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
+ - 16,343 4,851
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
+ - 15,586 2,854
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Darth Vader Star Wars universe

3
+ - 8,702 3,275
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
+ - 6,509 5,078
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter universe

5
+ - 4,823 4,259
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
+ - 5,688 2,737
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Palpatine Star Wars universe

7
+ - 5,215 3,723
Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Agent Smith The Matrix universe

8
+ - 5,217 3,818
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Magneto X-Men universe

9
+ - 4,871 3,797
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

10
+ - 4,928 3,450
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator The Terminator

11
+ - 4,470 2,930
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

12
+ - 3,440 2,897
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

13
+ - 5,103 2,806
Scar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Scar The Lion King

14
+ - 4,074 2,717
Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds

15
+ - 4,972 2,646
Sauron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Sauron The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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16
+ - 3,626 2,663
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
+ - 3,368 2,468
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
+ - 3,663 2,619
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

19
+ - 4,590 2,455
Bane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Bane The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom

20
+ - 3,488 2,395
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jaws

21
+ - 3,664 2,492
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Xenomorph (Alien) Alien universe -  

22
+ - 4,183 2,077
Loki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Loki Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers

23
+ - 3,065 2,166
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
John Doe Seven

24
+ - 2,098 1,409
Predator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Predator AVP: Alien vs. Predator

25
+ - 2,934 2,126
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
+ - 3,197 1,839
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

27
+ - 2,730 2,235
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

28
+ - 2,128 2,082
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

29
+ - 2,890 2,009
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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30
+ - 2,401 1,940
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Annie Wilkes Misery

31
+ - 2,230 1,825
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
+ - 2,770 1,658
Darth Maul is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
+ - 2,332 1,713
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

34
+ - 2,580 1,659
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
+ - 2,221 1,921
HAL 9000 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
HAL 9000 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact

36
+ - 1,967 1,490
Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jigsaw Saw, Saw IV, Saw III

37
+ - 2,072 1,556
Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Buffalo Bill The Silence of the Lambs

38
+ - 2,098 1,619
Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Michael Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather Part II

39
+ - 1,799 1,411
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tony Montana Scarface

40
+ - 1,652 1,435
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Professor Moriarty The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

41
+ - 1,850 1,945
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Count Dracula Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

42
+ - 1,919 1,248
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
+ - 1,433 732
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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44
+ - 2,143 1,630
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

45
+ - 1,586 1,455
Amon Goeth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Amon Goeth Schindler's List

46
+ - 1,764 1,714
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
+ - 1,339 934
Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Vito Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II

48
+ - 1,073 533
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
+ - 1,542 908
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
+ - 1,782 1,331
Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tyler Durden Fight Club