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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
18,559 5,378
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
17,280 3,218
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Darth Vader Star Wars universe

3
9,623 3,632
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
7,276 5,668
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter universe

5
5,309 4,715
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
5,360 4,138
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

7
5,417 3,735
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator The Terminator

8
5,699 4,086
Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Agent Smith The Matrix universe

9
6,285 3,147
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Palpatine Star Wars universe

10
5,744 4,171
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Magneto X-Men universe

11
3,773 3,151
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

12
4,888 3,238
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

13
4,648 2,978
Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds

14
5,667 3,067
Scar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Scar The Lion King

15
5,548 2,882
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
4,040 2,896
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
3,721 2,708
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
4,028 2,817
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

19
5,157 2,726
Bane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Bane The Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Doom

20
3,800 2,638
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jaws

21
4,037 2,681
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Xenomorph (Alien) Alien universe -  

22
3,392 2,348
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
John Doe Seven

23
2,438 1,576
Predator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Predator AVP: Alien vs. Predator

24
4,718 2,323
Loki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Loki Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers

25
3,264 2,308
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
3,788 1,985
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Krazy88 added Pennywise the Dancing Clown It

27
2,926 2,451
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

28
2,470 1,977
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting Gangs of New York

29
2,315 2,283
Nurse Ratched is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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30
2,623 2,089
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Annie Wilkes Misery

31
3,180 2,201
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
2,597 1,867
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

33
3,067 1,860
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
2,329 1,648
Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Murat Karsli added Jigsaw Saw, Saw IV, Saw III

35
2,863 1,840
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 35 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

36
2,409 2,080
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
2,013 1,556
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tony Montana Scarface

38
2,275 1,709
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
2,326 1,763
Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Michael Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Part III, The Godfather Part II

40
2,234 1,389
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
1,781 888
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
1,833 1,595
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Professor Moriarty The Sleeping Cardinal, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

43
1,578 1,041
Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Vito Corleone The Godfather, The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II

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44
1,774 1,567
Amon Goeth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
EllenMarianBrayer added Amon Goeth Schindler's List

45
2,013 1,464
Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tyler Durden Fight Club

46
1,955 1,839
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
1,300 647
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
1,972 2,095
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Count Dracula Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

49
1,824 1,363
Alex Delarge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Alex Delarge

50
2,342 1,779
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty