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Movie Night, Movie and Popcorn,Revenge is the go to sub-genre for Hollywood. Everybody loves a good retribution story. Watching others inflict pain on the silver screen in search of justice is both welcoming and entertaining. Maybe it’s because we are surrounded by injustice or because in the real world justice is fleeting and its pursuit tedious. Whatever the reason, we love revenge movies and Hollywood knows this. These movies are a dime a dozen and majority of them are not worth a second watch. However, there are some classic revenge movies. When you think of the revenge sub-genre, films such as Death Wish and Kill Bill automatically come to mind. I love revenge movies, the films below are my all time favorites.

Leon The Professional

Leon: The Professional

Release Date: November 18, 1994

Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

Storyline: After her father, mother, older sister and little brother are killed by her father’s employers, the 12-year-old daughter of an abject drug dealer is forced to take refuge in the apartment of a professional hitman who at her request teaches her the methods of his job so she can take her revenge on the corrupt DEA agent who ruined her life by killing her beloved brother. [IMDB]

 

Death Sentence

Death Sentence

Release Date: August 31, 2007

Starring: Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Kelly Preston

Storyline: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family. [IMDB]

 

Dead Man's Shoes

Dead Man’s Shoes

Release Date: October 1, 2004

Starring: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell

Storyline: Richard returns home from military service to a small town in the Midlands. He has one thing on his mind: revenge. Payback for the local bullies who did some very bad things to his brother. At first his campaign employs guerrilla tactics, designed to frighten the men and put them ill at ease. But then he steps up his operation, and one by one these local tough guys are picked off by the terrifying angel of vengeance that Richard has become. [IMDB]

 

I Spit On Your Grave

I Spit On Your Grave

Release Date: May 1, 2010

Starring: Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard

Storyline: Writer Jennifer Hills (Butler) takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer’s presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few morally depraved locals who set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson. They break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation and intimidation, quickly and uncontrollably escalates into a night of physical abuse and torturous assault. But before they can kill her, Jennifer sacrifices her broken and beaten body to a raging river that washes her away. As time passes, the men slowly stop searching for her body and try to go back to life as usual. But that isn’t about to happen. Against all odds, Jennifer Hills survived her ordeal. Now, with hell bent vengeance, Jennifer’s sole purpose is to turn the tables on these animals and to inflict upon them every horrifying and torturous moment they carried out on her… only much, much worse. [IMDB]

 

The Last House On The Left

The Last House On The Left

Release Date: March 13, 2009

Starring: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn

Storyline: While being transported by two detectives in a car, the dangerous criminal Krug is rescued by his brother Francis and his girlfriend Sadie, and they brutally kill the detectives. Meanwhile Emma, her husband Dr. John and their seventeen year-old daughter Mari Collingwood head on vacation to their house nearby the lake. Mari borrows the family car to meet her friend Paige that is working in a store in the town. They befriend the teenager Justin in the store and he offers some marijuana to the pothead Paige in the motel where he is lodged. While they are smoking grass in Justin’s room, Krug, who is Justin’s father, Francis and Sadie arrive and abducts the girls. Krug drives Mari’s car and she provokes a crash on a tree. Krug stabs Paige and rapes Mari; however Mari manages to escape, swimming in the lake, but Krug shoots her in the back. They walk through the isolated road in the woods and they reach Collingwood’s house telling that they have just had a car accident. Emma and John … [IMDB]

 

The Brave One

The Brave One

Release Date: September 14, 2007

Starring : Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews

Storyline: David Kirmani,a medical professional, lives in an apartment with his sweetheart, Erica Bain, a radio host, and his dog. They usually take the dog out for a stroll in nearby Central Park and let him run and fetch. One day while at the park they let the dog run without a leash, and when he does not return or respond to their calls, they frantically search for him. They eventually find him being held by three men who want a reward. When David refuses, they start to molest Erica and David intervenes. Two of the men assault the couple, while the third uses a camcorder to film this incident. Erica is knocked unconscious, and regains her senses several days later in a hospital. She is told the shocking news that David was killed and the dog is missing. A traumatized Erica returns home to try and regain her life. She also visits the police station but does not get much help. Fearful of a repeat of this type of incident, she gets an unlicensed gun and carries it with her all the time. One day … [IMDB]

 

Man on Fire

Man on Fire

Release Date: April 23, 2004

Starring: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken

Storyline: A wave of kidnappings has swept through Mexico, feeding a growing sense of panic among its wealthier citizens, especially parents. In one six-day period, there were twenty-four abductions, leading many to hire bodyguards for their children. Into this world enters John Creasy, a burned-out ex-CIA operative/assassin, who has given up on life. Creasy’s friend Rayburn brings him to Mexico City to be a bodyguard to nine-year-old Pita Ramos, daughter of industrialist Samuel Ramos and his wife Lisa. Creasy is not interested in being a bodyguard, especially to a youngster, but for lack of something better to do, he accepts the assignment. Creasy barely tolerates the precocious child and her pestering questions about him and his life. But slowly, she chips away at his seemingly impenetrable exterior, his defenses drop, and he opens up to her. Creasy’s new-found purpose in life is shattered when Pita is kidnapped. Despite being seriously wounded during the kidnapping, he vows to kill anyone … [IMDB]

 

The Crow

The Crow

Release Date: May 13, 1994

Starring: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis

Storyline: A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante’s invincibility. [IMDB]

 

Darkman

Darkman

Release Date: August 24, 1990

Starring: Liam Neeson, Francis McDormand, Colin Friels

Storyline: Peyton Westlake is a scientist who has discovered a way to produce synthetic skin. This could revolutionize skin grafting, except for one minor glitch; the synthetic skin degrades after 100 minutes of exposure to light. When gangsters attack Peyton, he is horrifically burnt, and assumed dead. In his quest for revenge, Peyton, aka the Darkman, is able to take on the appearance of anyone (using the synthetic skin,) but he only has 100 minutes per disguise. [IMDB]

 

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Release Date: January 25, 2002

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pierce, Richard Harris,

Storyline: ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes’ girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d’If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. [IMDB]

 

 

2 comments on “Vengeance is Mine: My Favorite Revenge Movies

  1. cwaugh212 says:

    Check out some of Charles Bronson’s films like Death Wish from 1974. It is a classic.

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    1. I grew up watching Charles Bronson. I referenced Death Wish in the first part of the post.

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