The Greatest Movie Villains We Love To Hate
All the best movies have a bad guy. And some are a hell of a lot worse than others.
#1 Commodus (Gladiator, 2000)
Joaquin Phoenix’s effete, corrupt, cowardly and deadly foil to Russell Crowe’s put-upon gladiator is a monster from the moment he murders his own father to the final, climactic face-off in the Colosseum.
That director Ridley Scott elevates the character beyond pantomime villain and into a metaphor for the corruption at the heart of every decadent empire is, frankly, breathtaking.
#2 Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter franchise, 2001-2011)
A figure of such pure evil that it’s considered bad luck to even say his name, Voldemort’s presence infects every scene, even when the action doesn’t directly concern him.
The fact that such a diabolic entity of almost limitless power should be focused on the destruction of a young boy makes him even worse.