TV The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge  

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List Rules Vote up the most entertaining films & shows (including streaming series) about characters driven by revenge.

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but that's not the only saying about revenge. Another is that if you plan on seeking revenge, dig two graves. Both sayings are poignant reminders about the dangers and desire of seeking revenge on the people who wronged you and thankfully, movies and shows about revenge share some amazing tales of people seeking such in the bloodiest and most conniving ways. The genre can revolve around conflicts in war or simply plots to embarrass a rival in school, which means both TV shows and movies about getting revenge can span a range of genres.

The very best of revenge plots in movies and television extend back decades, but this list focuses on some of the more recent additions to the genre. Shows like Taboo explore a revenge plot that involves some seriously disturbing background information while top revenge films like Kill Bill Vol I II, track the revenge plot of a female assassin who was turned on by the people she trusted... and feared the most. Whatever your interest in revenge plots, be they on the small screen or emblazoned on the big screen in theaters, there are plenty of options to choose from.

What are the best revenge movies and shows? Check out the list below and give your favorites a vote up, while voting others down accordingly. If you see any good series or movies are missing from the list, feel free to add them.

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Revenge is an American primetime television series that airs on ABC, starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on ...more

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more

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The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, père and stars Jim Caviezel, Guy ...more

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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. Following the death of his father, James Delaney (Tom Hardy) ...more

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of assassins and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Revenge is a 1990 romantic thriller film directed by Tony Scott, starring Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Miguel Ferrer and Sally Kirkland. Some scenes were filmed in Mexico. The ...more

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Betrayal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Betrayal is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 29, 2013, to January 19, 2014. The series was developed by David Zabel and starred Hannah Ware. It is based on ...more

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The Lying Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
The Lying Game is an American teen drama television series that aired on ABC Family from August 15, 2011 to March 12, 2013. The series was produced by Pratt Enterprises, Alloy Entertainment, and ...more

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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It is a sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. Legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) ...more

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Mistresses is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Mistresses is an American mystery drama television series based on the 2008–10 U.K. series of the same name, about the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit ...more

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Burn Notice is an American television series created by Matt Nix which originally aired on the USA Network from June 28, 2007 to September 12, 2013. The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle ...more

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book vigilante action film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Thomas Jane as the antihero Frank Castle / The Punisher and John ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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Alias is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Alias is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as ...more

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in ...more

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Ringer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Ringer is an American television series that initially aired on The CW from September 13, 2011 to April 17, 2012. The series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays twin sisters Bridget Kelly and ...more

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Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Hart of Dixie is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The CW from September 26, 2011 to March 27, 2015. The series, created by Leila Gerstein, stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe ...more

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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film ...more

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
John Wick is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The film stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards, with Curtis Armstrong, Ted McGinley, Julia ...more

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Payback is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Payback is a 1999 American action crime film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello and David Paymer. It was based on the novel The Hunter by Donald E. ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Jaws: The Revenge, is a 1987 American horror thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is the third and final sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the fourth and final installment in the ...more

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The Royals is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
The Royals (E!, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn. Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) is the matriarch of a fictional contemporary British royal family who must ...more

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24 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, the show portrays the ...more

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
(19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When ...more