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Bad Guy Protagonists

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1. Greed (1924)

But it is most of all Stroheim who rejects photographic expressionism and the tricks of montage. In his films reality lays itself bare like a suspect confessing under the relentless examination of the commissioner of police. He has one simple rule for direction. Take a close look at the world, keep on doing so, and in the end it will lay bare for you all its cruelty and its ugliness. One could easily imagine as a matter of fact a film by Stroheim composed of a single shot as long-lasting and as close-up as you like. - Andre Bazin, What is Cinema?
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2. Breaking Bad (2008)

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3. A Short Film About Killing (1988)
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4. M (1931)
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5. The Godfather (1972)
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6. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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7. Taxi Driver (1976)
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8. Psycho (1960)
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9. Raging Bull (1980)
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10. La Strada (1954)
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11. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
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12. Breathless (1960)
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13. The Searchers (1956)
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14. L'Argent (1983)
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15. Deadwood (2004)
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16. The King of Comedy (1982)
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17. Double Indemnity (1944)
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18. Ace in the Hole (1951)
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19. Mulholland Drive (2001)
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20. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
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21. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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22. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
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23. Throne of Blood (1957)
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24. There Will Be Blood (2007)
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25. The Shining (1980)
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26. Dogville (2003)
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27. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)
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28. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
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29. Naked (1993)
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30. Nosferatu (1922)
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31. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
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32. Barry Lyndon (1975)
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33. Pulp Fiction (1994)
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34. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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35. Hana-Bi (1997)
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36. GoodFellas (1990)
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37. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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38. Seinfeld (1989)

The finale shows how the characters are selfish assholes; it was an indictment of the people who sided with the characters' myopic narcissism. One can interpret the show, and the finale, as kind of a misanthropic comedy, equally critical of the protagonists' and the minor characters' selfishness.
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39. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
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40. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
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41. Badlands (1973)
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42. Le Samourai (1967)
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43. Der Fuehrer's Face (1942)
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44. Weekend (1967)
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45. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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46. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
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47. Death Note (2006)
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48. Three Colors: White (1994)
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49. Being John Malkovich (1999)
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50. Funny Games (1997)
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Movies and TV shows where the protagonist is a bad person and not necessarily a villain or criminal. Recommendations are welcome.

I didn't include The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, or the overrated movie The Usual Suspects.

The lists Criminals as Main Characters (TV) and Memorable movie psychopaths, and Tv Tropes - Villain Protagonist helped me make this list.

I didn't include criminals that are only thieves and con-men e.g. Pickpocket, The Lady Eve, Foolish Wives, Trouble in Paradise, Paper Moon ...

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Comments

Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Sep 5 10:26
Good choices. Yesterday I finished watching the first season of 'Breaking Bad'. Great tv-show, I would definitely continue.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 3 8:21
You are never going to finish this list! There must be one million movies with bad guys as main characters. That´s why I limited mine only to TV shows and criminals.

Great work though!
Thanks for mentioning my list up there!
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 25 0:44
I removed Leon from the list.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Nov 10 8:59
Great list! Love your spoiler-text! Oh, but don't read the spoiler-text people! Unless you've already seen-- oh, shit-- never mind.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Nov 10 11:06
Nice list!
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Nov 10 12:12
And here I was thinking that Blondie was labelled "The Good" in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...

As for Seinfeld, I always thought the point of the finale was that everyone they've come in contact with were over-sensitive pricks...

Cool list though.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Nov 10 19:28
Blondie is an anti-hero, but he's still a bad guy to me because he killed Tuco.

Everyone in Seinfeld are over-senstive pricks, so the ending could be making fun of moralism, instead of an indictment of the characters and the audience.

Thanks for the feedback.

Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Jul 5 5:59
Wait... Blondie killed Tuco? I thought he shot him down from the rope...

But then again, I've only seen the extended cut.
Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Jul 5 6:16
Oh I forget. I removed it.
Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Jul 5 10:53
James Cagney in White Heat, if I recall correctly.
Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Jul 5 15:54
How about Badlands?

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