Typically a more of a niche genre, the revenge films is one full of blood, gore, guts, and a lot of tense, almost uncomfortable moments. It’s been done to death over the years, some very poor, some okay, and the reason for this list, some really, really good. So here are the top 7 revenge films in no particular order…
7. Oldboy (2003)
One of the more infamous revenge films and the easiest to include in this list of top 7 revenge films. The 2003 film takes a simple premise of a man out for revenge against his captors and throws into the mix plenty of gore, a hammer, and one of the best movie long shots in recent television history.
6. I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
Meir Zarchi wrote and directed what many consider to be the archetype of the revenge thriller. Following a woman’s quest for revenge after being raped and beaten by four men. What follows is a graphic and well-deserved revenge epic against these men, full of blood and guts, but you won’t find yourself wanting her to stop.
5. I Saw The Devil (2010)
An odd film in the revenge genre, in the sense that the main character quickly catches up with the one that’s slighted him, before letting him go (after quite the beating admittedly), and then terrorizing him in a twisted game of cat and mouse.
4. The Crow (1994)
The film itself was mired in controversy when the late Brandon Lee was killed on set due to a faulty prop gun, The Crow had the main character killed, then revived by a crow to enact his revenge on his murderers.
3. John Wick (2014)
Spawning a franchise, the first film set our titular hero against the Russian mob after they foolishly steal his car, and more disturbingly murder his dog. Not realizing who he was at the time, they quickly regret their actions as we see Wick murder and maim entire armies of mobsters in a bid to get to the one that killed his dog.
2. Kill Bill Vol 1&2 (2003, 2004)
Cheating a little by having two films in one spot of the top 7 revenge film list, but for both space and for clarity, it seems only right. Uma Thurman’s The Bride goes after her old teammates after they betray her, leaving her for dead in a shallow grave. Typical Tarantino over-the-top blood and dismemberment follows.
1. Braveheart (1995)
Not necessarily what you’d first think of when thinking of revenge films, but what else would you call Braveheart? Happy and content, William Wallace springs into action in a bloody swathe of terror against the English after his wife is murdered in front of him.
Here’s my list of the top 7 revenge films. What would you have added? Have I missed any obvious ones?