A Definitive List Of British Movie Bad Guys Ranked From Worst To Best

Evil, thy accent is English. Also Welsh, Northern Irish, and Scottish. And sometimes “Russian”.

74. Elizabeth Hurley, the devil in Bedazzled (2000).

20th Century Fox

73. Sting, Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in Dune.

Universal

No idea what he’s doing here. Or in most of the movie.

72. Bruce Payne, Charles Rane in Passenger 57.

Warner Bros.

71. Jonathan Hyde, Van Pelt in Jumanji.

TriStar

70. Ray Winston, George McHale in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Paramount

69. Sean Connery, Sir August de Wynter in The Avengers.

Warner Bros.

68. Alfred Molina, Dr. Octopus in Spiderman 2.

Columbia

Columbia

 

67. Cary Elwes, Ella Enchanted and Twister.

Miramax

Universal

 

To be fair, Cary Elwes may not have made the most effective villain, but he made an EXCELLENT farm boy in The Princess Bride.

(Lest we forget)

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

 

Sigh. Anyway, where were we?

66. Art Malik, Salim Abu Aziz in True Lies.

Via Universal

65. Peter Cook, the devil in Bedazzled (1967).

20th Century Fox

64. Roger Allam, V in V for Vendetta.

Warner Bros.

63. Tom Hollander, Lord Cutler Beckett in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End.

Disney

Disney

 

62. Sean Pertwee, Detective Virgil Kane in The 51st State.

Momentum Pictures.

61. John Hurt, Percival Graves in King Ralph.

Universal

60. Tim Curry in IT and Legend.

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59. Richard O’Brien, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

 

58. Robert Carlye, Renard in The World is Not Enough.

Metro Goldwyn Mayer

57. Timothy Dalton, Neville Sinclair in The Rocketeer.

Buena Vista

56. David Suchet, Nagi Hassan in Executive Decision.

Warner Bros.

55. David Warner, Edward Dillinger/Sark in Tron.

Buena Vista

54. Sean Bean in Goldeneye and National Treasure.

MGM

Buena Vista

 

Winter is coming :(

53. Doug Bradley, Pinhead in Hellraiser.

New World Pictures

52. Mark Strong in Sherlock Holmes and Kick-Ass.

51. Tom Wilkinson, Thomas Griffin/Juntao in Rush Hour.

New Line Cinema

50. Richard Attenborough in Brighton Rock and Jurassic Park.

Charter Film Productions

Universal

 

49. Ray Milland, Tony Wendice in Dial M for Murder.

Warner Bros.

48. Pam Ferris in Matilda and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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47. Patrick Stewart, Dr. Jonas in Conspiracy Theory.

Warner Bros.

46. Joss Ackland, Lethal Weapon 2 and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.

Orion Pictures

45. Timothy Spall, Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter series.

Warner Bros.

44. Dougray Scott, Sean Ambrose in Mission Impossible II.

Paramount

43. Charles Dance, Benedict in Last Action Hero.

Columbia

Columbia

 

42. Michael Sheen, Aro in the Twilight saga.

Summit

Summit

 

41. Paul Bettany, Silas in The Da Vinci Code.

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Columbia / Tumblr.com

 

40. David Tennant, Barty Crouch in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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Warner Bros. / Tumblr.com

 

39. Christopher Eccleston in Gone in Sixty Seconds, Thor: The Dark World, and GI Joe.

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38. Peter Cushing in the Star Wars series.

20th Century Fox

37. David Bowie in Labyrinth and The Last Temptation of Christ.

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36. Steven Berkoff, in Beverly Hills Cop, The Tourist, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Octopussy.

Paramount

35. Bill Nighy, Viktor in Underworld.

Screen Gems

34. Brendan Gleeson, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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Warner Bros. / Tumblr.com

 

33. Billie Whitelaw, Mrs Baylock in The Omen.

20th Century Fox

32. Brian Cox, Agamemnon in Troy.

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31. Tim Roth in Rob Roy, The Incredible Hulk, and Planet of the Apes.

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30. Iain McDiarmid, Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the Star Wars series.

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20th Century Fox / Tumblr.com

 

29. Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises and Star Trek: Nemesis.

Warner Bros.

Paramount

 

28. David Prowse, Darth Vader in Star Wars IV: A New Hope, V: The Empire Strikes Back, and VI: Return of the Jedi.

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

 

Of course, David Prowse (also the Green Cross Code man in the UK) was just Vader’s body. James Earl Jones provided the voice.

27. Terence Stamp, Zod in Superman and Superman II.

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

 

26. Edward Fox, The Jackal in Day of the Jackal.

Universal

25. Julian Glover, Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Paramount

24. Tom Hiddleston, Loki in Avengers Assemble.

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23. Helena Bonham-Carter in the Harry Potter series and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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22. David Bamber, Hitler in Valkyrie.

MGM

21. Benedict Cumberbatch, Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness.

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20. Ben Kingsley, Cosmo in Sneakers.

Universal

19. Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.

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Warner Bros. / Tumblr.com

 

18. Tilda Swinton, the white Witch in the Narnia series.

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17. Jude Law, Harlen Maguire in Road to Perdition.

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16. Liam Neeson, Ra’s al Ghul in Batman Begins.

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15. Malcolm McDowall in A Clockwork Orange and Star Trek: Generations.

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14. Basil Rathbone in Anna Karenina, David Copperfield, Son of Frankenstein and The Mark of Zorro.

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13. Christian Bale, Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.

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Lions Gate / Tumblr.com

 

12. James Mason in North by Northwest, Salem’s Lot and The Verdict.

 

11. George Sanders, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book.

Buena Vista / Tumblr.com

10. Ralph Fiennes in the Harry Potter series and Schindler’s List.

Warner Bros. / Tumblr.com

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9. Sir Ian McKellen, Magneto in the X-Men series.

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8. Donald Pleasence, Blofeld in You Only Live Twice.

United Artists

7. Oliver Reed, Bill Sykes in Oliver!

Columbia

6. Christopher Lee in the Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings series.

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5. Anthony Hopkins, Dr Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Red Dragon.

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4. Gary Oldman in Dracula, True Romance, Leon, The Fifth Element, Lost in Space, and Air Force One.

Columbia / Tumblr.com

Columbia / Tumblr.com

 

3. Sir Laurence Olivier, Dr. Christian Szell in Marathon Man.

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Paramount / Tumblr.com

 

2. Daniel Day Lewis, Bill Cutting in Gangs of New York.

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Miramax / Tumblr.com

 

1. Alan Rickman in Die Hard and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.

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