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The Best Movie Villains of All Time

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.

The Best Movie Villains of All Time Film Characters
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    + 8278
    - 1615

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Batman, The Dark Knight

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  2. 2
    + 6378
    - 1325


    Star Wars universe

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  3. 3
    + 4829
    - 1256


    The Silence of the Lambs

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  4. 4
    + 2733
    - 1659


    The Shining

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  5. 5
    + 2636
    - 1880


    A Nightmare on Elm Street universe

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  6. 6
    + 2462
    - 1567


    The Terminator

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  7. 7
    + 3035
    - 2207


    Harry Potter universe

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  8. 8
    + 2521
    - 1720


    X-Men universe

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  9. 9
    + 2573
    - 1988


    The Matrix universe

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  10. 10
    + 2289
    - 1583

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Die Hard

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  11. 11
    + 1942
    - 1417

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Psycho

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  12. 12
    + 2170
    - 1152

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Wars universe

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  13. 13
    + 2551
    - 1396

    ranked low on reranks
    The Lion King

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  14. 14
    + 2399
    - 1373

    ranked low on reranks
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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  15. 15
    + 2122
    - 1437


    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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  16. 16
    + 2011
    - 1452


    Inglourious Basterds

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  17. 17
    + 1836
    - 1122


    Jaws

  18. 18
    + 1842
    - 1448


    No Country for Old Men

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  19. 19
    + 1815
    - 1298


    Halloween II, Halloween 6, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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  20. 20
    + 2082
    - 1526


    Alien universe  

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  21. 21
    + 2137
    - 1116

    ranked low on reranks
    The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom

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  22. 22
    + 1586
    - 1168

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Seven

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  23. 23
    + 1531
    - 1105


    Friday the 13th, Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th

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  24. 24
    + 1662
    - 825

    ranked low on reranks
    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers

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  25. 25
    + 1559
    - 902

    added by Krazy88
    It

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  26. 26
    + 1530
    - 1166
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  27. 27
    + 1414
    - 1051


    Misery

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  28. 28
    + 1262
    - 1153

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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  29. 29
    + 1219
    - 924


    Gangs of New York

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  30. 30
    + 932
    - 615


    Tony Montana Scarface

  31. 31
    + 1206
    - 1123

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

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  32. 32
    + 1401
    - 908


    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Return of the King, The Hobbit ...

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  33. 33
    + 1206
    - 873


    American Psycho

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  34. 34
    + 481
    - 481

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    AVP: Alien vs. Predator

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  35. 35
    + 1110
    - 810


    The Silence of the Lambs

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  36. 36
    + 1113
    - 826


    The Godfather, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather Part II

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  37. 37
    + 1072
    - 647

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode ...

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  38. 38
    + 1258
    - 868


    Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  39. 39
    + 1263
    - 1174


    2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact

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  40. 40
    + 1184
    - 868


    Sleeping Beauty

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  41. 41
    + 836
    - 648

    added by Shutup Barry
    Saw, Saw IV, Saw III

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  42. 42
    + 876
    - 834

    often listed & added by EllenMarianBrayer
    Schindler's List

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  43. 43
    + 781
    - 722

    often listed
    The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' ...

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  44. 44
    + 759
    - 532


    Beetlejuice

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  45. 45
    + 863
    - 654


    Fight Club

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  46. 46
    + 998
    - 955

    often listed
    101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, 101 Dalmatians, One Hundred ...

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  47. 47
    + 830
    - 608


    Alex Delarge

  48. 48
    + 728
    - 512


    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At ...

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  49. 49
    + 1269
    - 1067


    Austin Powers: Goldmember, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, ...

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  50. 50
    + 622
    - 459


    Peter Pan, Peter Pan, Hook

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