5 Female Revenge Movies

Claire Foy, Jen Garner, Plus 3 More Asskickers

BY: Claire Connors

Revenge movies have always been so satisfying. Ever since Death Wish (1974), about a one-man vigilante seeking retribution for the murder of his wife, we’ve been hooked! Over the years, we’ve watched one man after another taking down the scoundrels who ruined their lives. Hell, we even got an ultra-violent remake of Death Wish earlier year with Bruce Willis seeking payback for an attack on his family.

However, with the shift in power for women in Hollywood, we’re excited to see a lot of post-#metoo movies coming out this year with strong women carrying out the revenge. Here are four new Female Ass-kicking Films we can’t wait to cheer on. Oh, and we couldn’t talk about lady vigilantes without a deep bow to the ultimate revenge movie, Kill Bill: Vol. 1.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (opens November 9th)

“Are you not Lisbeth Salander? The righter of wrongs? The girl who hurts men who hurt women?” Indeed she is, and she’s back for more vicious kicking of boy butt. The Crown‘s Queen Elizabeth, Claire Foy, dons the dragon tattoo in a new installment of the film series based on the Swedish bestsellers, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Computer hacker (and girl we wish we could be) Lisbeth teams up again with journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) in search of some serious wrongs to right. God help the men that get caught in her web.

Widows (opens November 16th)

Technically, Widows is not a revenge flick. But with badass stars like Viola Davis (How To Get Away with Murder), Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast & the Furious), Cynthia Erivo (Broadway’s The Color Purple), and Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), a screenplay by Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, and under the direction of 12 Years a Slave auteur Steve McQueen, you just know that Widows will leave lots of corpses in its wake. The four leading ladies are all married to the Mob—their crooked husbands are played by hotties like Liam Neeson and Jon Bernthal—but when a heist goes terribly wrong, the wives are left owing a lot of money to a psychotic played by Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya. We get the feeling these women will end up on top.

Halloween (opens October 19th)

It’s been four decades since we first saw Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) fight to the (almost) finish with serial killer Michael Myers in 1978’s Halloween. The makers of this new thriller swear that this is their final confrontation, but we’ll believe it when we see it. All we know is that Laurie is so over Michael, she needs a new word for over! Bye, boy, bye.

Peppermint (opens September 7th)

For fans of her awesome Fox TV series, Alias, seeing Jennifer Garner ripped and ready to destroy her enemies is a sight for sore eyes. It’s the classic story: Riley’s perfect family is killed by gang members protected by a corrupt judicial system. When the evil men are set free, she sets her sights on retribution. Fast forward five years and Sydney, oops, we mean Riley is buffed and itching to retaliate. You almost feel sorry for the idiots who crossed her. Almost.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

The ultimate revenge movie! Uma Thurman was in her physical prime when she made this ultra violent Quentin Tarantino flick about The Bride, a former assassin who seeks revenge on her ex-lover, Bill (David Carradine), who killed their unborn child and her future husband. Of course, it’s not easy to Kill Bill, since he’s protected by her former co-workers, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. But this Bride has sword skills like no other, and the score will be settled.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 can be seen on Amazon Prime Video.