The Best Revenge Movies of All Time

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40. Straw Dogs (1971)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5 (58,306 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (23,027 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (42 votes)
> Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
> Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T.P. McKenna

‘Straw Dogs’ is a psychological thriller based on Gordon M. William’s 1969 novel, “The Siege of Trencher’s Farm.” Released the same year as several other violent films, it launched a national conversation on violence and brutality in movies. At the time of its release, it received mixed reviews and criticism but is now seen as a classic.

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39. John Wick (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4 (576,949 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (84,099 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 86% (219 votes)
> Directed by: Chad Stahelski & David Leitch
> Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe

A retired assassin just wants to live out the rest of his days simply and peacefully. He has a nice house, a muscle car he loves, and an adorable puppy. However, when some Russian mobsters try to strong-arm him into selling his classic automobile and he says no, the mobsters make the colossal mistake of killing his dog. Wick returns to his old ways and leaves a massive pile of corpses as he seeks revenge.

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38. Mean Creek (2004)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2 (31,291 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (32,827 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (124 votes)
> Directed by: Jacob Estes
> Starring: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan

“Mean Creek” is a coming-of-age psychological drama that questions the morality of getting even. A group of teenagers decides to prank a bully who has been abusing one of them by inviting him on a boating trip to celebrate a fictional birthday. They plan to trick him into stripping naked and then throwing him into the river. However, things do not go as planned and they must deal with the consequences.

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37. Get Carter (1971)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4 (29,450 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (17,250 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 84% (32 votes)
> Directed by: Mike Hodges
> Starring: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne

London gangster Jack Carter returns to his hometown in North England after his brother is killed in a mysterious accident. Carter doesn’t buy the official story and dives into the criminal world of his old city on a quest for revenge. The film’s creators aimed to craft a more honest portrayal of the criminal underworld filled with ugly violence and subterfuge. The film was praised for its technical achievements but was criticized for its violence and the lack of remorse by its main character.

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36. The Revenant (2015)
> IMDb user rating: 8 (741,936 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84% (105,559 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 78% (401 votes)
> Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
> Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

The movie that finally got the much-nominated DiCaprio his Best Actor Oscar, “The Revenant” follows fur trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass as he guides other trappers through the present-day Dakotas. The party comes under attack by an Arikara war party and most die. Those that escape stay on the run until Glass is attacked and nearly mortally wounded by a grizzly bear. His fellow trappers leave him to die. Glass recovers and sets out on a quest for revenge.

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