Villains The Best Movie Villains of All Time  

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These are the greatest, most vile movie characters we love to hate, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Anyone can contribute to this list of great villains, which makes this ranking an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion.

Who are the greatest villains of all time? These movie bad guys are the scourge of the movie universe and you can now vote on the meanest villain ever to appear on film. Rank your favorites or add whoever (or whatever) you see missing.
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1
+ - 16,104 4,764
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Joker Batman, The Dark Knight

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2
+ - 15,352 2,802
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Darth Vader Star Wars universe

3
+ - 8,579 3,219
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs

4
+ - 6,410 4,982
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter universe

5
+ - 4,770 4,173
Freddy Krueger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Freddy Krueger A Nightmare on Elm Street universe

6
+ - 4,806 3,736
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

7
+ - 5,144 3,663
Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Agent Smith The Matrix universe

8
+ - 5,148 3,746
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Magneto X-Men universe

9
+ - 5,589 2,673
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Palpatine Star Wars universe

10
+ - 4,861 3,386
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator The Terminator

11
+ - 4,423 2,880
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

12
+ - 3,398 2,861
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

13
+ - 5,028 2,764
Scar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Scar The Lion King

14
+ - 4,894 2,608
Sauron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Sauron The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

15
+ - 4,012 2,676
Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds

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16
+ - 3,564 2,625
Anton Chigurh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Anton Chigurh No Country for Old Men

17
+ - 3,321 2,437
Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Michael Myers Halloween II, Halloween 6, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

18
+ - 3,617 2,575
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

19
+ - 3,450 2,350
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jaws

20
+ - 3,623 2,455
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Xenomorph (Alien) Alien universe -  

21
+ - 4,516 2,414
Bane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Bane The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom

22
+ - 3,014 2,129
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
John Doe Seven

23
+ - 2,045 1,380
Predator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Predator AVP: Alien vs. Predator

24
+ - 4,109 2,037
Loki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Loki Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers

25
+ - 2,887 2,093
Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jason Voorhees Friday the 13th, Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th

26
+ - 3,148 1,803
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

27
+ - 2,703 2,197
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

28
+ - 2,840 1,975
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Gollum The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Return of the King, The Hobbit

29
+ - 2,373 1,907
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Annie Wilkes Misery

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30
+ - 2,106 2,048
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

31
+ - 2,202 1,793
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting Gangs of New York

32
+ - 2,294 1,680
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

33
+ - 2,725 1,619
Darth Maul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Darth Maul Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II, Once Upon a Jedi

34
+ - 2,548 1,625
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Ra's al Ghul Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

35
+ - 1,917 1,465
Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jigsaw Saw, Saw IV, Saw III

36
+ - 2,194 1,895
HAL 9000 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
HAL 9000 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact

37
+ - 1,776 1,385
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tony Montana Scarface

38
+ - 2,047 1,524
Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Buffalo Bill The Silence of the Lambs

39
+ - 2,070 1,592
Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Michael Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather Part II

40
+ - 1,837 1,914
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Count Dracula Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

41
+ - 1,632 1,408
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Professor Moriarty The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

42
+ - 1,395 706
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Bellatrix Lestrange Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

43
+ - 1,883 1,220
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Davy Jones Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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44
+ - 1,746 1,682
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Cruella de Vil 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, 101 Dalmatians, One Hundred and One Dalmatians

45
+ - 2,120 1,605
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

46
+ - 1,569 1,430
Amon Goeth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Amon Goeth Schindler's List

47
+ - 1,050 508
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Saruman The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

48
+ - 1,518 887
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Boba Fett Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Once Upon a Jedi, Dark Redemption

49
+ - 1,588 1,226
Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

50
+ - 1,548 1,408
Khan Noonien Singh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Khan Noonien Singh Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan