Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

List by john Last updated April 25, 2017

What is a movie "Villain"? Well it could be anything really for example, the Villain in the 1997 movie "Event Horizon" directed by Paul W. S. Anderson is hell itself and in the 2001 movie "Jeepers Creepers" it is "The Creeper". So this list will feature human villains only and even then the competition is very fierce even though vampires are also omitted. The greatest movie villains of all time are rated on their notoriety, brutality and cunningness.


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You Only Live Twice (1967)

Action Thriller Adventure
You Only Live Twice...and Twice is the only way to live!
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Vote count 459 Vote avg 65 Release date 1967-06-12

"Ernst Stavro Blofeld", at first we only see his white cat and commanding voice. A villain that has more of an impact in the shadows than anything else.


Misery (1990)

Horror Thriller
Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now, he's writing to stay alive.
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Vote count 810 Vote avg 76 Release date 1990-11-28

An obsessed fan is an understatement, Annie Wilkes played by Kathy Bates would be one of the most frightening villains to be held captive by.


Basic Instinct (1992)

Thriller Mystery
A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can't resist the danger.
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Vote count 676 Vote avg 65 Release date 1992-03-20

Catherine Tramell (played by Sharon Stone) is one of the most mysterious "Villains" in movie history because it's debatable as to whether she is even a villain at all.


Cape Fear (1991)

Crime Thriller
There is nothing in the dark that isn't there in the light. Except fear.
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Vote count 536 Vote avg 70 Release date 1991-11-15

Max Cady: A super psycho with a weird likability accept he is the last person you would want to know.


Die Hard (1988)

Action Thriller
40 Stories. Twelve Terrorists. One Cop.
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Vote count 3,445 Vote avg 74 Release date 1988-07-15

Hans Gruber played by Alan Rickman is smart, ruthless and will do anything to get what he wants.


From Russia with Love (1963)

Action Thriller Adventure
The world's masters of murder pull out all the stops to destroy Agent 007!
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Vote count 647 Vote avg 69 Release date 1963-10-11

Red Grant, played by British actor Robert Shaw from the film "Jaws". Grant is a Russian steak-head killing machine that you would never want to mess with.


The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Drama Horror Mystery
Evil has its winning ways.
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Vote count 1,080 Vote avg 71 Release date 1997-10-17

Al Pacino plays John Milton who is the human incarnation the devil.


Apocalypse Now (1979)

Drama War
This is the end...
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Vote count 1,610 Vote avg 80 Release date 1979-08-15

Marlon Brando plays Colonel Kurtz who was highly decorated in the military until he goes completely insane and begins a murderous cult deep in the Vietnam jungle.


The Dark Knight (2008)

Drama Action Crime
Why So Serious?
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Vote count 11,060 Vote avg 82 Release date 2008-07-16

Heath Ledger sensationally embodies "The Joker" an insane but very clever criminal mastermind.


A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Science Fiction Drama
Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.
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Vote count 2,524 Vote avg 79 Release date 1971-12-18
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Malcolm McDowell plays Alex DeLarge a narcissist thug rapist who has a great taste for music...


Marathon Man (1976)

One man's dangerous attempts to clear his father's name.
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Vote count 183 Vote avg 72 Release date 1976-10-05

Imagine having a crazy SS war criminal as your dentist, Marathon Man presents: Laurence Olivier


Psycho (1960)

Drama Horror Thriller
The master of suspense moves his cameras into the icy blackness of the unexplored!
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Vote count 1,759 Vote avg 81 Release date 1960-08-14

Norman Bates, played by Anthony Perkins is one of the first true psychopaths presented eloquently by Alfred Hitchcock.


American Psycho (2000)

Thriller Drama Crime
I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.
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Vote count 1,602 Vote avg 72 Release date 2000-04-13

Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a professional gentleman by day and ego driven killer by night.


No Country for Old Men (2007)

Crime Drama Thriller
There are no clean getaways.
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Vote count 2,341 Vote avg 77 Release date 2007-11-08

Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is a deeply scary character because of his utter coldness, clinicalness and killing most people who talk to him.


Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Drama Action Thriller
Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France...
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Vote count 5,127 Vote avg 78 Release date 2009-08-18

SS Colonel Hans Landa enjoys killing people, a very evil character played by Christoph Waltz.


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Crime Drama Thriller
To enter the mind of a killer she must challenge the mind of a madman.
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Vote count 3,548 Vote avg 80 Release date 1991-02-01

Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins is the one villain that you can never quite work out because of his psychological intelligence and the fact that he has an appetite for human flesh.



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