1. Darth Vader in Star Wars
No one can argue that Darth Vader is one of the most well-known and agreed-upon movie villains ever.
In a clear-cut universe of good and bad, he represents “bad.”
2. Hans Gruber in Die Hard
In this movie, it seems that Alan Rickman was born to be a bad guy.
His talented voice, charisma and cunning show how evil he is underneath.
3. Gollum in Lord of the Rings
While Sauron and Saruman are also undisbuted villains of this trilogy, Gollum shows himself as a serious villain with his dual personality and wild nature that make him unpredictable and dangerous.
4. Count Dracula in the 1931. Dracula
Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Count Dracula has stood the test of time in this immortal performance.
His intense stare and charisma make him an alluring and dangerous monster.
5. HAL-9000 in 2001 Space Odyssey
One of the greatest villains in movie history, this AI computer becomes terrifying as it takes control.
There’s just something about the idea of a computer taking over that makes all humans nervous.
6. Michael Myers in the Halloween Series
If the boogeyman was real, he would be this horror icon among all others in the genre.
Michael Myers’ blank stare and the fact that he just won’t die make him stand out as a villain.
7. Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs
Anthony Hopkins gives his most iconic performance as the sophisticated doctor who enjoys liver — of the human variety — with fava beans and a nice Chianti.
His suave sophistication makes him especially dangerous.
8. Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter Series
Helen Bonham Carter dominates the screen in her role as Bellatrix Lestrange.
This character is insane, she’s obsessed with the evil lord Voldemort and she gets a kick out of killing.
9. Kathy Bates in Misery
Kathy Bates’ cold, obsessive demeanor as she holds her prisoner captive makes you feel helpless along with him.
10. Biff Tannen in Back to the Future
Biff Tannen is the ultimate bully.
He menaces the McFly family generation after generation, and you can empathize with the fear of standing up to him.
11. Tommy Devito in Goodfellas
Joe Pesci plays probably the most relentless, heartless and unforgiving villain on this list.
And since his performance is so realistic, it’s scarier than more fantastical characters.
12. Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Actress Louis Fletcher won the Best Actress Oscar for the most diabolical nurse ever.
If Jack Nicholson can be scared of her, you know the viewer will be too.
13. Colonel William Tavington in The Patriot
You can’t help but hate this British colonel who is so cold-blooded that he can kill the son of character Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson, for no good reason right in front of him.
This is only one of his brutal acts throughout the movie.
14. Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange
It doesn’t get more shocking than the mixture of terror and happiness that is the mind of this villainous character.
15. Jack Torrance in The Shining
Everyone knows the infamous “Here’s Johnny” line Jack Nicholson delivers in this movie.
This is only one small part of this delusional and insane character.