You’ve had a long day and work and you want to kick back with some really good films but you don’t know what to watch. We’ve all been there, so here are our top 10 revenge films to help give you a few bits and pieces to watch over the next few weeks.
10) The Count of Monte Cristo
The 2002 retelling of the Dumas classic directed by Kevin Reynolds has a great cast and is of course a classic story. After a sailor is framed for treason by his best mate his revenge eats at him in prison and when he breaks out he angles everything towards trying to bring down the man who he shared everything with but ultimately sent him to jail.
This 1976 Brian de Palma film is based on Stephen King so you can be certain that it is going to be high on gore and pretty high on shocks. The story follows a school student who is hampered by a vicious classmate and an overbearing mother, but she uses her telekinetic powers to unleash the prom night from hell.
8) Cape Fear
Directed by J. Lee Thompson this film follows the fortunes of Sam Bowden and his family who are terrorised by a career criminal played by Robert Mitchum. Bowden helped to put the criminal behind bars and this is a classic tale of a bad guy out for revenge. It was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese but despite the cast he had at his disposal we think that the best bet will always be the original.
It’s the movie that made Mel Gibson’s name. It went on to spawn another 2 films as Gibson plays cop Max Rockatansky who is out to avenge the murder of his family but a brutal biker gang. Packed full of classic lines and great action sequences this is a top film.
This isn’t that well known but it’s a great South Korean film. This is the second in a trilogy but you don’t need to watch the first to appreciate the quality of this film. An ordinary man is secretly imprisoned and he teaches himself to fight which has serious repercussionsfor his captors when he finally breaks free.
You have probably watched this already. If you haven’t, watch it tonight. Set in ancient Judea it follows the journey of a Jewish prince trying to find his way back to normality in a world dominated by the Roman Empire.
4) Death Wish
Another classic. It’s the film most people think of when they hear the word ‘revenge’ and with good reason. It follows a Charlese Bronson character who goes from mild mannered architect to one man war on crime following the murder of his family.
3) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
This isn’t just a film for Trekkies. It’s a genuinely good movie and it follows the Enterprise as Captain James T. Kirk looks to free some of his crew who have been captured after a secretive science lab is captured. There are all sorts of sub plots and it is well worth a watch.
2) Once Upon a Time in the West
It’s a 1968 classic deriected by Sergio Leone and stars Henry Fonda in an unusual role as a menacing gunslinger, but he pulls it off with aplomb. There is a lot of amazing camera work and the story ebbs and flows beautifully as this Wild West epic comes to a conclusion.
1) Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2
Quentin Tarantino revatilsed the revenge movie franchise with these films. They follow Uma Thurman’s character as she tries to rebuild after being left for dead by her former lover and assassin colleagues at her wedding. A great back to back collection for a weekend afternoon.