The American Film Institute (AFI) is one of the best-respected not-for-profits devoted to the arts. It was founded to honor, preserve and promote movies, one of the most uniquely American art forms. Every now and again, to drum up support, they turn to the film historians and critics and put together one of their Top 100 series. I love these lists.
Today I'm throwing a klieg light on the top 13 of their 100 Villains list.
1) Hannibal Lecter. He who likes fava beans and a nice chianti. Silence of the Lambs. (Anthony Hopkins)
2) Norman Bates. The ultimate "mama's boy." Psycho. (Norman Bates)
3) Darth Vader. You know, Luke's father. Star Wars. (David Prowse and James Earl Jones)
4) The Wicked Witch of the West. "Surrender, Dorothy." The Wizard of Oz. (Margaret Hamilton)
5) Nurse Ratched. "If Mr. McMurphy doesn't want to take his medication orally, I'm sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way." One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Louise Fletcher)
6) Mr. Potter. The mean old man who tried to bring down the Bailey Building and Loan. It's a Wonderful Life. (Lionel Barrymore)
7) Alex Forrest. She'll boil your bunny if you don't watch out! Fatal Attraction. (Glenn Close)
8) Phyllis Dietrichson. An unhappy wife with a dangerous knowledge of how insurance policies work. Double Indemnity. (Barbara Stanwyck)
9) Pazuzu. Otherwise known as Satan. The Exorcist. (Linda Blair and Mercedes MacCambridge)
10) The Evil Queen. She who talks to mirrors and poisons apples. Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. (Lucille Laverne)
11) Michael Corleone. Well, I think Fredo had it coming. The Godfather, Part 2. (Al Pacino)
12) Alex Delarge. A music lover, a big fan of "Ludwig Van." A Clockwork Orange (Malcolm McDowell)
13) HAL 9000. A very unhelpful computer. 2001: A Space Odyssey