15 Best Revenge Movies of All Time
Last week, Eli Roth’s Death Wish was released into cinemas with all the subtlety and nuance of a sock full of batteries to the face. In the middle of a nationwide debate about the role of guns in American culture, Death Wish once again proves that Hollywood liberals are out of touch with the common man; they are bleeding hearts who have no connection to the realities of urban violence from their perches on Beverly Hi… Oh no, it’s about a vigilante with a big gun who kills criminals. OK.
In this remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson-starring classic, Bruce Willis stars as a upstanding citizen who turns to violence when his wife is murdered and his daughter attacked. No matter how, err, problematic the original film’s politics, it still stands up as a classic of the revenge genre. Movies about revenge, frankly, are cool, and revenge stories have held sway over audiences at least since Euripides started jotting down ideas for cool, vengeance-fuelled tragedies in Ancient Greece.
Here are the 15 Best Revenge Movies of All Time.
15. V for Vendetta
Do you want to know a cool word that sort of means the same thing as “revenge”? How about “vendetta”? And guess what, it starts with a “V.”
In 2005, James McTeigue and the Wachowskis adapted Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel for the big screen. Set during a dystopian future in which Great Britain has become a theocratic, fascist state, V for Vendetta tells the story of V (Hugo Weaving), a man who dresses up as Guy Fawkes to wreak havoc on the totalitarian regime.
The product of human experimentation in a bioweapons program (that was eventually used on British subjects), V has ample reason to wage his one-man war against the state. While V for Vendetta may not be the most subtle movie ever made about totalitarian politics, it certainly gets its audience invested in the outcome of V’s, er, vendetta.
FROM AROUND THE WEB