The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time

It seems every year, new iconic villains are coming out of the woodwork. 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, an over-the-top performance, or an intimidating disposition, some villains just stand out - and redefine the actors playing them. 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 that's to say nothing of their loyal, powerful henchmen - 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 (or even laugh at) ranked by the wisdom of the crowd, which makes this ranking an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion.

Ranked by
  • Joker

    Whether blasting Prince from a boombox, telling stories about his scars, or dancing down stairs, the Clown Prince is always a chilling agent of chaos.

  • Darth Vader

    He's a Sith Lord and a real nightmare to anyone with daddy issues.

  • Thanos

    What can we say, he's inevitable!

  • Hannibal Lecter

    This is the man who ruined chianti and fava beans for generations.

  • It's scariest form and the bane of real, hard-working clowns all across the world.

  • Palpatine

    His hobbies are overthrowing galactic governments, building planet-destroying space stations, and watching fathers and sons fight.

  • Loki

    He's the trickster god with perfect hair.

  • Sauron

    With his all-seeing eye, Sauron is like Santa Claus if Santa was also the source of all evil in the world.

  • Scar

    With a brother like Scar, who needs enemies?

  • Hans Landa

    Charming, despicable, dogged, heartless, conniving – he's everything you want from a villain.

  • Bane

    He broke the Bat, and the worst part is he never apologized for it.

  • Michael Myers

    After ten movies and at least three reboots, Michael Myers still has people looking over their shoulders.

  • Hans Gruber

    He can seem pretty charming, but things really turn if you call him "bubby".

  • Xenomorph (Alien)

    In space, no one can hear you scream, which thankfully means no one can hear you pee your pants either.

  • Anton Chigurh

    All it took was coin and a cattle tool to become the specter of doom.

  • Agent Smith

    He's the villain that turned anti-virus software into a terrifying proposition.

  • Terminator

    Sequels may have rehabilitated his image, but the original T-100 is still the unstoppable force that put James Cameron on the map.

  • Lord Voldemort

    If people won't even say your name, then you know you're a bad dude.

  • Jack Torrance

    He's just a dad trying to get a little bit of writing done. Haven't we all been there?

  • Darth Maul

    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.

  • Saruman

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

  • Magneto

    You don't cross a mutant who can pull all of the iron out of body at will.

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

  • Predator

    The ultimate big game hunter and the only creature in the universe who could give peak Schwarzenegger a run for his money.

  • Jason Voorhees

    Likes include: the woods, his mom. Dislikes include: camp counselors, promiscuity.