Entertainment 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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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 1 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. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more
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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 2 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 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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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 4 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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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 5 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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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Lying Game is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Alias is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Memento is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Betrayal is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
Sons of Anarchy is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's ...more
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Mistresses is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 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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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 24 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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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 25 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