The Best Movie Villains of All Time Film Characters

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. 1
    Up 3688
    Down 655

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Joker

    Batman, The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest, The Dark Knight More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2817
    Down 522
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return ... More
    96
  3. 3
    Up 2181
    Down 508
    Hannibal, The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1270
    Down 653

    controversial
    Jack Torrance

    The Shining, Terror in the Aisles More
    74
  5. 5
    Up 1135
    Down 769

    often listed &controversial
    Freddy Krueger

    Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, A ... More
    70
  6. 6
    Up 1259
    Down 1063

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lord Voldemort

    J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: ... More
    68
  7. 7
    Up 1240
    Down 981

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Agent Smith

    The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions More
    68
  8. 8
    Up 1095
    Down 683
    Predator, Predator 2 More
    68
  9. 9
    Up 1218
    Down 776

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Xenomorph (Alien)

    Alien, AVP: Alien vs. Predator More
    68
     
  10. 10
    Up 997
    Down 658

    often listed
    Magneto

    Magneto, X-Men: First Class, X-Men More
    67
  11. 11
    Up 1140
    Down 667

    ranked low on reranks
    Hans Gruber

    Die Hard More
    67
  12. 12
    Up 1096
    Down 631
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Wayne's World More
    67
  13. 13
    Up 848
    Down 596

    often listed
    Norman Bates

    Psycho II, Psycho, Psycho More
    67
  14. 14
    Up 1012
    Down 621

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hans Landa

    Inglourious Basterds More
    66
  15. 15
    Up 1062
    Down 602

    ranked low on reranks
    Sauron

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring More
    66
  16. 16
    Up 938
    Down 644

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Anton Chigurh

    No Country for Old Men More
    66
  17. 17
    Up 1060
    Down 646

    ranked low on reranks
    Scar

    The Lion King More
    64
  18. 18
    Up 772
    Down 385

    ranked low on reranks
    Palpatine

    Once Upon a Jedi, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: ... More
    64
  19. 19
    Up 909
    Down 530

    ranked high on reranks
    T-800

    Terminator Salvation More
    64
  20. 20
    Up 721
    Down 435

    often listed
    Jaws

    Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me More
    63
  21. 21
    Up 733
    Down 549

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Myers

    Halloween II, Halloween 6, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers More
    63
  22. 22
    Up 586
    Down 265
    The Terminator, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: Judgment ... More
    62
  23. 23
    Up 698
    Down 350

    ranked low on reranks
    Bane

    The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom More
    61
  24. 24
    Up 659
    Down 452

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Annie Wilkes

    Misery More
    61
  25. 25
    Up 696
    Down 482

    ranked high on reranks
    John Doe

    Seven More
    60
  26. 26
    Up 580
    Down 449
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest More
    60
  27. 27
    Up 456
    Down 256

    ranked low on reranks
    Pennywise the Dancing Clown

    It More
    59
    added by: Krazy88
  28. 28
    Up 543
    Down 447

    often listed
    Jason Voorhees

    Friday the 13th, Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th More
    59
  29. 29
    Up 586
    Down 538

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Count Dracula

    Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula More
    58
  30. 30
    Up 674
    Down 577

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    HAL 9000

    2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact More
    58
  31. 31
    Up 639
    Down 520

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Wicked Witch of the West

    58
  32. 32
    Up 451
    Down 269

    ranked low on reranks
    Michael Corleone

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather Part II More
    58
  33. 33
    Up 518
    Down 321

    ranked low on reranks
    Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting

    Gangs of New York More
    58
  34. 34
    Up 432
    Down 286

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Patrick Bateman

    American Psycho More
    57
  35. 35
    Up 463
    Down 307
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Return of the King, The Hobbit ... More
    56
  36. 36
    Up 387
    Down 280

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Buffalo Bill

    The Silence of the Lambs More
    55
  37. 37
    Up 252
    Down 133

    ranked low on reranks
    Loki

    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers More
    55
  38. 38
    Up 459
    Down 308
    Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins More
    54
  39. 39
    Up 225
    Down 146
    The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' ... More
    54
  40. 40
    Up 452
    Down 412

    often listed
    Mr. Blonde

    Reservoir Dogs More
    53
  41. 41
    Up 245
    Down 201
    Schindler's List More
    53
    added by: EllenMarianBrayer
  42. 42
    Up 323
    Down 238
    Sleeping Beauty More
    53
  43. 43
    Up 401
    Down 387

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Khan Noonien Singh

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan More
    53
  44. 44
    Up 408
    Down 458

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cruella de Vil

    101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, 101 Dalmatians, One Hundred ... More
    52
  45. 45
    Up 577
    Down 524

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Doctor Evil

    Austin Powers: Goldmember, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, ... More
    52
  46. 46
    Up 343
    Down 220

    ranked low on reranks
    The Emperor

    Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi More
    52
  47. 47
    Up 200
    Down 141

    ranked high on reranks &ranked low on reranks
    Saruman

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: The ... More
    51
  48. 48
    Up 471
    Down 481

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Biff Tannen

    Back to the Future Part III, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part ... More
    51
  49. 49
    Up 220
    Down 147

    ranked low on reranks
    Tyler Durden

    Fight Club More
    51
  50. 50
    Up 263
    Down 288

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Max Cady

    Cape Fear, Cape Fear More
    51
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