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  • Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    There have been many villains in film history. Some are easily forgettable, but some of are easily remembered by critics and audiences alike. What do you guys think are the best villains in film history? Letm e start things off:

    1. Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs
    2. Norman Bates, Psycho
    3. Frank Booth, Blue Velvet
    4. Tommy DeVito, Goodfellas
    5. Daniel Plainview, There Will Be Blood
    6. Harry Lime, The Third Man
    7. Col. Hans Landa, Inglorious Basterds
    8. Amon Goeth, Schindler’s List
    9. Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part II
    10. The Joker, The Dark Knight
     
     

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    Benny Tarleton
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    1/Jack Palance …Shane ….a rather sinister Ukrainian

    2/Elli Wallach ….Good , bad and Ugly .. opportunistic .Polish Jew

    3/ Lee Van Cleef..good , Bad  and Ugly…not a happy camper
     
    4/ The ”Hillbillies ” from Deliverance …imagine meeting those dudes on a camping trip

    5/ Michael Cain …Get Carter…set in my home town of Newcastle , England and very acurate

    5/  Gig Young …Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia…Pekinpah’s weird masterpiece

    Gig really was a baaaad dude as he shot his  5th wife of 3 weeks and then blasted himself to eternity …way to go dude !  …. talk about life imitating art …he     should of been given an Oscar for that performance …the last act is always a solo , or as Sinatra would say ”I did it my way ” !       

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    seabel
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    LIFE OF PI gave me an intense sense of fear. Who was the villain there?

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    Titanium
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    Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List – Such a powerhouse performance, so monsterous and cold; one of the worst oscar travesties of all time was when he didn’t win for this!

    Louise Fletcher in Cuckoo’s Nest – She epitomises passive-agressiveness at its worst! A monster through and through.

    Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men – Two words. Haircut. And Terrifying. He’s amazing in Skyfall too!

    Heath Ledger in Dark Knight – Need I say anymore. Just amazing!

    Kim Stanley in Frances – The mother from hell! Completely evil in the way she drives her daughter to madness.
     
    Jeremy Renner in Dahmer – This was starrmaking and it’s no wonder why. Simply disturbing and yet so charismatic you can’t look away!

    Kathy Bates in Misery – Just purely terrifying! Such good acting.

    Gary Oldman in Dracula – He slayed it and slayed it again! 
     
    Anf finally, the most underrated in my opinion; Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist – I’ve never gasped in horror so much at a film, thanks to her. She dominates the screen every second she’s in it and regardless of her unimposing appearance creates a looming presence. She torments and attacks her husband in every way imaginable, the scene with the grindstone and the drill still makes me wince… ditto the scissors scene! She seriously needed more award recognition! 
                      

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    M H
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    Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch. 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    I know that this is off track, but Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega were nominated for AFI’s 100 Heroes and Villains list. Am I the only one who thinks that this is stupid? I see Jules and Vincent more as protagnists, not villains. 

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    delerian
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    George Macready as General Mireau in Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. I hated this character so much after the movie.

    Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. He gave me the first nightmares from a movie since when I was a kid. That character still terrifies me.

    Malcolm McDowell as Alex de Large in A Clockwork Orange. His lack of empathy is incredibly disturbing, but also terrifyingly real.

    HAL 9000 in 2001 A Space Odyssey. A computer can’t feel empathy and will destroy you if it ever becomes logical to do so and if it has the capability.

    I didn’t plan for it, but I see that I have a lot of Kubrick on my list. Of his characters, I think General Mireau was the greatest villain. All of the other characters on my list were murderers, but Mireau did it for ambition and then had contempt for the poor innocent sods his kangaroo court executed in order to protect him or that he sent to their deaths when he was trying to get a promotion.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Alex Forrest – Fatal Attraction
    Keyser Soze – The Usual Suspects
    T-1000 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    Peyton Flanders – The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
    Hedra Carlson – Single White Female
    Roy Batty – Blade Runner
    Gordon Gekko – Wall Street
    Rhoda Penmark – The Bad Seed 

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    Daniel B.
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    Not sure if I would consider Tommy DeVito a villain. Maybe I need to re-watch GoodFellas.

    I also wish people would stop revealing who the villain was in Psycho. Sure, it’s pop culture common knowledge, but it certainly takes away from the viewing experience when you know that SPOILER Norman Bates is the killer, and not his mother as we are lead to believe END SPOILER. On that note, I also wish people never started repeating Darth Vader’s most memorable quote. You can’t sit down and watch Star Wars with a first-time viewer without them asking SPOILER “Isn’t Darth Vader Luke’s father?,” something they weren’t supposed to know about until the end of The Empire Strikes Back. END SPOILER. This has got to be the worst-kept secret movie spoiler of all time.

    That’s the end of my rant (for now). Here are some of my personal picks for favourite cinematic villains:

    Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs
    Darth Vader, Star Wars trilogy
    Amon Göth, Schindler’s List
    Col. Hans Landa, Inglourious Basterds
    The Joker, The Dark Knight
    Anton Chigurh, No Country for Old Men
    Daniel Plainview, There Will Be Blood
    Scar, The Lion King
    Frank Booth, Blue Velvet
    The Monster, Frankenstein
    Veto Corleone, The Godfather
    Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver
    The Terminator, The Terminator
    Jabba the Hutt, Return of the Jedi
    Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part II
    Bill “The Butcher” Cutting, Gangs of New York
    Buffalo Bill, The Silence of the Lambs
    Bruno Anthony, Strangers on a Train

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    Benny Tarleton
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     One of the reasons that I like movies is that it gives expression to the dual nature of we humans ; the saint and the sinner , the good and the evil , the Dr Jeckle and Mr Hyde , or the slowly decomposing ”Picture of Dorian Grey ”

    Let’s face it , civilisation is a slow taming process , not unlike the domestication of farm animals and , relatively speaking , it is a very recent occurance of a mere three thousand years ;in the greater scheeme of things a very short period indeed …in a crisis we humans are never too far removed from tribal wars and cannibalism as prophetically recognised in movies such as Cormac Mcarty’s ”THE ROAD ” , or better still ”Blood Meridian’…..man is indeed ”wolf to man ” !

    With the dual nature of mankind it will always be necessary to encourage the positive and , to use a Lincolnesque term, ”bring out the better Angels of our nature” , especially since the carnal , primal , atavistic nature of the ”beast ” will usually be the most dominant …the mind must control the animal passions rather like a rider controls the horse …even though the horse is potentially much more powerful …it takes a supreme act of will power , self disciplin and mature  mind concentration  to act within the framework of the Law …after all , ” LAW is the wise restraint that make men free ! ”….fear of the LAW/ LORD is truly the begining of all wisdom…yet another reason why ”If God had never existed , it would be necessary to invent GOD ”  !

    SHEEESH !….I should be getting paid to write these kinds of comments ….  ”  wisdom does indeed wear a shabby cloak ”    

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I’m slightly.. No.. Not slightly..  EXTREMELY appalled that only one person so far has listed Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West.  Not only is it THE most iconic movie villain of all time, but it’s one of the most iconic PERFORMANCES in the history of cinema.  

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    Ted Mosby
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    Hercules the Dog – The Sandlot

    every kids nightmare 

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    Mrs. Doolittle
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    I’m slightly.. No.. Not slightly..  EXTREMELY appalled that only one person so far has listed Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West.  Not only is it THE most iconic movie villain of all time, but it’s one of the most iconic PERFORMANCES in the history of cinema.  

    Agreed, definitely one of the greatest performances on screen. It is pure bullshit that she wasn’t nominated for the Oscar for that role. She should have won!

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    Riley
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    I also wish people would stop revealing who the villain was in Psycho. Sure, it’s pop culture common knowledge, but it certainly takes away from the viewing experience when you know that SPOILER Norman Bates is the killer, and not his mother as we are lead to believe END SPOILER. On that note, I also wish people never started repeating Darth Vader’s most memorable quote. You can’t sit down and watch Star Wars with a first-time viewer without them asking SPOILER “Isn’t Darth Vader Luke’s father?,” something they weren’t supposed to know about until the end of The Empire Strikes Back. END SPOILER. This has got to be the worst-kept secret movie spoiler of all time.  That’s the end of my rant (for now).

    I have no idea how I went into The Sixth Sense in 2008 without knowing the ending (and I am obviously glad for that).

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    MovieManiac405
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    Here’s some of the past 15 (eh… 17) years that stand out for me…

    – Kevin Spacey in SEVEN… not that snooze of a film, The Usual Suspects. I swear Spacey still gives me the chills every time I watch this… that monologue in the back of the police car is one of the great film villian speechs of all-time. And what makes this character so diaboliqual is that in the end, his master plan is completed, and in a sense, he wins.

    – Gary Sinise in RANSOM… another great villian speech here, when he’s talking to Mel Gibson over the walkie-talkie on the long car ride. The sense of evil that Sinise musters up in this character made the movie infinitely more intense.

    – The Iceberg in TITANIC (haha)

    – Gary Oldman in AIR FORCE ONE… You just want to strangle him the whole movie – a clear sign of a great villian. Oldman has played so many great villianous roles, but this is the one that stands out for me. So cold-blooded…

    – Denzel Washington in TRAINING DAY… I think it’s clear why he won the Oscar for this.

    – David Caradine from KILL BILL: Vol. 1 & 2… Largely off screen for most of the films, but his presence is always felt. Caradine does the rare feat of allowing us to dispise a character for his actions, while sympathizing with his motivations.

    – Charlize Theron in MONSTER… Nuff said

    – Angela Bettis in MAY… Still one of my all-time favorite horror movies. A brilliant, under-seen character study of a very disturbed young girl.

    – Jack Nicholson/Matt Damon in THE DEPARTED… True bad-asses in the Scorsese sense.

    – Daniel Day-Lewis in THERE WILL BE BLOOD… I think this performance will go down in cinematic history as his finest. So iconic.

    – Christoph Waltz in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS

    – Ezra Miller in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

    – Leonardo DiCaprio in DJANGO UNCHAINED

    – Javier Bardem in SKYFALL

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