Serve Cold: 15 Films About Women’s Revenge

We all know how unfair the world can be, so sometimes people decide to clean up the mess themselves. In films about revenge, armed with their own minds, a thirst for retribution and all sorts of murderous weapons, women know exactly what they want to do. These angry beautiful ladies send their enemies straight to hell, avenging betrayal, infidelity, sexism, violence and the murder of loved ones.

Kate (2021)

The American novelty of the movie tells about a young girl, trained to kill since childhood. Keith arrives in Japan to deal with one of the Yakuza leaders . After this task, the heroine intends to leave the dangerous profession, but life has other plans. Someone poisons the killer with a deadly poison – polonium-204. Now the doomed Kate has only a day to find the culprits and begin to take revenge.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Kate

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:  
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martino, Woody Harrelson…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:  
18+


Promising Girl (2020)

A foreign film about women’s revenge is a thriller that touches on the topical issue of feminism. In the center of the plot is the cutie Cassandra. The girl spends her days working in a quiet coffee shop. And at night, she transforms into the insidious Cassie and goes to clubs and bars. There she pretends to be drunk and attracts the attention of men who are ready to take advantage of women’s helplessness. At some point, she changes the rules of the game and punishes the insolent. Teaching men a lesson, Cassandra takes revenge for the events of 10 years ago.

Original title:  
Promising Young Woman

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


Crimson Mint (2018)

The heroine of the action movie is a witness to the murder of her family members. After what happened, a completely different life begins for a harmless housewife: a woman is trained in hand-to-hand combat and handling weapons . She intends to pay off everyone who was involved in her grief – from corrupt law enforcement officials to the criminals themselves. Riley disappears from view for a long five years to return and show what female revenge tastes like – the methods of reprisal against the perpetrators will be very sophisticated.

Original title:  
Peppermint

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz …

Country:  
Hong Kong, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


Survivor (2017)

The next film on our list, where a girl takes revenge on her offenders, is a thriller about bloody retribution. Together with a married lover, Jennifer flies to his luxurious remote villa. Suddenly, two friends of the hero appear there. On the very first evening, a conflict occurs in the company, as a result of which the girl is sexually abused and finds herself alone in the middle of the desert . Humiliated and doomed to death, she still decides to fight and take revenge.

Original title:  
Revenge

Genre:  
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:  
Matilda Anna Ingrid Luts, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Columbus …

Country:  
France, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


She (2015)

Michelle is a powerful wealthy woman in her 40s, the head of a large video game company . However, the family does not please the heroine as much as her career. The mother is in love with a young gigolo, the son is going to marry his beloved, pregnant from another, and the ex-husband is having an affair with a young graduate student. One day, an unknown person in a mask breaks into her house and rapes a woman. But Michelle does not go to the police and continues to live as before, thinking through the perfect plan for revenge.

Original title:  
Elle

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Cosigny, Virginie Efira…

Country:  
France, Germany, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Return to Sender (2015)

The list of the best films about female revenge will continue with the film, where the heroine who suffered from rape chooses a rather non-trivial way to get rid of post-traumatic stress. Miranda lives and works in a small town and one day becomes the victim of a sex crime. After a while, the woman finds out that the criminal has been caught and is in prison . Instead of taking revenge, she begins to visit him. Perhaps Miranda is pursuing some insidious goals?

Original title:
Return to Sender

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Rosamund Pike, Shiloh Fernandez, Nick Nolte …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


The Other Woman (2014)

Carly didn’t expect her new beau to be married. When a woman accidentally meets his wife, they suddenly become close on the basis of a common thirst for revenge on a deceitful villain. A strange friendship and the intention of revenge become even stronger when they learn about the existence of another girl with whom their “common” man is sleeping. And three angry ladies are already a real hurricane that can demolish any offender.

Original title:  
The Other Woman

Genre:  
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


Telekinesis (2013)

It’s hard to be an outcast when you’re a teenager . It’s even harder when your own mother, a religious fanatic, doesn’t understand you. In such an atmosphere lives high school student Carrie – a girl with the ability of telekinesis. At the prom, classmates decide to play a cruel prank on the heroine, touching her feelings and humiliating her. However, they do not yet know what awaits them if Carrie decides to take revenge.

Original title:  
Carrie

Genre:
Thriller, horror, drama

Actors:  
Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Colombiana (2011)

When the main character of the film was still a little girl, she witnessed the brutal massacre of her parents. Then the 9-year-old baby managed to escape and find refuge with her uncle, one of the criminal authorities . But an unquenchable thirst for revenge settled in Kat’s heart forever. The girl devoted her entire life to training and became a killer. Her main goal is to find and destroy the old enemies who killed her relatives.

Original title:  
Colombiana

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla, Lenny James…

Country:  
France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Rabid (2010)

Fans of the peculiar aesthetics of Asian films and bloodthirsty thrillers should definitely check out this highly rated movie about women’s revenge. A young successful resident of the metropolis becomes a witness to a crime. The stress of what she has seen and fear for her life causes Hae-won to move to where her family is from. Her childhood friend Bok-nam still lives on a small island. For years, the girl has been beaten, humiliated, and bullied by her relatives. Hae-won arrives just at the moment when the patience of the unfortunate woman came to an end.

Original title:
Kim Bok-nam salinsageonui jeonmal

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
So Yong-hee, Hwang Geum-hee, Baek Su-ryong…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
18 +


I spit on your graves (2010)

A secluded vacation in a remote house on the border with a forest area turns into a real horror for the young writer Jennifer. Several local guys make their way into the dwelling, brutally beat and rape the girl. She escapes into the Word Forest and runs into the sheriff, who turns out to be an accomplice of her tormentors. Nearly dying, Jen nevertheless finds salvation from the villains on her own, and now her only goal is revenge, bloody and merciless.

Original title:  
I Spit on Your Grave

Genre:  
Horror, thriller

Actors:  
Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:  
18+


Courageous (2007)

The film is about a young woman named Erica Bain, a New York City radio host. One evening, on the street of her beloved city, bandits brutally kill her fiancé, and she herself ends up in intensive care. Due to the complete inaction of the police in investigating the crime, Erica decides to take matters into her own hands – she buys a gun and intends to avenge her murdered lover.

Original title:  
The Brave One

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Sympathy for Lady Revenge (2005)

This South Korean film , where a woman takes revenge on men, combines an interesting story with a social background and an exciting thriller. Still young, Lee Geum-ja is sent to prison for 13 years for kidnapping and killing a child. All these years, she has been trying to win the respect of her fellow inmates and is contemplating a cruel plan for revenge. And now her day has come – she is no longer in custody and is ready to find the one who crippled her fate.

Original title:  
Chinjeolhan Geumjassi

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Lee Yong-ae, Choi Min-sik, Kim Shi-hu…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Lollipop (2005)

In the center of the plot of the film is already a mature photographer Jeff and 14-year-old Hayley. The two meet online and, after texting, agree to meet in a cafe. Over a cup of coffee, Jeff invites a stranger to his house for a photo shoot and the girl agrees. But she’s not as innocent as she seems at first glance. The fact is that Hayley suspects a man of pedophilia and the murder of a child. And she’s determined to find out if that’s the case.

Original title:  
Hard Candy

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson, Sandra O…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


Kill Bill (2003)

The popular film by Quentin Tarantino with excellent reviews from the audience tells the story of a hired killer on the warpath. The wedding of the killer, nicknamed the Black Mamba, turns into a bloody mess. Four years later, the bride wakes up from a coma in the hospital – her fiancé is dead, and she has lost a child. Now only revenge can bring relief to a woman. The heroine begins to destroy in turn all the former colleagues who staged a deadly massacre at her holiday. But the main goal of female revenge is the leader of the gang, Bill.

Original title:  
Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Genre:  
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:  
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Julie Dreyfus …

Country:  
USA, Japan

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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