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19 Great Revenge Movie Characters
Marvel as we assemble cinema’s ultimate avengers

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19 Great Revenge Movie Characters | Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson)
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson)

Movie: Death Wish (1974)

What peeved him off? (a) Some punks murdered his wife, (b) it’s New York in the ‘70s, everyone’s a little cranky, and (c) he’s in a Michael Winner film.

Most intimidating quote: “If the police don't defend us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.”

Despite being a conscientious objector during the Korean War, Paul Kersey (Bronson) takes to Gun Country, USA, with all alacrity of an NRA member when some street punks (look, it’s ruddy Jeff Goldblum) rape and murder his wife. Before you can say, “he’s white-collar Travis Bickle”, the architect-turned-lunatic turns into a white-collar Travis Bickle, wreaking revenge on all the bad people in Manhattan like Batman without the scruples.

Particular set of skills: Squinting; shooting.

Likelihood of violent death for perps? Rest in peace, perps.

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21 Umm and Where is Alex Murphy?
The manner in which Robo deals with his own executors is violent in the extreme. With Both Emil and Boddicker having TWO very nasty run-ins with Murphy after they've murdered him (yes he bumps into Nash twice, but the first is played for laughs). He also makes life miserable for the everyday scum who had nothing to do with his murder (his way of dealing with potential rapists being a very comendable method). But seriously...Robocop is THE best revenge film of all time...and you didn't include it???? More

Posted by Mr.Screen on Friday October 5, 2012, 08:06

22 RE: 19 Great Revenge Movie Characters
The Woman......you wait a whole movie before she pounces but man, she dishes out some brutal revenge More

Posted by ChudMonkey on Friday October 5, 2012, 07:22

23 Bourne?
Would have like to see Bourne on there, after all, it's kinda the reason he comes out of hiding for two films! More

Posted by TPM007 on Thursday October 4, 2012, 23:35

24 Revenge
Tony Scott movie More

Posted by pablo233 on Thursday October 4, 2012, 19:33

25 What?
Do this again and make it twenty with the absolute involvement of Liam Neeson in taken. It is a crime not to have him on this list with that amazing speech that he has. More

Posted by CambiMan on Thursday October 4, 2012, 19:22

26 KHAAAAAAN!!!!
You can't be quoting that old "Revenge is a dish best served cold" line in your article and miss out the mad-bad-mullet-meister of Ceti Alpha V More

Posted by Bill on Thursday October 4, 2012, 18:50

27 Missing Additions
.....MEMENTO! How could that not make it?! The Skin I Live In was a pretty messed up de-construction of the revenge thriller too! More

Posted by Dan Brown on Thursday October 4, 2012, 17:03

28 Missing Films
Where the hell is TAKEN????????? Liam Neeson destroying 40 guys in equally and brilliantly violent ways More

Posted by KobeNash1234 on Thursday October 4, 2012, 17:01

29 Missing Additions
.....MEMENTO! How could that not make it?! The Skin I Live In was a pretty messed up de-construction of the revenge thriller too! More

Posted by Dan Brown on Thursday October 4, 2012, 16:50

30 High Plains Drifter
What about Clint's "Stranger" form High Plains Drifter?! A man so pissed off he comes back from the dead (maybe) or it's his brother he's avenging! He doesn't just get revenge on one person or a gang of people he gets it ON A WHOLE TOWN!!!!!! More

Posted by The Bantam Menace on Thursday October 4, 2012, 15:58

31 The Essential and the Vendetta
The Count of Monte Christo Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel most recently) Probably one of the most patient avengers, as he spends 13 years in prison, planning a very sophisticated revenge. V for Vendetta V (Hugo Weaving) Starts a full-scale revolution to mask his vendetta against the people who took away everything he had and conducted cruel bio-weapon experiments on him and others. More

Posted by Gumba23 on Thursday October 4, 2012, 15:01

32 what about the westerns?
Harmonica in Once Upon A Time in The West? William Munny in Unforgiven? The Lady in The Quick And The Dead? Mattie Ross in True Grit? More

Posted by Dr Science on Thursday October 4, 2012, 14:11

33 The Crow
A handful of these characters could easily been swapped with Eric Draven.... More

Posted by JosteinAsk on Thursday October 4, 2012, 14:09

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