Vigilante film

The vigilante film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists engage in vigilante behavior, taking the law into their own hands. Vigilante films are usually revenge films in which the legal system fails protagonists, leading them to become vigilantes.

In United States cinema, vigilante films gained prominence during the 1970s with "touchstones" like Death Wish and Dirty Harry, both of which had sequels. The Los Angeles Times reported, "Vigilante vengeance was the cinematic theme of the decade, flourishing in the more respectable precincts of the new American cinema even as it fueled numerous exploitation flicks," referring to Taxi Driver as a respectable example of the genre. It reported in 2009 that such films were making a comeback after "the comparatively prosperous and peaceable 1990s", with examples like Walking Tall (2004), Death Sentence (2007), Law Abiding Citizen (2009) and Rambo: Last Blood (2019).

List of films

This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.

The following vigilante films are listed alphabetically.


Pre-1965 vigilante films

Film Year Ref.
The Adventures of Robin Hood1938[1]
The Ox-Bow Incident 1943[2]
The Bravados1958[3]
The Virgin Spring1960[4]
Yojimbo1961[5]
Youth of the Beast1963[6]

Late 60s-mid 80s vigilante film wave

Film Year Ref.
The Sons of Katie Elder1965[7]
Django1966[8]
The Bride Wore Black1968
The Wild Bunch1969[9]
Cold Sweat1970[10]
Joe1970
Violent City1970
Billy Jack1971[11]
Chrome and Hot Leather1971
Dirty Harry1971[12]
Straw Dogs1971
Shaft1971[13]
Execution Squad1972
Ulzana's Raid1972[9]
The No Mercy Man1973[14]
Coffy1973
Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia1973
Magnum Force 1973
Revolver1973
Robin Hood1973[15]
Thriller – A Cruel Picture1973
Vigilante1983[9]
Tony Arzenta1973
Walking Tall1973[16]
What Have They Done to Your Daughters?1974
Death Wish1974[12]
Street Law1974
Three the Hard Way1974
The Street Fighter1974
The Black Six1974[17]
Black Belt Jones1974[18]
The Black Gestapo1975
Syndicate Sadists1975
The Common Man1975
Kidnap Syndicate1975
Manhunt in the City1975
The "Human" Factor 1975
The Big Racket1976
Taxi Driver1976[12]
Colt 38 Special Squad1976
Vigilante Force1976
Zebra Force1976
The Enforcer1976
Lipstick1976
Strange Shadows in an Empty Room1976
Trial by Combat1976
Keoma1976[19]
An Average Little Man1977
Double Game1977
I Spit on Your Grave1978[15]
A Dangerous Toy1979
Mad Max1979[20]
Defiance1980
The Exterminator1980[12]
Ms. 451981
Death Wish II1982
Krodham1982
1990: The Bronx Warriors1982[21]
The Graduates of Malibu High1983
The Star Chamber1983
Sudden Impact1983
Escape from the Bronx1983[22]
Alley Cat1984
The Toxic Avenger1984[23]
Exterminator 21984
Savage Streets1984
Naked Vengeance1985
The Last Dragon1985[24]

Late 1980s to the present

Film Year Ref.
The Gladiator1986[15]
The Seventh Curse1986[25]
Man on Fire1987
Rolling Vengeance1987[15]
Miami Connection1987[26]
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka1988[27]
Pumpkinhead1988[28]
Batman1989
The Punisher1989[29]
Darkman1990
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves1991[30]
Falling Down1993[15]
The Crow1994[15]
Dark Angel: The Ascent1994[31]
Blood and Donuts1995[32]
A Time to Kill1996[12]
Eye for an Eye1996[12]
Night Hunter1996[33]
Spawn1997[34]
Blade1998[35]
The Boondock Saints1999[16]
Shaft2000
Faust: Love of the Damned2000[36]
Collateral Damage2002[37]
Kill Bill2003[15]
A Man Apart2003[9]
The Hebrew Hammer2003[38]
Man on Fire2004[39]
Walking Tall2004[12]
The Punisher2004[9]
Batman Begins2005[16]
Constantine2005[40]
V for Vendetta2005[16]
Munich2005[9]
Four Brothers2005[9]
Hard Candy2006[41]
Death Note2006
The Brave One2007[12]
Death Sentence2007[12]
Urban Justice2007
El Muerto2007[42]
The Dark Knight2008[39]
Taken2008[15]
Gran Torino2008[16]
The Horseman2008
Gutterballs2008[43]
Defendor2009[44]
Law Abiding Citizen2009[12]
Harry Brown2009[16]
Inglourious Basterds2009[12]
Watchmen2009[15]
13 Assassins2010[45]
The Man from Nowhere2010[46]
Red: Werewolf Hunter2010[47]
22 Bullets2010[48]
Faster2010[15]
Machete2010[15]
Kick-Ass2010[49]
Super2010[15]
Drive Angry2011[50]
Hobo with a Shotgun2011[15]
Drive2011
Scary or Die2012[51]
The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse2012[52]
The Amazing Spider-Man2012[15]
The Dark Knight Rises2012[15]
Bad Ass2012
Taken 22012
Fire with Fire2012[53]
The Man with the Iron Fists2012[54]
Prisoners2013[55]
Avenged2013[56]
Kick-Ass 22013[57]
Big Hero 6 2014
Skin Trade2014[58]
John Wick2014
In Order of Disappearance2014
The Equalizer2014[59]
Mr. X2015
Taken 3 2015
The Accountant2016
The Foreigner2017
Burning 2018
Peppermint2018
The Equalizer 22018
Death Wish2018
Mandy2018[60]
Cold Pursuit2019
Rambo: Last Blood2019[61]
6 Underground2019
Birds of Prey2020

See also

References

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