10 Best Revenge Thriller Movies Ever Made
"Revenge is a dish best served cold" - Old Klingon proverb.
Revenge has motivated characters in stories since humans first started telling them. From the vengeful gods of ancient mythology onwards, acts of retribution - often violent in the extreme - have been a staple ingredient of a narrative which, as we all know, is best served cold. The vengeance motive is certainly one which hands the structure to you on a plate - someone performs an act of injustice against someone else, who then takes the law into their own hands and opts for an eye for an eye rather than the courts of justice. Blue Ruin, on release in cinemas this week, is a classic example of this basic set-up - a lean, effective and sometimes very bloody revenge thriller in which vagrant Dwight (Macon Blair) returns to his childhood home town to kill the man who murdered his parents, unleashing a wave of tit for tat reciprocal violence which escalates out of control. Blue Ruin is a timely reminder that the well-worn revenge genre can still be fresh and intriguing. To mark its release, here is a selection of ten more of the greatest revenge thrillers from cinema history, from the wildly over the top to the bittersweet and tragic.