When Evil and Icon Become One: The Best Movie Villains of All Time

Have you ever wondered why we love, and can even be obsessed with, seeing the bad guys in movies? The truth is that human behavior exists on a spectrum and it is the fact that we all exist on that continuum that we can relate to the darker side of humanity, even if just a bit. There is also the tendency that human beings have to find problems and aim to dissect and solve them. When we see the villain act in his or her vile way, we want to know why and we hope the protagonist wins in the end.

This all brings us to our list of the best movie villains of all time. From superhero flicks to psychological thrillers, these are the best depictions of evil the cinema has ever seen.

Oh, and a team of psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath. Care to know which of these villains is considered to be the most realistic? You’ll just have to read on to find out…

40. Antonio Salieri from ‘Amadeus’

Amadeus is about the famous rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, who was played by F. Murray Abraham. Salieri truly resented Mozart for his hedonistic lifestyle as well as his talent, consumed by jealousy and becoming obsessed with Mozart’s downfall. Like any villain, Salieri concocted a devious scheme which would ultimately lead to unfortunate consequences for both composers.

40. Antonio Salieri from ‘Amadeus’

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Here is a quote from Salieri said in the movie: “I will speak for you, Father. I speak for all mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am their patron saint.”

39. Agent Richard Strickland from ‘The Shape of Water’

The Shape of Water’ was a captivating film in large part due to the performance of Michael Shannon as the FBI agent Richard Strickland, who was a meticulously merciless man. He was determined to destroy the amphibious creature, reaching grotesque lengths to do so.

39. Agent Richard Strickland from ‘The Shape of Water’

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It means if you know somethin’ you’re not tellin’ me, you’re gonna tell me. Either before, or after, I bring this particular temple down upon our heads.

Our next villain is a classic character from a classic 80s action movie…

38. Hans Gruber from ‘Die Hard’

Die Hard’ is just one of those classic “guy movies” that goes down in history as one of the genre’s best. And the movie’s villain, Hans Gruber, is also one of the best. Gruber, played by the late Alan Rickman, is an internationally-known German terrorist. He masterminds everything from the Plaza heist, taking hostages and trying to steal $600 million worth of bank bonds. Gruber was the face of all Euro-accented monomaniacs is movies.

38. Hans Gruber from ‘Die Hard’

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When they touch down, we’ll blow the roof, they’ll spend a month sifting through rubble, and by the time they figure out what went wrong, we’ll be sitting on a beach, earning twenty percent.”

37. Mystique from X-Men

Who said female villains couldn’t be on the list? The X-Men supervillain is a shape-shifting assassin responsible for “offing” many important leaders. She also happens to be a villain that prefers not to wear clothes. The original character was played by Rebecca Rojamin and then eventually Jennifer Lawrence (as her younger version), took the role in recent years. Mystique is not to be underestimated, as she’s one of the most powerful of her tribe of mutants.

37. Mystique from X-Men

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I know what I have to do. It’s us or them.”

Next – the villain from a classic Richard Gere movie. Try to guess who!

36. Aaron Stampler from ‘Primal Fear’

The character Martin Vaill (played by Richard Gere) pursues the case of a young Aaron Stampler – shy, stuttering, and accused of a vicious crime. Aaron claims that he doesn’t remember any details from the crime, despite having run away from the scene of the crime covered in blood. Turns out Stampler holds a second personality named Roy, his alter-ego with less of a conscience. Basically, it’s Roy that’s the villain in this film. Edward Norton plays this dark character masterfully.

36. Aaron Stampler from ‘Primal Fear’

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You wanna play rough, let’s play rough. Come on; let’s play rough!

35. The Wicked Witch of the West from ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The Wicked Witch of the West goes down as the most iconic female villains considering she’s as classic as villains get, all with her green skin, wart, and black pointy hat. Her scariest scene might just be when she sends her evil flying monkeys to attack Dorothy so she can have her ruby red slippers back. Margaret Hamilton took her role seriously, giving her all to portray the evil witch of the West. She brought every child’s worst nightmare to life!

35. The Wicked Witch of the West from ‘The Wizard of Oz’

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I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too.

Another female villain is next on our list of the best…

34. Amy Dunne from ‘Gone Girl’

Rosamund Pike did a fantastic job playing the role of Amy Dunne, a rather atypical villain. Without giving too much away and creating a spoiler alert, we’ll just say that she’s not what you expect when you first see her. What she is, though, is an icy cold character that you would prefer not to be in your personal circle of friends.

34. Amy Dunne from ‘Gone Girl’

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I will practice believing my husband loves me, but I could be wrong.

33. Elle Driver from ‘Kill Bill: Vol.1’

Leave it to Tarantino to create a killer female character that makes you wonder how a woman can possibly do what she does in this film. She can poison her enemies without flinching and does so in the sharpest of nurse outfits. The character of Elle Driver was played by the remarkable Darryl Hannah, who really surprised us all with her believable villainous portrayal.

By the way, if you’re a fan of Quentin Tarantino, check out all the things about the legend here.

33. Elle Driver from ‘Kill Bill: Vol.1’

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I might never have liked you. Point of fact, I despise you. But that doesn’t suggest I don’t respect you. Dying in our sleep is a luxury; our kind is rarely afforded. My gift to you.”

Yet another female vixen played by one of the best actresses of all time…

32. Miranda Priestly from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

Now, here’s a female villain with style (as opposed to the Wicked Witch of the West). Miranda Priestly is the typical evil uber-boss that rules the fashion industry with nothing but fear and fury. Meryl Streep’s awesome performance was unlike her other roles, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t give her 100%. The true professional that she is, she brought her everything to this role of a terrifying and powerful woman.

32. Miranda Priestly from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

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Do you know why I hired you? I always hire the same girl – stylish, slender, of course… worships the magazine. But so often, they turn out to be – I don’t know – disappointing and, um… stupid.”

31. Hans Landa from ‘Inglorious Basterds’

Here’s another Hans on the list, but this Hans takes the villain to another level being from the German regime during WWII. SS Colonel Landa was an expert detective with a truly ruthless demeanor, finding joy in murder. He was verbose, intelligent, charming, and multilingual – a true psychopath.

31. Hans Landa from ‘Inglorious Basterds’

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However, the reason the Führer has brought me off my Alps in Austria and placed me in French cow country today is because it does occur to me. Because I’m aware what tremendous feats human beings are capable of once they abandon dignity.”

Let’s go back to 1981 and see a villainous mother…

30. Joan Crawford from ‘Mommie Dearest’

Faye Dunaway played the extremely controlling character Joan Crawford, a mother who was abusive and dominating towards her adopted daughter. Apparently, Dunaway suffered some career damage for her toxic portrayal of Joan. Regardless of what resulted from this role, you have to give it to her that she gave her all to the passionate role.

30. Joan Crawford from ‘Mommie Dearest’

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You drove Al Steele to his grave, and now you’re trying to stab me in the back? Forget it. I fought worse monsters than you for years in Hollywood. I know how to win the hard way.”

29. Jack Wilson from ‘Shane’

The 1953 film ‘Shane’ is deemed as one of, maybe the best, Western films in movie history. Jack Wilson, played by Jack Palance, is the most sinister and murderous of the whole gang. Shane, the main character, is forced to take him down (a plot that most movies with villains contain).

29. Jack Wilson from ‘Shane’

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Why don’t we just gun him and get on with it. One’s run already; it won’t take much to stampede the rest.”

Remember the villain from ‘Unforgiven’?

28. Little Bill Daggett from ‘Unforgiven’

With movies like ‘Unforgiven,’ we see how police officers aren’t always the good guys. Gene Hackman played Little Bill Daggett, the town sheriff, and the antagonist to Clint Eastwood’s character William Munny. Sure, Little Bill’s motive is to maintain law and order, but the way he seeks to achieve that is by ruthless, cruel acts, making him a real villain.

28. Little Bill Daggett from ‘Unforgiven’

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All right, gentlemen. He’s got one barrel left. When he fires that, take out your pistols, and shoot him down like the mangy scoundrel he is!

27. Catwoman from ‘Batman Returns’

Catwoman is another classic female villain character that only Michelle Pfeiffer could pull off as well as she did. She was one of the most devious Batman anti-heroes, using none other than her powers of seduction to accomplish her adventures. And let’s be honest, who can resist all that spandex?

27. Catwoman from ‘Batman Returns’

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But a kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it. You’re the second man who killed me this week, but I’ve got seven lives left.

Jack Nicholson played one of his best characters, next…

26. Jack Torrance from ‘The Shining’

You really don’t get any creepier than Jack Torrance. The character himself is clearly deranged and troubled after having spent too much time alone in a haunted hotel. But there’s also something so perfect about Jack Nicholson’s acting that works perfectly in this role. The movie, as well as the character Jack, go down in history as one of the most disturbing depictions of darkness.

26. Jack Torrance from ‘The Shining’

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Wendy, let me explain something to you. Whenever you come in here and interrupt me, you’re breaking my concentration. You’re distracting me. And it will then take me time to get back to where I was. You understand?

25. Auric Goldfinger from ‘Goldfinger’

Could a villains list be complete without a James Bond bad guy? The titular character from the second James Bond movie was played by Gert Fröbe as the heinous Goldfinger, a smuggler who tries to rob the United States Gold Depository at Fort Knox. Of all the James Bond band guys, Goldfinger threatened 007 better and more thoroughly than the rest, all with his gold paint and pointing a laser at Sean Connery’s crotch.

25. Auric Goldfinger from ‘Goldfinger’

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Choose your next witticism carefully Mr. Bond, it may be your last.”

Leonardo DiCaprio played a villain, too. Can you remember which?

24. Calvin Candie from Django Unchained

The film’s primary villain was Calvin Candie, the owner of the Mississippi plantation “Candie Land.” The character was played by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio, who almost always has played the likable protagonist in his movies. Playing Calvin Candie, a brown-toothed, Francophilic, self-important plantation owner was unlike his other characters but he pulled it off exquisitely.

24. Calvin Candie from Django Unchained

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Now bright boy, I will admit you are pretty clever. But if I took this hammer here and I bashed it in your skull, you would have the same three dimples in the same place as old Ben.”

23. Bellatrix Lestrange from ‘Harry Potter’

Helena Bonham Carter seems like the perfect fit for Bellatrix Lestrange, the terrifying character in the Harry Potter universe. She took wicked pleasure in torturing others. Considering she murdered her own cousin as well as Harry’s father figure, Sirius Black, with a laugh, you know she’s not to be messed with.

23. Bellatrix Lestrange from ‘Harry Potter’

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My Lord, I’d like to volunteer for this task. I want to kill the boy.

Yes, of course, we have to include Star Wars on this list…

22. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’

The Scottish character actor Ian McDiarmid played Darth Vader’s unforgiving boss, Palpatine. In this prequel of the trilogy, we got to meet Palpatine, the man behind the Sith Lord, and see really what a slimy and sneaky manipulator he was. Palpatine manages to bring the young Jedi master Anakin Skywalker to the dark side – something only a veteran villain would be able to accomplish.

22. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’

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Remember back to your early teachings.” All who gain power are afraid to lose it.” Even the Jedi.”

21. Maleficent from ‘Sleeping Beauty’

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” (William Congreve). There’s nothing like a classic fairy tale villain, right? As the story goes, Maleficent was furious when she wasn’t invited to Aurora’s christening, that she cursed her into an eternal sleep. And when she was outwitted, she became a fire-breathing dragon. So tell us, who is more villainous than Maleficent? And who better to play the wicked and raging character than our dear Angelina Jolie? Is it the way she looks or her ability to play dark characters, or both, that worked so well?

21. Maleficent from ‘Sleeping Beauty’

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Before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, and fall into a sleep-like death! A sleep from which she will *never* awaken!

Let’s see another femme fatale, next…

20. Alex Forrest from ‘Fatal Attraction’

She’s pretty much every man’s worst nightmare – an illicit mistress who goes mental on her married lover, his family, and one unfortunate bunny. Glenn Close should have won the Oscar for her role that reminds any man contemplating cheating that it might be a regrettable decision. Close’s compelling portrayal of Alex Forrest is one terrifying character.

20. Alex Forrest from ‘Fatal Attraction’

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I had a wonderful time last night. I’d like to see you again. Is that so terrible?

19. Max Cady from ‘Cape Fear’

Convicted of heinous crimes, Max Cady returns to find his former lawyer, who had a report from more than a decade before that would have saved Cady from doing jail time, but he buried it because he knew Cady was guilty. So, of course, Cady wants revenge. And he does so by terrorizing his family and even poisoning their dog. The film is haunting, and Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Max Cady can keep you up at night.

19. Max Cady from ‘Cape Fear’

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It’s not necessary to lay a foul tongue on me, my friend. I could get upset. Things could get out of hand. Then in self-defense, I could do something to you that you would not like, right here.”

Let’s see another female villain to remember…

18. Hela from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Cate Blanchett took on the role of the atrocious character Hela in ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ which made her Marvel’s first on-screen female villain. Aside from making history in that regard, her character is also one of the best in the “bad girl” category. Blanchett is a renowned actress, and this role only proved to the world just how much of a chameleon she is – that she can also play the dark and vile character like Hela.

18. Hela from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

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Recognition. Every great king had an executioner. Not just to execute people but to also execute their vision. But mainly to execute people. Still, it was a great honor. I was Odin’s executioner. And now you shall be mine.”

17. Detective Alonzo Harris from ‘Training Day’

Denzel Washington’s portrayal as Detective Alonzo Harris is a large part of why ‘Training Day’ is considered a classic cop film. The corrupt and immoral Harris takes rookie Officer Jake Hoyt out for his first day of patrol after becoming a detective, showing him the dirty side of the job. Denzel perfectly portrayed what a downright evil detective entails. So much so that he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 74th Academy Awards.

17. Detective Alonzo Harris from ‘Training Day’

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To protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.

Lucy Liu plays a killer villain in the next film…

16. O-Ren Ishii from ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1’

Lucy Liu’s character O-Ren Ishii really stands out in this film and even in all films with femme fatales. Her epic fight scene with Uma Thurman at the end of the movie just goes to show how lethal she is. But, like all true villains, she has a tragic backstory. O-Ren Ishii is a spot-on adversary for the Bride.

16. O-Ren Ishii from ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1’

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You may not be able to fight like a Samurai, but at least you can die like a Samurai.

15. Alex Delarge from ‘A Clockwork Orange’

The dystopian flick about this future world in ‘A Clockwork Orange’ is nothing short of horrific and immoral. Alex DeLarge, played by Malcolm McDowell, is its perfect creature of evil. He’s violent, sinister and terrifyingly mischievous. The character is forever etched into the history of cinema as one of the biggest nightmares for all humankind to fear.

15. Alex Delarge from ‘A Clockwork Orange’

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I woke up. The pain and sickness all over me like an animal. Then I realized what it was. The music coming up from the floor was our old friend, Ludwig Van, and the dreaded Ninth Symphony.”

Do you which villain was played by Sharon Stone? See next…

14. Catherine Tramell from ‘Basic Instinct’

Sometimes all it takes is a little white dress, stilettos, and a memorable scene when she crosses her legs, to make one of the best movie bad girls of all time. Sharon Stone’s Catherine Tramell goes down in history as one of the most seductive femme fatales.

14. Catherine Tramell from ‘Basic Instinct’

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I’d have to be pretty stupid to write a book about killing and then kill him the way I described in my book. I’d be announcing myself as the killer. I’m not stupid.”

13. Agent Smith from ‘The Matrix’

The iconic character that is Agent Smith is the embodiment of an artificial intelligence program that was designed to keep order within the Matrix. He is the antagonist, the arch nemesis of Neo. And he appears everywhere, able to reappear when destroyed. Like all villains, he has powers that others just don’t, like being able to absorb memories and powers from his enemies and use them against them. Hugo Weaving played Agent Smith, and there couldn’t be anyone else who would be able to pull it over any better.

13. Agent Smith from ‘The Matrix’

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You hear that Mr. Anderson?… That is the sound of inevitability… It is the sound of your death… Goodbye, Mr. Anderson…

Another femme fatale is next…

12. Nurse Ratched from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Nurse Ratched was the heartless tormenter of the mental institution in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’ She made life absolutely miserable for anyone who dared to challenge her order. Her character is actually based on the antagonist of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel of the same name. Louise Fletcher’s portrayal earned her an Oscar. She brought a frightful dictatorship to life, making her one of the greatest all-time villains. She’s a reminder that power can corrupt.

12. Nurse Ratched from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

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If Mr. McMurphy doesn’t want to take his medication orally, I’m sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I don’t think that he would like it.”

11. Lord Voldemort from ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Ralph Fiennes played Tom Riddle, the young, prodigious wizard who fell victim to the dark side and became Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter’s mortal enemy. The nasty Voldemort and his acolytes, the Death-Eaters, only want to take over the wizarding world and kill the muggles. His serpentine face and his bone-chilling way he hisses “Haaa-ryyy Pahhh-ter!” made him the personification of evil.

11. Lord Voldemort from ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

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You’re a fool, Harry Potter, and you will lose everything.

Alright, now for the top 10!

10. Dr. Julius No from ‘Dr. No’

Dr. No might be the archetypal Bond villain. He set the standard as the antagonist in the film that launched the Bond franchise. Dr. No was played by Canadian actor Joseph Wiseman, who portrayed the sinister nuclear scientist during the Cold War period, where nuclear destruction hung gloomily over the world. Nothing’s more evil than Dr. No and his nuclear threats to James Bond and all of humanity.

10. Dr. Julius No from ‘Dr. No’

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SPECTRE – Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion. The four great cornerstones of power headed by the greatest brains in the world.”

9. Norman Bates from ‘Psycho’

Anthony Perkins’ role as Norman Bates, the psychopath from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 movie ‘Psycho’ is not only iconic but one of the most well-known roles in Hollywood film history. The seemingly sincere owner of the Bates Motel becomes Marion Crane’s worst nightmare. More unnerving than the murders he committed are his disturbing obsession with his mother. He is by far one of the creepiest and scariest psychopaths we’ve ever seen in the history of Hollywood.

9. Norman Bates from ‘Psycho’

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It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?

The next villain was tremendously by Kathy Bates…

8. Annie Wilkes from ‘Misery’

Kathy Bates did it flawlessly. She managed to make convince us that there is such a thing as a female psychopath who has the ability to be as sadistic and obsessed as any other villain on this list. But her portrayal was so well done and the character so well-written that she lands the no.8 spot on our list. Villains aren’t just super anti-heroes that have superpowers with an aim to destroy the world. Sometimes they’re dark and twisted lonely people that you just hope never to encounter in your life. And the character Paul Sheldon was unfortunate to have met her, to say the least.

8. Annie Wilkes from ‘Misery’

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I thought you were good Paul… but you’re not good. You’re just another lying ol‘ dirty birdy.

7. The Joker from ‘Dark Knight’

Why so serious? Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker is not only the best depiction of the iconic character from the Batman franchise; it was by far one of the best acting performances in the history of film. Ledger’s Joker was the epitome of the arch nemesis; utterly insane, calculative, and truly sadistic. At the end of the day, all he wants is to watch the world burn. His role earned him a well-deserved posthumous Oscar.

You should check out how Heath Ledger, as well as many other superb actors, took his role just a little too far. See the article here.

7. The Joker from ‘Dark Knight’

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Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can’t savor all the… little emotions. In… you see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?

Next up – no.6 on our list includes a SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen ‘The Usual Suspects’ you might want to skip over the next page!

6. Roger “Verbal” Kint/ Keyser Soze from ‘The Usual Suspects’

Roger “Verbal” Kint, a handicapped criminal, helps detectives try to unravel an elaborate plot that ends with a massacre and fire on a ship in LA. Verbal is the only survivor, and the detectives have only his word. What makes this movie so amazing is the twist at the end, when Verbal walks out of the police station in the final scene, revealing a dark secret. The unforeseen twist and the perfection that comes with it is what makes Kevin Spacey’s character and the movie itself one to remember.

6. Roger “Verbal” Kint/ Keyser Soze from ‘The Usual Suspects’

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After that, my guess is that you will never hear from him again. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that… he is gone.”

5. Anton Chigurh from ‘No Country for Old Men’

Anton Chigurh is the embodiment of evil. And he was also considered by psychologists to be the most realistic depiction of a true psychopath. Chigurh, played by tremendous actor Javier Bardem, is the unfathomable, frightening hitman that happens to use an unlikely murder weapon. His portrayal of this classic psychopath earned him an Oscar in 2007. And his approach to murder with a sense of complete normalcy is what makes him the most representative of psychopaths. According to the research done by psychiatrists, “He seems to be effectively invulnerable and resistant to any form of emotion or humanity.”

5. Anton Chigurh from ‘No Country for Old Men’

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And you know what’s going to happen now. You should admit your situation. There would be more dignity in it.”

No. 4, next, involves a major spoiler alert. Haven’t seen ‘Seven’? Skip over the next page…

4. John Doe in ‘Se7en’

SPOILER ALERT! John Doe, the horrific, biblical-style murderer in ‘Se7en’ is by far one of the scariest and one that really brings chills to your bones when you see what he is capable of. As he punishes people that he believes to be guilty of the seven deadly sins, he does so with no remorse, making him a vile psychopath. Though the detectives (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) inevitably catch him, their involvement in the case ends up being too much to bear. And all I can say is there may be a reason why Kevin Spacey manages to pull off the worst movie villains…

4. John Doe in ‘Se7en’

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Wanting people to listen, you can’t just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you’ll notice you’ve got their strict attention.”

3. Thanos from ‘Avengers’

Like all supervillains, Thanos had a goal and did everything he needed to do to accomplish it. The “mad titan”, Thanos from the Marvel comics universe, believes that by depleting half of the world’s population will relieve life from its dependence on its scarce resources. And thus, he’s willing to sacrifice everything and destroy whatever he has to that opposes him along the way. His evil of epic proportions is what puts him at the no.3 sport of the worst (or best) super villain of all time.

3. Thanos from ‘Avengers’

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Little one, it’s simple calculus. This universe is finite, its resources, finite. If life is left unchecked, life will cease to exist. It needs correcting.”

The top two, next!

2. Darth Vader from ‘Star Wars’

That’s right, Darth Vader is #2. Darth Vader might just be one of the first images that come to mind when we think of movie villains. The remarkable character of the dark side in the Star Wars series, Darth Vader is the epitome of a supervillain. Voiced by James Earl Jones and embodied by David Prowse in the first three films, the villain is just pure evil.

2. Darth Vader from ‘Star Wars’

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I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner, but now I am the master.

1. Hannibal Lecter from ‘Silence of the Lambs’

Hello, Clarisse. Ladies and gentlemen, Hannibal Lecter, is the best movie villain of all time. Anthony Hopkins took on the role of Hannibal “The Cannibal” and became inextricably linked to the character. It’s almost impossible to think of a psychopathic serial killer without seeing his shining eyes, hearing his hiss, or remembering his mask on his face. His utter calmness and pure intellect are what makes him all the more terrifying.

1. Hannibal Lecter from ‘Silence of the Lambs’

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A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”