Greatest Villain Performances by Actors

The Top Ten Greatest Villain Performances by Actors

1 Heath Legder as Joker - The Dark Knight

NO one was come close!
Joaquin Phoenix was a great joker but it wasn’t Heath Ledger joker!

He IS the joker. He played the role very well, from the voice to the character Heath killed to outta this movie. He played it naturally, he truly the best joker and one of the best villains of all time. Such a great actor, we missed you dear.

It's one thing to act out a role masterfully, but to immerse yourself into said role so masterfully that you and the character you're portraying become indistinguishable is another thing. Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight was just that, and, simply put, it's why so many considered his portrayal of Joker to be the best villain portrayal in film history.

Heath was an incredible actor but this was by far his most astounding performance. I am amazed by him and I have so much respect for him... His joker was so fascinating, and you never once stopped to think that it was heath ledger, the guy from brokeback mountain, underneath all that makeup. You were too busy being scared out of your pants

2 Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He was born on December 31, 1937 in Margam, Wales. He is known for winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins has also won three BAFTAs, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille more.

The Most Horrendously Dangerous Villain in a Motion Picture! Easily your #1 Spot in this List... - Nirmal1991USA

Probably the most known villain - Alexandr

No one can top this performance! Sir Anthony Hopkins, we love your Remarkable Acting!

"I ate his liver" and "Clarice do you still hear them the screaming of the lambs? " Anthony Hopkins performance is remarkable in one of my all time favorite The Silence of the Lambs.

3 Al Pacino as John Milton/Devil - The Devil's Advocate Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. Pacino has had a career spanning more than five decades, during which time he has received numerous accolades and honors.

It was the greatest Devil ever played - Alexandr

Vanity is definitely my favourite sin - love that line. Al Pacino is one hell of an actor.

Al pacino is best

4 Jack Nicholson as Joker - Batman
5 Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Man

The angel of death personified, enough said.

6 Jason Isaacs as Col. Tavington in The Patriot
7 Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth - Schindler's List Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (born 22 December 1962) is an English actor, director and producer. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. more.
8 Bruce Willis as The Jackal - The Jackal

Movie hero Willis changed his style in this movie and honestly, his Jackal was brilliant! - Alexandr

9 Joaquin Phoenix as Emperor Commodus - Gladiator
10 Robert Patrick as T-1000 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Wait, that guy who guest starred on Ben 10 in that one episode about Phil was T-1000? I am too young to watch the film, but that is surprising. - 445956

Great acting! Robert Patrick made this role very memorable! Since childhood, T2 has been my favorite movie.

One of the coolest villains ever. Great acting - Alexandr

Great art Robert Patrick to T-1000 terminator full watter metal, T-1000 better model of T-800 relative T-101. T-1000 is compatible modul to identite peoples (T-1000, great young, T-800 oldest old).

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11 Sergi López as Captain Vidal - Pan's Labyrinth
12 Gary Oldman as Norman Stansfield - Leon (The Professional)

This performance has everything that people want in a villain. Sometimes Gary Oldman is comically over the top; air-conducting along to the Beethoven symphony playing in his mind whilst shooting down an entire family, or spouting out oddly hilarious - if not deranged phrases (I haven't got TIME for this Mickey Mouse bull! ). Other times he's flat-out chilling, in particular during the bathroom scene with Natalie Portman wherein he reveals the full extent of his sadism (I take no pleasure in taking a life if it's from a person who doesn't care about it)

13 Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt - Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

As one who read and loved this character in many of Anne Rice's novels, I feel Tom Cruise embodied him perfectly. I can't imagine anyone else doing it nearly as well. - Billyv

One of the greatest works from Tom Cruise, superb acting - Alexandr

This was my favorite role he ever did

14 Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator - The Terminator

That role suited him so well - Alexandr

Arnold of part terminator, werry intellect cybernet, red shine eyes and metal body endoskeleton. He is Model T-800, no match return.

T-101, relative T-800, art Arnold big scene to metal cybernet is his form to destruction. Cyberdaim system complete metal red blick eyes.

15 Gary Oldman as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg - The Fifth Element

Oldman always was awesome and believable as villain but this one was over the top! - Alexandr

16 Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber - Die Hard Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February 21st 1946 - Janurary 14th 2016) was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, most notably Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2016
17 William McNamara as Peter Foley - Copycat

He did so brutal and cruel murders. - Alexandr

18 Tom Cruise as Vincent - Collateral

Brilliant performance from Cruise. He didn't try to overdo anything and made this dark character completely realistic.

19 Gary Oldman as Dracula - Dracula

"gary oldman is outstanding as the undead count and deserved an oscar for his performance"

One of the best vampire movies ever. Gary did a great job - Alexandr

20 Daniel Day-Lewis As Bill 'the Butcher' Cutting - Gangs of New York

Masterful, a bonein filet acting performance meal with a blowjob of evil protagonist for desert

21 Tobin Bell as Jigsaw John - Saw
22 Colin Farrell as Bullseye - Daredevil
23 Javier Bardem as Silva - Skyfall

Best villian role for me

24 Jeevan as Lala - Laawaris
25 Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester - Supernatural
26 Tom Hiddleston as Loki - The Avengers Thomas William Hiddleston is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World.
27 Christopher Lee as Count Dracula - Dracula Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (1922-2015) was an English actor, singer, and author. He was best known for his villainous roles in films such as Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit more.

His face is the bloodiest and the scariest ever

28 Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger - A Nightmare in Elm Street
29 Alexander Ludwig as Cato - The Hunger Games Alexander Ludwig is a Canadian actor, singer and model. His notable film credits include The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, Lone Survivor, Disney's Race to Witch Mountain, and The Hunger Games.

Or course the irony is that he actually auditioned for the role of Peeta. History tells us that Josh Hutcherson got that role and that Alex ended up as Cato.

The leader of the Career Pack

30 Willem Dafoe as The Green Goblin - Spider-Man William J. "Willem" Dafoe is an American actor. A member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Platoon (1986) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000). He is also well known for his performances as Jesus Christ in The Last more.

He played brilliantly the part in the movie and I personally think Dafoe 's green goblin is one of the best movie villains of last twenty years.

Every time I watch Spiderman " the Green Goblin" always scares me by almost killing MJ!

31 Terry-Thomas as Sir Percy Ware Armitage - Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Pretty much the live action Dick Dasterdly

32 Danny DeVito as Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot - Batman Returns

He was more evil as Louie DePalma - Billyv

33 Gerard Butler as Clyde Shelton - Law Abiding Citizen

Brilliant acting from Gerard Butler, one of his best movies to date. Great and very innovative villain-killer. I love this movie - Alexandr

34 Amrish Puri as Mogambo - Mr. India
35 Paresh Rawal as Teja - Andaz Apna Apna
36 Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh - Sholay

He has played the most crucial role in the success of Sholay the all times Favourite Bollywood Film

Simply the best... Best movies till date

37 Arjun Rampal as Ra.One - Ra.One
38 Leven Rambin as Glimmer - The Hunger Games

She was way hotter than Katniss

39 Jemaine Clement as Boris the Animal - Men in Black 3
40 Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith - The Matrix

The Matrix trilogy is a stroke of genius. - Cwf1997

41 Dolph Lundgren as Andrew Scott /GR13 - Universal Soldier
42 Dolph Lundgren as Street Preacher - Johnny Mnemonic
43 Ian McKellen as Magneto - X-Men Sir Ian Murray McKellen is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards.
44 Christopher Waltz as Col. Hans Landa - Inglourious Basterds

He was absolutely brilliant in this film as the cold and cunning Col. Hans Landa. He thoroughly deserves the Oscar he received! Great film!

45 Nicole Kidman as Suzanne Stone-Maretto - To Die For Nicole Mary Kidman is an Australian-American actress and film producer. Kidman's breakthrough roles were in the 1989 feature film thriller Dead Calm and television thriller miniseries Bangkok Hilton.

Brilliant portrayal of this fame-hungry weather girl. She won a Golden Globe for this performance.

46 Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes - Misery Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress. She began her career on the stage, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in 'night, Mother.
47 Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Villain - The Expendables
48 Luke Evans as Owen Shaw - Fast & Furious 6
49 Robert Downey Jr as Vivian - In Dreams
50 Philip Seymour Hoffman as Owen Davian - Mission Impossible III

Evil with a deadpan expression

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