Your top ten movie villains

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  1. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Come on, you know you love those bad boys. Here are mine, probably in no special order

    1. Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter
    2. Al Pacino as Tony Montana Scarface
    3. Christopher Walken as Gabriel the Angel in “Prophecy”
    4. Fredrick Wise as Dr. No.
    5. Robert Mitchum as The Preacher in “the Night of the Hunter”
    6. Lawrence Olivier as Christen Zell in Marathon Man
    7. Ian Holm as Ash in “Alien”
    8. Ben Kingsley as Don Logan in “Sexy Beastl
    9. Jon Voight as Paul Sorone in “Anaconda”
    10. Alan Ford as Bricktop in “Snatch”
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  2. daca

    daca Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    1. Darth Vader - Star Wars (1977)
    2. Dr. Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    3. The Joker - The Dark Knight (2008)
    4. Terminator - The Terminator (1984)
    5. Michael Myers - Halloween (1978)
    6. Auric Goldfinger - Goldfinger (1964)
    7. Jack Torrance - The Shining (1980)
    8. Patrick Bateman - American Psycho (2000)
    9. Tyler Durden - Fight Club (1999)
    10. Goodfellas - All of Them (1990)

    Honorable Mentions:
    Gordon Gekko - Wall Street (1987)
    General Zod - Superman (1978), Superman II (1981)
    Darth Maul - Some movie in (1999)
    Lex Luthor - Superman (1978)
    Ra’s al Ghul - Batman Begins (2005)
    Tony Montana - Scarface (1983)
    Fredrick “Freddy” Kruger - A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
    T-1000 - Terminator 2 (1991)
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  3. Digital Morphine

    Digital Morphine Forum Resident

    Some bad girls in there too :)

    1. Max Von Sydow as Ming The Merciless in - 'Flash Gordon'
    2. Tim Curry as Pennywise in - 'It'
    3. Gary Oldman as Norman Stansfield in 'Leon the Professional'
    4. Billy Whitelaw as Mrs. Baylock in 'The Omen'
    5. Kathy Bates as Ann Wilkes in 'Misery'
    6. Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVitto in 'Goodfellas'
    7. Christopher Lee as 'Dracula'
    8. Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in 'American Psycho'
    9. Julian Beck as The Preacher in 'Poltergeist II'
    10. Angela Lansbury as Eleanor Iselin in 'The Manchurian Candidate'
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  4. major_works

    major_works This is my Custom Title

    Ramsey, NJ, USA
    A few more come to mind as favorites of mine...

    1. Javier Bardem as Anton Chiguhr in "No Country for Old Men"
    2. Robert deNiro as Max Cady in "Cape Fear"
    3. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in "Monster"
    4. Boris Karloff as The Monster in "Frankenstein" (gave me nightmares as a kid)
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  5. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

    Bellevue, WA
    1. Darth Vader - Star Wars
    2. The Wicked Witch of the West - The Wizard of Oz
    3. Number 3 (Rosa Klebb) - From Russia With Love
    4. Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty
    5. Jane Hudson - Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
    6. The Preacher - The Night of the Hunter
    7. Captain Hook - Peter Pan
    8. Mrs. Danvers - Rebecca
    9. Norman Bates - Psycho
    10. Arnold Toht - Raiders of the Lost Ark
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  6. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    1. Darth Vadar
    2. Hannibal Lector
    3. Kahn (as in "The Wrath Of")
    4. Hans Gruber
    5. Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West
    6. Lee Van Cleef in The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
    7. Jack Palance in Shane
    8. Nurse Ratched
    9. Rutger Hauer in The Hitcher
    10. Clubber Lang
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  7. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident Thread Starter


    Amazing list! Angela! I forgot the women! Nurse Ratchet!
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  8. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident Thread Starter

    How the hell did I forget Darth Vader. It must be the Star Wars overload around here.
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  9. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

    Oregon Coast
    Just a few not mentioned

    Cliff Robertson- three days of the condor
    Harvey Kietel-The Duellists
    Tom Noonan-Manhunter

    And the sympathetic Werewolf, Paul Naschy.
  10. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    I would argue he's not a villain, though - your childhood nightmares not withstanding! :D
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  11. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Seconding Goldfinger and Hans Gruber!
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  12. ampmods

    ampmods Forum Resident

    Boston, MA, USA
    Two that spring to mind...
    The Child Catcher - from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Dwight Yoakam in Sling Blade
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  13. The Hermit

    The Hermit Wavin' that magick glowstick since 1976

    Kurtwood Smith tearing up the joint as the deliciously vile (and endlessly quotable) Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop...

  14. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    I'll always think of Smith as the mobster in "Quick Change"! :D
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  15. Steve Baker

    Steve Baker Forum Resident

    Columbia, Maryland
    Tim Roth as Archibald Cunningham in "Rob Roy"
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  16. mr. steak

    mr. steak Forum Resident

    tempe az
    Jason Sudeikis in Colossal.
  17. PCM7027

    PCM7027 Forum Resident

    Alphabetical order by actor...

    Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho
    Gary Busey as Mr. Joshua in Lethal Weapon
    Edward Fox as The Jackal in The Day of the Jackal
    Gene Hackman as Little Bill Daggett in Unforgiven
    John Malkovich as Mitch Leary in In the Line of Fire
    Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber in Die Hard
    Robert Shaw as Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting
    J. K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher in Whiplash
    Terence Stamp as General Zod in Superman II
    Robert Vaughn as Walter Chalmers in Bullitt (okay, he's not really a villain, but he's at odds with Bullitt, so I'm including him here)
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  18. Nice Marmot

    Nice Marmot I've seen better ways, man. I know better ways.

    Tryon NC
    Philip Moon & Mark Pellegrino - Jackie Treehorn's thugs - The Big Lebowski
    Ralph Fiennes - Harry - In Bruges
    William Hurt - Richie Cusack- A History of Violence
    Harvey Korman - Hedley Lamarr - Blazing Saddles
    Gene Hackman - Little Bill Daggett - Unforgiven
    Delphine Seyrig - Countess Bathory - Daughters of Darkness
    Dwight Yoakam - Doyle Hargraves - Sling Blade
    William Forsythe - Sheriff Wydell - The Devil's Rejects
    Meryl Streep - Miranda Priestly - The Devil Wears Prada
    Linnea Quigley - Trash - The Return of the Living Dead (sexiest zombie ever)
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  19. Luvtemps

    Luvtemps Forum Resident

    Good post,now let me see...Jessica Walter[Play Misty For Me]...Eli Wallach[The Good The Bad The Ugly]...Gene Hackman[Quick And The Dead]...Don Johnson[Django]...Tom Cruise[Interview With A Vampire]...John Malkovich[Con Air]...Jeff Bridges[Iron Man]...Samuel L. Jackson[Kingsmen]...Nicholas Cage[Face Off]...Jack Nicholson[Batman].

    REMASTERANTER Ahhhhhh...

  21. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan

    Okay, I'll join in (the order is as they come to mind):
    • Dick Jones (Ronnie Cox): Robocop
    • Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman): Die Hard
    • Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid): Star Wars (all movies he appears in)
    • The Joker (Mark Hamill): Batman - Mask Of The Phantasm (originally it was going to be direct to video but it was so good that it was released as a theatrical movie)
    • Yzma (Eartha Kitt): The Emperor's New Groove
    • Biff Tannen (Thomas Wilson): Back To The Future Series
    • Lord Kelvin (Jim Broadbent): Around The World In 80 Days (Jackie Chan movie)
    • The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger): The Terminator
    • Ed Dillinger/Sark (David Warner): TRON
    • Syndrome (Jason Lee): The Incredibles
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  22. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 "Could I do one more immediately?"

    Dublin, Ireland
    Top Ten;

    Laurence Olivier as Dr. Christian Szell in Marathon Man.
    Bruce Dern as Michael Lander in Black Sunday.
    Andy Robinson as Scorpio in Dirty Harry.
    Derren Nesbitt as Major Von Hapen in Where Eagles Dare.
    Bob Gunton as Samuel Norton in The Shawshank Redemption.
    Pete Postlethwaite as Mr. Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects.
    Barry Foster as Bob Rusk in Frenzy.
    John Carroll Lynch as Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac.*
    Don Ameche & Ralph Bellamy as Mortimer Duke & Randolph Duke in Trading Places.**
    Anthony James as Ralph in In The Heat Of The Night.

    * this is open to (ahem) debate, obviously.
    ** I'm including these together, as a unit.
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  23. TheVU

    TheVU Forum Resident

    Bruce - Jaws
    Death Vader
    Alisdair Stewart - The Piano
    Percy - The Green Mile
    Phillip Vandamm - NxNW
    BOB - Fire Walk With Me
    Biff Tannen
    Agent Smith

    The top two are the most sinister. All it takes is a musical theme, and their presence is palpable. I like that concept quite a bit.

    There are far more hanious villains. Even in the movies from above. Their selections were made, because of their ability to boil my blood. There’s a sense of helplessness for the protagonists when these characters appear on screen, and their actions are truly thwarting.

    Many antagonists in films are misguided individuals. The kind of people traveling down the wrong path. The most frightening villain is one who operates out of complete malice. There isn’t a universe where these characters could possibly be good.
  24. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    One not mentioned:

    Charles Dance as Benedict in The Last Action Hero

    "If God was a villain...he'd be me."
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  25. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Forum Resident

    Darth Vader (Star Wars)
    The Joker (Batman 1989)
    Hans Gruber (Die Hard)
    The Shark (Jaws)
    Hannibal Lector (Silence Of The Lambs)
    Nurse Ratchet (One Flew Over The Cuckoo" Nest)
    Michael Myers (Halloween)
    The Emperor (Star Wars)
    Hal 9000 (2001 A Space Odyssey)
    The Terminator (The Terminator)
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