10 Best Betrayal Movies

Saturday, January 29 by Shawn Lealos

The best betrayal movies take many forms, whether it be betrayal from a friend, lover or partner. When a mystery ends with the twist that a loved one betrayed the main character, it elevates the movie into something dramatic. When the movie starts with a betrayal, it sets up a great revenge flick.

  1. “Goodfellas” In one of the best betrayal movies, Henry Hill, a member of the Mafia, turns over evidence against his friends to remain out of jail. Ray Liotta stars as Henry Hill, the man who went into witness protection after betraying his partners.
  2. “Payback” In of the best betrayal movies ever made, Mel Gibson stars as a man whose wife and best friend shoot him and leave him for dead. Brian Helgeland directs this movie about a man who survives the ordeal and sets out for a bloody revenge.
  3. “The Departed” Martin Scorsese remakes “Infernal Affairs” in one of the best betrayal movies. The movie actually features two betrayals as Matt Damon is a criminal undercover in the police force and Leonardo DiCaprio is a cop undercover in the criminal underworld.
  4. “Reservoir Dogs” Quentin Tarantino's debut is one of the best betrayal movies. The movie is a heist flick where one of the members of the group turns out to be an undercover cop, betraying the rest of the group. The betrayal turns into a bloodbath by the end.
  5. “Watchmen” Based on the most critically acclaimed graphic novel of all time, this movie is one of the best betrayal movies ever made. In a world where superheroes are outlawed, someone begins to kill retired superheroes one-by-one. One of the heroes who neve hung it up begins investigating and realizes the killer might be one of their own.
  6. “The Count of Monte Cristo” One of the best betrayal movies is also one of the most unseen. James Caviezel stars as a man who is betrayed by his best friend and was imprisoned for a crime he never committed. Once he breaks out, he finds hidden treasure and uses the fortune to create a new identity as the Count of Monte Cristo and sets out for revenge against his old friend.
  7. “The Social Network” David Fincher directs this story of the man who founded Facebook. In one of the best betrayal movies, Mark Zuckerberg created the platform for Facebook with the money of a close friend, while also delaying another pair of individuals efforts, betraying everyone who trusted him along the way.
  8. “The Lion King” In one of Disney’s greatest movies, Mufasa is betrayed and murdered by his own brother, Scar. In one of the best betrayal movies, Scar than makes young Simba believe he is responsible for the death of his father and takes over the kingdom when Simba runs away from home.
  9. “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" One of the most beautifully shot movies is also one of the best betrayal movies. Brad Pitt stars as Jesse James as the movie follows the rise and fall of the James gang. Casey Affleck stars as Robert Ford, the man who betrayed his idol by shooting him in the back.
  10. “Scream” Wes Craven paid homage to the slasher movies of the ‘80s in this movie, one of the best betrayal movies of all time. A mysterious killer known as Ghost Face is killing teenagers and one girl, Sidney, believes it may be the same person who killed her mother years earlier. The killer turns out to be someone very close to Sidney.