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The Best Revenge Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Revenge movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Revenge movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Taxi Driver

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8.3/10
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95/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feed his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Harakiri

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8.6/10
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85/100
Released: 1962
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Aging samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo arrives at the home of Kageyu Saito and asks to commit a ritual suicide on the property, which Saito thinks is a ploy to gain pity and a job. Saito tells Tsugumo of another samurai, Motome Chijiiwa, who threatened suicide as a stratagem, only to be forced to follow through on the task. When Tsugumo reveals that Chijiiwa was his son-in-law, the disclosure sets off a fierce conflict.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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3. La Strada

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8.0/10
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83/100
Released: 1954
Drama

What it's about: When Gelsomina, a naïve young woman, is purchased from her impoverished mother by brutish circus strongman Zampanò to be his wife and partner, she loyally endures her husband's coldness and abuse as they travel the Italian countryside performing together. Soon Zampanò must deal with his jealousy and conflicted feelings about Gelsomina when she finds a kindred spirit in Il Matto, the carefree circus fool, and contemplates leaving Zampanò.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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4. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

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7.6/10
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83/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, she gets closer and closer to her goal. But will her actions lead to the relief she seeks?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PopcornFlix) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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5. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

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7.6/10
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78/100
Released: 2002Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: This is the story of Ryu, a deaf man, and his sister, who requires a kidney transplant. In order to afford the transplant, Ryu and his girlfriend develop a plan to kidnap Park's daughter. Things go horribly wrong, and the situation spirals rapidly into a cycle of violence and revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Vudu & PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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6. The Virgin Spring

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8.1/10
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78/100
Released: 1960
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Devout Christians Töre and Märeta send their only daughter, the virginal Karin, and their foster daughter, the unrepentant Ingeri, to deliver candles to a distant church. On their way through the woods, the girls encounter a group of savage goat herders who brutally rape and murder Karin as Ingeri remains hidden. When the killers unwittingly seek refuge in the farmhouse of Töre and Märeta, Töre plots a fitting revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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7. Lady Snowblood

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7.7/10
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77/100
Released: 1973
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Yuki's family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later her mother ends up in prison with only revenge to keep her alive. She creates an instrument for this revenge by purposefully getting pregnant. Yuki never knows the love of a family but only killing and revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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8. Theatre of Blood

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7.2/10
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76/100
Released: 1973Rated: R
Comedy, Cult

What it's about: A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder, The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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9. Kuroneko

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7.7/10
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75/100
Released: 1968
Horror, Drama

What it's about: In the Sengoku period, a woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero to quell what is evidently an Onryō ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women in an eerie, beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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10. Insiang

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7.6/10
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75/100
Released: 1976
Drama

What it's about: A young woman raped by her mother's new boyfriend finds a new way to exact revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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11. Shogun Assassin

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7.4/10
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74/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Action & Adventure

What it's about: A Shogun who grew paranoid as he became senile sent his ninjas to kill his samurai. They failed but did kill the samurai’s wife. The samurai swore to avenge the death of his wife and roams the countryside with his toddler son in search of vengeance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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12. Red Road

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6.8/10
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70/100
Released: 2006
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Jackie is a CCTV operator. Each day, she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day, a man shows his face on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she hoped never to see again. Now she has no choice and is compelled to confront him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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13. Empire of Passion

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68/100
Released: 1978Rated: R
Drama, Horror

What it's about: A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, she pretends her husband has gone off to Tokyo to work. For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other. Finally, suspicions become very strong and people begin to gossip. To make matters worse, her husband's ghost begins to haunt her and the law arrives to investigate her husband's disappearance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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14. The Count of Monte Cristo

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66/100
Released: 1934Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to revenge himself on them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Fandor & Kanopy).

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15. The Vampire Lovers

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Released: 1970Rated: R
Horror

What it's about: In the heart of Styria the Karnstein Family, even after their mortal deaths, rise from their tombs spreading evil in the countryside in their lust for fresh blood. Baron Hartog whose family are all victims of Karnstein vampirism, opens their graves and drives a stake through their diabolical hearts. One grave he cannot locate is that of the legendary beautiful Mircalla Karnstein. Years of peace follow that grisly night until Mircalla reappears to avenge her family's decimation and satisfy her desire for blood.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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16. Wuthering Heights

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63/100
Released: 1992Rated: PG
Drama, History

What it's about: Young orphan Heathcliff is adopted by the wealthy Earnshaw family and moves into their estate, Wuthering Heights. Soon, the new resident falls for his compassionate foster sister, Cathy. The two share a remarkable bond that seems unbreakable until Cathy, feeling the pressure of social convention, suppresses her feelings and marries Edgar Linton, a man of means who befits her stature. Heathcliff vows to win her back.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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17. The Witch Who Came from the Sea

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Released: 1976Rated: R
Drama, Horror

What it's about: Anger stemming from being abused as a child drives an alcoholic's daughter to kill as an adult.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & ConTV) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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18. Pathfinder

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Released: 1987
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little daughter, the families teenage son, Aigin, observes the slaughter. He manages to flee from these killers and reaches a camp with other Lapps whose inhabitants are worried if he has been able to hide his track. Afraid of the murderous people, they decide to flee to the coast. The boy stays alone to avenge his families murder. Unfortunately, they get him before he can do anything and force him to lead them to the other Lapps. He guides them but has a plan to destroy the barbarous people before reaching the camp.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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19. Revenge

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7.2/10
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Released: 1989
Drama, History

What it's about: Enraged, a teacher murders a young female pupil. Over the years, another boy is bred for one sole purpose: to avenge his sister’s death.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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20. The Joke

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Released: 1969
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: In the 1950s, Ludvik Jahn was expelled from the Communist Party and the University by his fellow students, because of a politically incorrect note he sent to his girlfriend. Fifteen years later, he tries to get his revenge by seducing Helena, the wife of one of his accusers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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21. An Actor's Revenge

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Released: 1959
Drama

What it's about: Nakamura Yukinojo gains popularity in Edo's kabuki scene as a handsome onnagata (a male actor who plays female roles). But hidden behind the placid expression of his stage face is a deep grudge for the men responsible for dishonoring his parents' names and leading them to suicide when he was still a child. When he discovers that the mastermind behind those crimes has come to see him act onstage, he begins in earnest to plot his revenge. With the help of a renowned Robin Hood-like thief named Yamitaro, he makes out his first target: the daughter of the man who orchestrated his parents' demise.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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