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12 Best Movies Like Do Revenge You Should Watch Next

Thanks to a "leaked" sex tape and a false rumor about sexual coercion, Drea (Camila Mendes) and Eleanor's (Maya Hawkes) high school experience is more brutal than for most. At the start of their senior year, the two team up to "Do Revenge" on the peers that did them wrong, trading "victims" to ensure they get away scot-free.

Drea targets her ex-boyfriend Max (Austin Abrams). He begs her for an explicit clip, a keepsake to help him remember her while they spent the summer apart. But the next day, everyone at their exclusive private school Rosehill Country Day has seen it. As a scholarship student who nonetheless climbed to the top of the school's wealthy social mountain, Drea sees her future fall apart in the aftermath. When school returns in the fall, she's an outcast, and Max has started a new relationship with Drea's former best friend, Tara (Alisha Boe). Eleanor, a new arrival to Rosehill, attends school with Carissa (Ava Capri), a former crush who told everyone at their summer camp that Eleanor tried to forcibly kiss her. As a result, Eleanor became labeled a creep and never fully recovered.

Eleanor and Drea's alliance drives Netflix's "Do Revenge." However, the secrets they hide from each other may destroy their whole enterprise. After watching the highly addictive movie, check out these 12 other movies to keep the mysterious-thriller vibes going.

Strangers on a Train

Bruno Antony's (Robert Walker) proposal was simple. He'd kill Guy Haines' (Farley Granger) wife, Miriam (Kasey Rogers), freeing the tennis player to marry his love, Anne Morton (Ruth Roman). In return, Guy would kill Bruno's father (Jonathan Hale). Neither man fall under suspicion of the murders they committed because they have no connections to the victims. If either ends up a suspect in the murders of the people they share a relationship with, they have airtight alibis and no chance of physical evidence linking them to the crime.

However, Guy cannot do such a thing and thus rejects Bruno's offer. Bruno then decides to go ahead with the plan anyway, killing Miriam and forcing Haines into a difficult situation. Things only get worse when the one person who could give the tennis player an alibi is too drunk to remember their interaction. Also, Bruno reveals he has a piece of evidence that he could use to frame Guy.

The concept of swapping victims to avoid incrimination motivates Eleanor and Drea's alliance in "Do Revenge" as well. Similarly, one member's refusal to go as far as the other demands endangers them both. In the case of "Do Revenge," the one refusing to go further is hardly innocent. Instead, she has a much more complicated plan in motion that makes her far more like Bruno.

Cruel Intentions

There are plenty of good reasons to include "Cruel Intentions" on this list. Chief among them is Sarah Michelle Gellar's turn as the popular, seemingly wholesome (but actually anything but) Kathryn Merteuil in this teen interpretation of "Dangerous Liaisons." Gellar has never seemed to have more fun than strutting about in Kathryn's ridiculously high-end wardrobe and manipulating everyone in her life for sport.

Besides Gellar having a small but critical role in "Do Revenge" as Rosehill's Headmaster, "Cruel Intentions" and "Do Revenge" connect through Kathryn. Austin Abrams' Max reads a lot like a gender-swapped version of her — a selfish, top-of-the-social-food-chain teen who successfully covers up their sins with a silver tongue and charitable acts. They even share a penchant for drugs that prove to be, at least partially, their undoing.

"Cruel Intentions" boasts Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian, Gellar's stepbrother-confidante-rival-erotic suitor. Selma Blair portrays Cecile Caldwell, a naïve classmate manipulated by Kathryn and Sebastian, and Reese Witherspoon as Annette Hargrove, a virtuous student who becomes the subject of a bet between the step-siblings. (That's not getting into choice '90s supporting players like Joshua Jackson and Sean Patrick Thomas!) With an excellent score by John Ottman, "Cruel Intentions" phantasmagorically taps into what it feels like to be a teen stuck between what you want to do and what you know you should do.


At first look, "Deathtrap" might not feel like a fitting choice for this list. After all, the film concerns a battle of wits over creating a new hit play. However, the focus here is on risky alliances and what happens when they fall apart — something "Do Revenge" is concerned with too.

Sidney Bruhl (Michael Caine) is a formerly hot playwright on a cold streak who thinks he's found the perfect solution. He intends to lure one of his students, Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve), to his home where Bruhl and his wife Myra (Dyan Cannon) can murder him. With Anderson out of the way, Bruhl can claim credit for the student's excellent play and get back on top again.

Except that's not the plan at all. Bruhl has wheels within wheels at play to satisfy his hunger for success, lust, and desire to do everything he wants without facing negative consequences. Complicating things further, Anderson may seem sweet, but he's hiding the kind of dark urges that might derail plans to steal his work and more.

Like "Do Revenge," "Deathtrap" features several twists and alliances that break down and reform, adding complexity and danger to the plot. New York playwrights and privileged private school kids have plenty in common after all!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) is a smooth operator. Smart and seductive, he takes rich women's money with sophisticated plots. Freddy Benson (Steve Martin), on the other hand, is a blunt object — over-the-top, boorish, and impulsive. For a time, Jamieson attempts to take Benson under his wing. Of course, it's a partnership doomed to fail. Soon, they face off as rivals, trying to fleece Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly) for $50,000 and the right to keep conning in the area. Unfortunately, the more they try to outdo one another, the less they're paying attention to another con artist in their midst.

While Martin would later play a more serious and dangerous con artist in "The Spanish Prisoner," he does a great job authoring this significantly more playful interpretation of the archetype. He and Caine play well off each other. "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" manages to be smart, funny, and a well-laid-out "one big job" con film.

Benson and Jamieson's ever-evolving alliance and how easily they move from colleagues to each other's worst nightmares fits well with similar themes in "Do Revenge." Drea and Eleanor do great work together but seem destined to destroy each other. Additionally, the girls' successes and rivalry make them overconfident and fixated on each other, unable to anticipate one of their marks being just as crafty.


In "Duplicity," Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) and Ray Koval (Clive Owen) struggle to take a shot at love after their careers of deception have seen them trick one another in their roles as CIA and MI6 agents, respectively. Now out of government service, the couple hatches a plot to pit two corporate rivals against each other so they can reap the rewards, playing the part of agents of corporate espionage.

As Ray and Claire's scheme grows more complex, it becomes increasingly difficult to tell who's on what side. Roberts and Owen make a meal of those complications, spitting the near screwball comedy-level dialogue of "Duplicity" at each other with a playful erotic thrill. Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson's turns as the corporate masters swept up in the lovers' power play are delicious as well. The film feels over-the-top but is a blast to watch without growing tiresome.

Much like Eleanor and Drea, Claire and Ray struggle to keep their commitment to each other. After lying to everyone else, honesty with their closest ally becomes complicated. Ironically, it is the high school girls who prove to be concealing a far deeper agenda from each other than the spies turned corporate double agents. Nonetheless, fans of the byzantine structure of "Do Revenge" will enjoy similar revealing delights in "Duplicity."


How to blow up (no pun intended) teen social dynamics to epic proportions begins with "Heathers." The titular group of girls — actually three Heathers and a Veronica (Winona Ryder) — are the ruling popular kids at Westerburg High School. Every other student at the school regards them with a mixture of fear, love, and jealousy. It's that classic "want to be them/with them and also destroy them" dynamic.

Things change with the arrival of J.D. (Christian Slater), who intrigues Veronica. Their undeniable chemistry and J.D.'s refusal to respect the other popular kids of their suburban Ohio high school persuades Veronica to tumble into a relationship with J.D. She is equally quick to sign on with his plans to dethrone the other Heathers and their male counterparts. When their pranks turn deadly, Veronica realizes what she read as iconoclastic traits in her new boyfriend is outright sociopathy.

"Do Revenge" never goes as far as "Heathers" — of course, what does? — but these films share a similarly jaded perspective on teen popularity. The films delve into how brutal it can be for the students on the fringes of society and vice versa. Eleanor and J.D. seem to share a comparable commitment to realizing their goals — although Eleanor is a far more meticulous planner with slightly less deadly aims.

Matchstick Men

Camila Mendes and Nicolas Cage's work wouldn't necessarily seem like a natural comparison to discuss. But when it comes to their respective roles in "Do Revenge" and "Matchstick Men," they share a fairly strong connection.

In "Matchstick Men," Cage plays Roy Waller, a con artist who lives with a range of mental health concerns, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette's. While not a high roller by any stretch, he and his partner Frank Mercer (Sam Rockwell) have built a solid existence off their medium-level con jobs.

However, Roy's world gets rocked by the arrival of Angela (Alison Lohman), a teen claiming to be his daughter. Despite being unfit for fatherhood and not exactly welcoming to Angela, Roy begins to feel a commitment and love for his supposedly long-lost child. Soon, he's teaching her the family business but also feeling increasingly motivated to leave it and be a better person for her.

Developing this new connection becomes a turning point for Waller's character. His commitments to the con life and his daughter are incompatible. Of course, his attempts to maintain both leads to inevitable failure and an inability to recognize he's being betrayed by someone he loves. If not for that betrayal, though, Roy likely never would've found his way to the life he deserves. Mendes' Drea experiences a similar "death" and rebirth thanks to her friendship with Eleanor.

Mean Girls

If "Heathers" is a more deadly version of "Do Revenge," "Mean Girls" is a lighter take. "Mean Girls" is what "Do Revenge" could have been if someone had stopped the teens before things got out of control.

Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is a former home-schooled globetrotting kid tossed into the deep end of adolescence. She attends a public high school in Evanston, Illinois, where she struggles to fit in with her peers. She soon forms a friendship with Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese). It isn't long, though, before Janis decides that Cady can be a vehicle of vengeance.

Janis became a social pariah much the way Hawke's Eleanor did in "Do Revenge." Embarrassed by a rumor about her sexuality, Janis becomes an outcast. The rumor spreader is the school's Queen Bee, Regina George (Rachel McAdams), head of "The Plastics," a trio of the school's most popular girls. If Cady can ingratiate herself into the group, Janis reasons, they can use her to bring Regina down.

"Do Revenge" echoes "Mean Girls" as Cady and Eleanor become seduced by their new social standing, accusing their means of entry — Janis and Drea — of jealousy. In particular, a climactic party scene in both films feels as though "Do Revenge" is pulling a direct homage. However, "Mean Girls" has a sweeter core — arguing for inclusion and kindness. "Do Revenge" is far happier to revel in its amorality.


A classic modern noir elevated by its inventive "backward" storytelling, "Memento" remains a darkly funny and compelling film. Anchored by Guy Pearce in a breakthrough performance, the movie tells the story of Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce). Suffering from retrograde amnesia, he seeks to enact revenge on behalf of his slain wife, tattooing his body with clues to ensure he never forgets any critical details.

As the tale unfolds for audiences, it becomes rapidly apparent that everyone in Leonard's world is taking advantage of him — from his contact with the police Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) to the apparently grief-stricken Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss). His inability to form new memories and his hunger for vengeance makes him an easy tool for others to realize their violent plans.

"Memento" and "Do Revenge" explore how revenge rarely gives one the catharsis they seek. However, the more surprising and exciting connection concerns memory. Both films hinge on the premise that a faulty memory — in the case of "Memento" — or forgetting a key event — as in "Do Revenge" — can leave people dangerously vulnerable. As a result, Drea and Leonard find themselves unwittingly marching to their destruction because their memories fail them when they're most needed.

A Simple Favor

"A Simple Favor" is a film based on the idea that "there's more here than meets the eye." All three leads hide their true selves behind an array of clothes, performative mothering, couplehood, and layers of lies.

Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) and Sean Townsend (Henry Golding) are seemingly the perfect married couple. Both are effortlessly sexy and highly successful. Widower Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) becomes an unlikely part of their lives — thanks to the friendship between their sons. Soon, Emily and Stephanie share afternoon martinis, dirty secrets, and the occasional kiss. When Emily disappears, Stephanie tries to help Sean find his wife and raise his son. Unfortunately, a body seemingly confirms Emily's death. Stephanie and Sean start sleeping together. However, Sean's son then claims he's talked to his mother.

What's true? What's fake? Who's using who? "A Simple Favor" strings along the audience for the perfect amount of time, providing answers wild and satisfying before its delightfully chaotic climax. A considerable part of what makes 'A Simple Favor" so fun is how the obvious shark, Emily, meets her match in the mousy Stephanie. Like Eleanor, Stephanie turns out to be smarter and darker than anyone on the PTA imagines. While Emily and Stephanie's friendship/rivalry doesn't map precisely onto Drea and Eleanor's, they depict how a "passive" friend might be a far more dangerous one.


Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) is an intelligent, well-liked high schooler who secretly boils with rage toward her stepfather Mark (Paul Sparks). A former friend, Amanda (Olivia Cooke), re-enters her life when Amanda's mom pays Lily to rekindle their friendship. Amanda reacts atypically to social interactions and life events, which drives others away. Additionally, Amanda recently euthanized her horse with a knife, so she's also facing animal cruelty charges.

When Amanda gets Lily to admit her murderous feelings toward Mark, the duo decides to recruit Tim (Anton Yelchin) to kill him. The two believe that Tim's lack of connection to Mark will keep him from becoming a suspect. Lily and Amanda's alibis will keep them above suspicion. Unfortunately, Tim refuses and leaves Lily's house with Mark alive. Having gotten so close, Lily can't stop now. Mark has to die. The only question is who's going to do it?

"Thoroughbreds" is not a movie for everyone. But its ice-cold visual palette and bruise-black sense of humor will delight some. Its contemplation of how friendships can often encourage our worst impulses, not our best ones, is chillingly cynical. Although it arrives at a different conclusion than "Do Revenge," it ventures into similar emotional terrain around complicated women's friendships.

Throw Momma From the Train

"Throw Momma From the Train" explicitly references Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" and complicates the concept. Directed by Danny DeVito, the film follows a man named Larry (Billy Crystal), a miserable creative writing teacher. His ex-wife Margaret (Kate Mulgrew) stole his novel from under him, and it became a tremendous success. Owen (DeVito), a student in Larry's class, is similarly miserable as he lives with a cruel mother (Anne Ramsey). After watching "Strangers on a Train" to inform his writing, Owen decides to use the film as a guide. He pushes Margaret off a boat to her apparent death and then tells Larry about it, insisting the professor now owes him the murder of his mother.

As with "Strangers on a Train," things go from bad to worse — thanks to Larry having no alibi for the night of his ex's disappearance. However, unlike its predecessor, "Throw Momma From the Train" brings its protagonists together. While it is a bumpy road, the film ends similarly to "Do Revenge," detailing how revenge plots can foster strange — if not healthy — friendships.