In the battle of good and evil, it’s always believed that good wins over evil. Many epics, stories and fables depict the same. Basically throughout our childhood, we have been conditioned to believe that evil, however strong it may get, but eventually is beaten by the good. But at times, a story comes round the corner where the evil takes centre stage. It wriggles the good from its comfort position, makes it set off in fear and trepidation with its iniquitous schemes and finally destroys the good, while the rest of world goes awestruck in disbelief. We bring you ten such characters, who by their sheer wickedness, trumped the good. Read on about the people most foul, as in the best they are. Here is the list of top movies where the villain wins in the end. Spoiler Alert!
10. Amy Dunne, Gone Girl (2013)
A husband lovingly caresses his wife’s head and she turns over to smile back at him. The smile is deceptive as there’s deep rooted hatred inside both of them, for each other. He’s stuck with her, for ever as there is no evil like the one she possesses. There’s no one like Amy Dunne. Based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, ‘Gone Girl’ tells a story about a presumed missing woman who literally epitomises the saying – “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. Rosamund Pike plays Amy Dunne and just slays it.
9. Paul and Peter, Funny Games (1997)
A wealthy Austrian family, is taken hostage by their innocuous looking neighbours, at their country side holiday home. A sadistic game of cruelty starts with the bet that the captives will not be able to sustain by next morning. Paul and Peter are your worst nightmares for a neighbour. You keep watching the movie with the hope that eventually someone will escape their murderous intentions. Alas ! With a wink, they drown the last of their captives and again start looking for their next target. Arno Frisch plays Paul where as Frank Giering plays Peter.
8. Lou Bloom, Nightcrawler (2014)
The bizarreness of the human nature is such that it feeds on anything. The search for fulfillment of human needs are innumerable, especially the need to encroach into other’s lives. Lou Bloom realises that the news hungry media is one of those establishments which will do anything to get their hands in the footage shot during any exigencies. Playing a manipulative game, he starts staging the events to get more out of it. Eventually when truth catches up to him, he has become unstoppable. This role is considered to be Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performance till date.
7. John Kramer, Saw (2004)
When death knocks at one’s door and he waits for it to embrace, probably the only thought that comes to mind that how well one has lived this life. But how many have truly understood the purpose of this life? John Kramer at his death bed, thinks of this and concludes that until put into adverse situations, no one truly values this life. And to inculcate this knowledge to value one’s life, he starts a something that becomes a mechanism to test one’s worth to live. While John eventually meets his death, but the legend of Jigsaw lives on.
6. Lee Woo Jin, OldBoy (2003)
Think of the person who might have caused you the pain of a lifetime, though inadvertently. What would you do? Will you forgive him and move on? Or will you make him suffer through hell and leave him scarred till the end of times ? Lee Woo Jin chose the second and what unfurled over fifteen years and subsequent five days, can be best described as ghastly, terrible and devastating. Once avenged, Lee Woo Jin keeps his part of the promise and dies but spare a thought for Oh Dae Su, who is left alive, cursing himself till eternity. Yoo-Ji Tae plays Lee Woo Jin in this epic saga of revenge.
5. Roy, Primal Fear (1996)
“I ca-can’t take it no more, Roy. You g-got to help me.” I said, “Shut your mouth you little girl! Grow up. Be a man. Take care of yourself.” A stuttering impish young alter boy , accused of killing a priest comes clean as the court of law finds him suffering from a split personality disorder. Boy, was it the ruse of the century? By the time, the lawyer gets to know there never was an Aaron, the game’s over. Ed Norton’s debut as Roy/Aaron fetched him a nomination for best supporting actor at the Academy Awards that year.
4. John Doe, Se7en (1997)
An unknown man, goes on a killing spree, over seven days. Each of his victims, were killed in a manner, which depicted the seven deadly biblical sins. And he thought he was purging the world from the evil, by being the messiah. He truly believed that his methods shall be puzzled, studied and followed forever. Setting the example, he didn’t even flinched when he evoked the wrath of Detective Mills by informing him about his final victim, for he had become the prey of envy. And what’s the American naming convention of the unknown ? It’s John Doe. To keep the suspense till the end, Kevin Spacey was credited for this role, only after the movie ends.
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3. Anton Chirugh, No Country For Old Men (2007)
He’s the ultimate badass of all times. A cold bloodied heartless bastard, who by profession is a contract killer and has one of the most efficient weapon to seal the deal. Those dead pan eyes void of any emotions along with a pale complexion of his skin tells the viewer that this is a remorseless creature from another world. Ladies and Gentlemen, you won’t be pleased to meet Anton Chirugh, cause he’ll probably kill you. Javier Bardem received all accolades that year, including an academy award, the golden globe as well as a BAFTA.
2. Keyser Soze, The Usual Suspects (1994)
The origin story of Keyser Soze is relatively unknown as no one knows from where he came from or how he became the infamous over lord of the underworld. The legends say, that when threatened upon with his family’s life, he goes on killing first his family, then the people who threatened him, their families and even people who owed them money ! Almost mythically growing within the shadows, this man had the California police on their tows when they came to know about his infamy during an investigation of a mass murder on a boat. You don’t believe me?? Well, to quote Verbal Kint, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”. And like that, poof ! He was gone. Kevin Spacey’s second on this list and one of the most finest acts ever on screen.
1. Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
The one who epitomizes the evilest person ever to have walked on the cinematic world is Nurse Ratched. She’s known to be a hard task master and she does not like anyone breaking her rules. So when a free thinking McMurphy arrives at her mental institution, she naturally does not take him kindly. In a volley of events, things start to change at the institution where other inmates start learning to stand for their rights. It’s McMurphy who brings the sea of change. And just when you think that things have changed for good, calamity strikes. As a final solution, Nurse Ratched subjects McMurphy to lobotomization, rendering him remain as a vegetable till he dies. If cruelty had a face, it would have been hers. Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this role.
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