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This time, it's personal (another movie survey)

It's yet another movie thread.

A few days ago I thought of a movie I haven't seen in many, many years. It was a tv movie that starred Stockard Channing as a woman who gets plastic surgery to become beautiful and then goes around killing everyone who picked on her when she was an ugly duckling in college.

The Girl Most Likely To was not only one of the best black comedies I have ever seen, but also one of the best revenge movies out there.

So, simple question: What's your favorite revenge movie?


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The Bad News Bears
My Bodyguard
3 O'Clock High
The French Connection II
The Outlaw Josie Wales

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Revenge of the Nerds
Count of Monte Cristo
Cat Ballou
To Live & Die in L.A.

The Crow

Kill Bill (both parts)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes

"Valentine" - The male version of "The Girl Most Likely To".

"The Wax Museum" - Very creative way to dispose of your victims..

I'll second the Abominable Dr. Phibes. I'd also throw in the Inigo Montoya sub-plot of The Princess Bride and Payback.

I'm rather partial to Gladiator myself...

What about Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas! He rails against crappy fast food, traffic, and other random letdowns of modern urban life.

The Searchers
Outlaw Josey Wales
Open Range!!!

The Quick and the Dead

Obviously, the movie that defined revenge as a moral imperative: Real Genius.


The Princess Bride, at least Inigo Montoya's revenge against the six-fingered man

Come on you pussies. At least get the RIGHT Eastwood movie:
High Plains Drifter.

"Revenge of the Leopard Skin Spandex"

BAH! I'd list Hang 'Em High before I'd list High Plains Drifter...

I forgot to list Once Upon a Time in the Old West...


Dude, Tombstone. Hands down.

You tell 'em I'm comin'! AND HEEEELLLSZ COMIN' WITH ME!!

Plus Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday is off the chain.

Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2
1999's "Titus"

OK Darth,

Sorry to impugn. As long as you don't throw in Pale Rider I'll respect you in the morning. By the way, Toxic Avenger isn't half bad either.

I have not seen many of the movies listed here, wife can't do gory or horror type movies, so my consumption is way down.

Murder by Death. Ok, nobody DIES in MbD but it's still revenge.

How about favorite rape revenge movies? It's almost a genre unto itself...

I Spit On Your Grave

Ms. 45

Gator Bait

"House of Games" is a great one...

The original "Willard" with Bruce Davison!


W/ Samuel Jackson



Toxic Avenger Rules! I haven't seen that movie in so long I'd almost forgotten...the nerd in that movie makes Revenge of the Nerds look like Terms of Endearment...;)


Man On Fire was very good. My wife loved it.

Hamlet is oustanding, at least the Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh ones are, but as a "revenge" movie (or play) it kind of comes up short. He can't bring himself to avenge his father's death until he, Laertes and his mom are all killed dead. I'd like to see Steven Segal wait till he and his mom are both poisoned before taking the bad guy out.

Well, if nobody else will do it, I will:

Scorned (with Shannon Tweed seducing the entire family of the man she holds responsible for her husband's death -- top that!...)

Top three:
Kill Bill - I love The Bride, and her determination. I love the terrible wake of destruction she leaves. And I especially love the moment of retribution where she avenges Pai Mei's death.

Heathers - The Heathers so get what is coming to them. I also love the line, "I love my dead gay son!"

Real Genius - "Being snubbed by beauticians is not my idea of a good time." Great movie. Val is perfect. And the revenge is delicious, with butter and salt.

I second Heathers. Also, An Eye For An Eye.

Surf Nazis Must Die

"Have some of Mama's home cookin', Adolf!"

Clockwork Orange. Kind of a reverse-revenge against the protagonist.

What Otto does to his parents in Repo Man is some of the best revenge in moviedom. I wouldn't want a pissed off Harry Dean Stanton and Company coming to my door as I'm wathching a preacher on TV.

Of course, that's just one small part of what makes that movie great.

Ummm... CARRIE.

freeway w/ reese witherspoon comes to mind and of course heathers.

"The Princess Bride" (Inigo, of course, but Miracle Max gets revenge, too...against "the king's stinking son"!)
"Man on Fire"
"Die Hard"

Oh, and "The Outlaw Josie Wales"

How could I forget "Ransom" If that isn't some major revenge against the kidnappers! Don't mess with Mel's kid!

I second "The Girl Most Likely To" -I was 13 when it showed and I damn near went into arrest laughing. Nothing can compare to it, in my humble opinion.

I really must see again one of these days.

C'mon people, what about Sleepers? Godfather's 1 2 and 3
Shawshank Redemption
And of course Carrie.

A Fist Full of Dollars -- comes back from the dead!

All right, I'm not normally into snobby French cinema, but White was a terrific revenge movie.

"Hannie Caulder"

All of the above are good, but I also liked Working Girl. Watching Melanie Griffith avenge herself on Sigournie Weaver was great.

And Harrison Ford was cute.

Trading Places (Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy)...great when the Duke brothers lose all their money!

After all, the movie's tag line was "there not just getting rich...they're getting even!

"High Plains Drifter"

Screwed the locals. Let the bad guys screw the locals. Screwed the bad guys. Let the remaining locals deal with the screwed up situation.

No doubt about it: Theatre of Blood. Vincent Price got his revenge on all the critics who ever panned his performances. But he killed each of them in a Shakespearean way.

Oh, feeding the poodle pie to the one guy was my absolute favorite scene.

I need to watch that again.

I'm surprised nobody mentioned "Double Jeopardy" but I suppose evening the score is not identical to revenge.


And I know I'll be mocked for the rest of my choices, but here they are anyhow:

The Last Boy Scout.
Too many Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal movies to count.

At least I didn't say Punisher, OK?

Mocked? Last Boy Scout is one of the best movies EVER.

You think so too?!?!!

I...love you.

Animal House -- remember the deathmobile?


Conan the Barbarian (when Arnie decapitates James Earl Jones)

Since no one else has mentioned it:

The Count of Monte Cristo

Unforgiven - Little Bill: "You sir are a cowardly son of a bitch, you just shot an unarmed man." Bill Munny: "Well he should have armed himself, if he is gonna decorate his saloon with my friend."

I still get shivers when I see Clint starting to guzzle the whiskey.

Come on - even though I generally have a Tim Robbins bias (and the fact that not many movies depicting prison rape go over real well with me), The Shawshank Redemption has such a sweet revenge at the end. Great movie all around.

"The last thing that went through the Warden's head, aside from that bullet, was the question of how Andy Dufresne ever managed to get the best of him." (I paraphrase.)

Runners up: Hang Em High, Trading Places

Oh crap - Unforgiven. Excellent call, Kent.

Also, there is some movie with Keifer Sutherland who is a rapist/murderer, and Sally Field plays the mother of one of his victims. Don't remember to exact plot or how it turns out, but the entire movie is about her taking matters into her own hands. What the hell is that movie called?

A shock to the system(1990)

Odd that no one's mention Pulp Fiction. You've got Marsellus Wallace tossing Tony Rocky Horror out the window for giving his wife a foot massage. Jules cleaning up the coke transaction with the Big Kahuna Burger boys.

And the classic Marsellus soliloquy: "What now? Well let me tell you what now. I'm gonna call a couple pipe-hittin' n*****s, who'll go to work on homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. Hear me talkin' hillbilly boy?! I ain't through with you by a damn sight. I'm gonna git Medieval on your ass."

And of course Butch's revenge plot against Marsellus that precipitated the above.

So much revenge, so little time!

I have to agree that "Shawshank Redemption" is an excellent movie. It had a "Best Picture" nomination and it has aged well.
Not really a movie, but the Cowboy BeBop series, with the subplot of revenge against Vicious was engaging.
The Count of Monte Cristo really set the standard in this department, though. Talk about being tenacious.
I liked Double Jepordy as well, but in my world, she woulda' fried.
Of course, in my world, after she really did kill him, I'd let her go.

I'm with Tomcat. Nothing beats "Carrie".


Any parent will understand.

Revenge is a dish best served cold...
"bortaS bIr jablu'DI' reH QaQqu' nay" - in the orginal Klingon.

My pick (honorable mention): First Blood

Glad to see I Spit on Your Grave and Outlaw Josey Wales, two excellent guilty pleasure revenge movies. Add just about anything with Charles Bronson in it, and possibly Jeremiah Johnson.

Unforgiven, The Princess Bride, and The Count of Monte Cristo.

"I was lucky in the order, but I've always been lucky when it comes to killin' folk."

High Plains Drifter
Hang Em High
Once Upon a Time in the West (that particular revenge took years)
Man on Fire--the original

The entire "Lone Wolf and Cub" samurai film series.

Kill Bill[v. 1/2]
Trading Places
Animal House
Outlaw Josey Wales