In The Fury Of Hercules Hercules (Brad Harris) curb-stomps a band of evil brothers for murdering the Queen, who had been manipulated by an evil counselor, after she tried to save Herc from a poison pit. You know the bad guys are in trouble when Herc bellows "Zeus! Put all your strength in my arm!"
The main protagonist goes on a rampage upon seeing anybody who betrayed her at her wedding rehearsal.
Surprisingly, Kill Bill is not the Trope Namer. Tarantino used the phrase in a Shout-Out to the 1972Biker Babe film Bury Me An Angel, which has the tagline "A howling hellcat humping a hot steel hog on a roaring rampage of revenge!" Whether the film actually lives up to this tagline is another matter (one review suggests it doesn't).
Kill Bill was inspired by the film and manga series Lady Snowblood, which is about Oyuki, a female assassin on her own Roaring Rampage Of Revenge for the murder of her mother's family and the rape of her mother. The mother gives birth to Oyuki in prison after killing the first of her four tormentors and being caught by the police. Before dying, she charges her daughter with taking vengeance on the other three.
The character of O-Ren Ishii, as an Expy of Lady Snowblood, has also gone on one of these to avenge her parents, who were murdered by Yakuza... at age eleven. This led to her recruitment under Bill.
Conan the Barbarian (1982). "Crom, I have never prayed to you before; I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought or why we died. No, all that matters is that two stood against many. That's what important. Valor pleases you, Crom, so grant me one request: grant me REVENGE. And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!"
In the first film, Liam Neeson warns: "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you." The bad guy is less than impressed by this Badass Boast, to his great misfortune.
In the sequel, the family of the now deceased bad guys tries to go on one against Neeson. It backfires horribly.
In the film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, when Peter sees the White Witch stab his brother, he immediately slashes his way through the enemy to get to her.
The Mariachi from Desperado takes on an entire town full of bad guys, including no fewer than two Bad Guy Bars, in order to get to Bucho, his own brother and apparent boss of the murderer of the woman he loved.
The Crow franchise is built around spirits of the dead who cannot rest in the afterlife until they return as an unstoppable revenant and kill those responsible for their and loved ones' deaths. The original creator of the comic series, James O'Barr, conceived of the idea out of his own desires to get revenge on the drunk driver responsible for the death of his fiance. He later regretted making revenge so appealing.
High Plains Drifter implies that Eastwood's character is a dead man's ghost returned for revenge on the town that betrayed him.
In Unforgiven, Eastwood's character reverts to his murderous ways to avenge a friend's death.
The Outlaw Josey Wales joined the Rebel Bushwhackers of the American Civil War to avenge the murder of his family by pro-Union Jayhawkers. It's what the damned Yanks do after his band tries to surrender that really sets off Josey's RRR.
The premise behind Death Wish, in which a regular joe played by Charles Bronson goes on a vigilante killing spree after his wife is murdered and his daughter raped by three punks.
The first sequel, Death Wish II, fits more into this trope than the others, with Kersey hunting down and killing five gang-punks who rape and kill both his housekeeper and his daughter.
Death Wish 3 sees the vigilante unleashed again when Kersey's old war buddy is shot by more gang punks, and intensifies when he fails to save two more women.
Death Wish V The Face Of Death has Kersey trying to settle down with another girlfriend until the bad guys she's trying to testify against disfigure her and later shoot her in the back.
The western Tombstone, in which Wyatt Earp swears to wipe out an entire band of outlaws who ambushed his brothers. This was based on a Real Life feud, though the actual story was not as black and white as the movie (and Earp) would have us believe.
Wyatt Earp: All right, Clanton, you called down the thunder, well now you've got it! You see that? It says United States Marshal. Take a good look at him, Ike, 'cause that's how you're gonna end up. The Cowboys are finished, you understand? I see a red sash, I kill the man wearin' it. So run, you cur. Run! Tell all the other curs the law's comin'. You tell 'em I'm coming, and Hell's coming with me, you hear? Hell's coming with me!
Henri Lagardère in Le Bossu kills each of the murderers of his master, chasing them all over Europe.
Both Major Henry West and Jim from 28 Days Later have some degree of this. After he and his two female companions get brutalized by a squad of soldiers, normal joe Jim gets dangerous and goes on a cathartic rampage, gouging out one soldier's eyes with his thumbs. Major West, seeing what's become of his "boys," loses what precious little sanity he had left.
Man on Fire has Denzel Washington's character systematically torturing and murdering everyone who is even tangentially related to the kidnapping of his young ward. Amazingly, this is a toned down version of the book.
Sergio Leone liked to use revenge as a theme in some of his spaghetti westerns.
In Once Upon a Time in the West Charles Bronson plays a namelessdrifter who obviously has a serious beef against Henry Fonda's Frank, going as far as to protect him from his other enemies just so he can have the privilege of killing Frank himself. In the end, we find out that he's avenging his brother, who Frank killed in one of the most unforgivable fashions possible when Harmonica was just a little kid.
Lee Van Cleef played the avenger role alongside the Man With No Name in For a Few Dollars More. Here, his target is El Indio, a notorious outlaw who gunned down his sister's lover and then raped her, leading to the sister taking her own life.
In Pumpkinhead, Lance Henriksen summons the eponymous demon of vengeance after some teens accidentally run over his son. The demon is so brutal that Henriksen quickly has a My God, What Have I Done? moment.
In the backstory of The Usual Suspects, semi-mythical criminal mastermind Keyser Soze is faced with other gangsters who try to take over his business by threatening to kill his family. Instead, he kills his family himself, then the gangsters, then their wives, children, friends, and anyone else even tangentially associated with them, and then vanishes into legend.
Ms 45 has a deaf woman going on one of these rampages after she was brutally raped twice.
John Preston goes on a calmer version of this trope in the final scenes of Equilibrium after the woman he loves is executed by the Librian government and he is suckered into leading the resistance into a trap.
Patrick Swayze does this at the end of Road House. The lesson? You can mess with a man's bar. You can threaten his life. But kill his mentor and father figure? Buy your cemetery plot now and save time.
In Attack of the Clones, Anakin goes on one of these following his mother's death, which ends up playing a key part in his slide into The Dark Side. He butchers an entire encampment of Tusken Raiders, and goes down in their legends as a vengeful desert spirit.
At around the same time, Qymaen jai Sheelal (later known as General Grievous) devastates an entire empire after his partner is killed.
Mel Gibson loves this trope. (Or at least loves making money off of it. Probably both.)
Mad Max, Gibson's very first starring role, is based on a disenchanted cop who wants to retire with his family until they are slaughtered by a biker gang. He comes back to kill every one of them.
Payback is about a dirty rotten scoundrel who goes on a rampage after being cheated out of his share of a heist. The amount? $70,000. One of his future victims upon finding out: "Hell, my suits are worth more than that!"
Braveheart, inspired by the (possibly mythical) rampage of revenge of William Wallace. Legend has it that his wife Marian was killed by the English. (In Real Life, reliable historical records of Wallace are few, and it's not known whether he ever married, much less what his hypothetical wife's name was or how she might have died.)
The Patriot features Gibson's character as well as his eldest son inspired to slaughter every British soldier in sight for the death of a family member. As if that wasn't enough inspiration, Gibson's rampage is kicked into overdrive when his eldest son is also killed by Tavington, the same damn British soldier.
Lethal Weapon 2. Riggs slaughters a bunch of dirty South African drug runners for drowning his love interest. The Dragon also reveals that he killed Riggs' wife years earlier, though he meant to kill Riggs.
Point Blank (1967), based on a novel by Richard Stark, directed by John Boorman, and starring Lee Marvin. The film was the original inspiration for Payback. In fact, Gibson even uses a large-frame Smith & Wesson Magnum revolver like the one Marvin used in the 1967 version. Of course, in that one, the amount of money Walker (Marvin) wanted was a lot smaller (inflation, you know).
The Darkman films are based on this trope, with the titular character returning to take revenge on the mobsters that very nearly killed him.
Max Payne has the titular character trying to avenge the death of his family at the hands of drug addicted felons. However, he doesn't go on an actual rampage until the last half hour, when he finds out the true identity of his family's killers.
Almost the entire plot of Quantum of Solace, since it focuses on Bond's desire to bring Vesper's killers to justice. However, he does NOT kill the one who is the most responsible, demonstrating either that his objective was truly the movie title and not revenge, or simply that he handed down a Fate Worse Than Death.
Skyfall: Raoul Silva was tortured for five months to the point of breaking his Cyanide Pill, only to have it fail and disfigure him. He sets out to humiliate and kill M for abandoning him, and it actually works.
After a career featuring many such movies, Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. When a gang of thugs harass Walt's (Eastwood) friend Thao and rape his sister Sue, the audience (and Thao) are expecting some Old Testament retribution. Instead, Walt (a war veteran who understands the trauma of taking a life) tricks the thugs into murdering him, thus getting them all sent to prison.
In Get Carter, Michael Caine plays a vicious, sociopathic London gangster who investigates the suspicious death of his brother and turns his hometown into a bloodbath as he uncovers the truth.
The Limey is an homage to this trope and Get Carter in particular, as an English ex-con seeks the truth behind his daughter's death in L.A., only to discover he and the culprit are Not So Different, leading him to stay his hand.
Subverted in, of all things, Repo! The Genetic Opera. NathanWallace figures out Rotti's plan to take his daughter away and gets off to a great start, taking out several machine-gun-toting cops with only his scalpels, and then is promptly taken down by Luigi Largo and the henchgirls. This is about the point he realises that he is in deep shit (and Rotti got upgraded from manipulative to magnificent.
Such a rampage forms the basis of François Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black (1968), in which the titular bride systematically murders every one of the men who caused the death of the groom on her wedding day. Sound familiar?
Chingachgook goes on one of these in The Last of the Mohicans after Uncas is killed by Magua. He and Hawkeye plow through Magua's mooks, and Magua himself doesn't stand a chance against Papa Wolf.
In First Blood, John Rambo spends the first half of the movie pursued by crooked cops and the National Guard. He spends this portion of the movie camping in the woods, far out of reach of his enemies and plotting to escape them. However, once they barricade him in a mine shaft and leave him for dead, he escapes, hijacks a truck, and heads back into the town, where he takes out the entire main street with an M60.
In the sequel, Rambo: First Blood Part II, he starts out on a mission into a prison camp where he was held to rescue POWs. His partner on the mission is a Vietnamese woman named Co. In the course of the journey they fall in love, and just after they decide to go back to America together as husband and wife, she is brutally shot down. Rambo goes fucking insane. In the first half he only killed when necessary, but after his love is killed, he hunts down and brutalizes every mook he can get his knife in. His memento is a headband fashioned from her dress. An already personal mission is made even more personal, and he completes it after killing every single mook.
In the fourth installment he does this at the end of the film in a way that would have made Dr. Richard Gatling proud.
After Master Liu is killed in Ip Man, the titular pugilist goes on a short-lived one of these. He calls for ten judoka to fight and Curb Stomps the lot. Even the last one, who's clearly unwilling to fight on, goes down hard. After Ip Man's done, you can see him trembling slightly as he comes out of Tranquil Fury. You get the feeling that if he thought he had a chance he would have gone after the murderer himself. The Japanese fighters' apparent Mook Chivalry may be justifiable if you believe that martial artists can sense intent, as Ip Man's state of mind would have given him enough violent intent to make his opponents hesitant about bumrushing him.
In Rolling Vengeance, the drunken rednecks who work at the local brewery kill the hero's mother and sister, then put his father in the hospital by throwing a cinderblock off an overpass into the window of his rig, causing him to wreck. They get away with both crimes. The hero decides to convert his monster truck into a mobile death machine and slaughter them in some vehicular mayhem.
In She Devil, Roseanne Barr plays Ruth Patchett, a woman abandoned by her husband for a beautiful, wealthy, successful woman (played by Meryl Streep). Her response? To systematically destroy every part of his life bit by bit taking everything he has until he is left broken, alone, and in jail. Seriously, she has a to-do list. While she's at it, she adds a layer of delightful hell to the woman who he left her for as well in the process.
This is actually a remake of an older, British miniseries called The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil, which mostly runs on the same storyline. Believe it or not, the spurned wife in that tale actually goes to greater lengths, including becoming the nanny/mistress/submissive to the judge who will be the one to sentence her ex-husband to prison.
In 300, when the Captain's son gets beheaded by a charging Persian cavalryman, he cuts a swath through the Persian assault to reach his son's corpse. The other Spartans drag him back behind their lines before he can get himself killed. It's something of a literal example, since his cries are said to terrify the Persian horde.
Tank Girl. After DeeTee is killed, the other Rippers attack and slaughter large numbers of Water and Power troops.
In Law Abiding Citizen, Clyde Shelton's "people to be killed horribly" list includes the two guys who killed his wife and daughter. And their lawyer. And the judge from the trial. And the D.A. And most of the people in the D.A.'s office. And the Mayor, City Council, and police brass of Philadelphia.
Most of the plot to Goemon revolves around this, when the titular character plots to assassinate Hideyoshi. It becomes a very literal rampage of revenge when Hideyoshi boils his childhood friend Saizou, and his son, ALIVE, and he becomes the most epic One-Man Army in recent movie history. He then tops himself shortly after by fighting two armies by himself, taking out one with relative ease, and only stopping on the second after his former master slowed him down, as well as his decision to withdraw his killing blow on the general when he got his chance.
In Snatch, gangster Bricktop has secured Irish Traveler and bare-knuckle boxing champion Mickey's cooperation in a rigged fight by having his mother's caravan set on fire while she's still in it. It occurs to Mickey's allies that he appears to be cooperating rather mildly, under the circumstances... until the night of the fight. When it's revealed that as well as putting money on himself to win the fight and winning it, thus ripping Bricktop off completely, he and his fellow Travellers have arranged an ambush in which they bloodily wipe out pretty much all of Bricktop's organisation, including Bricktop himself. As Turkish notes: "For every action there's a reaction. And a pikey reaction is quite a fucking thing."
Chan-Wook Park's Vengeance Trilogy does not share any plot or characters, but are all based on roaring rampages of revenge, ultimately displaying their futility.
OldBoy features a man trapped in a hotel room for 15 years, only to be released without explanation. As he starts his roaring rampage to uncover the culprit, he learns that his imprisonment was itself motivated by revenge.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance features a woman who carefully orchestrates vengeance on a murderer who betrayed her and caused her to be imprisoned for a crime she did not commit.
Big Daddy in Kick-Ass has turned his entire life (and that of his daughter's) into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. This is quite different in the graphic novel.
After Big Daddy is himself killed, Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass embark on their own Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
Honorary mention goes to The Two Towers, where Ents begin their rampage with a BIG ROAR. And they are also going methodically: they destroy the walls, stomp the orcs and finally flood the whole thing while the walking trees finish off the orcs on their way to Helm's deep
Gypsy and Helen tear through about 40-some-odd vampires in The Twins Effect, after Reeve is turned into a vampire and staked.
Solomon Kane in the movie goes on a pretty epic Roaring Rampage of Revenge about halfway through the movie after the kind family he was travelling with is brutally massacred by a pack of Malachi's bandits. Kane does not take this well. At all.
The Moorwen in Outlander wants to kill every Human Alien in the universe for the genocide of its species.
Wikus during his Last Stand in District 9. He goes berserk with a prawn mech and fights back the MNU mercenaries, slaughtering the majority of them. The colonel gets away and is very close to killing Wikus... only to be butchered and devoured alive by vengeful prawns.
The Bruce Lee movie, Fist Of Fury (aka The Chinese Connection) deconstructs revenge. Lee's character Chen Zhen returns home to Shanghai in the early 20th Century only to discover his martial arts teacher Huo Yuanjia has mysteriously died. He discovers a conspiracy involving the local Japanese power structure and a rival karate dojo. Chen gets mad, and goes out for revenge, but his rampage only escalates the violence, and then his whole family falls victim to it. Even though he kills the main villain, he's lost everything and ends up turning himself in.
In Harry Brown, Michael Caine's eponymous Harry and his best bud Lenny spend their time sitting in the pub, lamenting the fact that their neighbourhood has gotten so bad, especially given that Harry's wife has just died. After Lenny goes to confront the street gangs with a bayonet and winds up killed, Harry decides to take matters into his own hands with some not-quite-forgotten Royal Marine skills.
There are at least two film subgenres dedicated completely to this trope: exploitation revenge, and Rape and Revenge.
One of the classic examples of the former is Rolling Thunder, in which William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones play soldiers returning from Vietnam who hunt down the killers of Devane's character's family.
Eddie Lomax has a bloody one in Desert Heat that begins because a gang shot him, stole his motorcycle, and left him for dead. It's taken Up to Eleven when they kill his best friend Johnny Sixtoes and Lomax ultimately decimates two rivaling gangs, saving a local town in the process.
In Short Circuit 2, Johnny Five goes for this after Big Bad Oscar and his goons beat Five to Hell and back.
Murphy's War (1971). The title character is the Sole Survivor after a U-Boat sinks his ship and machine-guns the lifeboats. He becomes obsessed with trying to destroy the U-boat which is resting up in a nearby river, first teaching himself to fly a floatplace and trying to bomb it with improvised firebombs, then trying to ram it with a floating crane even though Germany has already surrendered. Murphy is eventually able to destroy the vessel, but gets trapped and dies himself in the process.
In The Boondock Saints II All Saints Day, the MacManus brothers have been living peacefully in Ireland for several years, until words reaches them that their old priest in Boston has been murdered by a gangster trying to goad them out of hiding. Their response? "Every last motherfucker who had anything to do with it is going to die."
Subverted in The Professional. Matilda has trained with the hitman Leon. By chance, she learns of where the people she wants her revenge on work. She arms herself, sneaks in successfully, hunts down Stansfield in the bathroom, and is promptly caught and very nearly shot dead by the same.
Hannibal Rising: The young Lecter is on a quest to bring terrible deaths to all of the men who had killed his beloved baby sister Mischa.
Khan: I've done far worse than kill you, Admiral, I've hurt you. And I wish to go on. . .hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her: Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet, Buried Alive. . . Buried alive.
In Star Trek: First Contact, several out of character moments make it clear early on that Picard views the situation as an opportunity to launch his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Borg. Fans of TNG, who are used to the rational, diplomatic, compassionate Jean-Luc Picard, are shocked to see him shoot a partially assimilated crewman who was begging for help, and show near-psychotic rage in machine-gunning two drones. Lily actually has to stop him from beating the corpses with the butt of his rifle.
Lily, who has known Picard for all of ten minutes, actually calls him on this later in the movie.
Picard: We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. THE LINE MUST BE DRAWN HERE, THIS FAR AND NO FURTHER! And I will make them pay for what they'be done.
In Star Trek Into Darkness, John Harrison is out to take revenge on the entire Federation for Admiral Marcus's actions: taking (and, for all he knows, killing) Harrison/Khan's crew.
In Now You See Me,all of the tricks are ways to get back at those that had destroyed Dylan Rhodes' father.
In Confessions, Moriguchi Yuko, the main protagonist, decide to revenge for death of her daughter that occurred by two students.
RoboCop (1987): Police officer gets murdered by sadistic thugs, returns to life and unfortunately for them, remembers the whole thing quite well. He tracks them down and is understandably a little pissed off about it.
In Dead in Tombstone, Guerrero comes back from Hell to extract revenge on the six gang members who betrayed and murdered him. And he has 24 hours in which to do it.
In Godzilla (2014), upon witnessing her babies erupt into flames and deducing that a nearby Ford Brody did it, the female Muto gets pissed off, to say the least. She even starts directly attacking soldiers instead of doing so accidently, and once she sees the killer of her babies again, she is clearly filled with rage.
Near the end of Mexican drug-dealer film El Infierno (Hell), our protagonist, Benny, goes into one, attacking his former associates. To elaborate, Benny learned that his brother, El Diablo, had not died in a shootout against rival drug dealers, but had been castrated and tortured to death by his boss, Don José Reyes, because he had slept with his wife. He also learned that one of his friends, El Huasteco, was planning on giving away to Don José that Benny's nephew was El Diablito, a member of a rival gang. Terrified, Benny gave his nephew money so he could take a bus to the frontier and escape to the United States, and went to confess his crimes to the local policemen. Unfortunately, they were Dirty Cops working for Don José, so they beat him up, and after Benny tries to trick them into letting him go by bribing them with drugs and money he had stashed inside his brother's grave, they shoot him and leave him for dead. He didn't die, so Benny returned to his home to find that they had murdered his girlfriend. Benny then goes to his mother's house, and spends some time in an Angst Coma before picking up his AK and driving to Town Square, where Don José is being made the mayor, with various of his men as bodyguards. Benny walks up to the front row, and shoots dead Don José, his wife, the former mayor, and José's men, before finally succumbing to Death by Despair, with his only consolation being that his nephew escaped from the hellhole that is being a Narco. Except that the film ends with a shot of Benny's nephew shooting some drug dealer with an AK, having become a Narco himself