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The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

Updated February 22, 2021 19.2k votes 2.8k voters 110.4k views54 items

List RulesFilms in which the bad guy wins in the end. Vote up the best movies where it's the villain - or any bad guy - who "wins."

What is it that makes a psychological thriller even better than having an ending where the villain wins? Maybe it’s because it’s an unexpected twist, or maybe it’s that sometimes it’s so refreshing when the predictable scenario of the hero sweeping in to win the final battle doesn’t actually happen. Sometimes it's fun to root for the bad guys for a change. What are the best movies where the bad guy wins?
 
This list of the best movies where the villain wins, has been ranked by the community. There are many different genres and eras featured on the list, and though the bad guys all win in the end, they're still great films to watch.
 
This list features the best movies where the bad guy wins including, Memento, Seven, No Country for Old Men, Hannibal, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Usual Suspects. Vote up the best films below and see how your favorite bad guy movies rank!
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    "I am your father."

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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    "You should've gone for the head."

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    "I'm having an old friend for dinner."

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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    "What's in the box?!"

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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, he's gone."

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    "Noooooooo!"

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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

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    The Devil's Advocate

    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino

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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    "Now, where was I?"

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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

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    Hannibal

    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman

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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

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    Night of the Living Dead

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones

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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

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    Fallen

    Denzel Washington, John Goodman

    "I wanna tell you about the time I almost died..."

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    Watchmen

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

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    Cool Hand Luke

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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

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