In movies, I often think the villain is the most interesting character. This interest in movie villains started when I first saw Maleficent change into a dragon in Sleeping Beauty  and, ever since then, I have been fascinated. I’m not trying to imply that I think all heroes are boring and one-dimensional, but there is just something about a well-written and well-acted villain. Villains invite audiences to dissect their motives, what drives them to do evil. Sometimes, as in Dexter , villains are surprisingly likeable and sympathetic characters. Other times, as in The Silence of the Lambs , the villain is simply deliciously evil. In either case, the villain is essential to the shaping of the hero.
In 2003, the American Film Institute  unveiled a list of 100 Heroes & Villains . In it, they named the top 50 Heroes and the top 50 Villains. This installment focuses only on the villains, but stay tuned for a post discussing the heroes! Do you agree with the 50 villains AFI picked, or was your favorite left out?
Kimberly’s Movie Villain Picks from the AFI Heroes & Villains List: