A great Chinese philosopher named Confucius once said: “Before you embark on a journey for revenge, dig two graves.” This is true even for most of the vengeance-themed movies that we watch. That’s probably what draws us to these movies. In real life, knowing the consequences of seeking revenge, most of us would stay away from the idea and back off. So we watch movies to get a dash of what a badass and rebellious soul would do to bring justice and sometimes peace to his own dreading spirit.
All these badass characters who seek revenge have one thing in common — they have nothing to lose. Their lives have been extended so far beyond misery and pain that they are even willing to dig two graves if that’s what it takes to get a payback. Most of us have got a lot to lose, though, so let’s be who we are and stick to watching all this only in movies. With that said, here’s the list of really good revenge movies on Netflix. You will also find female revenge movies on the list.
11. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Nothing can be more frustrating to a man than a situation where the killers of his family are set free. Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is one such man. When the killers of his family get away with the crime that had committed through loopholes in the system. Clyde seeks revenge by not just killing them one after the other but also by attacking the whole corrupt system that was altogether involved. Detective Agent Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) tries his best to catch Clyde in the act but Clyde manages to stay one step ahead of him all the time.
10. Acts of Vengeance (2017)
Frank Valera (even his name matches with ‘The Punisher‘), is a lawyer and we all know how lawyers are right? Fast-talkers and effective communicators. But one incident changes everything for him. His wife and daughter are killed. Frank Valera takes a vow of silence and decides to break it only when he’ll find the murderers of his family. He transforms himself into a killing machine, learning how to fight, transforming his body and cocking a gun and does not stop until true justice has been served to those who harmed his family.
9. Revenger (2018)
It’s crazy how almost all revenge movies revolve around the idea of the protagonist’s family getting killed. But isn’t that true? Nothing can drive a man into becoming a revenge-seeking beast more than the death of his own family members. When your family means everything to you and you lose them over something that wasn’t even under your control, you learn to take control by seeking justice for them and that’s the only thing that puts you to sleep at night. This is exactly what Kim Yool does after the tragic demise of his family members. He invades the premises of an island prison that homes the most vicious death row criminals to seek the justice that his family deserves.
8. Boy Missing (2016)
Feeling unsatisfied with the inability of the police to arrest her son’s kidnapper, a mother decides to take things in her own hand. Victor, a missing child who is later found is deaf and dumb. He tries to recount the incident of his abduction using sign language and almost all the evidence points in the direction of one man named Charlie. But when the police seem to be unable to arrest this suspect, Victor’s mother who is a lawyer gets in touch with Victor’s Dad and together, they decide to do something themselves. Will it end well for them or will they eventually suffer some serious consequences only to dig up two graves?
7. Polar (2019)
“I was in a funeral business,” he says, which indeed he was, because he was the world’s top assassin who put many to sleep in their death beds. Mads Mikkelsen plays the role of a badass retired assassin who finds himself back in the game when he is targeted by the firm he used to work for. The movie is full of blood, gore, deafening gunshots and the hunger one has for revenge. Vanessa Hudgens also plays a small role in this one as Camille who begins to foster a friendship with the assassin.
6. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
The Bride, played by Uma Thurman, a former deadly assassin, begins a journey to kill everyone who was a part of her Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. Her main motive is to seek revenge for her missing(probably dead) daughter and to track down Bill-the leader of the squad, who is her ex-lover but also tried to kill her and abduct her daughter. The film has some of the most beautifully shot scenes and the raw gore of the film hits you like a flaming flying nun-chuck.
5. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
‘The Bride‘ continues her quest for retribution in this one still looking for Bill with only two members of the squad left now. The movie also shows her brutal training under Chia-Hui Liu whose training methods are rather sadistic yet effective. She learns the “one-inch punch” from Master Chia and later gets out of a buried coffin using what she had learned. She fights the two remaining betrayers of the squad and finally reaches Bill for one last ultimate confrontation but she’s in for a surprise once she reaches there.
4. Only God Forgives (2013)
Starring ‘Ryan Gosling‘ as Julius who owns a corrupt Muay Thai Boxing Club in Bangkok, is compelled by his sore mother to thrive for revenge when his brother gets killed for killing a 16-year-old prostitute by the father of the girl. But the man responsible for the killing of his brother is not the father of the girl but “The Angel of Vengeance” retired Lieutenant Chang who will obliterate anyone coming in his way of justice. Julius’s mother wants retribution for her dead son but will Julius be able to give her what she expects from him?
3. Enter the Dragon (1973)
Bruce Lee’s character, Lee, is hired by the British Intelligence and sent on a mission to infiltrate an area owned by a wanted criminal named Han who is only seen out in public during a martial arts tournament he conducts once in every three years. Upon reaching, Lee finds out that Han was also responsible for killing his sister even more which makes him hungrier for revenge. Lee easily outperforms everyone at the tournament and in a final showdown gets to face Han who too is master of his fight form. ‘Enter the Dragon’ is one of Bruce Lee’s greatest works and is a must watch for all martial arts lovers who want to catch some lightning fast kung fu action with a tinge of vengeance to it.
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2. I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore (2017)
Ever heard of a revenge comedy? Well, this one is probably the first in its genre. ‘I don’t feel at home in this world anymore is the story of an extremely depressed lady who devoid of any purpose tries to find her sense of purpose in tracking down and seeking revenge from burglars who broke into her house. With the help of her neighbor (Elijah Wood), she finds the burglars but they both find themselves way out of their zones deep in a rut of some deadly criminals.
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1. Black Panther (2018)
Every once in a while a movie villain comes along and ends up getting more attention and love than the main hero. I know who comes to your mind with this- The Joker (Heath Ledger). Erik Killmonger is another such villain who won the hearts of the crowd with his sense of reason behind his acts of transgression. Think about it, all other MCU villains (apart from Thanos) have had a lot more screen time than this guy, but still, Killmonger manages to have a substantial impact on everyone which maybe is even more than other villains (Hint Hint: Winter Soldier and Loki). The character had a great impact, partially because of Michael B Jordan but a lot of credit also goes to the character itself and the sense of purpose it had. Killmonger hunts down Wakanda, kills Zuri and almost kills T’challa for what? Only to avenge his father’s death and to get justice from a “home” that had abandoned him when he was just an innocent little child.
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