Leonardo DiCaprio is on a mission to get revenge on Tom Hardy for killing his son in “The Revenant,” but this isn’t the first time – and nor will it be the last – that Hollywood has put characters through Hell, only to make audiences root for retribution. Here are 10 of the most satisfying acts of vengeance ever shot.
The Bear Jew beats a Nazi with a baseball bat in ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009)
In Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino's bloody World War II fairy tale, Eli Roth steps up to the plate and exacts some revenge on a Nazi with the business end of a baseball bat. It's brutal and tough to watch, but somehow manages to feel satisfying.
Clint Eastwood beats the crap out of his neighbor’s bully in ‘Gran Torino’ (2008)
Although this scene is not the climax of the movie, it definitely ranks as one of the most satisfying moments because it shows the 85-year-old cinematic icon proving he’s still as tough as nails by easily pummeling a 20-something dirt bag. Revenge is always sweeter when Clint is involved.
Inigo Montoya avenges his father in ‘The Princess Bride’ (1987)
"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Where any better words of vengence ever spoken? This climactic revenge scene centers on the Spanish fencer (played to perfection by Mandy Patinkin) completing his lifelong quest to the kill the six-fingered man who killed his father.
Lisabeth Salander turns the tables on her attacker in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (2011)
David Fincher made audiences watch in horror as Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) is tied up and raped by her legal guardian. But it was devilishly delightful to watch her exact revenge on her tormenter by strapping him to a bed and giving him a taste of the hell he put her through. To cap off her revenge, Lisbeth tattoos “I am a sadistic pig and rapist” on his chest. A permanent reminder for him and a satisfying moment for the audience, knowing that this will prevent him from harming other women.
Furiosa rips her boss a new one in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (2015)
Immortan Joe was one of the most vile villains of 2015 for a variety of reasons. At the top of the list is his cruel treatment of women, so it was a truly awesome moment to see Furiosa (Charlize Theron), not Mad Max (Tom Hardy), use her one good arm to rip… well, it’s probably better if you just watch what happens yourself. Warning: It’s bloody good entertainment.
The Bride plucks out Elle Driver’s last eye in ‘Kill Bill: Volume 2’ (2004)
How do you teach an assassin with one eye a lesson for ruining your life? Rip it out of her skull, then let a venomous snake finish the job. And this is exactly what The Bride (Uma Thurman) does in Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed martial arts spectacular.
Ellen Page teaches a pedophile a lesson in ‘Hard Candy’ (2005)
Page plays a teenager who sets out to make a pedophile (Patrick Wilson) confess to a heinous crime in this indie thriller. And what better way to get a man talking than threatening his manhood. What’s particularly impressive about this revenge tactic is the psychological component, since she makes him feel all the pain associated with the procedure without actually performing it.
Denzel Washington uses a suppository bomb to punish a kidnapper in ‘Man on Fire’ (2004)
Washington plays a bodyguard who takes matters into his own hands by setting out to find a kidnapped girl in Mexico. We quickly see he means business when he comes across the first man he finds connected to the kidnapping. Rather than put a gun to his head, Denzel gets creative with the placement of an explosive. And even after the guy starts yapping, Denzel makes sure that he – and pretty much everyone in the audience – will think twice before participating in any criminal activity.
A serial killer becomes the victim in ‘I Saw the Devil’ (2010)
The hero in this violent South Korean thriller doesn’t just exact his vengeance once, he torments the serial killer who murdered his fiancée throughout the film’s 2-hour-and-23-minute runtime. The twisted antagonist is finally put down for good, finally allowing the audience to take a breath. The same cannot be said for the antagonist, since taking a breath requires one to have a head.
Bullies feel the wrath of a telekinetic outcast in ‘Carrie’ (1976)
This list was not assembled with any particular ranking in mind, but if it was, many might agree that this movie moment deserves to take the No. 1 slot. Carrie is abused by her mother at home, and tormented by bullies in school. She finally snaps when cruel classmates dump a bucket of pig’s blood on her head at prom.