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Added by Xanadon't on 24 Oct 2010 10:49
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20 Villain-iest Villains

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Darth Vader is perhaps the most widely recognized villain in the history of cinema...and for good reason. Vader is the ultimate destroyed and twisted soul. A walking, (heavily) breathing testament to the seductive dangers of Evil itself.
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People who added this item 1490 Average listal rating (835 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
M (1931)


One of cinema's first mass-murders, this one also had the distinction of being a CHILD-murderer and molestor. Doesn't get much more evil than that. Peter Lorre gives a stunning performance as the universally feared and loathed Hans Beckert.
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People who added this item 2372 Average listal rating (1521 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4


Perhaps the most terrifying thing ever featured in a "childrens' movie" Gmork, like Darth Vader, is actually just the face of a Greater Evil.

Gmork is a sinister, sardonic, cackling vampire-werewolf with a growl that seems to emerge from a bottom-less well of pure and unadulterated hatred for all things living, beautiful, and good.

In short he is the PERFECT ambassador of Evil, specifically an evil known in this film as "the Nothing"-- a slyly brilliant concept at the heart of this movie that owes a debt to existensial philosphy. Here, "the Nothing" is the direct opponent of imagination and hope- a life-erasing, all-consuming force of apathy and despair.
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People who added this item 1424 Average listal rating (950 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Hellraiser (1987)


One look into the eyes of this monster reaffirms everything you know about evil.
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People who added this item 5281 Average listal rating (3729 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.5


Wait, you mean to tell me that not only can this thing impersonate my mother, but THAT didn't kill him. Well shit.
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People who added this item 6432 Average listal rating (4458 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
The Shining (1980)


Nobody does crazy like Jack Nicholson. The best decent into madness in movie history, and one of the greatest villains of all time. No question.
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People who added this item 2576 Average listal rating (1613 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2


My favorite Disney Villain of all time, Maleficent is as bad-ass as her name. Sinister, spiteful, cruel and heartless, she terrifies equally in witch and dragon form.
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People who added this item 4705 Average listal rating (3318 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Alien (1979)


A great villain knows how to make a great entrance.
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People who added this item 2829 Average listal rating (1831 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5


Before his career in stand-up comedy (See Nightmare on Elm Street 2 through...forever) Freddy Krueger was one of the most diabolically ingenious horror creations to ever hit the screen. The razor-fingered ghoul--that's right, RAZOR-FINGERED GHOUL-- haunts teenagers in their dreams, terrorizes and eventually murders them in their sleep. Talk about evil.
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People who added this item 4401 Average listal rating (2929 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.7


Oh man. And I thought I hated her in the book. Behold the wretchedness of Nurse Ratched.
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People who added this item 4154 Average listal rating (2744 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)


Norman Bates...one crazy, mixed up son-of-a-bitch. Played by Anthony Perkins, this has become one of the most memorable killers in all of cinema.
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People who added this item 4893 Average listal rating (3218 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2


Man, did I hate this fuck.
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People who added this item 935 Average listal rating (587 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Dracula (1931)


Bela Lugosi's corny, genteel, smooth-talking, uber-Romanian Dracula is beyond iconic in the way its influence has endured over the years. And he can turn into a fishing-line suspended bat that bounces up and down just outside mansion windows!
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People who added this item 4612 Average listal rating (3118 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8
Jaws (1975)


Just look into the eyes of that godless killing machine. That fish fucking RUINED summer.
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Rebecca (1940)


Mrs. Danvers, played by Judith Anderson, is one demented, scheming, utterly wicked force of villainy in this great, gothic tale. (Can you guess which one she is???) Hitch brings his talents to American soil for the first time.
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People who added this item 2531 Average listal rating (1830 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Predator (1987)


Easily one of the greatest alien creations in movie history, the Predator creature is at once futuristic and tribal, a fearsome and savage hunter, and a wizard with sophisticated technology. It's heat-vision and impressive cloaking device were innovative and will remain vivid in our memories for years to come.

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People who added this item 2344 Average listal rating (1452 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Blue Velvet (1986)


So I lied. Someone does do crazy just as well or better than Jack. And that's Dennis Hopper. This time it's as the highly disturbed Amyl Nitrite huffing, Pabst Blue Ribbon swilling, Freudian clusterfuck of a monster named Frank Booth.
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People who added this item 291 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
Miracle (2004)


The Soviet Hockey team was America's most feared villain in all of sports. Bigger, stronger, faster, and better than everyone, they absolutely dominated the world of hockey for nearly two decades. Yeah, they were a bunch of fuckers alright.
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People who added this item 5192 Average listal rating (3541 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Aladdin (1992)


The slimy, ever power-thirsty sadist known as Jaffar is possibly the most fully developed, well-written, expertly voiced Disney Villain of them all.
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People who added this item 4221 Average listal rating (2902 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.2
Die Hard (1988)


With a name like HANS GRUBER you better be a real villainous bastard. Alan Rickman doesn't disappoint.
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Some of the most memorable and often most purely evil of the villains in cinema. Consideration here relies heavily on depth and development of character, with a few exceptions where sheer diabolical energy may supercede all else.

Anti-heroes are distinct from pure villains, and will hopefully get their own list soon :)

It should also be noted that I've only drawn from films I've actually seen AND enjoyed.

As always, suggestions and feedback are welcome and appreciated. Thanks for viewing!

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