Entertainment

The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time 

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
1.2M votes 84.6k voters 1.2M views 961 items

While some of us tend to despise movie villains, plenty of movie-goers favor some of these antagonists. Whether that's due to a cool accent or an intimidating disposition, some villains just stand out. For instance, who doesn't have some type of fondness for Hannibal Lecter? How about the evil Darth Vader for that matter? 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.

These are the greatest, most vile movie characters we love to hate ranked by the wisdom of the crowd, which makes this ranking an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion.

list ordered by
back to page 1
26
Wicked Witch of the West... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Wizard Of Oz

It's a whole other level to go after someone's dog too.

27
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean universe

He's a bit more tragic than evil, but you've got to respect whoever came up with the idea of a tentacle beard.

28
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Seven

Only an evil mastermind could turn a cardboard box into a implement of misery.

29
HAL 9000 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey

HAL 9000 walked so Skynet and the Matrix could run.

30
Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Godfather Saga

If for no other reason than he set a new standard for the art of the contract negotiation. 

31
Darth Maul is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Star Wars universe

If you only saw him in Phantom Menace, you may think he's all sizzle and no steak, but if you've seen Clone Wars and Rebels, then you know Darth Maul is the real deal.

32
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

She's the best argument for actually letting the inmates run the asylum.

33
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Lord of the Rings universe

He'd rather burn with his precious than live as Smeagol.

34
Amon Goeth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
EllenMarianBrayer added
Schindler's List

Goeth wasn't just a villain on film. The commandant was just as bad in real life.

35
Jafar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Tom Islava added
Aladdin, The Return of Jafar

Has there ever been a grand vizier that wasn't evil?

36
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Misery

Before Eminem heard from Stan, she was the true super fan.

37
Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
The Godfather Saga

He definitely didn't consider himself his brother's keeper.

38
Jigsaw Killer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Murat Karsli added
Saw universe

The real question is who's scarier: Jigsaw or his puppet?

39
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
SMcM added
Harry Potter universe

What she did to Neville's parents was evil, but what she did to Sirius was truly unforgivable.

40
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

The original blood sucker and one of Universal's Big Three of horror monsters.

41
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
dgenega5764 added
The Lord of the Rings universe

Middle-Earth trusted him, and it only brought desolation.

42
Ivan Drago is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Ivan Drago
Rocky V

A walking, talking, and punching symbol of the USSR.

43
Alex DeLarge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
A Clockwork Orange

The textbook definition of a sociopath, he's made readers and viewers see the worst in humanity since the '60s.

44
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
American Psycho

He's a psychopath with really, really good music taste.

45
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
101 Dalmatians

She wants to make a coat out of puppies. Who does that?

46
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Batman Begins

There's no better way to bounce back from a Batman beatdown than a spa day in a Lazarus Pit.

47
Ranker Video
SMcM added
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Star Trek Into Darkness

A villain so evil, you don't even notice how truly insane he's dressed.

48
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
SMcM added
Avengers: Age of Ultron

Turning a city into a manmade meteor is a pretty innovative doomsday plan.

49
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
Sleeping Beauty

Giving a curse as a baby shower gift is a truly epic move.

50
Commodus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
sebbzor added
Gladiator

Centuries before Siskel & Ebert, Commodus employed history's most devastating thumbs down.