Moviefone Names Top 25 Movie Villains


Moviefone has released their list of the 25 greatest movie villains of all time, and its filled with all the usual suspects, as well as a few surprises and some glaring omissions.
Taking the Number 1 spot is Ralph Fiennes as Harry Potter‘s nemesis He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named (we’re not afraid – it’s really Lord Voldemort). While Voldemort is a hell of a villain, I think Number 1 is a little too high, especially considering who he’s trumped.
In 2nd place is Darth Vader – in both his angsty teen and planet destroying phases. The Wicked Witch of the West came 3rd, above Anthony HopkinsHannibal Lecter which placed a respectable 4th.
Heath Ledger‘s portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight came 5th – impressive for a movie that just came out today.

Other notable entries include Javier Bardem‘s emotionally bankrupt mass murderer Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men at Number 7. Hans Gruber – the money-hungry “terrorist” from Die Hard was chosen as the 8th greatest villain of all time. Horror staples Michael Myers (Halloween) and Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm St) managed 12th and 13th respectively.

Some of my all-time favourite villains barely made it into the top 20, including the great T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which came in at number 18. Dennis Hopper‘s oxygen-addicted sexual deviant Frank Booth (from Blue Velvet) managed a placement at 23. Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan was named 24th, while way down at the bottom was Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith from The Matrix.


Although a lot of the greats are covered here, there are a few classic villains missing. Just to name a few: Norman Bates from Psycho, Idi Amin from The Last King of Scotland, Amon Goeth (another Ralph Fiennes villain) from Schindler’s List, and Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Admit it – this red light was a better villain than Cruella De Ville.

Here is the full list for your troubles:

1. Lord Voldemort – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2. Darth Vader – Star Wars
3. Wicked Witch of the West – The Wizard of Oz
4. Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs
5. Joker – The Dark Knight
6. Goldfinger – Goldfinger
7. Anton Chigurh – No Country for Old Men
8. Hans Gruber – Die Hard
9. Max Cady – Cape Fear
10. Queen – Sleeping Beauty
11. Harry Powell – Night of the Hunter
12. Michael Myers – Halloween
13. Freddy Krueger – A Nightmare on Elm St
14. Mrs Iselin – The Manchurian Candidate
15. Tom Powers – Public Enemy
16. Annie Wilkes – Misery
17. Dr Christian Szell – Marathon Man
18. T-1000 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day
19. Joan Crawford – Mommie Dearest
20. Lex Luthor – Superman
21. Alonzo Harris – Training Day
22. Cruella DeVille – 101 Dalmations
23. Frank Booth – Blue Velvet
24. Khan Noonien Singh – Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
25. Agent Smith – The Matrix

Are there any villains that unfairly missed out? Is Joan Crawford REALLY a better movie villain than Lex Luthor? How come Jack Nicholson isn’t on this list AT ALL? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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