Movies just wouldn’t be as exciting if they didn’t contain those colorfully warped characters known as “villains”. Often times these people are merely twisted, lonely, misunderstood souls that have been psychologically damaged and/or are out for revenge. Then there’s the flat out, pure evil ones who have nothing driving them except an innate need to cause mayhem and terror. Whatever they are, wherever they come from, they provide us film fans with an immense amount of thrills and entertainment. Let’s face it, they are, in large part why we love cinema in the first place! In tribute to them, FC has picked out fifty of our favorite freaky film fiends for you to peruse. Enjoy!

Top of the world!

1. Cody Jarrett (James Cagney) – White Heat: “Top of the world!”

Going crazy over gold
2. Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) – The Treasure of The Sierra Madre: “Let’s see, three times 35 – is a hundred and five. I’ll bet you 105,000 dollars that you go to sleep before I do.”

A little bit of pain
3. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) – Misery: “Now that’s an oogie mess.”

Say hello to my little friend

4. Tony Montana (Al Pacino) – Scarface: “Say hello to my little friend!”

Holding a knife to her throat

5. Arthur Maggot (Telly Savalas): The Dirty Dozen: “It’s judgment day, sinners!”

A totally ruthless man
6. Mr. Han (Shih Kien) – Enter The Dragon: “Very few people can be totally ruthless. It isn’t easy; it takes more strength than you might believe.”

Silent but deadly

7. Boss Godfrey aka The Man with No Eyes (Morgan Woodward) – Cool Hand Luke

One evil Asian sorceror

8. David Lo Pan (James Hong) – Big Trouble in Little China: “They have returned. And this time they are not alone. Egg Shen is with them. Little bastard sorcerer has brought them through the Bog of the Dead Trees.”

a white hot juggernaut at 200 mph
9. Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) – Death Proof: “We’re both goin left so I guess you’re gonna have to get scared immediately”

Jerry's all cleaned up
10. Jerry Blake (Terry O’Quinn)  – The Stepfather: “Who am I again?”

Crazy for the lord

11. Mrs. White (Piper Laurie) – Carrie: “I pray you find Jesus”

Stansfield is acting wacky

12. Stansfield (Gary Oldman) – Leon: The Professional: “I like these calm little moments before the storm. It reminds me of Beethoven.”

Tommy's a funny guy

13. Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) – GoodFellas: “How am I funny?”

Sgt. Barnes is one mean dude

14. Sgt Barnes (Tom Berenger) – Platoon: “Death? What do you all know about death?”

Dougie has a word with Flounder
15. Douglas C. Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf) – National Lampoon’s Animal House: “You’re all worthless and weak!”

Student of the old ultra-violence

16. Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) – A Clockwork Orange: “Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well.”

A wolf in sheep's clothing

17. Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) – The Night of The Hunter: “Salvation is a last-minute business, boy.”

Evil or just a businessman?

18. Frank White (Christopher Walken) – King of New York: “I must’ve been away too long because my feelings are dead. I feel no remorse.”

Hans is all business

19. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) – Die Hard: “I wanted this to be professional, efficient, adult, cooperative. Not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way… so he won’t be joining us for the rest of his life.”

Red watches Bond closely
20. Red Grant (Robert Shaw) – From Russia With Love: “The first one won’t kill you; not the second, not even the third… not till you crawl over here and you KISS MY FOOT!”

Slashing away

21. Bobbi – Dressed To Kill: “Don’t make me be a bad girl again!”

Wouldn't harm a fly

22. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) – Psycho: “I think I must have one of those faces you can’t help believing.”

Greed is good
23. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) – Wall Street: “Greed is good”

The little devil

24. Damien (Harvey Stephens) – The Omen

What a dick

25. Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) – Robocop: “Hello, buddy boy. Dick Jones here. I guess you’re on your knees right about now. Begging for your life. Pathetic. You don’t feel so cocky now do ya Bob?”

Blood is thinner than water

26. Brad Whitewood Sr. (Christopher Walken) – At Close Range: “If it’s blood, don’t break it.”

Meserve doesn't like the Army

27. Sgt. Meserve (Sean Penn) – Casualties of War: “Even though I walk through the valley of shadow and death, I shall fear no evil. For I’m the meanest motherfucker in the whole fucking valley.”

Snail on a straight razor

28. Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) – Apocalypse Now: “I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream; that’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor… and surviving.”

Time for dental work

29. Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier) – Marathon Man “Thus far I find you rather detestable, may I say that without hurting your feelings?”

A love gone bad

30. Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) – Fatal Attraction: “You’re so stupid… you’re a stupid, selfish bitch!”

Bad night at the dance club

31. The Terminator (Arnold Shwarzenegger): “I’ll be back”

Never trust someone with a last name that could be a first name

32. Mr. Joshua (Gary Busey) – Lethal Weapon: “Now if you would kindly tell me everything you know, I promise I’ll kill you quick.”

Biff and his henchmen

33. Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) – Back To The Future 1-3: “What are you looking at butthead?”

Come out come out wherever you are
34. Max Cady (Robert DeNiro) – Cape Fear: “Granddaddy used to handle snakes in church, Granny drank strychnine. I guess you could say I had a leg up, genetically speaking.”

A vindictive vampire

35. David (Keifer Sutherland) – The Lost Boys: “Maggots, Michael. You’re eating maggots. How do they taste?”

Want me to shoot this guy? Pa-choo

36. Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) – Reservoir Dogs: “Are you gonna bark all day little doggy, or are you gonna bite?”

Anton is a moody guy

37. Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) – No Country For Old Men: “You should admit your situation. There would be more dignity in it.”

Rooftop sniper
38. Scorpio (Andrew Robinson) – Dirty Harry: “Stupid kid! Come on sing everyone! Sing or I’ll go home and kill all your mommies, sing, sing!”

The loving couple from hell

39. Mickey and Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis & Woody Harrelson) – Natural Born Killers: Mallory: “Let’s go out there, and run down the stairs, and go out in a hail of bullets. And then we’ll die! And then we’ll really be free. Mickey: That’s poetry. But we’ll do that when all else fails.”

The Joker needs a hug

40. The Joker (Heath Ledger) – The Dark Knight: “Do you know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can’t savour all the little emotions.”

One cold witch
41. Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest: “If Mr. McMurphy doesn’t want to take his medication orally, I’m sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I don’t think that he would like it.”

I can eat a peach for hours

42. Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage/John Travolta) – Face/Off: “I’m scared, Sean. Well, I think you better pull the trigger Sean, because I really don’t give a fuck.”

Frank is all gassed up

43. Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) – Blue Velvet: “Don’t toast to my health, toast to my fuck!”

Raised on TV

44. Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey) – The Cable Guy: “You were never there for me were you mother? You expected Mike and Carol Brady to raise me! I’m the bastard son of Claire Huxtable!”

Putting the lotion in the basket

45. Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb (Ted Levine) – The Silence of the Lambs: “Put the fucking lotion in the basket!”

Nino takes over the apartment
46. Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) – New Jack City: “See ya and I wouldn’t wanna be ya!”

Agent Smith is giddy
47. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) – The Matrix: “Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.”

Oily Bastard
48. Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) – There Will Be Blood: “You’re just a bastard from a basket!”

Tell me a story
49. Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) – Training Day: “King Kong ain’t got SHIT on me!”

A bloody mess
50. John Doe (Kevin Spacey) – Seven: “Don’t ask me to pity those people. I don’t mourn them any more than I do the thousands that died at Sodom and Gomorrah.”



Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database and Furious Cinema. Pete is an avid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation and cult films to popular mainstream classics.

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4 Responses

  1. Ces Manansala says:

    This is one deliciously EVIL list. But how the hell can you guys forget Henry Fonda’s brilliantly sick gunslinger from “Once Upon a Time in the West”? His portrayal as the cruel and sadistic killer “Frank” will forever be my favorite movie villain of all time. Seriously, how can Tom Joad from “The Grapes of Wrath” stoop so low as to murder an innocent family with no ounce of remorse?

    • mm Peter says:

      thanks! i love that character too. when you make lists, often times you’ll leave out your own obvious favorites by accident. if we do another list (probably will) he’ll be #1! 🙂

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