Special Report

The Most Popular Villains of All Time

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J.J. Hunsecker
> Portrayed by: Burt Lancaster
> Appears in: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Based upon columnist Walter Winchell, J.J. Hunsecker (Lancaster) forces down-on-his luck press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to blackmail Hunsecker’s sister’s musician boyfriend in an effort to break them up. The plan goes awry, Falco pays for his crime, and morally bankrupt Hunsecker loses his sister.

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Dr. Szell
> Portrayed by: Laurence Olivier
> Appears in: Marathon Man (1976)

Nominated for Academy Award for his performance, Laurence Olivier plays Dr. Christian Szell, a notorious Nazi war criminal searching for a cache of diamonds he can sell. An unwitting graduate student played by Dustin Hoffman throws a monkey wrench in that plan and gets some truly terrifying dental work in the process.

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Count Dracula
> Portrayed by: Bela Lugosi
> Appears in: Dracula (1931)

Bela Lugosi made a career out of playing the blood-sucking vampire, Count Dracula. Others have portrayed the daylight-shunning monster in other supernatural horror films, but no one has done it better.

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Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
> Portrayed by: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway
> Appears in: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Based on real-life partners in crime, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker robbed and murdered their way through Depression-era South and Midwest, only to have the law catch up to them in the movie’s final bloody scene. Beatty and Dunaway were nominated for the Academy Award for their lead roles, and Estelle Parsons won a best-supporting actress statue for her role as a reluctant and hysterical member of the gang.

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Mrs. Danvers
> Portrayed by: Judith Anderson
> Appears in: Rebecca (1940)

Housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Anderson) can’t get over the death of her late mistress, Rebecca de Winter. She tortures Rebecca’s husband’s young bride, nearly driving her to taker her own life. Anderson received an Academy Award for her chilling performance, a better ending than Mrs. Danvers whose life literally went up in flames.

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