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BJ Novak’s new movie Revenge has been a pleasant surprise to those who follow the comedian, and it superbly blends humor with dark thriller elements. Although it is a truly original vision, Revenge follows in a long line of great films that also mix genres and explore the dark underbelly of the US

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From recognized masterpieces such as fargoto unsung classics like hardcorenumerous films exist in the same body of work as Revenge. While a wealth of movies have tried to capture the same spirit, only the best are worth watching after enjoying Novak’s directorial debut.


Presumably Innocent (1990)

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Harrison Ford had already proven himself to be a bankable star in the early ’90s, and over the decade began to settle into meatier roles. assumed Innocent sees Ford as a lawyer entangled in a web of deception while investigating the mysterious death of a colleague.

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unlike Revenge, which takes place in the expanse of the southwest, presumably innocent spends most of his time in the cramped courtrooms. Yet the films have a similar theme of exploring obstacles. Ford fights against mysterious forces that want to stop him, and Novak’s character in Revenge is struggling with a national malaise.

The Problem with Harry (1955)

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Shirley Maclaine in The Trouble with Harry

Many of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films used humor in one way or another, but The problem with Harry was the first to pull out all the stops in the black humor department. When Harry’s body makes its way to a small town, the residents all have reason to believe they killed him, and they each attempt to dispose of his body.

Incredibly dark for a 50’s comedy, The problem with Harry is funnier now than it was then. While the two films seem diametrically opposed at first glance, they both share similar themes of blame and blame. They also have to do with small-town tradition and the stoic politeness that can interfere with what needs to be done.

hardcore (1979)

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George C. Scott in Hardcore

Director and writer Paul Schrader had his finger on the pulse of America in the 1970s and delivered a doozy of hardcore. After his daughter goes missing on a trip to Los Angeles, a conservative Midwestern businessman plunges into the seedy world of LA’s sex work community to find her.

Widely regarded as one of George C. Scott’s best films, hardcore pulls no punches when showing the grit and grime of the big city. It is essentially the opposite of Revenge, where instead of the big city coming to the small city, it’s the other way around. While not nearly as humorous as the last film, hardcore is still about the clash of two worlds with an innocent victim in the middle.

Avocet (1971)

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The 1970s were the golden age of gritty thrillers, and klute stands out as one of the best. When a small-town detective goes to New York to investigate a missing person, he encounters a sex worker who is the only one who knows anything about the case.

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Brilliantly acted by Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda, klute is a wart-and-everything look at life in the big city, as filtered through the eyes of a judgmental detective. The singular focus of the main character of Revenge is reflected by Sutherland’s in klute, and he’s thinking of nothing but cracking the case. While Revenge casts his gaze on little America, klute focuses on the crumbling big cities of the 1970s.

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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Sydney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night

Always a popular subject for movies, the cultural clashes between regions of the country usually make for great stories. In the dead of night is the story of a Black Philadelphia cop who is busted for a murder in Mississippi and decides to prove his innocence by solving the case himself.

The 1960s were a turbulent time for the world, and turmoil of change had brought racism to the forefront of American conscience. on its surface, In the dead of night is a great murder mystery, but beneath the surface lurks a brilliant commentary about the state of the Deep South in the 1960s. Revenge maybe not as deep as the previous film, but it still tackles the problems of crime in rural towns.

From the Past (1947)

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Ranked highly among the best noir films of all time, From the past told a shockingly intricate story for a 1940s movie. Former criminal Jeff Bailly is happy with his life as an everyday small-town gas station attendant, and his idyllic life is cut short when a person from his past tries to pull him back to a life of crime.

Revenge and From the past are two very different types of movies, but they approach a similar story concept from different angles. The hero of Revenge tries to bring his past to life to solve a crime, while the hero of From the past tries to bury his past and forget the crime altogether. The interweaving of both films is a sinister and corrupting influence from the outside world.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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Frances McDormand is no stranger to dramatic comedies, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri allowed her to flex that muscle again. After months have gone by without an arrest in her daughter’s murder, a woman puts up a series of billboards exposing her town’s incompetent law enforcement officers.

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Police inaction is the name of the game when it comes to Three Billboards and it shares quite a few themes with Revenge also. Both movies are funny in a dark way, and both point the finger at institutions that fail to protect and serve the communities they are sworn to serve. Although they go about it in different ways, the heroes of the two films have very similar motives.

Fargo (1996)

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Frances McDormand as Marge in Fargo

Undoubtedly one of the best films of the Coen brothers, fargo is a comedic thriller that is in a league of its own. When a gangland-like attack takes place in her small town, a police officer does everything in his power to arrest the perpetrators.

Unabashedly hilarious and pitch black in its humor, the film is a thrilling ride from start to finish. Like Revenge, it has an unlikely protagonist, and both films attempt to subvert the usual clichés of their genres. They are both about someone who stands up to be the hero when no one else does.

Paris, Texas (1984)

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Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas is unique in that it captures the beauty of the location, while also capturing the gloom. After wandering the desert without a memory, a man is helped to recapture who he was in the days before he disappeared.

A mystery in the non-traditional sense, Paris, Texas is nonetheless as powerful as any whodunit. It shares its environment with Revenge, and both do an excellent job of capturing the contradictory existence of the landscape. Although I have no sense of humor Paris, Texas and Revenge represent opposing approaches to a similar idea.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Tommy Lee Jones in No Country For Old Men

Although the Coens are known for their black humor, No country for old men is a completely unshakable drama. After witnessing a botched drug deal, an unlucky man steals a briefcase full of cash from the crime scene and is chased by a ruthless hit man.

In the world of no Country for old men, death is inevitable and inevitable, like the slow creep of time. His gloom is matched by his southwestern landscapes, which he shares with Revenge. Although humorless, no country shares a similar dark inevitability with Revenge too, and the latter is just as dark behind its comedic facade.

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