Awards Circuit Anniversary Celebration: Top 9 Movie Villains of the Last 9 Years


To celebrate Awards Circuit’s 9-year anniversary, the site will be dropping a new Top 9 piece every hour, on the hour! Each one will take on a different list – from movies, to television, to the Oscars and more. Thanks to all the readers for their continued engagement in our community over the years. We look forward to engaging for another 9! 

As Awards Circuit celebrates its nine-year anniversary – five of which I’m proud to say I’ve been around for – we were tasked with ranking a “Top 9” in any category. It seemed only natural that I step up and take on the greatest movie villains to grace the silver screen over the past nine years. We are starting in 2008 – the year the site began – and running to present day, with a list that ranks out for you the nine bad guys and gals I found to be the most malevolent and heinous.

I enjoyed some interesting conversations on Twitter before forming this list, and found it kind of fascinating what a few of you would consider to be or not be a villain.

Enjoy, and be sure to rank your favorite villains in the comments below.

9. Calvin Candie – Portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in “Django Unchained” (2012)

8. Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody – Portrayed by Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom” (2010)

7. Commandant – Portrayed by Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation” (2015)

6. Amy Dunne – Portrayed by Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014)

5. The Joker – Portrayed by Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (2008)

4. Colonel Hans Landa – Portrayed by Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” (2009)

3. Voldemort – Portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005), “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007), “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One” (2010), and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two” (2011)

2. Daniel Plainview – Portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” (2007)

1. Anton Chigurh – Portrayed by Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men” (2007)

Let us know what you think of this list and share your own in the comments!

  • Great list. Anton Chigurh still creeps me out every time.

  • Tee

    1. The Joker, The Dark Knight – If there’s any one performance that has completely defined the millennium, it’s Heath Ledger’s amazingly chaotic portrayal as the Joker.
    2. Voldemort, Harry Potter franchise – While The Joker may’ve defined the millennium as a character, the Franchise That Lived is Harry Potter, and this is largely due to Ralph Fiennes’ insidious charisma as Voldemort.
    3. Robert Ford, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    4. Anton Chigurh, No Country for Old Men
    5. Loki, Marvel Cinematic Universe
    6. Hans Landa, Inglorious Basterds
    7. Amy Dunne, Gone Girl
    8. Calvin Candie, Django Unchained
    9. Mr. O’Brian, The Tree of Life

  • Robby Poffenberger

    You always kill it with these lists, Mark. I might personally shuffle one or two around but I think these are the nine. Great job!

  • Joey Magidson

    Multiple appearances by Jacki Weaver on the lists today!

  • Kevin

    No Country for Old Men and There Will be Blood came out in 2007, so shouldn’t Bardem and Day-Lewis not be on this list?

    1. The Joker: The Dark Knight
    2. Hans Landa: Inglorious Bastards
    3. Loki: The Avengers
    4. Voldemort: Harry Potter
    5. Amy Dunne: Gone Girl
    6. Silva: Skyfall
    7. Bruce Willis: Looper
    8. Kylo Ren: Star Wars
    9. Calvin Candie: Djabgo Unchained