Villains The Best Movie Villains of All Time  

Originally by
517k votes 33k voters 780k views 1,269 items Follow Embed
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.

1
+ - 15,573 4,632
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Joker Batman, The Dark Knight

The Greatest Female Villains The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

2
+ - 14,890 2,705
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Darth Vader Star Wars universe

3
+ - 8,339 3,103
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
+ - 6,195 4,803
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter universe

5
+ - 4,622 4,038
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
+ - 4,979 3,629
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Magneto X-Men universe

7
+ - 5,408 2,556
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Palpatine Star Wars universe

8
+ - 5,001 3,535
Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Agent Smith The Matrix universe

9
+ - 4,652 3,644
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

10
+ - 4,707 3,288
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator The Terminator

11
+ - 4,313 2,803
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

12
+ - 3,311 2,789
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

13
+ - 4,873 2,691
Scar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Scar The Lion King

14
+ - 4,762 2,536
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
+ - 3,864 2,606
Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

16
+ - 3,421 2,566
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
+ - 3,210 2,382
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
+ - 3,344 2,285
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jaws

19
+ - 3,522 2,513
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

20
+ - 4,344 2,342
Bane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Bane The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom

21
+ - 3,499 2,406
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Xenomorph (Alien) Alien universe -  

22
+ - 3,964 1,954
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
+ - 2,903 2,075
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
John Doe Seven

24
+ - 1,953 1,322
Yautja is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Yautja AVP: Alien vs. Predator

25
+ - 2,784 2,042
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
+ - 3,035 1,755
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

27
+ - 2,618 2,134
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

28
+ - 2,303 1,860
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Annie Wilkes Misery

29
+ - 2,752 1,906
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

The Best Movie Characters of All Time 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

30
+ - 2,043 2,002
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
+ - 2,130 1,751
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
+ - 2,218 1,639
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

33
+ - 2,635 1,554
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
+ - 2,467 1,578
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
+ - 1,845 1,417
Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jigsaw Saw, Saw IV, Saw III

36
+ - 2,123 1,848
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
+ - 2,017 1,547
Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Michael Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather Part II

38
+ - 1,715 1,344
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tony Montana Scarface

39
+ - 1,977 1,490
Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Buffalo Bill The Silence of the Lambs

40
+ - 1,798 1,871
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
+ - 1,578 1,373
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Professor Moriarty The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

42
+ - 1,309 663
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
+ - 1,807 1,178
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

The Best Spider-Man Villains The Best Mezcal Brands

44
+ - 2,060 1,564
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

45
+ - 1,690 1,639
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
+ - 1,447 843
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
+ - 1,535 1,185
Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

48
+ - 1,518 1,401
Amon Goeth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Amon Goeth Schindler's List

49
+ - 1,503 1,378
Khan Noonien Singh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Khan Noonien Singh Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

50
+ - 1,551 1,188
Alex Delarge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Alex Delarge