For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
8,232 Ratings

A History of Violence

Directed by David Cronenberg
Germany, United States, 2005
Thriller, Action


When an unassuming family man in a small town becomes a local hero after foiling a robbery, he is forced to come face-to-face with his dark past as a mobster.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
A History of Violence Directed by David Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2006 | 2 nominations including: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Village Voice Film Poll

2005 | 3 wins including: Best Film

2005 | 4 nominations including: Best Performance

National Board of Review

2005 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Critics reviews

Is A History of Violence a popular genre movie, soliciting visceral, unthinking responses to its violence while evoking westerns and noirs? Or is it an art film, reflecting on the meaning, implications, and effects of its violence, and getting us to do the same? David Cronenberg’s genius here is the way he makes it impossible to settle this question.
September 30, 2005
Read full article

Related films