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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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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 3 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 bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 4 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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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Count of Monte Crist... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
John Wick: Chapter 2
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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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Audition is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Audition is a 1999 Japanese psychological horror-drama film, directed by Takashi Miike and starring Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina. It is based on a Ryu Murakami novel of the same title, from a ...more

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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Alias is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Payback is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Memento is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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