Special Report

Most Memorable Movie Villains

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Alex Forrest
> Movie: “Fatal Attraction” (1987)
> Played by: Glenn Close

Close’s performance as a mistress scorned was so effective that it reportedly saved real-life marriages by scaring potential adulterers. It also inspired countless imitations, fueling a “from hell” sub-genre that continues to this day.

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Hans Gruber
> Movie: “Die Hard” (1988)
> Played by: Alan Rickman

Rickman’s extensive background in theater brought serious gravitas to international terrorist Hans Gruber, one of the most iconic villains in action movie history. More impressively, this was the actor’s first major role in a theatrical feature film.

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Annie Wilkes
> Movie: “Misery” (1990)
> Played by: Kathy Bates

A celebrity’s worst nightmare, Annie Wilkes entraps and then tortures her favorite author (James Caan) in this classic thriller. Kathy Bates delivered a breakout performance as the crazed character, taking home an Oscar for Best Actress.

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Tommy DeVito
> Movie: “Goodfellas” (1990)
> Played by: Joe Pesci

Scorsese’s gangster epic features no shortage of legendary performances, but Pesci’s turn as Tommy DeVito was the most talked-about of them all. It won him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and gave way to a string of major film roles.

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Buffalo Bill
> Movie: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
> Played by: Ted Levine

One of two terrifying characters in this seminal crime drama, Buffalo Bill was reportedly inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy. Actor Ted Levine also drew upon glam rockers such as David Bowie and Lou Reed when crafting his now-controversial performance.

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