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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 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 filmsEdit

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The following vigilante films are listed alphabetically.


Pre-1965 vigilante filmsEdit

Film Year Ref.
The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 [1]
The Ox-Bow Incident 1943 [2]
The Bravados 1958 [3]
The Virgin Spring 1960 [4]
Yojimbo 1961 [5]
Youth of the Beast 1963 [6]

Late 60s-mid 80s vigilante film waveEdit

Film Year Ref.
The Sons of Katie Elder 1965 [7]
Django 1966 [8]
The Bride Wore Black 1968
The Wild Bunch 1969 [9]
Cold Sweat 1970 [10]
Joe 1970
Violent City 1970
Billy Jack 1971 [11]
Chrome and Hot Leather 1971
Dirty Harry 1971 [12]
Straw Dogs 1971
Shaft 1971 [13]
Execution Squad 1972
Ulzana's Raid 1972 [9]
The No Mercy Man 1973 [14]
Coffy 1973
Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia 1973
Magnum Force 1973
Revolver 1973
Robin Hood 1973 [15]
Thriller – A Cruel Picture 1973
Vigilante 1983 [9]
Tony Arzenta 1973
Walking Tall 1973 [16]
What Have They Done to Your Daughters? 1974
Death Wish 1974 [12]
Street Law 1974
Three the Hard Way 1974
The Street Fighter 1974
The Black Six 1974 [17]
Black Belt Jones 1974 [18]
The Black Gestapo 1975
Syndicate Sadists 1975
The Common Man 1975
Kidnap Syndicate 1975
Manhunt in the City 1975
The "Human" Factor 1975
The Big Racket 1976
Taxi Driver 1976 [12]
Colt 38 Special Squad 1976
Vigilante Force 1976
Zebra Force 1976
The Enforcer 1976
Lipstick 1976
Strange Shadows in an Empty Room 1976
Trial by Combat 1976
Keoma 1976 [19]
An Average Little Man 1977
Double Game 1977
I Spit on Your Grave 1978 [15]
A Dangerous Toy 1979
Mad Max 1979 [20]
Defiance 1980
The Exterminator 1980 [12]
Ms. 45 1981
Death Wish II 1982
Krodham 1982
1990: The Bronx Warriors 1982 [21]
The Graduates of Malibu High 1983
The Star Chamber 1983
Sudden Impact 1983
Escape from the Bronx 1983 [22]
Alley Cat 1984
The Toxic Avenger 1984 [23]
Exterminator 2 1984
Savage Streets 1984
Naked Vengeance 1985
The Last Dragon 1985 [24]

Late 1980s to the presentEdit

Film Year Ref.
The Gladiator 1986 [15]
The Seventh Curse 1986 [25]
Man on Fire 1987
Rolling Vengeance 1987 [15]
Miami Connection 1987 [26]
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 [27]
Pumpkinhead 1988 [28]
Batman 1989
The Punisher 1989 [29]
Darkman 1990
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 [30]
Falling Down 1993 [15]
The Crow 1994 [15]
Dark Angel: The Ascent 1994 [31]
Blood and Donuts 1995 [32]
A Time to Kill 1996 [12]
Eye for an Eye 1996 [12]
Night Hunter 1996 [33]
Spawn 1997 [34]
Blade 1998 [35]
The Boondock Saints 1999 [16]
Shaft 2000
Faust: Love of the Damned 2000 [36]
Collateral Damage 2002 [37]
Kill Bill 2003 [15]
A Man Apart 2003 [9]
The Hebrew Hammer 2003 [38]
Man on Fire 2004 [39]
Walking Tall 2004 [12]
The Punisher 2004 [9]
Batman Begins 2005 [16]
Constantine 2005 [40]
V for Vendetta 2005 [16]
Munich 2005 [9]
Four Brothers 2005 [9]
Hard Candy 2006 [41]
Death Note 2006
The Brave One 2007 [12]
Death Sentence 2007 [12]
Urban Justice 2007
El Muerto 2007 [42]
The Dark Knight 2008 [39]
Taken 2008 [15]
Gran Torino 2008 [16]
The Horseman 2008
Gutterballs 2008 [43]
Defendor 2009 [44]
Law Abiding Citizen 2009 [12]
Harry Brown 2009 [16]
Inglourious Basterds 2009 [12]
Watchmen 2009 [15]
13 Assassins 2010 [45]
The Man from Nowhere 2010 [46]
Red: Werewolf Hunter 2010 [47]
22 Bullets 2010 [48]
Faster 2010 [15]
Machete 2010 [15]
Kick-Ass 2010 [49]
Super 2010 [15]
Drive Angry 2011 [50]
Hobo with a Shotgun 2011 [15]
Drive 2011
Scary or Die 2012 [51]
The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse 2012 [52]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 [15]
The Dark Knight Rises 2012 [15]
Bad Ass 2012
Taken 2 2012
Fire with Fire 2012 [53]
The Man with the Iron Fists 2012 [54]
Prisoners 2013 [55]
Avenged 2013 [56]
Kick-Ass 2 2013 [57]
Big Hero 6 2014
Skin Trade 2014 [58]
John Wick 2014
In Order of Disappearance 2014
The Equalizer 2014 [59]
Mr. X 2015
Taken 3 2015
The Accountant 2016
The Foreigner 2017
Burning 2018
Peppermint 2018
The Equalizer 2 2018
Death Wish 2018
Mandy 2018 [60]
Cold Pursuit 2019
Rambo: Last Blood 2019 [61]
6 Underground 2019
Birds of Prey 2020

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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