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Old 03-03-08, 08:48 AM
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Vigilante Movies

I am looking for some recomendations of movies where the law is taken into someone's hands.
Death Wish of course tops this list.
The Exterminator and Fighting Back are two that come to mind.
What else?
No revenge flicks please.
Old 03-03-08, 08:58 AM
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This may give you some ideas:
http://www.imdb.com/keyword/vigilante/

I love Batman Begins and The Crow (which you might consider a revenge flick)
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How about....Vigilante? With Robert Kickass Forster.
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Don't all vigilante flicks start off as revenge for something? At least Death Wish started off that way...

The Punisher?
Death Sentence?
The Saw films?
Payback?
Hard Candy?
First Blood?

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Can you have the vigilante without the revenge?
vig·i·lan·te
1. a member of a vigilance committee.
2. any person who takes the law into his or her own hands, as by avenging a crime.
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some good ones so far, Ill throw in V for Vendetta thought I guess it could be considered a revenge movie.
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Aren't all vigilante movies revenge movies?

Punisher, Boondock Saints, Bricker, Death Sentance
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Licence To Kill
Bond goes vigilante! Resigns from Her Majesty's Secret Service to go after the bad guy!

Great movie.
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Absence of Malice, sort of, in a non-violent way
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IMO, the best you'll find.
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No revenge flicks? When your asking about a vigilante who is in essence commiting an act of revenge.

One good one from the 80's was Fighting Back with Tom Skerritt.
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Originally Posted by DJariya


No revenge flicks? When your asking about a vigilante who is in essence commiting an act of revenge.
Let's try and clear this up.
A revenge flick,imo,is the story line for hundreds of horror movies.
Mrs.Voorhees killed everyone at Crystal lake to avenge the death of her young son Jason.
The girl in I Spit On Your Grave revenged her gang rape one at a time and did not run around killing people that commited the same crime to someone else.
This is the difference.
The Exterminator avenged his buddys killers but then went on to try and clean up the streets of crime.
Ditto Death Wish.
Sorry for the confusion.
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe
Aren't all vigilante movies revenge movies?
For the most part, yes. But some vigilante movies are purely and completely revenge movies in which someone is trying to kill or bring to justice the very people who wronged him and that's it. While other vigilante movies are someone simply fighting crime without seeking out anyone in particular.

Death Sentence (the movie only, not the novel) is an example of a vigilante movie that's completely and totally revenge based. The main character does not care about other criminals at all - he's just after the gang that attacked his family and nobody else.

While Death Wish is a "cleaning up the streets" vigilante movie, in which the main character is out killing any street criminals he runs across. Seeking out the ones who actually attacked his family, though, isn't really a part of his vigilantism at all (probably because he doesn't even know who they are).
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That movie is awesome.
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
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Wouldn't a lot of superhero films fit this? A lot of them are vigilantes in the sense that they are stopping bad guys, while not necessarily taking revenge for any specific crime.

Spiderman, Superman, Iron Man, etc. are at heart vigilantes.

To add some more to the list:
Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars

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