Vigilante film

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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 thriller 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 said, "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), and Law Abiding Citizen (2009).

List of films[edit]

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The following vigilante films are listed alphabetically.

Film Year Ref.
Amazing Spider-Man, TheThe Amazing Spider-Man 2012 [1]
Batman 1989
Batman Begins 2005 [2]
Billy Jack 1971 [3]
Boondock Saints, TheThe Boondock Saints 1999 [2]
Brave One, TheThe Brave One 2007 [4]
The Bride Wore Black 1968
Crow, TheThe Crow 1994 [1]
Dark Knight, TheThe Dark Knight 2008 [5]
Dark Knight Rises, TheThe Dark Knight Rises 2012 [1]
Deadpool 2016
Death Sentence 2007 [4]
Death Wish 1974 [4]
Defendor 2009 [6]
Desperado 1995 [1]
Dirty Harry 1971 [4]
Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer 2014 [7]
Exterminator, TheThe Exterminator 1980 [4]
Eye for an Eye 1996 [4]
Falling Down 1993 [1]
Faster 2010 [1]
Four Brothers 2005 [8]
The Gladiator 1986 [1]
Gran Torino 2008 [2]
Hard Candy 2006 [9]
Hard to Kill 1990 [5]
Harry Brown 2009 [2]
Hobo with a Shotgun 2011 [1]
I Spit on Your Grave 1978 [1]
Inglourious Basterds 2009 [4]
John Wick 2014
Kick-Ass 2010 [10]
Kick-Ass 2 2013 [11]
Kill Bill 2003 [1]
Law Abiding Citizen 2009 [4]
Machete 2010 [1]
Man Apart, AA Man Apart 2003 [8]
Man on Fire 2004 [5]
Munich 2005 [8]
Prisoners 2013 [12]
Punisher, TheThe Punisher 2004 [8]
Robin Hood 1973 [1]
Rolling Vengeance 1987 [1]
Super 2010 [1]
Taken 2008 [1]
Taxi Driver 1976 [4]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990 [1]
Time to Kill, AA Time to Kill 1996 [4]
Ulzana's Raid 1972 [8]
V for Vendetta 2005 [2]
Vigilante 1983 [8]
Walking Tall 1973 [2]
Walking Tall 2004 [4]
Watchmen 2009 [1]
Wild Bunch, TheThe Wild Bunch 1969 [8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Staff (August 13, 2013). "24 Frames: Vigilante Justice!". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Plumb, Alistair (April 1, 2010). "The 8 Most Kick-Ass Movie Vigilantes". Empire. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lichtenfeld, Eric (2007). Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle, and the American Action Movie. Wesleyan. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-8195-6801-4. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Lim, Dennis (October 19, 2009). "Vigilante films, an American tradition". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ a b c Firecloud, Johnny (November 18, 2009). "10 Best Vigilante Films". CraveOnline. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rohit, Parimal. "Defending 'Defendor'". 
  7. ^ Steinberg, Don (September 18, 2014). "'The Equalizer': Vigilante Justice". The Wall Street Journal. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Lichtenfeld, Eric (September 13, 2007). "Killer Films". Slate. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ Stringer, Rebecca. "From Victim to Vigilante". www.academia.edu. Routeledge. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Scott, A. O. (April 15, 2010). "Brutal Truths About Violence". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Coyle, Jake (June 24, 2013). "Carrey says 'Kick-Ass 2' too violent after Newtown". The Big Story. Associated Press. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hugh Jackman to Star in Vigilante Thriller PRISONERS for November 2013 Release". Collider.com. March 15, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 

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