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
+ - 16,051 4,752
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
+ - 15,294 2,797
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Darth Vader Star Wars universe

3
+ - 8,556 3,208
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
+ - 6,391 4,969
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter universe

5
+ - 4,760 4,164
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
+ - 4,795 3,727
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

7
+ - 5,134 3,651
Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Agent Smith The Matrix universe

8
+ - 5,572 2,666
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Palpatine Star Wars universe

9
+ - 5,131 3,736
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Magneto X-Men universe

10
+ - 4,843 3,382
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator The Terminator

11
+ - 4,413 2,874
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

12
+ - 3,392 2,856
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

13
+ - 5,018 2,756
Scar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Scar The Lion King

14
+ - 4,881 2,602
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
+ - 3,997 2,670
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
+ - 3,549 2,620
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
+ - 3,308 2,436
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
+ - 3,612 2,569
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

19
+ - 3,439 2,345
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jaws

20
+ - 3,612 2,453
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Xenomorph (Alien) Alien universe -  

21
+ - 4,498 2,405
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
+ - 3,002 2,125
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
John Doe Seven

23
+ - 2,039 1,376
Predator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Predator AVP: Alien vs. Predator

24
+ - 4,098 2,030
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
+ - 2,876 2,090
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
+ - 3,139 1,799
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

27
+ - 2,693 2,192
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

28
+ - 2,834 1,968
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
+ - 2,368 1,904
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
+ - 2,100 2,044
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
+ - 2,194 1,791
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
+ - 2,287 1,677
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

33
+ - 2,711 1,615
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
+ - 2,539 1,622
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
+ - 1,910 1,464
Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jigsaw Saw, Saw IV, Saw III

36
+ - 2,191 1,891
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
+ - 1,768 1,381
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tony Montana Scarface

38
+ - 2,042 1,522
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
+ - 2,064 1,590
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
+ - 1,834 1,911
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
+ - 1,388 700
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
+ - 1,625 1,405
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Professor Moriarty The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

43
+ - 1,868 1,218
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
+ - 1,744 1,678
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
+ - 2,115 1,602
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

46
+ - 1,565 1,427
Amon Goeth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Amon Goeth Schindler's List

47
+ - 1,045 505
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
+ - 1,582 1,222
Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

49
+ - 1,509 886
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
+ - 1,546 1,405
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