Actors who play the best villains - Those who are so bad they're great!

  • a character in a story or movie who does bad things
  • someone or something that is blamed for a particular problem or difficulty
With a twist of the moustache, the villain is who truly determines the value of great films. There have been numerous heroes throughout cinematic history, but what makes a great hero is an even greater villain to battle. The hero can be exceptional in moral standards, but it is the bad guy who makes the story great. 

A good guy is only as good the villain is bad. 

Some actors have come to define the villain in the world of cinema and many are better at wearing the black hat instead of the white hat. These actors have taken villainy to a new level with various performances. 

Russelling Reviews* has looked through the archives and think we have compiled a list of great actors with have redefined what it means to be bad. We will share their names and some of their best films. They are so bad that they are truly great. 

They will be listed in no particular order, they are merely RRs favourites villains. 

RRs Ranking of the best actors who play great villains 
  • Christoph Waltz - Inglorious Bastards, Spectre, Big Eyes
  • John Malkovich - Dangerous Liaisons, Con-Air
  • Javier Bardem - Skyfall, No Country for Old Men
  • Hugo Weaving - The Matrix Trilogy, Captain America
  • Michael Ironside - Total Recall
  • Robert DeNiro - The Untouchables, Heat
  • Alan Rickman - Die Hard, The Harry Potter series
  • Jack Nicholson - Batman, The Shining
  • Robert Mitchum - Out of the Past, Cape Fear
  • Kevin Spacey - The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns
  • Samuel L. Jackson - Kingsman: The Secret Service, Pulp Fiction
  • Sean Bean - National Treasure, Patriot Games
RRs favourite bad guy: 
  • Rutger Hauer - Ranked as one of the best villains in cinematic history in Blade Runner 
Honourable Mention:
  • Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight - It may have only been the one villain, but his Joker is iconic and deserves a mention
See what you think of Russelling Reviews Ranking of these villains and send us your thoughts and passion points for these actors roles.  

Thank you for reading and keep enjoying these great villains and films. 

Russelling Reviews appreciates you for taking the time to read the reviews and rankings!

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*Thanks to Cathy Matthews for the inspiration for these new lists of great films, franchises and actors

                  Rankings by Russell Matthews @ Russelling Reviews #russellingreviews