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The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge

Updated August 7, 2020 1.1k votes 131 voters 7.4k views99 items

List RulesVote 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 (ABC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Mike Kelley, inspired by... more on Wikipedia

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 2 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... more on Wikipedia
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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    The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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    John Wick is listed (or ranked) 6 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.... more on Wikipedia

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    John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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    John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by... more on Wikipedia

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    V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 8 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... more on Wikipedia
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    Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
    Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt... more on Wikipedia

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    Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Crow is listed (or ranked) 11 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.... more on Wikipedia

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    Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 12 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... more on Wikipedia

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    Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 13 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, based... more on Wikipedia

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    Alias is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 15 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... more on Wikipedia
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    Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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    The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
    The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno... more on Wikipedia
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    Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
    Burn Notice (USA, 2007) is an American action crime drama television series created by Matt... more on Wikipedia
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    Payback is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
    Payback is a 1999 American action film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson,... more on Wikipedia
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    Revenge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
    Revenge is a 1990 romantic thriller film directed by Tony Scott, starring Kevin Costner,... more on Wikipedia
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    Taboo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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    Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips"... more on Wikipedia

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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    Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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