Film villains are as important to films as the heroes and heroines. Without the villains, the movie becomes bland because the film will has no conflict and therefore no struggle and emotion.

In some case the villains practically take over the film. The following top movie villains are not only great character but also huge influencers on their films stories. While there are main characters in the film, these villains practically carry the movie from start to finish.

3 Freddie Krueger (Nightmare of Elm Street)

Played by Robert Englund and Jackie Earle Haley, Freddie Krueger is the only character that stayed in the movie franchise. It’s practically a movie about kids being chased in their dreams with real world consequences. The main characters change but Freddie Krueger is still there no matter what and you’ll always cringe whenever he’s in the scene.

2 Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Darth Vader may not have the nastiest plots on how to kill a person but he is a stone-cold killer that gets the job done…except maybe for his son. His power to kill through the Force is not something you want to deal with.

1 Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)

Hannibal Lecter single-handedly carries the film because of the strong performance and the gripping storyline on how he cannibalizes his victims. It’s even more interesting that the film doesn’t really require a lot of scene with Hannibal Lecter (played by Anthony Hopkins) for his character to be demonized.

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