Special Report

Best Revenge Movies of All Time

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15. Cape Fear (1962)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7 (27,788 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (17,757 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (23 votes)
> Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
> Starring: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin

The original “Cape Fear” film and the second rendition to make this list (see No. 50), this noir psychological thriller stars Gregory Peck as lawyer Sam Bowden, who is being stalked by rapist Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) — who spent eight years in prison after Bowden unsuccessfully defended him. Bowden flees with his family from Georgia to their houseboat in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina, but Cady follows.

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14. Oldboy (2003)
> IMDb user rating: 8.4 (525,342 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (133,530 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 81% (151 votes)
> Directed by: Chan-wook Park
> Starring: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-Tae, Kang Hye-jeong, Kim Byeong-Ok

“Oldboy” is a Korean thriller about a man who is imprisoned in a cell resembling a hotel room for 15 years with no idea who his captor is or why he is there. When he is finally released, he enters a complicated world of conspiracy and violence as he sets out on a quest for revenge that is complicated by a romantic interest along the way.

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13. The Virgin Spring (1960)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1 (27,149 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (8,303 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 87% (23 votes)
> Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
> Starring: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson

The 1960 Swedish Ingmar Berman classic is about rаpe and revenge in medieval Sweden. The story was adapted from a 13th-century Swedish ballad about a father whose daughter is rаped and murdered by three herdsmen — who unknowingly end up stopping for the night at the house of the girl they’ve just killed. The film touches on themes of justice, morality, revenge, and religion.

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12. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
> IMDb user rating: 8.3 (1.3 million reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (776,325 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (332 votes)
> Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
> Starring: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

This Quentin Tarantino film presents an alternative history of World War II. In it, a group of Jewish-American soldiers infiltrates Nazi Germany during the height of the war, aiming to kill Nazi officials and even have a go at Hitler. The movie is filled with wild characters and plenty of blood, violence, and suspense as the heroes sneak around enemy territory, trying to gain information on Hitler’s whereabouts.

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11. Lady Snowblood (1973)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7 (12,787 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (12,426 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (7 votes)
> Directed by: Toshiya Fujita
> Starring: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza

“Lady Snowblood,” originally a manga series. was an inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” films. It follows Yuki, a woman seeking vengeance against three people who rаped her mother and killed her father and brother. Yuki has been trained since childhood to exact revenge on the men who destroyed her family.

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