3x3: revenge in movies

We discuss our favorite examples of revenge in movies at the 1:15 mark of the Qt3 Movie Podcast of The Accountant.

Tom Chick
3. Unforgiven
2. Irreversible

  1. The Rover

Kelly Wand
3. Oldboy (2003)
2. Election

  1. Dangerous Liaisons

3. The Princess Bride
2. John Wick

  1. The Revenant

What are your favorite examples of revenge in movies? Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about our picks and to hear Dingus read some really good listener choices.

Send in your picks for next week’s topic to [email protected].


"The Limey"s Terrance Stamp dismantling Terry Valentine (Peter Fonda’s) empire, piece by piece, man by man, to get revenge for his daughters “accidental” death:
Or as he warned his minion -

One of my favorites, and clocks in at a very tight 89 minutes.

The neverending cycle of revenge shown in Boyz N The Hood:

And Menace II Society:


Obviously NSFW for violence and language. And those are just one out of many revenge scenes depicted in both of these films.

A Fish Called Wanda. REVENGE!


Oooh. Good one!

The Prestige.

  1. I enjoyed Hattori Hanzo’s warning at the tail end of Kill Bill Part 1: “Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest, And like a forest it’s easy to lose your way… To get lost… To forget where you came in.” That is, it’s easy to lose at revenge. Not only could you be overwhelmed by a cast of colorful antagonists, but you might just start half-assing it, get bored, get distracted. Then at some point you’ve made a few new movies and forgot about the director’s cut where you were going to assemble part one and part two into a single movie and sell it.
  1. Darth Sidious in Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Good ol’ Sidious is one of my favorite villains in movies. He has spent years (decades? centuries?) pulling strings and manipulating the weaker-willed. He’s gained considerable political power, all under the noses of his greatest enemies. And those guys are assholes, they kill all of his friends on sight. No wonder he wants some revenge.

Most importantly he has managed to get into a position where he has molded every conflict in such a way that any outcome can benefit him. One apprentice lives, another dies, a secret plan is discovered, another isn’t, the enemy’s prize pupil is corrupted to his ends, war is declared so the strength of his enemies’ armies is wasted against another potential rival. It’s all good.

It’s no surprise that by the time of Episode III, when he is pulling some major triggers, not to mention slaying the galaxy’s mightiest heroes without a sweat, he’s feeling pretty good about himself. He’s giddy! He’s gleeful! He’s having the time of his life! What’s the point in revenge if you can’t enjoy yourself while you’re getting it?

  1. Lady Kaede in Akira Kurosawa’s Ran

Speaking of machinations, speaking of kingdom-shattering revenge, I love Kaede’s persistent efforts to undermine the kingdom. She had been in a family that had rivaled this version of King Lear, and made to marry one of his sons. She set son against son and doddering dad, wiping out nearly the whole family. Scorched earth to answer for scorched earth. She lived just long enough to see her efforts come to fruition.

Runners Up

  • Tommy gets whacked, eventually, for killing Billy Batts in Goodfellas. Henry Hill wanted to be a gangster for as long as he could remember because they got do whatever they wanted. Turns out there are consequences for doing whatever they wanted. Revenge!

  • something something Jim Caviezel in the Count of Monte Cristo. Revenge!

Oh, and where is the baptism scene from The Godfather?

Huh. I didn’t think about that as revenge at all, @Pyperkub. I just considered it as war maneuvering, to take control of the city.

But you’re right. It is absolutely about revenge. How dumb am I! Good choice.


Sicario. When you’re completely out of fucks to give.

Mad Max. I like that they never showed whether he chose the cuffs or his ankle.