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The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge 

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Updated August 7, 2020 827 votes 121 voters 6.6k views 99 items

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 (ABC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Mike Kelley, inspired by the Alexandre Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo. An emotionally troubled young woman (Emily ...more

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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 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) 3 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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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 Count of Monte Crist... is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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. Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean ...more

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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 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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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 8 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 Sutter. As vice president of an outlaw motorcycle club involved with all sorts of illegal activity, ...more

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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 Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Alias is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Braveheart 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
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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Payback is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Shows & Movies About Revenge
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