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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
17,177 5,077
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Joker Batman, The Dark Knight

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2
16,322 3,001
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Darth Vader Star Wars universe

3
9,079 3,443
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
6,847 5,322
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter universe

5
5,003 4,477
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
5,088 3,933
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

7
5,975 2,921
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Palpatine Star Wars universe

8
5,399 3,891
Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Agent Smith The Matrix universe

9
5,149 3,558
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator The Terminator

10
5,453 3,979
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Magneto X-Men universe

11
4,679 3,041
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

12
3,587 3,003
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

13
5,334 2,929
Scar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Scar The Lion King

14
4,288 2,827
Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds

15
5,194 2,755
Sauron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Sauron The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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16
3,812 2,757
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
3,517 2,569
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
3,814 2,703
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

19
3,652 2,480
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jaws

20
4,812 2,576
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
3,810 2,564
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Xenomorph (Alien) Alien universe -  

22
4,380 2,178
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
3,196 2,249
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
John Doe Seven

24
2,225 1,487
Predator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Predator AVP: Alien vs. Predator

25
3,059 2,206
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
3,437 1,902
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
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27
2,845 2,324
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

28
2,212 2,168
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

29
2,501 1,999
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Annie Wilkes Misery

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30
2,332 1,888
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting Gangs of New York

31
3,014 2,095
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
2,428 1,786
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

33
2,894 1,745
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
2,691 1,738
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
2,085 1,556
Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Murat Karsli added Jigsaw Saw, Saw IV, Saw III

36
2,306 1,984
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
2,167 1,620
Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Buffalo Bill The Silence of the Lambs

38
2,179 1,681
Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Michael Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather Part II

39
1,869 1,474
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tony Montana Scarface

40
1,718 1,502
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Professor Moriarty The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

41
2,034 1,308
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
1,575 798
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
SMcM added 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
1,912 2,003
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Count Dracula Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

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44
2,242 1,691
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

45
1,665 1,497
Amon Goeth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
EllenMarianBrayer added Amon Goeth Schindler's List

46
1,850 1,764
Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
1,871 1,386
Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tyler Durden Fight Club

48
1,416 989
Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Vito Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II

49
1,163 580
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
dgenega5764 added Saruman The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

50
1,621 970
Boba Fett is listed (or ranked) 50 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