Top Ten Best Antagonists in Thriller Films

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I just love those dark psychotic characters in Thrillers, don't you?
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The Top Ten

1 Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) - Misery Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) - Misery

Those first words "I'm your number one fan" has me glued to the screen. She's so scarily unpredictable. The best written character in a thriller bar none. Stephen King did an amazing job when he created Annie Wilkes. - Britgirl

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2 Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins) - The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins) - The Silence of the Lambs

So intelligent, so calm and charming (yes, charming. You did read that correctly) and so terrifically scary. - Britgirl

3 Mrs. Mott / Peyton Flanders (Rebecca De Mornay) - The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Mrs. Mott / Peyton Flanders (Rebecca De Mornay) - The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

I have a confession to make here. I used her character as inspiration for the novel I'm currently writing. She's quiet and very VERY manipuative. Excellent character. - Britgirl

4 Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh) - Single White Female Hedra Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh) -  Single White Female

She's brilliant. Unhinged. The perfect flatmate... - Britgirl

5 Officer Pete Davis (Ray Liotta) - Unlawful Entry Officer Pete Davis (Ray Liotta) - Unlawful Entry
6 The Phantom (Gerard Butler) - The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom (Gerard Butler) - The Phantom of the Opera

Apart from the obsessiveness, the jealousy and the numerous murders, he's pretty much most Womens dream man. - Britgirl

7 Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) - Saw Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) - Saw Jigsaw is a character from the Saw series. He first appears in Saw as a man whose wife passed away. After that, he did lots of tests on people.
8 Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) - Speed Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) - Speed
9 Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) - American Psycho Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) - American Psycho Patrick Bateman, is an American, serial killing, yuppie, anti-hero, who debuted in the rules of attraction, by Bret Easton Ellis. ...read more.
10 Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) - Psycho Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) - Psycho Norman Bates is a character created by writer Robert Bloch as the main character in his novel Psycho, and portrayed by Anthony Perkins as the primary antagonist of the 1960 film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock and its sequels.

The Contenders

11 Gary Oldman - Dracula
12 Max Cady (Robert DeNiro) - Cape Fear Max Cady (Robert DeNiro) - Cape Fear

Can't believe I forgot to add him. Naturally he should be in the top three! - Britgirl

13 Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) - Basic Instinct Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) - Basic Instinct
14 Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) - Fatal Attraction Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) - Fatal Attraction
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1. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) - Misery
2. Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins) - The Silence of the Lambs
3. Mrs. Mott / Peyton Flanders (Rebecca De Mornay) - The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
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