Not for the faint-hearted, this sub-genre of exploitation films was hugely popular in the 70’s and 80’s. Also called as rape & revenge films (though rape doesn’t always figure), they lack cinematic value but there are plenty of people who dig this kind of cinema. With the resurrection of the I Spit on Your Grave franchise a few years back, these movies have gained a cult following in recent times. Usually having similar plot lines and an innovative morally satisfying end (I leave the viewers to decide that) this a list of the top rape and revenge films ever. The list includes films about rape victims. You can find several of these female revenge movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Baise Moi (2000)
Though the film doesn’t exactly follow the usual three act plotline of a rape & revenge drama, it still very much is one. The film can be termed as thinly veiled pornography due to its in-your-face explicitness. The story revolves around Nadine and Manu (a rape victim), two marginalized women and their sex filled rampage against the society. So violent was the film in parts that it was pulled down from the French theaters just three days after its release. As the women start their rage filled road trip, they choose to have sex when they please and kill when they need and eventually leave a trail of murder and mayhem behind them and soon the authorities are on a man hunt to capture the fugitives.
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9. Ms. 45 (1981)
A very well-known exploitation rape and revenge thriller, Albert Ferrara’s Ms. 45 follows Thana (Zoe Lund), a mute working woman who is raped twice on the same day. Understandably a strange transformation occurs inside her head and she uses the .45 caliber pistol she retrieves from the second assailant after killing him to take out her vengeance on random men. Thana tries to react to the trauma of the two sexual assaults by getting bolder with every passing killing. Partnering radical feminism is good production value and even though despised right after its release it has had a profound impact on the grindhouse genre as a whole and has gained quite a cult following since.