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The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

Updated August 14, 2020 18.1k votes 2.3k voters 81.0k views58 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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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime... more on Wikipedia

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    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan... more on Wikipedia
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman... more on Wikipedia

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel... more on Wikipedia
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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

    Released2016

    Directed byGareth Edwards

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan.... more on Wikipedia
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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia
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    The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    The Devil's Advocate

    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's... more on Wikipedia
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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

    Released1996

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

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    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Night of the Living Dead

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2012

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Cool Hand Luke

    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1967

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Hannibal

    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Saw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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