While villains are supposed to be evil and ruthless, that doesn't exempt them from receiving movie fan's love and admiration. And more importantly, can certain films actually thrive without these anti-heroes' display of wrath? Well, come to think of it, the world of cinema has had its share of iconic villains throughout the years. And if it wasn't for these messed-up characters, we might never be certain if we would see heroes the same way we do. So, why don't we borrow the limelight from the good guys a bit? From flicks that feature drug kingpins, superhero slayers, and scary psychopaths, we'll share with you some of the best movies that surprisingly made viewers love its villains. Check them out below!
Even before Christopher Nolan made a psychopath monster out of Heath Ledger's iconic portrayal, The Joker was already seen by many as a perversely charming villain. But, arguably, that one version from The Dark Knight is something that will stick with movie fans for decades to come. Well, we bet you have your own bizarre reason for liking the Clown Prince of Crime in this film, but can we all agree that a part of it has got something to do with Mr. Ledger's impeccable research and dedication to the role? Either way, this film showed each and every one of us that The Joker is a mere victim to the incomprehensible madness of today’s world, agree?
Beetlejuice has cemented its status as one of the best horror-comedy films in the history of cinema. And how is that? Well, a lot of it can be attributed to its unique story, oddball characters, and of course, Beetlejuice himself! While you can say that the film's poster boy acts just like how a villain would act in any film, this foul-mouthed demon has entertained everyone with his penchant for sexual fantasies and other gross nonsense. And honestly, what harm has he actually done aside from scaring the hell out of the living? For that, Beetlejuice gave us more reasons to love its villain more than any other film!
Is it his signature hockey mask or crappy outfit that does the trick?, or is Jason Voorhees just that one horror movie villain that you simply can relate to? Well, whatever the reason may be for Friday the 13th's success, a lot of it must have something to do with Jason's hunger for brutally murdering wasted, disrespectful teenagers. And maybe, that's also partly why viewers loved him. A lot of us probably see him as a regular guy who just ended up killing everyone else to exact revenge for his childhood misfortunes.
Scarface is one one of those films that has a brilliantly-written main character who doubles as both the good and the bad guy. And well, luckily for us fans, Al Pacino pulls off both those very well. But why would you even actually love Tony Montana's character despite his reign of bloodshed and illegal drug-related acts? Well, Al Pacino is probably just that good of an actor, as he's able to sway us far from his evil role by way of hilarious quotable lines and a supreme sense of arrogance.
Dare we say that there is no other cannibalistic serial killer worthy of movie fans' love than Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs. Well, a lot of that has got to do with Anthony Hopkins' amazing portrayal of this FBI forensic psychiatrist. And of course, we can all probably agree that even with his relatively small role in the film, this character has effectively scared the hell out of us with his sinister smile and creepy dialogues. Plus, he wouldn't have a TV remake as a protagonist if fans didn't love him, right?
Black Panther has been one of the best MCU films that we've seen in recent memory. Well, there are plenty of reasons for that and one that we can point to is Prince T'Challa's villain, Killmonger. We bet we're not the only one who thinks that Michael B. Jordan's character is actually a great villain who can actually be a protagonist in his own film. After all, the guy's character is quite well-rounded despite being violent at times. And honestly, his evil actions are mostly influenced by the mistakes of the generation that came before him. So, do you think he's worthy of some love now?
Could you even imagine yourself liking a Nazi villain? Well, if not, then you should probably see Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Yes, the film has the iconic Brad Pitt in it. But surprisingly, its main antagonist, Hans Landa, has been seen by many as one the films' true gems. Watch the film and you'll probably see how this well-written character was able to capture fans' hearts with his charisma and well-behaved manners despite being a treacherous and dangerous man.
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