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I started watching Inuyasha again. I first saw it in high school (under extreme protest, stubbornly believing that all anime was as horrible as Dragonball Z and Yugioh). And I was surprised at how chilling the villain of the show, Naraku, was. Even a decade later, he still manages to make my blood run cold.

It got me thinking...who are cinema's greatest villains?

Norman Bates (Psycho)
David (The Guest)
Ivan Kuroshnov (Air Force One)
Howard Payne (Speed)
Alexsandr Kodoroff (The Peacemaker)
Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street)
Bughuul (Sinister)
Xenomorph (Alien series)

That's all I can think of now

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Norman Bates is certainly in the top 5, I'd put him way above Hannibal Lecter. I can't zero in on the absolute best, but I can list some seriously great and underrated villains like John Lithgow in Blow Out and Sean Penn and Don Harvey in Casualties of War. De Palma could really procure some nasty villains sometimes.

Ray Liotta in Something Wild, terrific. James Remar in 48 Hrs made quite an impression on me for some reason, though I actually don't think the movie is great at all. But I think Jason Momoa in Bullet to the Head ranks pretty high for more recent movies. Ricardo Montalban's Khan is way up there. Robert Davi's Franz Sanchez is up there. Does Catherine of Jules and Jim count? One more obscure example I'd mention is the villain in Kaige Chen's The Promise. The movie itself may be a mess, but the villain has really stuck with me.


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Jordi Molla in Bad Boys 2
Bill Paxton in 2 Guns
Tom Wilkinson in Rush Hour

Clarence Bodiker in Robocop.


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William Munny and/or Bill Daggett from Unforgiven. The Jamaican dude(s) in Marked for Death. Jang Kyung-chul in I Saw the Devil. As mentioned by others above, Montalban's Khan and Freddy Krueger are definitely two of my all-time favorites. When the Terminator was bad he was a great villain too. Many think it too over-the-top cheesy, but I'm a great fan of Nicholson's Joker.


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No "villain" list is complete without Alan Rickman's "Hans Gruber".

Others I really like for different reasons...

Patrick McGoohan in Braveheart
Michael Wincott in The Crow and Robin Hood
Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Anthony Hopkins and Ted Levine in The Silence of the Lambs
Bob Gunton and Clancy Brown in The Shawshank Redemption
Kevin Spacey in Seven and The Usual Suspects

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Vexer wrote:
Jordi Molla in Bad Boys 2
Bill Paxton in 2 Guns
Tom Wilkinson in Rush Hour

Clarence Bodiker in Robocop.


Boddicker is a great villain.


Also, Vidal in Pan's Labyrinth.

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William Munny and/or Bill Daggett from Unforgiven. The Jamaican dude(s) in Marked for Death. Jang Kyung-chul in I Saw the Devil. As mentioned by others above, Montalban's Khan and Freddy Krueger are definitely two of my all-time favorites. When the Terminator was bad he was a great villain too. Many think it too over-the-top cheesy, but I'm a great fan of Nicholson's Joker.

Those are pretty good.

Also William Dafoe in xXx: State of the Union.


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Boddicker is a great villain but it's hard to take him seriously now since as great as Kurtwood Smith was in that movie, the defining role of his career is Red Foreman. Every time I see the guy in anything I keep waiting to hear him threaten somebody to put his foot up their ass. :lol:

Freddy Kruger is probably my favorite. Hannibal Lecter is up there too. Hans Gruber, Khan (Richardo Montleban, NOT Cumberbatch!!!), General Chang, The Borg Queen, Shinzon, Ras Al Ghul, The Joker (all versions), Magneto, Two Face (both versions), Bane, Sid 6.7, Gene Hackman in Unforgiven, Amon Goeth, John Malkovich in In the Line of Fire and Con Air, Castor Troy (both actors playing the part), Elijah Price.


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Holy shit, he asked "greatest n cinema" and people are throwing out Bad Boys 2, 2 Guns, Rush Hour....fucking Willem Dafoe in xxx: state of the union?...LMFAO. Out of all the great villains in cinema history and this is thrown out?

You fail to mention the most iconic villain of all time...DARTH VADER? Then there is Darth Sidius.

Mr Potter anyone?
The Wicked Witch
The Terminator
Gordon Gekko
Jack Torance
Harry fvcking Lime?
Regan...or more specifically Pazuzu
Nurse Ratched
Verbal Kint...(or Keiser Sose)
Burt Gordon from the Hustler


At least someone mentioned Hans Gruber.


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Since most of the best ones have been mentioned...

Lord Matsudaira Naritsugu, 13 Assasins
Christoph Waltz's Hans Landa, Inglorious Basterds
Burt Lancaster's J.J. Hunsecker, Sweet Smell of Success
Peter Lorre's serial killer, M
Orson Welles' Hank Quinlan, Touches of Evil
Michael Gambon's Albert Spica, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Robert Mitchum's Reverend Harry Powell, Night of the Hunter
Those freaky kids, Village of the Damned (1960)


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Surprised that Darth Vader has not been mentioned yet

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ilovemovies wrote:
Boddicker is a great villain but it's hard to take him seriously now since as great as Kurtwood Smith was in that movie, the defining role of his career is Red Foreman. Every time I see the guy in anything I keep waiting to hear him threaten somebody to put his foot up their ass. :lol:

Freddy Kruger is probably my favorite. Hannibal Lecter is up there too. Hans Gruber, Khan (Richardo Montleban, NOT Cumberbatch!!!), General Chang, The Borg Queen, Shinzon, Ras Al Ghul, The Joker (all versions), Magneto, Two Face (both versions), Bane, Sid 6.7, Gene Hackman in Unforgiven, Amon Goeth, John Malkovich in In the Line of Fire and Con Air, Castor Troy (both actors playing the part), Elijah Price.

I think Cumberbatch was pretty damn effective in his own right.


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Surprised that Darth Vader has not been mentioned yet


CruJones mentioned it two posts above.


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Palpatine is up there for me, easily the best Star Wars villain.


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unwindfilms wrote:
Surprised that Darth Vader has not been mentioned yet


CruJones mentioned it two posts above.


Thanks for the heads up ! Missed that bit in the post when I did my rather quick initial perusal

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Agent Smith (The Matrix)
T-1000 (Terminator 2)
Goldfinger


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Can't believe I forgot Darth Vader, or the Terminator, or Hans Landa...

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Surprised that there's been no mention of Hans Gruber from Die Hard.

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Jeff Wilder wrote:
Surprised that there's been no mention of Hans Gruber from Die Hard.


There has.... :roll:


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MGamesCook wrote:
Jeff Wilder wrote:
Surprised that there's been no mention of Hans Gruber from Die Hard.


There has.... :roll:

...twice! :lol:

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