Villains play a crucial role in movies, often adding tension and conflict to the plot. But sometimes, these characters are so well-written and well-acted that audiences can't help but root for them. Recently, in a platform discussion, people have shared movies where they liked the villain better than the hero.
1. Emperor's New Groove (2000)
The villain in this animated comedy is Yzma, a power-hungry advisor to the emperor who attempts to overthrow him with a potion that turns him into a llama. Yzma, voiced by Eartha Kitt, is often cited as a film highlight for her eccentric personality and memorable one-liners.
2. Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
This family adventure movie features a standout performance by Tim Curry as Long John Silver, the charming but treacherous pirate who seeks the treasure of Treasure Island. Curry's charismatic portrayal of Silver has been praised by critics and fans alike.
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3. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
The antagonist in this crime thriller is Clyde Shelton, a grieving father who takes the law into his own hands after the justice system fails to convict the men who killed his family. Despite his violent methods, Shelton, played by Gerard Butler, has been admired by some viewers for his intelligence and dedication to his cause.
4. Dirty Dancing (1987)
While not typically thought of as a movie with a clear villain, some fans of this classic romance have preferred the character of Johnny Castle, the talented and rebellious dance instructor played by Patrick Swayze. The wealthy guests of the resort where Johnny works are often seen as the real antagonists, as they look down on Johnny and his working-class background.
5. Bedazzled (2000)
Get ready to chuckle with this hilarious flick! It's all about Elliot, played by the charming Brendan Fraser, who's desperate to woo his crush – a co-worker. But what's a guy to do when he's out of options? Sell his soul to the devil, of course! Enter Elizabeth Hurley as the devil herself, ready to make a deal. Elliot gets his seven wishes, but things quickly spiral out of control as each wish has its unexpected twist.
6. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Kung Fu Panda 2 is an animated movie about a panda named Po, now the Dragon Warrior, tasked with defeating a new villain who wants to conquer China using a powerful weapon. The villain, Lord Shen, is a peacock voiced by Gary Oldman, whose backstory and motivations make him a complex and intriguing character.
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7. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
It is a psychological thriller about an FBI trainee, Clarice Starling, who seeks the help of a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch a serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill.” While Lecter is a villain in the film, his intelligence, wit, and charm have made him a beloved character, and his complex relationship with Clarice Starling has become iconic. The film stars Jodie Foster as Clarice and Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter.
8. Bee Movie (2007)
The animated comedy centers around Barry, a bee who takes legal action against humans for stealing honey from bees. As the story unfolds, Barry transforms into the story's antagonist by persuading his fellow bees to halt honey production, resulting in catastrophic outcomes for the planet's ecosystems. Nevertheless, the portrayal of Jerry Seinfeld-voiced Barry, with his amusing and offbeat demeanor, has gained popularity among viewers.
9. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Quentin Tarantino presents a gripping war drama set in World War II-era France. The “Basterds,” a group of fierce Jewish-American soldiers, are on a dangerous mission to take down the Nazis in their territory. With Tarantino at the helm, expect intense action sequences and powerful storytelling to leave you on the edge of your seat. In the film, Hans Landa serves as the antagonist, portrayed by Christoph Waltz. Landa is a sly and ruthless Nazi officer, and Waltz's performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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10. Hercules (1997)
Hercules is an animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. The movie is based on the legendary hero Hercules and his journey to regain his godhood after being stripped of his powers by Hades, the God of the Underworld, who is the movie's main villain. James Woods voices Hades depicted as an amusingly sarcastic and manipulative character and praised as one of the most memorable villains in Disney animation.
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