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The A.F.I. 50 Greatest Villains:

According to the A.F.I. (the American Film Institute for you new folks out there) a villain must be represented by the following traits: They are characters that movie goers love to hate - and hate to love. Characters whose wickedness of mind, selfishness of character and will to power are sometimes masked by beauty and nobility. Others rage unmasked. Dare the worst to gain the most, the movie villains we remember best can be horrifically evil, merely sleazy or grandiosely funny, but are usually complex, moving and tragic. Finally, they are characters that have made a mark on American society in matters of style and substance.

Villains 1 - 25
Villains 26 - 50
1. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins)
The Silence of the Lambs.

2. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)

3. Darth Vader (David Prowse voiced by James Earl Jones)
The Empire Strikes Back.

4. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton)
The Wizard of Oz.

5. Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

6. Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore)
It's a Wonderful Life.

7. Alex Forrest (Glenn Close)
Fatal Attraction.

8. Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck)
Double Indemnity.

9. Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair)
The Exorcist.

10. The Queen (voiced by Lucille LaVerne)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

11. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)
The Godfather Part II.

12. Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell)
A Clockwork Orange.

13. HAL 9000 (voiced by Douglas Rain)
2001: A Space Odyssey.

14. The Alien (Bolaji Badejo)

15. Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes)
Schindler's .

16. Noah Cross (John Huston)

17. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates)

18. The Shark

19. Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton)
Mutiny on the Bounty.

20. Man

21. Mrs. John Iselin (Angela Lansbury)
The Manchurian Candidate.

22. The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
The Terminator.

23. Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter)
All About Eve.

24. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas)
Wall Street.

25. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)
The Shining.

26. Cody Jarrett (James Cagney)
White Heat.

27. The Martians
War of the Worlds.

28. Max Cady (Robert Mitchum)
Cape Fear.

29. Rev. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum)
The Night of the Hunter.

30. Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro)
Taxi Driver.

31. Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson)

32. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker (Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway)
Bonnie and Clyde.

33. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi)

34. Dr. Szell (Laurence Olivier)
Marathon Man.

35. J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster)
Sweet Smell of Success.

36. Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper)
Blue Velvet.

37. Harry Lime (Orson Welles)
The Third Man.

38. Rico Bandello (Edward G. Robinson)
Little Caesar.

39. Cruella De Vil (voiced by Betty Lou Gerson)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

40. Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund)
A Nightmare on Elm Street.

41. Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway)
Mommie Dearest.

42. Tom Powers (James Cagney)
The Public Enemy.

43. Regina Giddens (Bette Davis)
The Little Foxes.

44. Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

45. The Joker (Jack Nicholson)

46. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman)
Die Hard.

47. Tony Camonte (Paul Muni)

48. Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey)
The Usual Suspects.

49. Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe)

50. Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington)
Training Day.

Evil Ash

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