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Top 10 Villains In World Cinema We Love To Hate

We used to love the hero in every movie which we watch. This is mainly because the makers would have portrayed them in such a way to love them. Even Though, some anti-heroes will grab our attention from screen by their mesmerizing performances. These are the 10 such villains which we love to hate.

Source: http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/15-movies-villains-we-all-love-to-hate/

1

Daniel Plainview (There Will be Blood)

Daniel Plainview (There Will be Blood)

Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview
He will drink your milkshake and abandon his son. Daniel Plainview, from Paul Thomas Anderson’s new classic There Will Be Blood, is the ruthless and power obsessed protagonist of the film. His quest for money and power cost him everything in his life.

His son, an orphan who Daniel picked up to look better to potential sellers, goes deaf after a terrible oil drilling accident becomes his father’s partner in the oil drilling business. Later in the film, when his son wants to start his own business in Mexico, Plainview mocks his deafness and tells him he is an orphan.

2

The Joker (The Dark Knight)

The Joker (The Dark Knight)

Heath Ledger as the Joker
Heath Ledger delivers the performance of a lifetime in The Dark Knight, Awarded by a posthumous Oscar, among other awards, Ledger delivers the psychopathic, weirdly charming, and manic performance as the Joker. Making the role his own, adding nuance to a character that has been portrayed by great actors like Jack Nicholson, Ledger made the joker even creepier and gave the Joker such a lack of empathy for his work.

3

Col. Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)

Col. Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)

Christoph Waltz as SD Standartenführer Hans Landa
Tarantino really knows how to make great characters. He made us at least appreciate a man who is nicknamed “The Jew Hunter” SS Col. Hans Landa’s job is to find Jews hiding in Nazi occupied areas. He is ruthless, highly intelligent, and relentless.

4

Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men)

Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men)

Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh
The denim terrorizer of the Texas desert, Anton Chigurh is the serial killer without remorse from both the book by Cormac McCarthy and the Coen Brother’s film No Country For Old Men. Sporting one of the most terrible haircuts ever put to film, Anton kills almost everyone he meets, leaving their lives up to a flip of a coin. He has no remorse and is seemingly unstoppable. Anton, a hitman, is hired to retrieve a satchel holding $2.4 million from a scene of a drug deal gone wrong.

5

Terence Fletcher (Whiplash)

Terence Fletcher (Whiplash)

J. K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher
Famed conductor Terence Fletcher discovers Andrew practicing in the music room late one night and eventually invites him into his studio band as the alternate for core drummer Carl Tanner. Fletcher is abusive toward his students, mocking and insulting them; when the band rehearses the Hank Levy piece "Whiplash" and Andrew struggles to keep his tempo, Fletcher hurls a chair at him, slaps him, and berates him in front of the class.

6

Dr. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)

Dr. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)

Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter
The icon, the ultimate psychological mind-bender, the man who made you never drink Chianti again, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. There are many reason why Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, he been in plenty of other films, but I will focus on him in The Silence of the Lambs, is an amazing villain that is so great.

7

Alex DeLarge (A Clockwork Orange)

Alex DeLarge (A Clockwork Orange)

Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge
From Anthony Burgess’ novel to the Stanley Kubrick’s film of the same name comes the anti-hero with a knack for ultraviolence. He is quite the sociopath who robs, rapes, and assaults innocent people with the helps of his drones who drink milk+ and speak Nadsat, their version of teenage slang. Alex is particularly fond of classical music and fantasizes about rape, torture, and destruction while listening to it.

8

Jack Torrance (The Shining)

Jack Torrance (The Shining)

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
Although there are difference between Jack Torrance in the book and the film, he is still one scary man either way. In the film, directed by Stanley Kubrick who knows how bring a scary character to life, Jack, played by Jack Nicholson, is treated less sympathetically than in the book. It is implied that he is insane from the start. The writer and recovering alcoholic has a little bit of an anger issue strikes the fear in his wife Wendy and in the viewer.

9

Norman Stansfield (Leon: The Professional)

Norman Stansfield (Leon: The Professional)

Gary Oldman as Norman Stansfield
The role that launched a thousand villains, Norman Stansfield, the corrupt and mentally unhinged Drug Enforcement Administration official is a psychopath who torments Leon and his new protegee Mathilda throughout the film. After massacring Mathilda’s entire family after he finds out that Mathilda’s father had been stealing cocaine from him, Stansfield is now after Mathilda who knows what happened.

10

Hans Gruber (Die Hard)

Hans Gruber (Die Hard)

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber
Before Alan Rickman wowed us with his portrayal of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter Franchise, he was the German terrorist in one of the best action movies ever made. Hans Gruber, probably the best name given to a villain, is the mastermind of the Nakatomi Plaza heist. John McClane, played by Bruce Willis has to save hostages from Nakatomi. You know the rest, there’s been four sequels.