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
    + 12,446
    - 2,737

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

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  2. 2
    + 10,324
    - 1,948


    Star Wars universe

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  3. 3
    + 6,655
    - 2,119


    The Silence of the Lambs

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  4. 4
    + 4,688
    - 3,404


    Harry Potter universe

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  5. 5
    + 3,595
    - 2,921


    A Nightmare on Elm Street universe

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  6. 6
    + 3,720
    - 2,679


    The Shining

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  7. 7
    + 3,566
    - 2,378


    The Terminator

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  8. 8
    + 3,702
    - 2,641


    X-Men universe

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  9. 9
    + 3,664
    - 1,857

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Wars universe

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  10. 10
    + 3,687
    - 2,771

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Matrix universe

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  11. 11
    + 2,690
    - 2,067


    Psycho

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  12. 12
    + 3,337
    - 2,201


    Die Hard

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  13. 13
    + 3,798
    - 2,041

    ranked low on reranks
    The Lion King

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  14. 14
    + 3,544
    - 1,985

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

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  15. 15
    + 2,969
    - 2,018


    Inglourious Basterds

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  16. 16
    + 2,671
    - 2,003


    No Country for Old Men

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  17. 17
    + 2,641
    - 1,720
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Jaws

  18. 18
    + 2,523
    - 1,838


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

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  19. 19
    + 2,837
    - 2,003


    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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  20. 20
    + 3,327
    - 1,757

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

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  21. 21
    + 2,887
    - 1,398

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

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  22. 22
    + 2,260
    - 1,619


    Seven

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  23. 23
    + 2,690
    - 1,980


    Alien universe  

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  24. 24
    + 2,146
    - 1,579


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

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  25. 25
    + 1,123
    - 856


    AVP: Alien vs. Predator

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  26. 26
    + 2,233
    - 1,374

    ranked low on reranks & added by Krazy88
    It

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  27. 27
    + 2,125
    - 1,629
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  28. 28
    + 2,130
    - 1,398


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

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  29. 29
    + 1,890
    - 1,445


    Misery

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  30. 30
    + 1,701
    - 1,324


    Gangs of New York

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  31. 31
    + 1,673
    - 1,556

    often listed
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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  32. 32
    + 1,738
    - 1,254


    American Psycho

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  33. 33
    + 1,836
    - 1,106

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

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  34. 34
    + 1,373
    - 1,007

    added by Shutup Barry
    Saw, Saw IV, Saw III

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  35. 35
    + 1,620
    - 1,175


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

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  36. 36
    + 1,880
    - 1,220


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

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  37. 37
    + 1,529
    - 1,485

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

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  38. 38
    + 1,333
    - 997
    Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Tony Montana Scarface

  39. 39
    + 1,700
    - 1,507

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact

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  40. 40
    + 1,686
    - 1,232


    Sleeping Beauty

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  41. 41
    + 1,556
    - 1,142

    ranked low on reranks
    The Silence of the Lambs

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  42. 42
    + 1,183
    - 1,046

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,287
    - 858

    ranked low on reranks
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At ...

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  44. 44
    + 1,366
    - 1,302

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, 101 Dalmatians, One Hundred ...

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  45. 45
    + 712
    - 354

    added by SMcM
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Order ...

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  46. 46
    + 1,216
    - 1,100

    often listed & added by EllenMarianBrayer
    Schindler's List

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  47. 47
    + 1,218
    - 906
    Alex Delarge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Alex Delarge

  48. 48
    + 941
    - 541

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Once Upon a Jedi, Dark ...

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  49. 49
    + 1,174
    - 873


    Beetlejuice

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  50. 50
    + 1,305
    - 971


    Fight Club

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