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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
17,159 5,073
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
16,305 2,997
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Darth Vader Star Wars universe

3
9,068 3,441
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
6,837 5,318
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter universe

5
4,999 4,471
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
5,084 3,931
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

7
5,965 2,917
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Palpatine Star Wars universe

8
5,395 3,886
Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Agent Smith The Matrix universe

9
5,146 3,555
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator The Terminator

10
5,449 3,973
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Magneto X-Men universe

11
4,674 3,038
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

12
3,584 3,000
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

13
5,330 2,924
Scar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Scar The Lion King

14
4,283 2,822
Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds

15
5,187 2,750
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
3,810 2,753
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
3,510 2,567
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
3,813 2,698
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

19
3,648 2,476
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jaws

20
4,805 2,571
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
3,805 2,560
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Xenomorph (Alien) Alien universe -  

22
4,375 2,174
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
3,191 2,247
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
John Doe Seven

24
2,222 1,484
Predator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Predator AVP: Alien vs. Predator

25
3,054 2,204
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
3,425 1,899
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
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27
2,844 2,321
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

28
2,211 2,165
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
2,499 1,997
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
2,330 1,886
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
3,010 2,093
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
2,427 1,782
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

33
2,889 1,743
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
2,687 1,736
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
2,081 1,555
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
2,304 1,981
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
2,164 1,618
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
2,175 1,679
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
1,868 1,471
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tony Montana Scarface

40
1,716 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
2,030 1,306
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
1,570 797
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
1,909 2,000
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
2,240 1,690
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty

45
1,661 1,496
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
1,849 1,762
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
1,869 1,383
Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tyler Durden Fight Club

48
1,415 987
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
1,160 579
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
1,620 969
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