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Avenge Me, Papa!: A Ranking of Mel Gibson and the Most Vengeful Dads on Film

After an eight-year sabbatical from action films to study Advanced Stigmata and Intro to Sugar Tits, Mel Gibson is back onscreen in Edge of Darkness doing what he’s been doing since 1979’s Mad Max: getting revenge. And in his new film, his activist daughter is killed, so he's playing our favorite subset of this well-worn theme — the vengeful dad! Sob, worry, grieve, kill, kill, kill! So to celebrate Mel’s homecoming to the world of mom-and-pop street justice, we’ve picked eight of the maddest dad films around, noted their achievements in key eye-for-an-eye categories (displays of anguish, inflicted injuries), and ranked them in the only logical way: body count.

Photo: Touchstone Pictures