The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge

Over 400 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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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 revenge 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.

Latest additions: 7 Escape, Wilderness, The Queen of Flow
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  • A thrilling, adrenaline-fueled series that redefined the action genre with its sleek choreography and immersive world-building. Keanu Reeves stars as the titular character, a retired hitman who embarks on a relentless quest for vengeance after a personal tragedy. The franchise boasts stunning visuals, memorable characters, and a captivating storyline that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo
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    115 votes
    • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Dagmara Dominczyk, Richard Harris, Luis Guzmán
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

    This classic tale of betrayal and revenge is brought to life with breathtaking scenery and gripping performances. Jim Caviezel shines as Edmond Dantès, a man falsely imprisoned who escapes and reinvents himself as the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo to exact his revenge on those who wronged him. A timeless story masterfully adapted for the big screen, it captivates viewers with its intricate plot twists and enduring themes.

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  • Wilderness
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    • Premiered: September 15, 2023
    • Network: Amazon

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  • Gladiator
    3
    Film (2000)
    127 votes
    • Actors: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott

    An epic historical drama that showcases jaw-dropping action sequences alongside powerful emotional storytelling. Russell Crowe delivers an unforgettable performance as Maximus Decimus Meridius, a Roman general turned gladiator who seeks retribution against the corrupt emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) for his family's brutal murder. Sweeping cinematography and an Oscar-winning score elevate this film to a cinematic masterpiece.

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    • Actors: Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno, Danny Aiello, Ellen Greene
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Luc Besson

    A mesmerizing blend of action and emotion that tells the story of Léon (Jean Reno), a skilled yet lonely hitman who forms an unlikely bond with Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a young girl seeking vengeance for her family's murder. Their relationship treads a delicate line between tenderness and violence, creating an unforgettable dynamic that captivates viewers. With superb performances and expertly crafted action sequences, this film is a must-watch gem.

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  • The Crow
    5
    Film (1994)
    92 votes
    • Actors: Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, David Patrick Kelly, Angel David
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Alex Proyas

    A dark, atmospheric tale of love and vengeance that takes the superhero genre to new heights with its gothic visuals and haunting themes. Brandon Lee delivers a powerful final performance as Eric Draven, a murdered rock musician who returns from the dead to avenge his fiancée's brutal killing. Both tragic and exhilarating, this film leaves an indelible mark on its audience.

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  • The Princess Bride
    6
    74 votes
    • Actors: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Rob Reiner

    A delightful fairy tale filled with romance, adventure, humor, and revenge that has become a beloved classic for audiences of all ages. The film follows the story of Westley (Cary Elwes), who sets out on a quest to rescue his true love Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the clutches of an evil prince while avenging his mentor's death. With unforgettable characters and quotable lines, this charming tale offers something for everyone.

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