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List Rules Films 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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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Tom Islava added The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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StevenKershaw added The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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Countermoon added A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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The Devil's Advocate Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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liplip added The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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Cool Hand Luke Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

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Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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Hannibal Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

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Fallen Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland

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Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

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Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
slaft added Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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wiabux added Swordfish Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman

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wiabux added Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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but chickens double d added The Wicker Man Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

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Rich Moore added The Skeleton Key Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant

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cooolalladin added Sinister Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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DPrada added The Matrix Reloaded Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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lostshadow added Drag Me to Hell Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

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Brian Littel added Payback Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu, Maria Bello

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RobLein added A Man for All Seasons John Hurt, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave

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Tom Islava added Network Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

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Arlington Road Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack

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Matchstick Men Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Bruce McGill

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Tom Islava added Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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RobLein added Becket Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, John Gielgud

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sugarpie added The Bad News Bears Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau

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sugarpie added Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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Angel Heart Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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Darkness is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
CassiopeeLeduc added Darkness Anna Paquin, Iain Glen, Lena Olin

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Cheryl White added House of 1000 Corpses Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

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I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood

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The Vanishing Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland

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Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell Kazuo Kato, Keiichi Noda, Hiroyuki Nishimoto