the disgraced soldier soon find themselves on familiar ground as they battle to control Rome, with the entire city watching.


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4. Memento

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Momento is a masterpiece that gave Christopher Nolan a breakthrough. This film is about Leonard Shelby, played by Guy Pearce. Lenord Shelby is an insurance investigator searching for the man who raped and murdered his wife. Shelby was diagnosed with anterograde amnesia, which prevents him from making new memories. Unfolding in reverse chronological order, Nolan’s film explores out-of-the-box ideas about how revenge fills a need. 

3. John Wick

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There cannot be a movie list of Revenge movies that does not include John Wick. Even if we can’t agree with his actions, it’s hard not to empathize with his motives. When a gangster’s son kills the puppy his late wife bequeathed to him, John leaves a path of destruction in the search for the son. Keanu Reeves blasts and breaks through room after room of luckless men en route to the kingpins. 

2. Carrie 

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Brian De Palma adapted this Stephen King story into a monstrous treatise on a young woman’s blossoming femininity under the puritanical control of her ultra-religious mother. Sissy Spacek plays the luminous title character opposite a domineering Piper Laurie while supporting turns from John Travolta, P.J. Soles, and frequent De Palma collaborator (and one-time wife) Nancy Allen as bullying schoolmates pave the way for a bloody, explosive finale where Carrie exacts her revenge on everyone who tormented her. The juxtaposition between Carrie’s tender adolescence and frightening powers set a horror template—and hinted at the genre’s potential for social commentary—for years to come.

Honorary Mentions

A. Old Boy

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Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film follows a wildly intriguing premise. A man wakes up in a hotel room he cannot escape and has no idea who imprisoned him or why. Weaves one of the most brutal and transgressive revenge stories ever told on film. Choi Min-sik plays Oh Dae-su, a businessman who gets released from this mysterious imprisonment after 15 years and seeks revenge against his unknown captors. Along the way, he eats some live seafood. Next, he battles a small army of attackers with a hammer. Finally, he develops a relationship with Mi-do (Kang Hye-Jung), a young woman whose connection to him and the people who first detained him forms a twisted web of forgiveness, retribution, and self-destruction.

1. Kill Bill.

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We’re combining parts one and two here. Not to fuel further a debate about whether they’re two halves or a whole. To make room for one more excellent revenge movie elsewhere on this list of standard-bearers. One imagines that Vol. 1 was probably precisely what Quentin Tarantino had in mind when he conceived this star vehicle for his longtime friend and collaborator Uma Thurman, as it allowed her to showcase her extraordinary acting skills and physicality. But as is often the case with his films, Vol. 2 became the reason for its predecessor to exist, taking The Bride’s quest for vengeance to unexpected places while providing her character with a profound emotional arc for a woman fulfilling training to turn her into an ice-cold killer.

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