17 Movies like John Wick
John Wick, Oh how can you resist the charismatic, bold acting of Keane Reeves. Honestly if you have watch the movie, don’t you think the script is a little ridiculous, all these trouble and hassle for a dog, who dies (I’m sorry) who was a gift from his late wife, but hey don’t get offended. Although the script seems ridiculous fighting, hiring professional hit mans to kill Keanu Reeves just for a dog and don’t forget the vintage car,there is so much sentiments connected and Keanus with his very tough, but warm hearted inside does full justice to his role. He goes on a rampage of bloody revenge and stops at nothing to avenge his cute little puppy even though the person he is chasing is the son of his ex boss. Keanu Reeves sounds so sexy when he speaks Russian, i have to tell you and kills all of them Russians. His execution is so stylish and skillfully done just with a gun and you get your favorite revenge action thriller.
If you loved watching John Wick, you will definitely love these 17 best revenge films of all time.
17 Movies You Must Watch If You loved Watching ‘John Wick’
#17. Man On Fire (2004)
Director: Tony Scott
Cast: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken
The film is based on the novel by the same name by A.J Quinnell. Denzel Washington plays the role of an ex CIA officer turned bodyguard, John Creasy in this action packed revenge thriller. He is hired to safeguard an entrepreneur’s daughter, nine year old Pita Ramos. But when she is kidnapped, John sets out on a dangerous mission to rescue her and will kill anyone who comes in his way.
#16. Leon: The Professional (1994)
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
The film is about an unusual father figure-daughter relationship between a top notch professional assassin and a recently orphaned 12 year-old girl. When Leon’s (Jean Reno) neighbors are brutally murdered by a ruthless, corrupt DEA agent, Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman) their orphaned daughter, Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is left behind. Leon takes her under his wings, as a father figure, but Mathilda had made up her mind to avenge her parents death so she demands Leon to train her in the art of murder thus forming an unlikely familial bond. This film also marks Natalie Portman’s motion picture debut and her debut was praised by many film critics.
#15. Machete (2010)
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis
Cast: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan
Machete is an American action exploitation film and also Danny Trejo’s first film as a lead actor. The film starts in Mexico where an Federale agent Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo) and his partner while rescuing an abducted witness is betrayed by his boss. The witness was kidnapped by the drug lord Rogelio Torrez (Steven Seagal) who in return brutally murders Machete’s family. After laying low for many years Machete is hired to assassinate Senator John McLaughlin (Robert De Niro). But he is betrayed again as the person who hired him was the advisor to the senator and all this was an elaborate plan to gain sympathy vote for his election. Machete also discovers that the senator has ties with Torrez and he sets out on a rampage of revenge against his ex boss and the drug lord Torrez and everyone who have wronged him.
#14. Boy Missing (2016)
Director: Mar Targarona
Cast: Blanca Portillo, Marc Domenech, Antonio Dechent, Vincente Romero
Boy Missing, is a Spanish thriller film. I loved how the film turned out to be. It’s quite different from the other revenge thrillers in this list. The revenge plan is very swift and subtle which will keep you on the edge till the very end of the film.
Patricia de Lucas, is a very renowned lawyer and only parent to her deaf son Victor. When the police couldn’t find any solid evidence against the kidnapper who kidnapped her son but left him traumatized she took the law in her own hands. She took help from her former lover, Victor’s actual father Raul unknowingly starting a chain of events which will lead to disastrous consequences.
#13. Old boy (2003)
Director: Park Chan-wook
Cast: Min-sik choi, Ji-tae Yu, Dae-han Ji
Considered one of the best South Korean neo-noir action films of all time, Oldboy is based on the Japanese manga by the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. The film centers around an alcoholic, Oh Dae-su who is imprisoned for 15 years in a hotel like cell without knowing the reason why he is kept as a captive. He doesn’t know his captors or their motives. Suddenly one day he is released from his cell and he seeks vengeance and sets out to find out his captors and the reason behind his years of captivity. The film won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and also received high praise from director Quentin Tarantino.
#12. I Saw The Devil (2010)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
Cast: Choi Min-sik, Lee Byung-hun, Kim Jee-woon
Another South Korean action horror film, which is also considered among the best, the film centers around a NSI agent, Kim Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hun), who is relentlessly after his dead fiance‘s murderer. He suspects a taxi driver, also a psychopathic serial killer Kyung-Chul (Choi Min-sik). He sets on a quest for vengeance and hunts him down not to hand him over the police but brutally beats him. Promising to let him suffer, feel the pain Kim begins a game of cat and mouse with the serial killer, becoming a monster himself in the process.
#11. The Invisible Guest (2016)
Director: Paulo Oriol
Cast: Mario Casas, Ana Wagner, José Coronado
The Invisible Guest, is a Spanish revenge thriller film. The film doesn’t have much blood shedding or action but the story is very impressive. The film centers around a wealthy young businessman, Adrián Doria on the brink of his highest success is accused of his mistress’s mysterious murder in a mountain place hotel. To save him, his lawyer Felix arranges a meeting with Virginia Goodman, a renowned lawyer to bring up a defense system that could save Adrián. Adrián tells Virginia about how he met his mistress, Laura and about their affair. Unable to keep lying to his wife, they went separate ways, but they are both united again, this time not in love but to save themselves from a gruesome crime they committed. But now with Laura dead, and little time in his hands before going to trial, is he telling the whole truth or more secrets are to be revealed yet? Go watch it for yourself!
#10. Darkman (1990)
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Laim Neeson, Larry Drake, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels
This classic revenge cult movie tells the story of a good man, brilliant scientist turned into a monster. Laim Neeson plays the brilliant scientist, Peyton Westlake who has successfully created synthetic skin but it remains stable for only 100 minutes. But after a brutal attack by a ruthless gangster (Larry Drake), Peyton is horrifically disfigured. Seeking revenge, he becomes the Darkman and with his technology he takes upon the faces of his attackers so he could avenge himself.
#9. In Order Of Disappearance (2014)
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Cast: Stellan Skarsgård
The film is set in Norway where Stellan Skarsgård stars as a good citizen who plows snow in the winter and just received the award for ‘Citizen of the Year Award’. But this very citizen went on full force badass when it came to avenge his son’s murder and seeking justice. This caused an underground war between the two most feared mobsters, the vegan gangster “the Count” and the Serbian mafia boss “Papa”.
#8. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Michael Madsen
Common everyone knows the Bride and her tale of thirst for revenge. A classic revenge film with hell of martial art actions and lots and lots of blood. Uma Turman is The Bride, a member of highly professional assassin squad. But she is betrayed by her boss and brutally beaten by her own associates which sends her to coma killing her unborn child. After four years in coma, the Bride finally wakes up and seeks revenge on her boss and her associates who put her in this condition. One of my favorite film, and always will be. Uma Thurman is so badass in this movie slaying all the yakuzas with her sword is one of the most loved part in this film.
#7. Mad Max (1979)
Director: George Miller
Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley
Mad Max is an Australian dystopian action filmed set in a future Australia, where gangsters terrorizes the highways. Mel Gibson stars as “Mad” Max Rockatansky, a police officer who is targeted by a ruthless bike gang leader, Toecutter in retaliation for the death of their former gang leader, the Nightrider who was killed during a police confrontation. Toecutter and his gang brutally burns Max’s partner, Goose alive and murders his wife and son. Max loses his cool and sets off to avenge the dead of his loved ones and stop the violent gangsters once and for all.
#6. Get Carter (1971)
Director: Mike Hodges
Cast: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osbotne, Bryan Mosley
Considered as one of British’s finest crime movies of all time, this film is adapted from Ted Lewis’s 1969 novel Jack’s Return Home. The film is set in north-east England and tells the story of John Carter (Michael Caine), a ruthless London gangster who is feared by all. Unable to cope with the accidental death of his dear brother, and suspecting that his brother was murdered, he begins his investigation which leads him to another kingpin Kinnear. He goes on a killing rampage, destroying anyone who comes on his way thus piling up dead bodies until his brother’s killer is found.
#5. Point Blank (1967)
Director: John Boorman
Cast: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Vernon, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O’Connor
Another cult classic revenge film, Point Blank is adapted from the 1963 crime novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake. Lee Marvin stars as a gangster, name Walker is shot and left for dead by his own crime partner, Reese during a heist. Knowing that he was betrayed by his own partner and even more, that his wife took off with his partner leaving him to die alone, he comes back ever strong and has a list of people with whom he has to settle the score and retrieve the money that was stolen from him.
#4. The Limey (1999)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán, Barry Newman
The film centers around Terence Stamp who plays Wilson, a ruthless and tough gangster from London, who travels to Los Angeles, America to investigates his daughter’s mysterious death and also to avenge her death. He chased down L.A’s music mogul, Terry Valentine (Peter Fonda) who he suspects is the prime reason for his daughter’s death. He teams up with another criminal to find clues about what actually happened.
#3. Blue Ruin (2013)
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Eve Plumb
The film centers around Dwight Evans, is a wanderer who lives a loner life, and still mourning the death of his parents.. Upon getting the news that the man who brutally murdered his parents is about to get released from the jail. He goes back to his childhood home to seek revenge. But his amateur tactics lands him in more trouble and as a result he endangers the lives of his estranged family. This classic revenge film recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. A must see movie it is.
#2. The Killer (1989)
Director: John Woo
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh
The Killer is a Hong Kong action revenge film, centers around Jeffrey (Chow Yun-Fat), a professional hit man and best in the business. However during an assignment he accidentally blinds a nightclub singer, Jennie (Sally Yeh). Driven by guilt, Jeffrey decides to quit his job but before he accepts one last job so he could pay for the surgery to restore the singer’s eyesight. But Jeffrey is betrayed by his own boss, who tries to kill him instead of paying him. He teams up with an Inspector, Danny Lee who is in pursuit to catch him but helps him to face his boss and also fulfilling his wish to help Jennie recover.
#1. Lady Snowblood (1973)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
Cast: Meiko Kaji
When your whole family is murdered and your mother being raped, you could feel the blood boiling, the thirst for revenge. Well you will find all these in this classic revenge thriller film. This classic film is based on the manga series of the same name and tells the story of Yuki, who was orphaned and raised and trained by a group of female prisoners under the orders of her mother. Her mother was raped by a gang of three members and her father and brother killed brutally, Yuki’s mother is sent to jail where she only lives for revenge and gets pregnant hoping her child will grow up to be the one to kills the criminals who destroyed her family. As she gets older and is now fully prepared she sets out to seek vengeance on all those who were guilty.
The film was a huge success and formed the prime composition of the Quentin Tarantino’s femme fatale blockbuster films Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2.
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