The Best at Being Bad

An odd thing has begun at the Disney theme parks.  More and more these days, there is a salute to the villains of Disney movies.  The Evil Queen.  Captain Hook.  Maleficent.  Ursula.  Gaston.  Mother Gothel.  Cruella de Vil.  Jafar.  Believe it or not, these bad guys have their own fans.  I’ll admit that I have a favorite: Ursula -- though Mother Gothel is a close second.  My best friend is a Maleficent fan.  We’ve even said how much we’d love to see the stage show of villains at Walt Disney World.

Of course, there are villains in other movies that are just fascinating.  We just love to hate them.  Voldemort.  Loki.  Annie Wilkes from Misery.  Regina Giddens from The Little Foxes.  Hans Gruber from Die Hard.  Harry Powell from The Night of the Hunter.

The actors and actresses below have portrayed some of the most memorable or notorious villains in movie history.  In fact, many have played more than one.   And while they have also been the good guy in numerous films, we tend to remember when they were evil.

And let’s face it.  Without villains, we wouldn’t have heroes.

If you’re in the mood to see a great Good vs. Evil film – and don’t feel too guilty for being intrigued by the bad guy – check out some of the actors and films listed below. 

Kathy Bates (Misery, Annie)
Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter films, Les Misérables)
James Cagney (The Public Enemy, White Heat)
Robert Carlyle (The World is Not Enough, Once Upon a Time)
Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, 101 Dalmatians)
Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man)
Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Last Action Hero)
Bette Davis (The Little Foxes, The Letter, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?)
Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter films, Schindler’s List)
Rutger Hauer (The Hitcher, Blade Runner)
Tom Hiddleston (Thor films, The Avengers)
Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red 2)
Christopher Lee (The Man with the Golden Gun, Star Wars films, The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill)
Robert Mitchum (The Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear)
Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2)
Gary Oldman (Air Force One, Léon the Professional)
Basil Rathbone (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Court Jester)
Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Quigley Down Under)
Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood)
Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Spectre)
David Warner (Time After Time, Holocaust, Tron)

Just one more thing.  When you click on any name in the list above, you'll also see the movies in which they played good guys.  And you can experience the range of talent of these great performers.