The Nation’s Favourite Movie Villain

With villains playing such a key role in our mainstream movie diet thanks to the film adaptations of Marvel and DC comics among others, and the aura of the great Darth Vadar returning with the latest instalment of Star Wars, what bad guys did the British public think were the most villainous of all?

Jaws, James Bond Top 10 Villains, The Spy Who Loved Me,A recent survey of 2,000 participants in the UK asked the question: “Who is your favourite film villain”? The data, compiled as part of a market research project looking at the “best of” pop culture for Best Offers Bingo revealed the British public has favourite baddies dating back to the 1940s. Indeed, the top 10 villains includes films spanning more than 50 years.

The survey revealed the following Top 10 Movie Villains:

10. Lord Summerisle – The Wicker Man (1973) 68 votes

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9. Jack Torrance – The Shining (1980) 70 votes

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8. Amon Goeth – Schindler’s List (1993) 105 votes

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7. Tommy Devito – Goodfellas (1990) 123 votes

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6. Nurse Ratched – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 137 votes

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5. Norman Bates – Psycho (1960) 171 votes

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4. Terminator – The Terminator (1984) 244 votes

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3. Darth Vader – Star Wars (1977) 248 votes

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2. The Joker – The Dark Knight (2008) 260 votes

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1. Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of The Lambs (1991) 416 votes

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Rory Fish has loved movies since he can remember. If he was to put together an "all time" top 10 of absolute favourites it would have to include North By Northwest, 12 Angry Men and Sunset Boulevard.

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