The Best Revenge Movies of All Time

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50. Cape Fear (1991)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3 (183,201 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 77% (68,903 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 73% (52 votes)
> Directed by: Martin Scorsese
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

“Cape Fear” is a remake of the 1962 film of the same name, telling the story of a convicted rapist seeking revenge against a former public defender whom he blames for his 14-year prison term. The movie is set around the Cape Fear River in coastal North Carolina and dives into the questions of revenge, the morality of defending a guilty client of a horrendous crime, and the complexity of life in the American South.

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49. Ms. 45 (1981)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8 (8,963 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 72% (4,516 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 85% (33 votes)
> Directed by: Abel Ferrara
> Starring: Helen McGara, Zoë Lund, Bogey, Albert Sinkys

One of two films that Zoë Lund made with director Abel Ferrara, “Ms. 45” is about a mute seamstress who sets out for revenge after she is rаped twice in one day on her way home from work. The 1981 film received poor critical reviews when it was released but is now seen as a classic of independent filmmaking.

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48. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2 (248,630 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 71% (130,170 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (219 votes)
> Directed by: Martin McDonagh
> Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

A dark comedy and crime thriller starring several big-name actors, “Seven Psychopaths” begins with a masked vigilante killing high-ranking organized crime figures. The heroes are two small-time crooks and a writer who, by their own questionable decisions, end up drawn into the world of the vigilante and the mob. Hilarity and violence ensue.

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47. Dead Again (1991)
> IMDb user rating: 6.9 (27,097 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 76% (11,941 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (47 votes)
> Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
> Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia, Lois Hall

“Dead Again” is a neo-noir romantic thriller that involves love, murder, and mystery spanning decades. It’s hard to say too much about the plot without giving it all away. It was well received by most critics at the time of its release (Roger Ebert gave it a four-star review) and continues to be a fan favorite. Several of the actors picked up various award nominations.

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46. A Time to Kill (1996)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5 (140,500 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (95,242 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 68% (56 votes)
> Directed by: Joel Schumacher
> Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

Based on John Grisham’s first novel — but the second of his books to be filmed after “The Client” — this is a courtroom drama about a novice lawyer in a bigoted Southern town defending a Black man who shot the racists who rаped his daughter.

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