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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
18,495 5,362
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
17,218 3,211
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Darth Vader Star Wars universe

3
9,600 3,623
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
7,258 5,654
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter universe

5
5,296 4,703
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
5,350 4,132
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

7
5,405 3,728
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Terminator The Terminator

8
5,687 4,076
Agent Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Agent Smith The Matrix universe

9
6,268 3,137
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Palpatine Star Wars universe

10
5,729 4,163
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Magneto X-Men universe

11
3,765 3,146
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

12
4,878 3,232
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

13
4,638 2,975
Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds

14
5,651 3,062
Scar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Scar The Lion King

15
5,538 2,874
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
4,033 2,887
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
3,714 2,702
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
4,022 2,810
T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

19
5,143 2,718
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
3,798 2,626
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Jaws

21
4,032 2,674
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Xenomorph (Alien) Alien universe -  

22
3,386 2,342
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
John Doe Seven

23
2,431 1,569
Predator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Predator AVP: Alien vs. Predator

24
4,705 2,317
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
3,261 2,300
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
3,781 1,980
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
2,918 2,446
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time

28
2,465 1,975
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
2,309 2,280
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
2,618 2,088
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Annie Wilkes Misery

31
3,171 2,199
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
2,591 1,866
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

33
3,060 1,857
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
2,325 1,645
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
2,855 1,838
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
2,400 2,078
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
2,006 1,554
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tony Montana Scarface

38
2,269 1,707
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
2,318 1,762
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
2,226 1,388
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
1,772 885
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
1,828 1,594
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
1,574 1,039
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
1,769 1,565
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
2,008 1,463
Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Tyler Durden Fight Club

46
1,951 1,837
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
1,971 2,093
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Count Dracula Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

48
1,297 646
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
1,816 1,360
Alex Delarge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Alex Delarge

50
2,336 1,776
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Villains of All Time
Maleficent Sleeping Beauty