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  • Lee Van Cleef, in The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

    3 4.11%
  • Rebecca de Mornay, in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

    0 0%
  • Clancy Brown as The Kurgan in Highlander

    1 1.37%
  • John Malkovich, In The Line of Fire

    1 1.37%
  • James Earl Jones, Conan the Barbarian

    3 4.11%
  • Jack Nicholson, The Shining, Witches of Eastwick, The Departed

    9 12.33%
  • Al Pacino, Devil's Advocate, Scarface

    1 1.37%
  • Robert Patrick, T1000 in Terminator 2

    2 2.74%
  • Gary Oldman in 5th Element, Professional

    11 15.07%
  • Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith, Matrix

    5 6.85%
  • Daniel Day-Lewis as The Butcher, Gangs of New York

    9 12.33%
  • Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector, Silence of the Lambs

    15 20.55%
  • Kathy Bates in Misery

    1 1.37%
  • Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects

    5 6.85%
  • William B. Davis, the Cigarette Smoking Man in The X-Files

    1 1.37%
  • Alan Ford as Bricktop in Snatch

    4 5.48%
  • Woody Harrelson in Natural Born Killers, Wag the Dog

    0 0%
  • Julliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers

    0 0%
  • Michael Madeson as Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill

    1 1.37%
  • Samuel L Jackson in Jackie Brown

    1 1.37%
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    Best Actor as a Villain in Film History

    I'm sure I'll forget many great actors, so feel free to add your own to this list. I'll also try and find some good quotes for them. Here's one so far:

    James Earl Jones in Conan the Barbarian:

    "Yes! You know what it is, don't you boy. Shall I tell you? It's the least I can do. Steel isn't strong boy, flesh is stronger! Look around you. There, on the rocks; that beautiful girl. Come to me, my child... [girl leaps to her death] That is strength, boy! That is power! What is steel compared to the hand that wields it? Look at the strength in your body, the desire in your heart, I gave you this! Such a waste. Contemplate this on the tree of woe.[to his guards] Crucify him!"

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    Orson Welles as Quinlan in A Touch of Evil.....

    My dad has always claimed his favorite movie villain was Scott Glenn in Urban Cowboy. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentrifier
    Orson Welles as Quinlan in A Touch of Evil.....
    Correct!

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    Cool, that's a movie I haven't seen.

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    Dude. Dennis Hopper, Blue Velvet.

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    Klaus Kinski, talkshows and interviews

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    A good villian isn't a sadistic, he's ruthless. So I'd vote Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: A New Hope. He doesn't give a shit about people, follows higher orders and is a calculating bad guy.

    But there's so many others.

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    Bob Hoskins in Unleashed was cold.

    Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man was hella ruthless...in a funny way.

    "Afraid not of none of you cowards but of my own strength"


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    Denzel Washington in Training Day. Next subject

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    That twisted korean dude in Oldboy

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    Alan Rickman in "Die Hard."

    "I wanted this to be professional. Efficient, adroit, 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.

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    it's a tie for me between hugo weaving and gary oldman. hmmm

    edit: went for hugo weaving in the end-he's just so un-nerving.

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    Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by John
    Dude. Dennis Hopper, Blue Velvet.
    Frank Booth is one scary mofo.

    "Heineken?! Fuck that shit man! PABST BLUE RIBBON!"

    Sexy.

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    Gene Hackman in Unforgiven.

    I love that even though he's technically the "villian", his character can come across as more sympathetic than Clint Eastwood's "hero". He was just a guy who wanted to keep his town safe, though he did tend to go a little overboard from time to time.
    Probably one of my favorite exchanges from a movie ever, as Hackman lies bleeding at Eastwood's gun point,

    Hackman: "I don't deserve this... to die like this. I was building a house."
    Eastwood: "Deserve's got nothin to do with it."
    Hackman: "I'll see you in hell, William Munny."
    Eastwood: "Yeah."
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    I voted for Gary Oldman, but if Anjelica Huston was on it for The Witches that would have got my vote instead.

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    Andy nailed it with Hackman, unreal performance and character writing. Oldman in The Professional was pretty unforgettable though.

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    "Stansfield: What filthy piece of shit did I do now?"

    This is the point were it becomes clear that Stansfield is a intriguing, but nevertheless fragile character. Love this scene in the restrooms Man, what a wonderful movie. Blends heaven and hell into a great experience.

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    Oliver Reed as Bill Sykes in 'Oliver', or Robert Helpmann as The Child Catcher in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Jimmy Cagney in 'White Heat', or Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch in 'The Wizard of Oz' (I'll get you, and your little dog too). Bette Davis in 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane'. Where does one stop..?

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    I have to go with Alan Ford from the list. His Brick Top is what changed my mind about ever visiting England. Jack Nickolson is such an icon that I can't get past him as a person in any of his movies now. Posh is dead on with Oliver Reed's Sykes and Robert Helpmann's Child Catcher for choices, I think I had nightmares for several years after watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Kevin Spacey as John Doe from Seven would be another choice of mine. Hackman in Unforgiven is a great choice Andy.
    James Gandolfini makes me nervous as Tony Soprano. Robert Di Nero as Max Cady in the remake of Cape Fear is pretty creepy. Robert Carlisle's Begbie in Trainspotting scares me a bit. Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken and James Gandolfini in True Romance were pretty great villians as well. I'd also throw in Ted Levine's Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumm from Silence of the Lambs.
    That guy was scaaaary. "It rubs the lotion on it's skin or else it gets the hose again".

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    A tie between Robert Walker in Strangers On A Train and Anthony Perkins in Psycho... Out of your list, I really liked Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs Of New York...

    Quote Originally Posted by Poshspice
    Witch in 'The Wizard of Oz' (I'll get you, and your little dog too)
    *cue Wicked Witch of the West theme*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell
    Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter.
    Good one... Nothing like a Priest torn between good and evil.

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    owen davian from MI:III was pretty adverse. this list should be much longer... - JAG

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    How could one not pick Nicholson? Just for his body of work as a serious sicko is stellar. Jack rates in my book for being one seriously spooky dude.

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    Daniel Day Lewis as Bill the Butcher, hands down. And in Natural Born Killers, I always thought of Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson as the heroes of that film, not the villians...

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    Quote Originally Posted by strych9ine
    Daniel Day Lewis as Bill the Butcher, hands down.
    When I saw the thread name I was thinking exactly that, and wham the first post I see says exactly that. I'll go ahead and second exactly that.

    I'd also say Geoffrey Rush in Pirates and Kevin Spacey in Se7en.

    Kevin Spacey also played Lex well int he latest superman, but I didn't enjoy the film that much. I hoped they wouldn't make superman look like he came from an 80's 8mm homosexual pornographic homevideo.

    But Daniel Day Lewis takes the cake, hands down.

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    It's all about the laugh - Clancy Brown as The Kurgan in Highlander.

    I don't understand how can Darth Vader not be here? Nor Emperor Palpatine?

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    So many to choose man... seriously... how can I just pick one?
    I would feel bad just picking one.

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