Recently I recommended some boxing movies that might help anyone who’s feeling pent-up rage. Then I realized there’s another genre that can serve the same purpose: revenge movies. Ohhhhhhh do I love me a solid revenge movie. Watching a (fictional) person who’s laser-focused on pursuing justice by any means necessary is such a thrill. Will they succeed? How many people will they take down with them in the process? Will they ever be satisfied?
Here are 9 movies that confirm revenge is a dish best served cold.
Promising Young Woman – I could not be more excited that this stunning film debut from Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell is now streaming through Redbox On Demand—it’s my favorite movie of the past year. Carey Mulligan stars as a med-school dropout who’s taking revenge on men she picks up at bars … though what’s driving her obsession is not immediately clear. This one gets dark (you have been forewarned!), but Mulligan’s performance is stunning and the film’s candy-colored palette belie its thought-provoking message.
Bad Boys for Life – Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Miles Burnett — and Burnett is finally ready to turn in his badge, kick back, relax and retire. But when an unknown assailant nearly kills Lowrey and appears to be targeting the duo’s co-workers, what might be their last case together turns personal.
The John Wick trilogy – If you come between John Wick (Keanu Reeves) and his dog, you will pay with your life! But he will kill you in a really stylized, badass way, so at least your death will look cool. Seriously, though, no one does revenge better than Wick. Except for maybe…
Kill Bill Vols 1 and 2 – …the Bride (Uma Thurman). The Bride spends the course of two films (both directed by Quentin Tarantino) tracking down a team of assassins (Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox and Michael Madsen) and their leader Bill (David Carradine), who had previously tried but failed to kill the Bride and her unborn baby. Things get… messy.
Parasite – Last year’s Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film winner from the prolific Bong Joon-ho is a tale of class revenge set in South Korea — pitting a family of haves versus a family of have-nots and spanning multiple genres (drama, black comedy, suspense-thriller, horror) in the process. A must-see.
9 to 5 – I’ll end with something not quite so dark for those of you who don’t necessarily need murder mixed in with your stories of revenge. Sometimes it’s just nice to see a jerk get his comeuppance. Add an awesome theme song together with Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as secretaries who get to live out their get-even fantasies on their sexist boss (Dabney Coleman), and you’ve got the perfect revenge movie with not one drop of blood spilled!
What’s your favorite movie to watch when you’re in the mood for revenge?