(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week, we look six dishes best served cold…that’s right, we’re talking the best revenge movies you’ve never seen!)
Revenge movies never go out of style. Even now, in a year where films are only just starting to trickle back into theaters, revenge stands front and center. From Spiral to Wrath of Man, theaters in 2021 are already slathering the silver screen with vengeance-fueled entertainment. Nature is healing.
When it comes right down to it, revenge is a theme that’s present in an enormous percentage of the movies we watch and love. It’s very often the motivation behind action films (Death Wish, 1974; John Wick, 2014), westerns (Once Upon a Time in the West, 1968; The Revenant, 2015), and even horror movies (The Last House on the Left, 1972; Friday the 13th, 1980), but its icy tendrils don’t stop there. Think comedies (9 to 5, 1980), sci-fi epics (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1982), prestige dramas (In the Bedroom, 2001), and so many more.
Of course, you not only recognize all of those mentioned but are probably already a fan, so let’s get to the point of this column and recommend some far lesser known films that fit the bill. Keep reading for a look at six of the best revenge movies you’ve probably never seen.