Wednesday, July 20, 2005

My Top 30 Sexiest Movie Villains List

Is there anything more compelling than a sexy villain? Doubtful. I recently saw “Batman Begins” and determined immediately that Cillian Murphy’s performance as Scarecrow was a sexy villain for the ages. Thus inspired, I contrived to determine my top 30 hot movie villains. Mad props to the four gentlemen who made the list more than once. Some guys just have a knack for being bad (Messrs. Rickman and Isaacs, this means you!)

  • Yul Brynner as Ramses, “The Ten Commandments” (1956)
  • Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, “Psycho” (1960)
  • Malcolm McDowell as Alex, “A Clockwork Orange’ (1971)
  • Malcolm McDowell as Caligula, “Caligula” (1979)
  • Frank Langella as Dracula, “Dracula” (1979)
  • Sam Neill as Damien Thorn, “Omen III: The Final Conflict” (1981)
  • Sting as Martin Taylor, “Brimstone and Treacle” (1982)
  • Sting as Feyd-Rautha, “Dune” (1984)
  • Davie Bowie as Jareth, “Labyrinth” (1986)
  • Kiefer Sutherland as David, “The Lost Boys” (1987)
  • Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, “Die Hard” (1988)
  • John Malkovich as Valmont, “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988)
  • Colin Firth as Valmont, “Valmont” (1989)
  • Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham, “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves” (1991)
  • Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lechter, “Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
  • Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt, “Interview with the Vampire” (1994)
  • Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith, “The Matrix” (1999)
  • Geoffrey Rush as the Marquis de Sade, “Quills” (2000)
  • Jason Isaacs as Colonel Tavington, “The Patriot” (2000)
  • Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus, “Gladiator” (2000)
  • Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, “American Psycho” (2000)
  • Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001)
  • Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)
  • Guy Pearce as Fernand Mondego, “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2002)
  • Tom Hardy as Shinzon, “Star Trek Nemesis” (2002)
  • Ralph Fiennes as Francis Dolarhyde, “Red Dragon” (2002)
  • Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook, “Peter Pan” (2003)
  • Gerard Butler as the Phantom, “The Phantom of the Opera” (2004)
  • Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, “Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005)
  • Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow, “Batman Begins” (2005)

For more fun with villains, I recommend

Anyone I left off? Feel free to post!


Con said...

I know this seems weird, but didn't Captain Von Trapp( Sound of Music/ Christopher Plummer) do something for you? I remember watching him as a child and not understanding how I felt. There was something sexual I sensed from him... a vibe... but since I could not recognize it I would just say he was icky or creepy. During that scene when he finally confesses his love for Maria, he is very alluring and sensual but I just kept cringing.
Ofcourse... NOW I get it!

Diana Laurence said...

Yes, he totally did! And the thing is, Christopher Plummer just has a sort of sinister, sexual aspect which definitely (and ironically) came through in that role. My daughters think he's hot too, so that just confirms there's something there all right.

Erica said...

Glad to see Hayden or (Denakin) as my friends and I have come to refer to Hayden and Anakin (combining the best of both worlds) made your list of sexiest villains. As a little girl I didn't realize how hot Vader had once been, but now, yeah...totally obessessed with the dark lord. Thanks for including him on your list. Your blog is always fun to read and your subjects interesting. Thanks for sharing it with all of us, and for often saying such nice things about Hayden.


Diana Laurence said...

Thank you, Erica! No such list could be complete without Denakin, that's for sure. And I'm glad you're enjoying the blog!

Zyphryus said...

Lo-Pan - from Big Trouble in Little China!!
Darkness from Legend
The Great Tyrant (female) from Barbarella
The Hessian from Sleepy Hollow
Prince Nuada from Hellboy2
Top Dollar from the Crow
The Uber-Morlock from The Time Machine
:) Im a villain addict.

Diana Laurence said...

Excellent list, Zyphryus--I can see you are a bit of an expert on this topic all right! I had forgotten about Darkness and the Uber-Morlock...both fabulous choices.

Anonymous said...

my friends and i have developed a villain list...and i'm so pleased that it is almost identical to yours...we LOVE Alan and Jason!

knightofcydonia said...

Alan Rickman...ooooh yeah, can't beat that voice..mmmmmm and I'm 20 years old. I don't care. haha!

Diana Laurence said...

K of C, some charms just transcend age... :-)

Yeah said...

Definitely Captain Von Trapp, it never really hit me till now but he does have something about him! Have to add Sabretooth from X-Men Origins, Liev Shreiber has got some serius sexiness going on there, and Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture show, net-stockings and all!

Diana Laurence said...

Funny you should bring up Liev, Yeah...just watched that movie last night. I love him in anything. And Frank N. Furter for sure!

Katelyn said...

The fact that Alan Rickman's roles made your list three times is completely appreciable.