Ahh, revenge! Such a lovely, satisfying emotion...well, at least in film. And, there's nothing I like better than watching a female character take her own sweet revenge on whatever it is that needs to be avenged! So here is my top ten list, starting with least satisfying revenge to the most satisfying revenge. ENJOY:
Gidget (Sandra Dee) in Gidget
Okay, so technically not a huge REVENGE scene. And, it may only be "girl fake surfing against a screen". But, it is Gidget's revenge against those who told her she couldn't surf/she was just a little "girl midget". Moondoggie is going DOWN!
(Skip to about 4:50 to see the revenge.)
Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) in His Girl Friday
Actually this whole movie is like a revenge film! Every little witty insult they throw at each other is amazing. But, this early scene is one of my favorites...Hildy stands up to Walter...like no one has done before.
Elizabeth Bennett (Greer Garson) in Pride & Prejudice
Like His Girl Friday, P&P is revenge throughout. And poor little Mr. Darcy is no match for Elizabeth (played by the super-amazing Greer). One of my favorite lines in the whole movie is when Lizzie gets back at Darcy by refusing his invitation to dance. (It's near the end of the clip.)
Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) in Sabrina
This isn't revenge on Sabrina's part, necessarily. But, all those that ignored her and pushed her aside are certainly revenged by the fact that Sabrina's the most gorgeous/sophisticated lady around. This scene when she first comes home is the greatest.
Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) in High Society
Hahaha, Grace Kelly is so amazing. I tried to get the complete clip of her showing the reporters "exactly what she's like", but couldn't find it. Here's a partial part of it though. Hahahaha....love it!
Lucy Warriner (Irene Dunne) in The Awful Truth
Lucy revenges her husband for revenging her because she was revenging him because he was revenging her....Lucy singing and dancing and drinking and generally making a nuisance of herself....heaven.
Anne Smith (Carole Lombard) in Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Carole seeks revenge from David throughout the whole film. But, these are two of my favorite scenes.
Jan Morrow (Doris Day) in Pillow Talk
A piece of advice: don't mess with an interior decorator and then ask her to decorate your apartment...it doesn't turn out pretty.
Cathrine Sloper (Olivia De Havilland) in The Heiress
MAJOR, MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT
One of the most satisfying endings to a film ever. My mom loves this movie but hates the ending (she wants Cathrine to find love). I say, that this ending rocks! The second best thing to finding love...finding revenge! Oh, I love the part where she is walking up the stairs SO much, that I always start laughing maniacally every time I see it!
Paula Alquist (Ingrid Bergman) in Gaslight
CRAZY, MAJOR, DON'T PROCEED IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT SPOILER ALERT
My favorite revenge scene ever. Paula gets revenge AND love. How perfect! The whole thing with the knife is so gratifying!
(Watch the end of the first video and then continue on to the second video!)
Well, I hope you enjoyed my little list of lovely revenges...
Enjoy your day (and don't forget to avenge absolutely anything that needs to be avenged...;-D)!