revenge movies

Revenge movies are almost always satisfying. Seeing someone get revenge gives us a vicarious thrill like a few other genres. At some point in our lives, we all want revenge for something but in real life (thankfully), it rarely makes it past the thought phase. 

It’s something we all think about but rarely seek, let alone accomplish. So, after polling the internet, “What are the most satisfying revenge movies?” Here are the top-voted films.

1. Gladiator (2000)

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One user made a case for Gladiator by quoting the film, “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

2. Kill Bill (2003)

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Kill Bill was an excellent revenge film. He put the protagonist through the absolute worst obstacles, picking off her foes in the most brutal ways. By far one of the most gruesome, yet impossible to look away from, movies of all time,” shared one. Another confessed, “The revenge from Kill Bill still keeps me up at night.”

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3. Django Unchained (2012)

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Django‘s arc is one of the biggest I’ve ever seen,” one replied. “He goes from forgotten by society, an illiterate, condemned enslaved person, to an intelligent, clever bounty hunter who saves his wife and does so while taking out an entire slave plantation. It’s insane.

4. Princess Bride (1987)

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“Every time I see Inigo Montoya’s character mentioned – Mandy Patinkin said in an interview that he ended up channeling the grief he felt having lost his father to cancer.”

“In the end, nothing can make the pain less – ‘I want my father back, you son of a bee’ – and Patinkin said that at that moment, it was like he got to kill the cancer that killed his father. I tear up at that scene every time, knowing the context,” shared one. “The Princess Bride is one of the purest revenge stories in modern culture.”

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5. The Crow (1994)

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The Crow has it all, from kidnappings to high-speed chases to gunfights. The main character even rises from the dead! What more could you want from a revenge thriller?” asked one. “Agreed,” said another. “The Crow puts a comical spin on classic revenge movies. The humor balanced the action, making the whole movie great.”

6. Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

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Diary of a Mad Black Woman is one of the best films of all time. Not only is the revenge sweet, but it also showcases the ugly reality of revenge with a lovely message of forgiveness and boundaries,” confessed one. “This movie was a thinker. The film’s point is that revenge is ugly, and forgiveness is more fulfilling,” a second user confirmed. 

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7. Rambo (2008)

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Someone acknowledged, “The Rambo movies are, by far, one of the best revenge series out there. The final film, especially, has a lot of thrilling effects and weaponry that keep the audience guessing. Unfortunately, they made a genuine mistake messing with his daughter.” 

8. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

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One user noted, “Edmond has one of the most epic revenge plots of all revenge movies I’ve seen. His enemy almost runs away but then decides to face Edmond out of pure jealousy, only for Edmond to prevail in the end. What a story!”

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9. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

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Lucky Number Slevin is a fantastic revenge film. The action scenes are incredibly effective, mainly when he kills the Rabbi and The Boss in the same way they killed his father. The high-speed chases in this movie are beyond thrilling,” one replied. 

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10. John Wick (2014)

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“In John Wick, when he breaks into the church front and annihilates Viggo’s men, it is one of the most extraordinary scenes I’ve seen in a movie. You almost believe he is going down, but then Marcus saves the day and is ultimately the main reason he can complete his revenge,” one noted. Another added, “The best scene is when Wick shoots Iosef in the middle of saying, “It was just a dog.”

We hope you enjoyed this Reddit picks list of the greatest revenge movies for a vicarious thrill ride. This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Impulse Traveler.

Elizabeth Ervin
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