Your top ten movie villains

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ghostworld, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. jojopuppyfish

    jojopuppyfish Forum Resident

    After watching Cobra Kai, and then rewatching Karate kid, I think Johnny (William Zabka) belongs in the discussion. He's really frightening as a bully
  2. detroit muscle

    detroit muscle Forum Resident

    OK - I'll go old school. (in no particular order)
    Conrad Veidt (Major Strasser) Casablanca
    James Cagney (Cody Jarrett) White Heat
    Jack Palance (Wilson) Shane
    Robert Ryan (Reno Smith) Bad Day At Black Rock
    Lionel Barrymore (Mr. Potter) It's A Wonderful Life
    Orson Welles (Harry Lime) The Third Man
    Judith Anderson (Mrs. Danvers) Rebecca
    James Mason (Phillip Vandamm) North By Northwest
    Charles Boyer (Gregory Anton) Gaslight
    Claude Rains (Senator Joe Paine) Mr Smith Goes To Washington
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  3. Khaki F

    Khaki F Forum Resident

    Kenosha, WI. USA
    I'll start with Robert Duvall as Frank Hackett in Network.

    More later...
  4. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 "Could I do one more immediately?"

    Dublin, Ireland
    I'm not very familiar with some on your list but brilliant choices these. Absolute gold. Gaslight is a fantastic movie.
    There's no school like the old school!
  5. daca

    daca Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Doh! One of my favorites. I pity the fool that leaves him out.

    Meant to include him. He counted to 3, but there was no 4.

    Great pick. Thomas Wilson did a fantastic job in these movies. And is impressive as various ‘villians’ in Spongebob Squarepants as well.

    Another great pick. Hamill was excellent throughout BTAS.

    As I already had the Joker, I (erroneously) left this one out.

    This is the Kylo Ren of the Dirty Harry movies. (Meant in a very derogatory way.)

    I should have included Hal Holbrook and his goon squad in Magnum Force.
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  6. daca

    daca Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    After watching Cobra Kai, I have a completely different view of Johnny Lawrence versus my view from my younger days.

    The first episode makes him a character that is relatable and garners sympathy (as it was supposed to.)

    For the Karate Kid (and potentially Cobra Kai) the real villain was, is, and always will be Martin Kove as “Kresse.”

    Looking forward to season 2.
  7. Standoffish

    Standoffish Don't you dare call me an ostrich!

    Lots of good picks. I'll add some new ones:

    - Tong Po (Kickboxer)
    - Keyser Soze (The Usual Suspects)
    - T-1000 (Terminator 2)
    - Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction)
    - Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm St)
    - Bill the Butcher (Gangs of New York)
    - Khan Singh (Star Trek II)
    - Max Cady (Cape Fear)
    - Fender Tremolo (Cyborg)
    - Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction)
  8. Jazzmonkie

    Jazzmonkie Can't stop buying music.

    Tempe, AZ
    I'm surprised that Dennis Hopper as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet hasn't popped up yet. He really makes my skin crawl.
  9. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Forum Resident

    I would actually put him at number two on my list, I just forgot him somehow but it was too late to edit.
  10. Fregly

    Fregly Well-Known Member

    Ratchet I find especially unsettling. One of my high school teachers had her qualities. Yikes. A kind of effortless uninvolved way to diminish.
  11. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    He's a villain? :confused:

    I mean, he's obviously a guy in a nasty line of work, but villain implies he's the antagonist in the story.

    "PF" is a movie packed with bad characters and few - if any - good ones. If Jules is a villain, so's everyone else!
  12. 1. Martin Landau as Leonard in North by Northwest
    2. Anthony Perkins as Norman in Psycho
    3. Arnie as The Terminator in The Terminator
    4. David Prowse/James Earl Jones as Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back
    5. Anthony Hopkins as Lecter in Silence of The Lambs
    7. Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight
    8. Robin Williams in Insomnia
    9. Carrie-Anne Moss in Memento
    10. Wes Studi in The Last of the Mochians

    Honorable mention:
    Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    The Thing in The Thing (meaning various characters).
    Linda Blair in The Exorcist
    Chris Lee as Dracula in Horror of Dracula
  13. Standoffish

    Standoffish Don't you dare call me an ostrich!

    Fair point. There's no hero in the movie, so there's no antagonist. I love the performance, though!

    I'll swap out that pick for another Sam Jackson performance: Elijah Price in
  14. major_works

    major_works This is my Custom Title

    Ramsey, NJ, USA
    I get that. But it's a chilling scene when he's at the lakeside with the little girl throwing flowers onto the water. You don't even actually see him throw her in but you know he does.
  15. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Gotta remember Manfred Schultz (Kid) in McCabe and Mrs. Miller
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  16. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Great pick! The original Dirty Harry would not have been nearly as good with anyone else as the villain.
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  17. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

    Bellevue, WA
    Perhaps you made the connection Darth Vader = David Prowse/Sebastian Shaw/Hayden Christensen, rather than Darth Vader = James Earl Jones? I tend to favor the latter, and kind of feel he reprised that "I am your father" bit in Conan the Barbarian as another great movie villain, Thulsa Doom:


    Fun thread, btw! :wave:
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  18. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    She deserved it! :D
  19. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    tom berenger in platoon
  20. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Sorry I can't stick to one avatar. I get bored.

    Taking this in a different direction...One of my absolute favorite tropes is that of the incompetent villain, often seen in comedies (especially parodic comedies). It never fails to make me laugh. Some examples:

    - Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers franchise
    - Dark Helmet/Colonel Sanders/President Skroob from Spaceballs
    - Ken Pyle from A Fish Called Wanda

    You also see this in television shows (i.e. The Monarch from The Venture Bros., Killface and his crew on Frisky Dingo). Does anyone have any other examples of hilariously inept villains?
  21. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Today only:
    Frank Booth (Blue Velvet)
    Frank (Once Upon a Time in the West)
    Stansfield (Leon the Professional)
    Raymond Lemorne (The Vanishing - Original version)
    Harry Powell (Night of the Hunter)
    Dr. No (Dr. No)
    Thanos (Avengers Infinity Wars)
    Darth Vader
    Brewmeister Smith (Strange Brew) "I could crush your head like a nut!"
  22. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

    Oregon Coast
    Wile E. Coyote
  23. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

    Fort worth tx
    10. Joubert- Three Days Of The Condor
    9. Robert Rusk- Frenzy
    8. Harry Lime- The Third Man
    7. Anton Chighur- No Country For Old Men
    6. Grimsrud- Fargo
    5. Terry Valentine- The Limey
    4. Roy Batty- Bladerunner
    3. Noah Cross- Chinatown
    2. Nurse Ratched- One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    1. President Nixon- All The President's Men
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  24. Tanx

    Tanx Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    The typically saintly Martin Sheen in "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane."
  25. Chazro

    Chazro Forum Resident

    West Palm Bch, Fl.
    Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds.

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher in Gangs Of New York
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