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Best of Revenge Movies: Fathers Taking Justice into their own hands

Cool list of movies where fathers do anything to get their kid back or taking revenge:
Ransom, Taken, Edge of Darkness, Death Sentence, Paparazzi and Law Abiding Citizen

When a parent’s child is harmed, the parent goes – very rightfully furious For most, there is no length they won’t go to save their child. And if they already lost their child, well the guilty ones really should fear the wrath. Here we go. Best of the parent fury:


My favorite Gerard Butler film and one of the best revenge movies. They kill Clyde’s (Butler) wife and little daughter in front of him. Moreover, the DA strikes a deal with one of the two criminals. In order to land a death-row verdict for one, one is sentenced to a funny three-year-sentence or so. What the worst thing is, the actual killer is not the one sentenced to death row.

So for Clyde, killing the murderers is not enough. He curses the justice system that created this awful imbalance. So, he waits for 10 years. Planning everything. Then he turns a relatively peaceful death by injection into a scene from a horror movie. Then he catches the one who got away easy. He tortures him, makes him watch and feel everything and murders him brutally. But none of these will bring his loved ones back, right? Moreover it won’t do anything to the corrupt system that caused this in the first place. So he goes after the opposing council, the prison warden, the judge….It is priceless. Not for the faint of heart, but it is not like you can’t take it. I can’t stomach Tarantino level of violence but this one is OK. So, I might have looked away in one scene. This movie is worth it. Brilliant performance from Butler.


What do you do when your son’s kidnappers don’t make the exchange even after you paid them 2 million dollars? They want money again. It is not a question of whether you can pay. How can Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson) know they will give the boy this time? And he guesses right. They will kill the boy. So Tom takes a risk. So instead of paying the kidnappers, he goes live and announces that he will pay whoever catches the kidnappers. Neat. What a clever way to cause havoc between the bad guys! Mel Gibson does a good job at playing the wronged parent. And it can’t be hard to use a little empathy. He might be a good actor but he does have kids on his own. Great film, wonderful portrayal.


The overzealous and a little crazy paparazzi cause the famous actor to have an accident, putting his child into a coma. You think the paparazzi will get away with a beating? Think again. When a parent thinks you might have killed his son, he is not going to give a crap about his acting career. He will just want you out of the picture.

Edge of Darkness

(get excerpt from my blog post)

Death Sentence

(excerpt from revenge movies list)


You think Liam Neeson can’t be an action star in his 50s? Think again. Ex-CIA Bryan Mills’s daughter is kidnapped in France, he realizes he has only about 96 hours to find his daughter. So he goes to France and finds everyone responsible and well, kicks everyone ass and kills everyone who gets in his way. And Liam Neeson has always looked glorious and intimidating, standing at 6’4”. The movie is co-written by Luc Besson. It is smart, fast and thrilling. One of the best revenge movies ever.

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  1. Posted March 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Taken was a great movie! The rest I have not seen yet but I love the idea of father seeking revenge for his daughter.

  2. Posted March 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    good to know. i enjoy these types of movies although i have not seen all of those you recommened.

  3. Posted March 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Great article. I was suprised at how good Taken was.

  4. Posted March 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Thanks. Although triond has totally messed up with my formatting:( It is like they published a draft…

  5. Posted March 7, 2010 at 3:47 am

    The only one of these I have seen is Taken and I really got caught up in the action of it and the father and daughter relationship.

  6. Posted March 7, 2010 at 5:56 am

    An excellent review, really enjoyed. Don’t worry about the formatting, your article is great! Thank you.

  7. Hevina
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I love law abiding citizen, just the best movie ever!
    there is a movie I watched this movie ages ago, and its about this boy, on the day when his mom was expecting him, his dad had some business to do, but he got shot and he grows up and that, but him and his mom keep moving house ( whenever his mom knows that them guys who shot his dad have found them)
    one day he asks his mom and his mom tells him the story
    He goes off to (where ever them gangsta/mafia guys are ) for revenge on his dad
    Now i really really wanna see this movie… and i cant find it no where… so please someone answer this! cause i didnt see the end of the movie and its really buggin me!
    am wondering if u know the name of this movie
    the actors are african amarican/mexican

  8. jess
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 3:07 am

    there is another one that fans of parents getting revenge, its called “the tortured”, it can be a little overly gory in parts but other than its a great movies with some great twists along the way. if you are fan of movies like law abiding citizen and can handle gore, then this movie is for you.

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