25 Best Revenge Movies of All Time

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20. Straw Dogs (1971)
> Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
> Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
> Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T.P. McKenna
> Average critic rating: 8.46/10

“Straw Dogs” is director Sam Peckinpah’s meditation on the human capacity for violence. The film centers around a mild-mannered mathematician played by Dustin Hoffman who is repelled by the chaos in America during the late 1960s and takes his wife to live in her hometown in England. But their presence antagonizes the men in the village, and the tension escalates from bullying to rape, pushing the mathematician into the violence he had rejected.

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19. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
> Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
> Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
> Starring: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent
> Average critic rating: 7.79/10

What says revenge more than a Quentin Tarantino-helmed film that exacts retribution on Nazis. Brad Pitt plays an American lieutenant who puts together a team of Jewish soldiers who parachute behind German lines to attack, scalp, and kill Nazis. The film’s title was inspired by Italian director Enzo G. Castellari’s 1978 movie “The Inglorious Bastards.”

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18. True Grit (2010)
> Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
> Directed by: Ethan Coen
> Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin
> Average critic rating: 8.33/10

The 2010 film is a remake of the 1969 movie that starred an aging John Wayne. Directed by Ethan and Joe Coen, the remake features Jeff Bridges as liquored-up lawman Rooster Cogburn who is hired by a farm girl played by Hailee Steinfeld to find the man who killed her father. The film garnered 10 Oscar nominations.

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17. The Virgin Spring (1960)
> Genre: Drama
> Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
> Starring: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson
> Average critic rating: 7.89/10

“The Virgin Spring,” directed by Sweden’s Ingmar Bergman, won the 1961 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Max von Sydow stars as a devout Christian who seeks revenge on the men who raped and murdered his daughter while she was on a journey to bring candles to a church.

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16. Gone Girl (2014)
> Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
> Directed by: David Fincher
> Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
> Average critic rating: 8.00/10

“Gone Girl” is a mystery drama starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as a couple whose marriage is succumbing to financial and infidelity pressures. Pike’s character discovers her husband’s infidelity, goes missing, and leaves clues suggesting her husband has killed her. But soon her revenge plot goes awry.