19 Movie Villains We Love To Hate

Our mothers might prefer if we always sided with the good guys, but sometimes, the bad ones are just so much more fun. For every clear-cut morality tale, there's an even more enthralling story that blurs the line between good and bad, replete with antagonists that often go down in the hall of fame.
So, this is an ode to all the bad boys and girls out there, the ones who didn't play by the rules and won our hearts in the process. Sometimes they're pure evil, sometimes they're walking just outside the law, but they're always nothing short of fascinating. Wrong as it may be, sometimes, we just can't help but root for the other side.
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Photo: Courtesy of Miramax Films.
Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, and Lucy Liu as The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, Kill Bill
Every member of Tarantino's group of villains is so good, so coy, and so slick that singling out just one feels like a sin. Vengeance, in this case, is a deranged form of love — one that bridges on hate, but looks fantastic in leather.
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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
Gary Oldman as Stansfield, Léon: The Professional
Maybe it's the gray eyes, or maybe it's just Oldman, but watching him lose his marbles is oddly satisfying. He forever changed the way we want to round up a group of people.
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Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting, Gangs of New York
At this point, it's no surprise that we love DDL. Here, his ruthless rampage is so brutal, so impeccably dapper, that the violence and rage is somehow canceled out.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lions Gate Films.
Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, American Psycho
Speaking of well-dressed manics, Bateman is in a league of his own. He has the beauty regimen most women would die for, and his body is immaculately chiseled as to cut glass. It's a shame he has a penchant for bloody messes, but at least he cleans up well.
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James Franco as Alien, Spring Breakers
There was something so wrong about Franco's Alien, that it began to feel so right. He was the dirty bad boy you could never, ever take to your parents (let alone show off to your friends). He was, however, an oddly hospitible caretaker who took pride in his "stuff," and that humanized him.
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Cruella de Vil, 101 Dalmatians
Some people want their ashes scattered at Bergdorf's, others want diamonds, but this diva would prefer to be wrapped in oodles of fur. Yes, she's an original, and fabulousness of de Vil's level has yet to be trumped.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh, No Country for Old Men
The bowl-cut 'do gave Bardem an eerie, boyish appearance that contrasted his brash, heads-or-tails take on life. Yet, everything he did was with philosophical reason. It's just a coin, after all...
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Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa, Inglourious Basterds
Waltz's character has deplorable ideals, but he played it with a knowing wink. Hell, the Academy loved his performance so much, they awarded him an Oscar.
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Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest
This isn't our first time at the rodeo; we've seen this archetype of a powerful yet manically neurotic woman before. And yet, never has it shaken us to our bones like Dunaway's performance. We still cringe at wire hangers.
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Photo: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures.
David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King, Labyrinth
Sure, he's a kidnapper, but a glittery one that really just wanted to show the reality of the imagination.
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Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver
No, he's not lovable, by any means. Travis can be terrifying, violent, and off-putting, while still displaying weirdly noble behaviors alongside his obsessive stalking. It's these nuances that makes him one of the most interesting and timeless characters, ever.
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Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty, Blade Runner
Creepy accent, freakishly buff body, perfect tiptoeing between robotic and human, and one of the most awe-inspiring speeches of all time. Through most of the movie, the viewer is determined to hate Roy, yet we end up both terrified and tearful. (Oh, and it goes without saying that Roy would be nothing without his raccoon-eyed counterpart, Pris.)
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Photo: Courtesy of New World Pictures.
Christian Slater as J.D., Heathers
Who cares if he was slightly off his rocker? He — and his baby face — committed all his crimes out of love. Heather should feel honored.
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Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, Batman Returns
Many of us slip into shiny bodysuits come Halloween, hoping we'll be transformed into the sleek, nimble, perma-tease that is Pfeiffer's Catwoman — only to realize that she will always be the only woman for the job.
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Photo: Courtesy of Universal Studios.
Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson, Double Indemnity
The ultimate femme fatale villain, Phyllis sets up Walter Neff using sex appeal and allure, and then knocks him down hard — something we know from the beginning of the movie. But, in the process of Walter's downfall, Phyllis embodies animal attraction...and feminine wiles that beg to be copied.
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Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, Harry Potter
We blame our slight obsession with Snape on Rickman's oily voice. That, and the character's permanent state of sarcasm. Had we gone to Hogwarts, we'd make it our goal to make the man laugh. Not to mention the fact that Snape isn't actually the villain at all, but the story's bravest and truest hero.
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Ricardo Montalban as Khan, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Okay, maybe we didn't really root for him, but we definitely were cheering for Ricardo Montalban's chest-baring style.
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Heath Ledger as The Joker, The Dark Knight
Yes, Jack Nicholson's Joker was wonderful, but Ledger got beneath the comical side of the character and twisted it into psychotic madness — a madness you couldn't help but want to play along with, and that's the scary part.
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Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Just look at how badass she is. Aunty Entity is the definition of a power woman 2.0, and not including her had us fearing, you guessed it: The Wheel.
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