Top 10 Movie Villains of All Time

 Every movie needs its villain.  A good villain chills the bones and wreaks havoc for the hero.  He stands for all that is evil, and is usually very difficult to defeat.  Personally, I like to watch the villains more than the heroes.  The list of top villains has been done to death, but I felt, after years of going over it, it was finally time to put in my favorite villains.  Enjoy. 
10. T-1000 (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)-Robert Patrick 

  Just run.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day was the epitome of a perfect sequel: it delivered bigger & better action, a much better story with raised stakes and greater scope, and, perhaps most importantly, a better villain.  Arnold was fine from the first flick, and is certainly iconic, but there is something much more menacing about the newest version of Skynet's war machine.  Maybe it's the fact that you can blast a hole in his head, impale him, nearly chop him in half, blow him up, and freeze & shatter him, and yet he will simply recover and keep coming back by just restructuring himself.  Or perhaps it's his ability to impersonate anyone (with more than just the voice) in order to trap others.  Or maybe it was because he wasn't stop-motion animated.  Whatever it was, the T-1000 was ruthless and even gave the original Terminator a good fight--and that's saying something.   
 
9.  John Doe (Seven)-Kevin Spacey 
"Detective.  Detective.  DETECTIVE!! You're looking for me." 
John Doe is one of the best kinds of villains.  He spends his time behind the scenes, pulling all of the strings while Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt pull their hair out.  In all, Kevin Spacey had something like less than fifteen minutes of screen time in the entire movie. But the time he does have is well spent and executed masterfully by Spacey, walking into the police station with bloodied hands and later leering up at his captors.  Moreover, John Doe has a religious agenda, and he executes his fanatical retribution in horribly grotesque ways--remember Sloth?  By the end of the film, audiences realize that John Doe was also the winner in this conflict, which makes it even more unsettling.   
  

8. Daniel Plainview (There Will Be Blood)-Daniel Day-Lewis 
 In case you're wondering, that's not a cheerful, good-natured laugh.
There are three things that movie villains don't usually do: the first is admit that they are evil.  That usually goes without saying.  The second is star as the main protagonist in the movie.  And the third is to metaphorically drink someone else's milkshake (sorry, I had to throw that in there).  But Daniel Day-Lewis pulls if off with such stunning aplomb that it is downright frightening.  In one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema, Day-Lewis lets Plainview's evil and menace unfold through callous apathy over his son's disability, shooting the man who claims to be his brother, and beating a young man to death with a bowling pin.  And of course, he also admits that he is a bad man.  But perhaps the scariest thing about Plainview is that he isn't a typical Hollywood villain--he is the archetype of (barely) exaggerated American entrepreneurship and greed. 
  
 

7.  Col. Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)-Christoph Waltz
"Ohh, that's a bingo!  Is that how you say it? 'That's a bingo'?" 
The opening scene of Quentin Tarantino's WWII revenge fantasy is arguably the best in one of the greatest films of 2009.  In said scene, Landa cheerfully drinks milk, smokes a pipe, and then without missing a beat, executes the Jews hiding underneath the floorboards of the man's house he had be conducting his interrogation in.  Landa is fluent in five languages, and uses his mastery of each to manipulate and outsmart his prey, all the while grinning from ear to ear and proudly wearing his title of "The Jew Hunter".  He enjoys hunting down and toying with his victims, and he has no hunter or superior; he is the hunter, and has only his own agenda.  The result is a charismatic, ruthless, and sinfully entertaining villain to watch.
  

6.  Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Gangs of New York)-Daniel Day-Lewis  
 This would be comical if he wasn't so fucking scary.
With a name like "Bill the Butcher", people are going to realize that you're going to fuck their shit up.  Also sporting a wicked fashion sense (plaid pants and a stovepipe hat) and an epic mustache, a comical-looking character managed to be ruthless and mean as hell.  Bill the Butcher did exactly that to a lot of people, and yet still had enough fatherly disposition to take young Amsterdam under his wing.  He hates the immigrants and wants to slaughter every last one of them.  It is truly a shame that Daniel Day-Lewis did not get the Academy Award for his incredible performance that year (it went to the vastly inferior Adrian Brody).  Fun fact: Day-Lewis made many of his fellow actors nervous by staying in character between takes, even sharpening his knives during lunch. 
  

5. Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)-Christian Bale 
 "Hey, Paul!"
  The novel on which this movie is based is perverse, sickening, horrifying, and wrong in every sense of the word.  But it was a brilliant work of art.  The movie follows suit.  It softpedals the really offensive content but still emulates much of what made the literature so great.  Christian Bale knocked this one out of the park, giving us a cold, batshit crazy Bateman who can move quickly and unpredictably between charm and pure evil.  Sometimes the two clash, such as when he almost kills his secretary, and sometimes a side takes over completely.  The surreality of the film, with sometimes not knowing if something is real or just a product of Bateman's fractured mind, is part of the treat of watching and trying to figure out the film--in essence, it is a thinking man's slasher film with a yuppie villain that is as much fun to pick apart as it is to watch him dance to Huey Lewis & the News while chopping up a co-worker with an axe. 
 
4. Harry Powell (Night of the Hunter)-Robert Mitchum 
Notice the "Love" tattooed on his hand.  He has "Hate" printed on the other hand.
Sadly, many have not heard of this older film.  It's a shame, because Harry Powell is nothing short of despicable and is truly one of the greatest villains of all time.  It's largely in Mitchum's performance.  Powell is a kind, fatherly man who has the entire town fooled in his sweet, good-natured personality, but the children see him as he really is--a ruthless murderer who only wants to get to the fortune that their father left with them.  Powell pursues the children across the state, very methodically and casually.  The children know it is time to run for their lives when they hear him singing an old church hymn: "Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms...Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms..." Powell frequently prays, which is even more unnerving since he considers his killings completely justified and chats nonchalantly with God about them. 
  
 

3. Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men)-Javier Bardem 
  You do NOT want this guy coming after you.  
No Country For Old Men was a bit of a departure for the Coen Brothers.  Known for movies that have at least some degree of comedy such as Fargo, Raising Arizona, and The Big Lebowski, their latest film, while it did have some quirky characters, was unapologetically grim.  Anton Chigurh was like a storm of destruction.  Wherever Llewelyn Moss fled with his stolen drug money, Chigurh would be there within a couple of days with his cattle gun and his silenced shotgun.  His shortage of dialogue and the dead look in his eyes contributed to the terror, and his dependence on the flip of a coin to decide the fate of a victim made for one of the tense scenes in the entire movie.  As for who he kills, he rarely cares: his employers, innocent bystanders, and old acquaintances are all fair game to him.  Somehow, the ugly haircut made him even more menacing.  

2. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal/Red Dragon)-Anthony Hopkins 
 "A census taker once tried to test me.  I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."
Hannibal Lecter eats a duder's brain while the guy is still alive and able to converse with him.  Another guy he dangles over a balcony by his intestines. Those alone solidify his place on this list.  What puts him at the coveted #2 spot however, is the man himself.  Lecter displays a startling attention to etiquette and respect for Agent Clarice Starling.  He sees everything as a game: in exchange for giving Clarice information on the serial killer Buffalo Bill, she must tell him about herself so that he can pick her apart psychologically.  But, as I said, he also respects her: when Multiple Miggs throws semen onto Clarice's face, Lecter begins talking to her (we don't know what he says), and Miggs ends up swallowing his tongue.  When they are handcuffed together, and the police are closing in, Lecter chops off his own hand instead of Clarice's in order to get away.  Everything Lecter says and does happens with an intensely eerie charm. He watches everyone as though he can look right through them into their soul, and his smile makes one think he may be considering them for dinner.  And he probably is. 
 
1. Bill Lumbergh (Office Space)-Gary Cole 
 Behold, the face of evil.
Surprised?  You may be wondering why Bill Lumberg is at #1.  It's because the only thing worse than being ruthlessly murdered by any of these psychopaths is being told you have to come into work on a Saturday.  And Bill does just this.  He also mercilessly tortures poor Milton by moving his desk multiple times and stealing his beloved red stapler.  Peter Gibbons, try as he might, cannot escape Lumbergh's wrath.  They work in the same place so a "Hey Peter.  What's happening?" can happen any moment.  Lumbergh is a cruel, evil boss, and that is why he is the greatest villain of all time. 
 

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Posted by DrPockets000

 Every movie needs its villain.  A good villain chills the bones and wreaks havoc for the hero.  He stands for all that is evil, and is usually very difficult to defeat.  Personally, I like to watch the villains more than the heroes.  The list of top villains has been done to death, but I felt, after years of going over it, it was finally time to put in my favorite villains.  Enjoy. 
10. T-1000 (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)-Robert Patrick 

  Just run.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day was the epitome of a perfect sequel: it delivered bigger & better action, a much better story with raised stakes and greater scope, and, perhaps most importantly, a better villain.  Arnold was fine from the first flick, and is certainly iconic, but there is something much more menacing about the newest version of Skynet's war machine.  Maybe it's the fact that you can blast a hole in his head, impale him, nearly chop him in half, blow him up, and freeze & shatter him, and yet he will simply recover and keep coming back by just restructuring himself.  Or perhaps it's his ability to impersonate anyone (with more than just the voice) in order to trap others.  Or maybe it was because he wasn't stop-motion animated.  Whatever it was, the T-1000 was ruthless and even gave the original Terminator a good fight--and that's saying something.   
 
9.  John Doe (Seven)-Kevin Spacey 
"Detective.  Detective.  DETECTIVE!! You're looking for me." 
John Doe is one of the best kinds of villains.  He spends his time behind the scenes, pulling all of the strings while Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt pull their hair out.  In all, Kevin Spacey had something like less than fifteen minutes of screen time in the entire movie. But the time he does have is well spent and executed masterfully by Spacey, walking into the police station with bloodied hands and later leering up at his captors.  Moreover, John Doe has a religious agenda, and he executes his fanatical retribution in horribly grotesque ways--remember Sloth?  By the end of the film, audiences realize that John Doe was also the winner in this conflict, which makes it even more unsettling.   
  

8. Daniel Plainview (There Will Be Blood)-Daniel Day-Lewis 
 In case you're wondering, that's not a cheerful, good-natured laugh.
There are three things that movie villains don't usually do: the first is admit that they are evil.  That usually goes without saying.  The second is star as the main protagonist in the movie.  And the third is to metaphorically drink someone else's milkshake (sorry, I had to throw that in there).  But Daniel Day-Lewis pulls if off with such stunning aplomb that it is downright frightening.  In one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema, Day-Lewis lets Plainview's evil and menace unfold through callous apathy over his son's disability, shooting the man who claims to be his brother, and beating a young man to death with a bowling pin.  And of course, he also admits that he is a bad man.  But perhaps the scariest thing about Plainview is that he isn't a typical Hollywood villain--he is the archetype of (barely) exaggerated American entrepreneurship and greed. 
  
 

7.  Col. Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)-Christoph Waltz
"Ohh, that's a bingo!  Is that how you say it? 'That's a bingo'?" 
The opening scene of Quentin Tarantino's WWII revenge fantasy is arguably the best in one of the greatest films of 2009.  In said scene, Landa cheerfully drinks milk, smokes a pipe, and then without missing a beat, executes the Jews hiding underneath the floorboards of the man's house he had be conducting his interrogation in.  Landa is fluent in five languages, and uses his mastery of each to manipulate and outsmart his prey, all the while grinning from ear to ear and proudly wearing his title of "The Jew Hunter".  He enjoys hunting down and toying with his victims, and he has no hunter or superior; he is the hunter, and has only his own agenda.  The result is a charismatic, ruthless, and sinfully entertaining villain to watch.
  

6.  Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Gangs of New York)-Daniel Day-Lewis  
 This would be comical if he wasn't so fucking scary.
With a name like "Bill the Butcher", people are going to realize that you're going to fuck their shit up.  Also sporting a wicked fashion sense (plaid pants and a stovepipe hat) and an epic mustache, a comical-looking character managed to be ruthless and mean as hell.  Bill the Butcher did exactly that to a lot of people, and yet still had enough fatherly disposition to take young Amsterdam under his wing.  He hates the immigrants and wants to slaughter every last one of them.  It is truly a shame that Daniel Day-Lewis did not get the Academy Award for his incredible performance that year (it went to the vastly inferior Adrian Brody).  Fun fact: Day-Lewis made many of his fellow actors nervous by staying in character between takes, even sharpening his knives during lunch. 
  

5. Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)-Christian Bale 
 "Hey, Paul!"
  The novel on which this movie is based is perverse, sickening, horrifying, and wrong in every sense of the word.  But it was a brilliant work of art.  The movie follows suit.  It softpedals the really offensive content but still emulates much of what made the literature so great.  Christian Bale knocked this one out of the park, giving us a cold, batshit crazy Bateman who can move quickly and unpredictably between charm and pure evil.  Sometimes the two clash, such as when he almost kills his secretary, and sometimes a side takes over completely.  The surreality of the film, with sometimes not knowing if something is real or just a product of Bateman's fractured mind, is part of the treat of watching and trying to figure out the film--in essence, it is a thinking man's slasher film with a yuppie villain that is as much fun to pick apart as it is to watch him dance to Huey Lewis & the News while chopping up a co-worker with an axe. 
 
4. Harry Powell (Night of the Hunter)-Robert Mitchum 
Notice the "Love" tattooed on his hand.  He has "Hate" printed on the other hand.
Sadly, many have not heard of this older film.  It's a shame, because Harry Powell is nothing short of despicable and is truly one of the greatest villains of all time.  It's largely in Mitchum's performance.  Powell is a kind, fatherly man who has the entire town fooled in his sweet, good-natured personality, but the children see him as he really is--a ruthless murderer who only wants to get to the fortune that their father left with them.  Powell pursues the children across the state, very methodically and casually.  The children know it is time to run for their lives when they hear him singing an old church hymn: "Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms...Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms..." Powell frequently prays, which is even more unnerving since he considers his killings completely justified and chats nonchalantly with God about them. 
  
 

3. Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men)-Javier Bardem 
  You do NOT want this guy coming after you.  
No Country For Old Men was a bit of a departure for the Coen Brothers.  Known for movies that have at least some degree of comedy such as Fargo, Raising Arizona, and The Big Lebowski, their latest film, while it did have some quirky characters, was unapologetically grim.  Anton Chigurh was like a storm of destruction.  Wherever Llewelyn Moss fled with his stolen drug money, Chigurh would be there within a couple of days with his cattle gun and his silenced shotgun.  His shortage of dialogue and the dead look in his eyes contributed to the terror, and his dependence on the flip of a coin to decide the fate of a victim made for one of the tense scenes in the entire movie.  As for who he kills, he rarely cares: his employers, innocent bystanders, and old acquaintances are all fair game to him.  Somehow, the ugly haircut made him even more menacing.  

2. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal/Red Dragon)-Anthony Hopkins 
 "A census taker once tried to test me.  I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."
Hannibal Lecter eats a duder's brain while the guy is still alive and able to converse with him.  Another guy he dangles over a balcony by his intestines. Those alone solidify his place on this list.  What puts him at the coveted #2 spot however, is the man himself.  Lecter displays a startling attention to etiquette and respect for Agent Clarice Starling.  He sees everything as a game: in exchange for giving Clarice information on the serial killer Buffalo Bill, she must tell him about herself so that he can pick her apart psychologically.  But, as I said, he also respects her: when Multiple Miggs throws semen onto Clarice's face, Lecter begins talking to her (we don't know what he says), and Miggs ends up swallowing his tongue.  When they are handcuffed together, and the police are closing in, Lecter chops off his own hand instead of Clarice's in order to get away.  Everything Lecter says and does happens with an intensely eerie charm. He watches everyone as though he can look right through them into their soul, and his smile makes one think he may be considering them for dinner.  And he probably is. 
 
1. Bill Lumbergh (Office Space)-Gary Cole 
 Behold, the face of evil.
Surprised?  You may be wondering why Bill Lumberg is at #1.  It's because the only thing worse than being ruthlessly murdered by any of these psychopaths is being told you have to come into work on a Saturday.  And Bill does just this.  He also mercilessly tortures poor Milton by moving his desk multiple times and stealing his beloved red stapler.  Peter Gibbons, try as he might, cannot escape Lumbergh's wrath.  They work in the same place so a "Hey Peter.  What's happening?" can happen any moment.  Lumbergh is a cruel, evil boss, and that is why he is the greatest villain of all time. 
 

Posted by ISouthPaw

I don't know too much about the others, but John Doe from Se7en was fricken' creepy.

Posted by Ryax

seen all these movies. i agree. very nice post. good to see a worth while post for a change

Posted by JazzyJeff

Pretty shocked to see the Joker not make the list. Can't say that I'm disappointed, though. I must say that you left out Norman Stansfield from The Professional. 
 

 
  I mean, come on.
Posted by ISouthPaw
@JazzyJeff: Dayum.
Posted by BraveToaster

I still haven't seen There Will Be Blood. Is it worth renting?

Posted by Landon

Ha ha, great list man. I really like the captions.

Posted by ThePhantomnaut

Lumbergh... You are right.

Edited by TheGreatGuero

I like your list, man. Some of the movies I haven't seen, but you definitely picked some of the best of the best. I'm only going to comment on a few, however. The T-1000 was legendary. Se7en's John Doe is probably the greatest serial killer in the history of movies (and I just now realized from the picture you posted that he has his fingertips taped up when he arrives in the police station, which is a nice creepy touch). Anton Chigurh is such a great character. So menacing, brutal, and calm. 
 
Okay, now I'm gonna list some of the villains I would have picked if I was to make my own list.
 
Howard Payne (Speed) - Dennis Hopper: He's the mad bomber in the movie and everything about him is just great. He's a joy to watch and has so many great lines. It was this character who coined the phrase "Pop quiz, hot shot!"
 
Vincent (Collateral) - Tom Cruise: I really like this Michael Mann film. It's cool seeing Tom Cruise play a bad guy once in a while, especially one that's such an effective killing machine.
 
The Joker (The Dark Knight) - Heath Ledger: I don't think I need to say much about this one. You've all seen it.
 
Hans Gruber (Die Hard) - Alan Rickman: One great villain in one of the greatest action movies. Dude was classy and entertaining.
 
@JazzyJeff: Good call, Jazz. He was good. Definitely creepy. Man I love that movie.

Edited by iceberg497

I gotta say Christoph Waltz from Inglorious Bastards.  Apart from winning an Oscar he portrayed pure, straight up, evil in that movie, so cool and collected but all the while with a venom and violence just underneath.  Spooky.  

Posted by emkeighcameron

This blog has my thumbs up simply on the basis that you have The Night of the Hunter in there.

Posted by JazzyJeff
@TheGreatGuero: Dennis Hopper is an awesome villain. I would point to Blue Velvet, but did you see his portrayal as Bowser in the Super Mario Bros. movie? I mean, damn.
Posted by Shadow

Really?  No Kaiser Soze?

Posted by jonnyboy

Dude, about the only thing the 80's had going for it were the baddies, think about it, Gozer the Gozerian and Biff Tannen man. Now they were bad.

Posted by angelfan91

I cannot remember his name but Tom Cruise' character in Collateral was pretty damn good.
Posted by JazzyJeff
@jonnyboy said:
" Dude, about the only thing the 80's had going for it were the baddies, think about it, Gozer the Gozerian and Biff Tannen man. Now they were bad. "
it's true. Even James Spader in Pretty in Pink was a great villain.
Posted by TwoLines

Damn fine post. You made me want to watch  "Office Space".

Edited by face15
@Shadow said:

" Really?  No Kaiser Soze? "

Pfft... he's not even that good.... or more to the point, evil. You also spelt it wrong.
Also, this makes me want to watch Inglorious Basterds again.
Posted by Shaunage

Seen them all. The list leans towards pretty recent movies, but it's pretty solid. Interesting to see DDL show up twice within a 5 year space.

Posted by S0ndor

Great list, although I would personally list Hans Landa as #1 as he is Nazi evil made flesh.
 
Also, this list has a serious lack of Gary Oldman :)

Posted by Symphony

Great list ^^ Totally agree with all the villains on the list from the movies I've seen. Though I haven't seen the movies for 3,4,6 or 7 and I prolly should. 

Posted by HODGEY3000

Angel Eyes from the Good, the bad, and the ugly is badass
Posted by Mushir

Cmon guys, we all that Biff Tannen is the ultimate villain!
 



Posted by pepsicolagirl

 Anton Chigurh , Patrick Bateman, T-1000 are winners. I think you've made a great list though because it  has a good mix of some old iconic villains and awesome contemporary ones like Col. Hans Landa.   
I'd also add Darth Vader and maybe even Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects.

Posted by AhmadMetallic
@angelfan91 said:
" I cannot remember his name but Tom Cruise' character in Collateral was pretty damn good. "
I watched that movie 3 days ago. it was Vincent.
Posted by Meowayne

OH NOES VILLAIN XY IS MISSING

Posted by emkeighcameron
@HODGEY3000 said:
" Angel Eyes from the Good, the bad, and the ugly is badass "
True dat, he's definitely one of my top ten
Posted by quantumshift5

Dude, what about this guy! 

 

Im not going to hurt you, Im just gonna bash your brains in-Jack Nicholson
Posted by OutOfBounds9000

 
Wheres Ace?
Wheres Joker?
 
Double u tee eff.

Posted by wwfundertaker

Col. Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds). I hate this guy, wish they had killed him.

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Posted by DrPockets000
@Ryax: Thanks!  Glad that it didn't come across as generic. 
 
@JazzyJeff: You know, Karma must be out to get me because every time I get a chance to see this movie, something happens that prevents it.  I must see. 
 
@Axxol: Absolutely.  It moves somewhat slowly and is almost three hours long, but watching Plainview's transformation is stunning.   
 
@Landon: Thanks! 
 
@TheGreatGuero: Thank you!  I don't like Tom Cruise much at all, so that's why he didn't make it. Hans Gruber was on there by Hans Landa won over.  The Joker barely lost out.  I just felt that the T-1000 was just a touch better. 
 
@Shadow: Meh. 
 
@Symphony: Definitely see them.  Those movies are essential. 
 
 @Twilight: Biff was just a giant douchbag. 
 
@quantumshift5: He was amazing, but he died because he couldn't figure out a maze.  That's fail. 
 
@OutOfBounds9000: Joker didn't have quite the effect on me as these other guys. 
 
Thanks for the compliments everyone!
Posted by SumDeus

Are you kidding?! Daniel Plainview is my hero!

Posted by xCPx_Bebi_Primo

Darth Vader should be no.1, and I don't agree with Paul Bateman at all, everything is good but him and no.1.
 
I would put "The Beast" from the Sandlot on there, and Vader as number one.

Posted by Gabriel

That's a really good list, I might change a couple (I haven't seen Inglorious bastards) but overall nice work.

Posted by Clembo

Some good choices, but, as someone mentioned, Gary Oldman in Leon (oras Zorg in the Fifth Element) deserves a top ten feature.  And no Darth Vader?  Man had a badass suit!

Edited by PenguinDust
@emkeighcameron said:

" This blog has my thumbs up simply on the basis that you have The Night of the Hunter in there. "

 John Kreese "Cobra Kai"...oh, this is a bad dude
Agreed.  As soon as I read the title I had been planning on mentioning The Night of the Hunter and low and behold there it was.  You get a gold star for having seen something made outside of the last 25 years.  I will add that I think that @TheGreatGuero:  is right and Hans Gruber (Die Hard) is deserving among the all time greats.  I would have added  Brigid O'Shaughnessy (played by Mary Astor) from the Maltese Falcon, the shark from Jaws and Max Cady (Robert Mitchum/Robert DeNiro) from Cape Fear.
Posted by CitizenKane

No Darth Vader or The Joker = FAIL

Posted by Yummylee

I just knew I was going to spot the T-1000 somewhere on this list ;P 
Posted by Gabriel
@Twilight said:
" Cmon guys, we all that Biff Tannen is the ultimate villain!
 

"
Shit forgot about him, yes he needs to replace the T-1000
Posted by DrPockets000

Darth Vader is far from my favorite villain, and I was tired of seeing him sitting at #1 on every list ever.

Posted by DrPockets000

I just realized that both of the Hannibal Lecter examples came from the movie Hannibal.  I must not forget that he wore a dude's face in Silence of the Lambs.

Posted by jakob187

Great list.  I do have to agree that a lack of Stansfield from Leon is a bit odd, though.

Posted by Gul_Torgo

I'd recommend seeing The Third Man.   Orson Welles's performance as Harry Lime unquestionably deserves a mention. 
 
John Houston in Chinatown is just about the definition of "absolute power corrupts absolutely." 
 
And of course, Al Pacino as Michael Corleone.

Posted by ThatFrood

This is a pretty great list and I love that Lumbergh is on it. 
I'd probably add Alex Delarge from Clockwork Orange.

Posted by kingkorn69

I agree with the 1st choice.  And that movie is freakin awesome. I wonder why he hasn't followed that one up with another great movie like it. 

Posted by Origina1Penguin

A pretty good list. There are so many good -er, well portrayed villains in movies, that it is difficult to put an order to them.

Posted by OutOfBounds9000
@quantumshift5 said:
"
Dude, what about this guy! 

Im not going to hurt you, Im just gonna bash your brains in-Jack Nicholson "
Ofcourse,who could forget Jacky.
Posted by achievementplayer

you forgot the evil villian from Austin Powers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by DrPockets000
@danger2u: He was fun, but not really "iconic" in my opinion.