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Femme Fatale: 14 Thriller Movies Where Women Turn the Tables on Men

Revenge is sweet in these movies featuring fierce female protagonists.

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There’s only so many times you can be told you’d be prettier if you smiled before you start imagining very bad things. So, when I watch a movie about a woman who has had enough, I can’t help but cheer. And scream for more.

The latest in this type of movie is the recently released Hunt Club, starring Mena Suvari. Cassandra (Suvari) needs money. After losing her girlfriend and her daughter, she’ll do anything to get them back. When Carter (Casper Van Dien) offers her $100k to participate in a hunt, Cassandra doesn’t ask too many questions. But when she gets to the island, she and the other women who signed up are tied up, only to be released one at a time—as the hunted. Tired of being a victim, she teams with two other women to show that women are better at everything. Including hunting.

If the idea of women turning the tables on men is something you want more of, you’re in luck. Here are fourteen movies to binge when you’re in the mood for revenge.

A Vigilante (2018)

Sadie (Olivia Wilde) helps women and children escape violent men. After what she’s survived, every case is personal. But when her ex-husband (Morgan Spector) tracks her down, she shows him that she’s not the same woman he once knew.

Promising Young Woman (2020)

After a tragedy occurred with no consequences, Cassie Thomas (Carey Mulligan) drops out of medical school to pursue her new hobby full-time: revenge. She lures men in by pretending to be drunk, only to reveal her sobriety when they try to take advantage of her. But when she sets her sights on the men from her past, things spiral out of control.

Hard Candy (2006)

Fourteen-year-old Hayley Stark (Elliott Page) flirts with thirty-two-year-old Jeff Kohlver (Patrick Wilson) in an online chat. He’s a photographer and convinces her to let him photograph her. But Hayley knows exactly what kind of man Jeff is. And while Jeff thinks he’s in control, he’s in for a big surprise.

The Brave One (2007)

When her partner is beaten to death, radio host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) is traumatized and unable to return to her normal life. Instead, she becomes a vigilante, hunting down violent criminals in her neighborhood. And she won’t stop until she finds the men who killed her fiance.

Peppermint (2018)

Riley North (Jennifer Garner) was enjoying a family outing at a local carnival when her family is gunned down by a ruthless drug cartel. When justice fails her and she’s the one sent to an institution, she escapes and disappears. Five years later, she returns with a blood-infused message for all of them.

The Hunt (2020)

When twelve strangers wake up in an empty clearing, they know that the rumors around the conspiracy theory “Manorgate” are true. They’ve been kidnapped and are being hunted. But Army veteran Crystal Creasey (Betty Gilpin) has skills no one anticipated. And she starts hunting the hunters.

Confessions (2010)

Junior high teacher Yuko Moriguchi (Takako Matsu) knows her killed her four-year-old daughter. But because the killers are two students from her class, they’re protected from prosecution. But Yuko knows as their teacher, it’s up to her to make sure they learn their lesson.

Note: This film is not available to stream in the U.S., but you can find a link to the DVD below!

Extremities (1986)

Surviving an attempted assault was bad enough. But Marjorie (Farrah Fawcett) leaves her purse when she flees. But when her attacker (James Russo) follows her home and tries to attack her again, he quickly finds out that she isn’t quite as vulnerable as he thought she’d be.

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

When Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) decides to write her latest novel in remote Louisiana, she’s brutally attacked and left for dead. She stalks the five men, learning everything about the lives, and how to hurt them in all the ways they hurt her first.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

There are few women as capable of exacting devastating revenge as Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). Using her incredible hacking skills, she not only helps journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) find a missing woman and reveal a horrific series of crimes, but she also exacts revenge on those who hurt her in very creative ways.

Lucy (2014)

When Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is tricked into working as a drug mule, she ends up being abducted and experimented on. But when the procedure gives her enhanced physical and mental capabilities, she ruthlessly hunts down the men who kidnapped and operated on her.

Red Sparrow (2018)

Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is blackmailed into becoming an SVR operative and forced to endure brutal tactics to prove her loyalty. But when she is assigned to find a Russian agent working with a CIA operative (Joel Edgerton), she orchestrates revenge against the man responsible for ruining her life.

Revenge (2017)

American socialite Jen (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) is looking forward to a weekend alone with her married boyfriend (Kevin Jannsens) at his secluded desert retreat. But when his hunting buddies show up early, things go horrifically wrong. Brutalized and left for dead, Jen decides to show the hunters what it feels like to be prey.

The Nightingale (2019)

Irish convict Clare Carroll (Aisling Franciosi) is a servant for a colonial unit right before the Black War. When she’s left for dead, she gains the help of an Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr) she hunts the British officer (Sam Claflin) who hurt her and her family through the Tasmanian wilderness.