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The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

Updated February 22, 2021 19.0k votes 2.7k voters 107.1k 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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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Payback

    Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

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    The Skeleton Key

    Kate Hudson, John Hurt

    Released2005

    Directed byIain Softley

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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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    The Vanishing

    Johanna ter Steege, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu

    Released1988

    Directed byGeorge Sluizer

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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1984

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Chinatown

    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

    Released1974

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    Identity

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack

    Released2003

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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    The Matrix Reloaded

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland

    Released1973

    Directed byRobin Hardy

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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

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    Angel Heart

    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke

    Released1987

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Swordfish

    Halle Berry, John Travolta

    Released2001

    Directed byDominic Sena

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    Arlington Road

    Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins

    Released1999

    Directed byMark Pellington

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    Network

    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway

    Released1976

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Alien: Covenant

    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston

    Released2017

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Body Heat

    Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner

    Released1981

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

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