films The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins  

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List Rules Films in which the bad guy wins in the end. Vote up the best movies where it's the villain - or any bad guy - who "wins."

What is it that makes a psychological thriller even better than having an ending where the villain wins? Maybe it’s because it’s an unexpected twist, or maybe it’s that sometimes it’s so refreshing when the predictable scenario of the hero sweeping in to win the final battle doesn’t actually happen. Sometimes it's fun to root for the bad guys for a change. What are the best movies where the bad guy wins?
 
This list of the best movies where the villain wins, has been ranked by the community. There are many different genres and eras featured on the list, and though the bad guys all win in the end, they're still great films to watch.
 
This list features the best movies where the bad guy wins including, Memento, Seven, No Country for Old Men, Hannibal, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Usual Suspects. Vote up the best films below and see how your favorite bad guy movies rank!

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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The Devil's Advocate Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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Cool Hand Luke Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

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Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

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Hannibal Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

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Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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Fallen Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland

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Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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Swordfish Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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The Wicker Man Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

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Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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The Skeleton Key Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant

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A Man for All Seasons John Hurt, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave

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Network Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

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Sinister Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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The Matrix Reloaded Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Drag Me to Hell Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

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Payback Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu, Maria Bello

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Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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Arlington Road Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack

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Matchstick Men Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Bruce McGill

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Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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Becket Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, John Gielgud

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Darkness is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Darkness Anna Paquin, Iain Glen, Lena Olin

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Angel Heart Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood

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The Vanishing Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland

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Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell Kazuo Kato, Keiichi Noda, Hiroyuki Nishimoto