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
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    Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

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

  2. 2
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    - 1,574
    Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Darth Vader Star Wars universe

  3. 3
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    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. 4
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    - 2,007
    Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Jack Torrance The Shining

  5. 5
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    Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Lord Voldemort Harry Potter universe

  6. 6
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street universe

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  7. 7
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    Magneto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Magneto X-Men universe

  8. 8
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    The Terminator

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  9. 9
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    Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Agent Smith The Matrix universe

  10. 10
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    - 1,382
    Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Palpatine Star Wars universe

  11. 11
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    - 1,651

    often listed
    Psycho

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  12. 12
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    - 1,793
    Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Hans Gruber Die Hard

  13. 13
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    Scar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Scar The Lion King

  14. 14
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    Sauron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

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

  15. 15
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    T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  16. 16
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    Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds

  17. 17
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    - 1,334
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Jaws

  18. 18
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    - 1,628

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    No Country for Old Men

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  19. 19
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    - 1,482
    Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


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

  20. 20
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    - 1,334
    Bane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

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

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    Loki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

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

  22. 22
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    - 1,678
    Xenomorph (Alien) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Xenomorph (Alien) Alien universe  

  23. 23
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    - 1,318
    John Doe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    John Doe Seven

  24. 24
    + 1,740
    - 1,269
    Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


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

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    Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Wicked Witch of the West

  26. 26
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    added by Krazy88
    It

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  27. 27
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    Gollum is listed (or ranked) 27 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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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Predator AVP: Alien vs. Predator

  29. 29
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    - 1,059
    Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting Gangs of New York

  30. 30
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    - 1,189
    Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Annie Wilkes Misery

  31. 31
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    - 1,294
    Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

    often listed
    Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  32. 32
    + 1,394
    - 1,007


    American Psycho

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  33. 33
    + 1,076
    - 751
    Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Tony Montana Scarface

  34. 34
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    - 788
    Darth Maul is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

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

  35. 35
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    - 938
    Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Michael Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather Part II

  36. 36
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    Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 36 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

  37. 37
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    Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

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

  38. 38
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    - 926
    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. 39
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    - 1,283
    HAL 9000 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    HAL 9000 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact

  40. 40
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    Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

    added by Shutup Barry
    Jigsaw Saw, Saw IV, Saw III

  41. 41
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    often listed
    The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' ...

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  42. 42
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    Beetlejuice

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  43. 43
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    - 984
    Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

  44. 44
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    Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 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 ...

  45. 45
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    - 710
    Alex Delarge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Alex Delarge

  46. 46
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    Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

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

  47. 47
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    - 760


    Fight Club

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    often listed & added by EllenMarianBrayer
    Schindler's List

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  49. 49
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    Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time


    Vito Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II

  50. 50
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    The Dark Knight, Batman, Batman Forever

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