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Top 25 Greatest Film Villains

Guess the 25 most villainous villains seen on the silver screen. Source: American Film Institute (AFI) 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains from 2003, so it doesn't contain the excellent Heath Ledger as the Joker I'm afraid.
I give you the film, you give me the baddie.
Only enter the name of the character, not the real name of the actor playing them, or voicing them in the case of the animated ones.
See also my quiz "Top 25 Greatest Film Heroes", from the same source. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/117181/top-25-greatest-film-heroes
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Last updated: April 10, 2024
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Position
Movie Title
Character's Name
1
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Dr Hannibal Lecter
2
Psycho (1960)
Norman Bates
3
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Darth Vader
4
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Wicked Witch of the West
5
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Nurse Ratched
6
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Mr Henry F Potter
7
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Alex Forrest
8
Double Indemnity (1944)
Phyllis Dietrichson
9
The Exorcist (1973)
Reagan MacNeil
10
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The Queen
11
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Michael Corleone
12
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Alex deLarge
13
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
HAL 9000
14
Alien (1979)
The Alien
15
Schindler's List (1993)
Amon Goeth
16
Chinatown (1974)
Noah Cross
17
Misery (1990)
Annie Wilkes
18
Jaws (1975)
The Shark (or the Mayor?)
19
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Captain Bligh
20
Bambi (1942)
Man
21
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Eleanor Iselin
22
Terminator (1984)
The Terminator
23
All About Eve (1950)
Eve Harrington
24
Wall Street (1987)
Gordon Gekko
25
The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrance
13 Comments
+7
Level 67
Oct 1, 2022
Fun quiz! In 'The Exorcist', was Reagan really the baddie, since she was possessed? I kept trying demon, devil, satan, etc. Just a thought.
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Level 70
Oct 5, 2022
Comments re Pazuzu and demon taken onboard and added - thanks.
+6
Level 41
Oct 1, 2022
Xenomorph not accepted for Alien, and T-800 for Terminator? That's literally what they're called in universe
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Level 84
Oct 1, 2022
That's what I came here to say. Beat me on both of them.
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Level 70
Oct 5, 2022
Now updated as type-ins. Thanks.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2022
Pazuzu was the demon in the ‘The Exorcist’ and should be accepted.
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Level 67
Oct 1, 2022
AFI should do new versions of their top 100 lists
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2022
I agree, a modern list worth it's salt would include Heath Ledger as the Joker, and I'd love to see the recognition.
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Level 78
Oct 1, 2022
I typed Alex and meant the main character from "A Clockwork Orange". I got the Alex from "Fatal Attraction". Funny.
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Level 72
Feb 17, 2023
I'd say the real villain in Jaws is the mayor really
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Level 30
Feb 17, 2023
You should accept ´Hunter´ as an answer for Bambi
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Level 68
Feb 17, 2023
Alex DeLarge committed villainous acts in A Clockwork Orange but the State is the true villain of the film. If the AFI Conservatory is teaching their students this they're failing them.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2024
Surely Walter Neff is just as bad as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity. He helped her kill her husband for the insurance money, so how is he not equally culpable? Also, it is a long time since I saw A Clockwork Orange or read the book, but I only ever remember him being referred to as Alex. I don't ever remember his last name being mentioned.