Revenge films are always enjoyable because there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the bad guy get their comeuppance and the number of interesting ways someone scorned can exact vengeance. 

Here are my top 5 revenge films.

 

Hard Candy

Ellen Page stars as Haley Stark who initially comes across as a naive 14 year old girl who we assume is being groomed by a photographer called Jeff (Patrick Wilson). She in fact cunningly turns the tables and he becomes her victim as she subjects him to almost unwatchable torture. Of course torture and murder is a horrible thing but in the context of what Jeff has done you only end up being slightly impressed by her creative and audacious plan. 

 

 

Lucky Number Slevin

This clever thriller may appear to have a complex plot but it is well worth a watch to see Slevin kalevra’s (Josh Hartnett) story unfold. Any type of description may give the plot away but it is a good thing when a plot is so elaborate and over the top. Although it may seem unrealistic in real life, it definitely makes for great viewing on film. 

 

 

Sleepers

Usually those who carry out acts of revenge try to be discreet and calculated so they can avoid any repercussions. This film is different because it follows the trial of two men who see their childhood molesters in a restaurant and deliver swift and merciless justice. This court room drama jumps from the present day to the past where the four boys were abused. Stars Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro.

 

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino’s two part revenge epic Kill Bill might be the obvious choice for some however his take on an alternate World War II story is more interesting. A group of Jewish-American Nazi killers called the ‘Basterds’ concoct an ambitious plot in which they plan to kill Adolf Hitler. The film contains two plots, one where the ‘Basterds’ plan to assassinate Hitler and the other by Shoshanna (Melanie Laurent). A Jewish girl who survived her family’s massacre and plots to kill a number of important Nazis including the man responsible for killing her family. Both plots eventually unite in the films unforgettable and exciting conclusion. 

 

 

Dogville

The controversial Danish director Lars Von Trier pushes the envelope again with this drama starring Nicole Kidman as Grace who is trying to escape from gangsters and stumbles into a quiet town called Dogville. She soon realises that a safe haven and hospitality don’t come for free in this small  town and the worst traits in humanity begin to surface in the towns inhabitants. Von Trier’s minimal theatre-like staging highlights the performances of the cast even more and it’s Grace’s decision during the films conclusion that demonstrates how anyone can be capable of an act of revenge.

 

 

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  1. Barnabas Netherwood

    Have you seen Peter Strickland’s Katalin Varga? Or Shane Meadow’s Dead Man’s Shoes? They definitely deserve a mention!

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