Scum of The Earth All-Stars!

The villains you most want to see die! (I.E., the most courageous performances of all time!) All of them are totally unsympathetic, completely irredeemable, and devoid of the "safety net" that comes with playing a comic book, sci-fi or fantasy villain. Plus none of them have any sequels or prequels (sorry, Hannibal), since these are villains you just want to see gone ASAP. If you're naive enough to think that the "all-time movie villain" competition is between the Wicked Witch of the West and Darth Vader ... it's time for you to meet one of these guys!
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1.
Kiss of Death (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ Richard Widmark's Tommy Udo is the founding father of cinematic scum. ” - Art Snob
 
2.
The Revenant (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. (156 mins.)
“ Capping off a spectacular 2015, Tom Hardy becomes the first actor to ever achieve back-to-back scum of the earth performances (following LEGEND) playing the kind of villain who could inspire a superhuman vengeance quest. ” - Art Snob
 
3.
True Detective (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
An anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law. (55 mins.)
“ Glenn Fleshler becomes the first mini-series addition, creating a scum-incarnate villain whose demise provides a payoff worthy of the journey it took to get him and confers hero status on Woody and Matthew. ” - Art Snob
 
4.
13 Assassins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Gorô Inagaki is the most contemptible ever! ” - Art Snob
 
5.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
“ Close behind -- and #1 for 22 years -- is Michael Gambon in this movie. He's totally cretinous, and completely devoid of any positive qualities whatsoever. (For a real kick, watch this movie as a Harry Potter prequel titled, MY DINNER WITH DUMBLEDORE.) ” - Art Snob
 
6.
Irreversible (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ Jo Prestia takes misogyny to the outer limits. In terms of bang for the buck, nobody ever packed more scum into a smaller role. ” - Art Snob
 
7.
Deliverance (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (109 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ In the doubles competition, I used to think that NO duo would ever surpass Bill McKinney and Herbert "Cowboy" Coward, the two fun-loving hillbillies in this movie ... (continued) ” - Art Snob
 
8.
Funny Games (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ ... until I saw THIS film, featuring Arno Frisch and Frank Giering as sicko serial killers out to demonstrate their Aryan sadistic supremacy over Leopold & Loeb. ” - Art Snob
 
9.
Rampage (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Liberal district attorney decides to seek the death penalty for a man who slaughtered a family at Christmastime... (97 mins.)
“ The most underrated of all scum performances ... Alex McArthur is nothing less than Hannibal Lecter WITHOUT the charm! ” - Art Snob
 
10.
Blue Velvet (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Career scum overachiever Dennis Hopper in his most memorable bad guy role. "Mommy ... MA-MEE!!!" ” - Art Snob
 
11.
True Romance (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it. (120 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Fellow overachievers Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken and James Gandolfini all reached their scum peaks in this movie, due in no small part to having Tarantino dialogue to work with. ” - Art Snob
 
12.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Kevin Spacey's "John Doe" is even more unnerving than Gary Cooper's! ” - Art Snob
 
13.
The Silent Partner (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash. (106 mins.)
Director: Daryl Duke
“ Christopher Plummer goes all-out to distance himself from THE SOUND OF MUSIC. ” - Art Snob
 
14.
Sexy Beast (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ Ben Kingsley goes all-out to distance himself from GANDHI ” - Art Snob
 
15.
Romper Stomper (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing. (94 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Wright
“ Russell Crowe as an Aussie skinhead in a movie that makes "American History X" look like Romper ROOM. ” - Art Snob
 
16.
Kalifornia (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself. (117 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
“ Kudos to Brad for taking a detour from safe, "pretty boy" star-vehicle roles to get in touch with his dark side! ” - Art Snob
 
17.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. (95 mins.)
“ Benoit Poelvoorde as the world's happiest serial killer. ” - Art Snob
 
18.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Al Pacino throws caution to the wind in the most memorable bad guy role by a leading man AFTER hitting it big. ” - Art Snob
 
19.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ No shortage of scum in this movie ... but Michael Madsen towers above the others. ” - Art Snob
 
20.
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster. (103 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
“ Paul Bettany and Malcolm McDowell team up for the greatest COMPOSITE scum performance ever!" ” - Art Snob
 
21.
The Warriors (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down. (92 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ David Patrick Kelly's moment of glory. "Warriors ... come out and play-ay!" ” - Art Snob
 
22.
Dirty Harry (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ Andrew J. Robinson gives the first great scum performance of the MPAA ratings era. ” - Art Snob
 
23.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ What scum list would be complete without Joe Pesci's Tommy DeVito? ” - Art Snob
 
24.
Chopper (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. (94 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
“ Eric Bana's "star is born" role was his spot-on portrayal of real-life scum Mark 'Chopper' Read. ” - Art Snob
 
25.
Dead Calm (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship. (96 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ What, you thought Billy Zane was a baddie in TITANIC?! Watch him in this earlier seafaring yarn and find out how much he was holding BACK! ” - Art Snob
 
26.
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ Harvey Keitel was too nice a guy in RESERVOIR DOGS and TAXI DRIVER to quite make the club ... here's the role that finally earned him admission. ” - Art Snob
 
27.
Star 80 (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten. (103 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ Eric Roberts gives the career performance that he could never quite shake off. (His "Oscar-winning" sister should live to give a performance HALF as good!) ” - Art Snob
 
28.
RoboCop (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Kurtwood Smith's warmup lap for THAT 70's SHOW. ” - Art Snob
 
29.
Blow Out (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger. (107 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ John Lithgow's warmup lap for THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN. ” - Art Snob
 
30.
Menace II Society (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life. (97 mins.)
“ Larenz Tate's "O-Dog" is a rabid pit bull of a youth offender ... (continued) ” - Art Snob
 
31.
Let Him Have It (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig... (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ ... but Paul Reynolds helps build an even more convincing case for instituting the death penalty for minors! ” - Art Snob
 
32.
Very Bad Things (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ Christian Slater shows what overexposure to Tony Robbins' motivational lectures can DO to a guy! ” - Art Snob
 
33.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
“ Sweden's Peter Haber is the decade's first addition, thanks to his blazing performance in this movie. ” - Art Snob
 
34.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court. (147 mins.)
“ Two sequels later, Mikael Spreitz made the club with his stylish delivery of a greeting card. ” - Art Snob
 
35.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ Javier Bardem joins Dennis Hopper, Eric Roberts, Michael Madsen and Kevin Spacey in the special 'Toys R Us' subcategory, becoming only the second (after Joe Pesci) Scum of the Earth Oscar winner. ” - Art Snob
 
36.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ After near-misses with DIRTY PRETTY THINGS and WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY, Sergi Lopez finally made the club with his scum-incarnate performance in this 2006 movie. ” - Art Snob
 
37.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ P.H. Moriarty ("Hatchet Harry"), Lenny McLean ("Barry the Baptist") and Frank Harper ("Dog") all make the grade! (Vinnie Jones' "Big Chris" disqualified for being too responsible a father...sorry!) ” - Art Snob
 
38.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Vinnie Jones as "Bullet Tooth Tony" earns the admission previously denied him for his role in LOCK STOCK & 2 SMOKING BARRELS ... but Alan Ford as "Brick Top" takes top honors. ” - Art Snob
 
39.
Street Smart (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A New York journalist lies when his fake story about a pimp describes a real pimp up for murder. (97 mins.)
“ Morgan Freeman's first Oscar-nominated performance is still his most indelible. ” - Art Snob
 
40.
The Onion Field (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Greg Powell is a disturbed ex-con who recruits Jimmy Smith (aka Jimmy Youngblood), a petty thief, as his partner in crime... (122 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
“ Scum overachiever James Woods' breakthrough role! ” - Art Snob
 
41.
Something Wild (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up. (114 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Ray Liotta's performance in GOODFELLAS wasn't strong enough to cut it. Fortunately, he'd already made the team by then via his character in THIS movie. ” - Art Snob
 
42.
Stormy Monday (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A crooked American businessman tries to push the shady influential owner of a nightclub in Newcastle, England to sell him the club. The club's new employee and the American's ex lover fall in love and inadvertently stir the pot. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ Similarly, Tommy Lee Jones couldn't have earned admission via UNDER SIEGE or BLOWN AWAY, but had already made the grade via this earlier performance. ” - Art Snob
 
43.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ Leandro Firmino as Li'l Z shows the scum necessary to become top dog in the slums of Rio. ” - Art Snob
 
44.
The Green Mile (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Sam Rockwell pushes the envelope on scum performances in a mainstream movie." ” - Art Snob
 
45.
The Krays (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ Gary Kemp is even scarier in this film than he was with Spandau Ballet! ” - Art Snob
 
46.
Legend (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s. (132 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ 25 years after THE KRAYS, Tom Hardy more than matches Kemp while playing BOTH brothers! ” - Art Snob
 
47.
River's Edge (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A high school slacker commits a shocking act and proceeds to let his friends in on the secret. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself. (99 mins.)
Director: Tim Hunter
“ Daniel Roebuck out-scums both Dennis Hopper and Crispin Glover in this movie! ” - Art Snob
 
48.
Mirch Masala (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes... (128 mins.)
Director: Ketan Mehta
“ Think Bollywood can't match Hollywood when it comes to scum? Naseeruddin Shah will make you think otherwise. ” - Art Snob
 
49.
8MM (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not. (123 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Chris Bauer and Peter Stormare's performances are definitely up to snuff! ” - Art Snob
 
50.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Leonardo DiCaprio shows us that maybe GONE WITH THE WIND *did* understate things a bit regarding slave ownership. ” - Art Snob
 
51.
Gangster Squad (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city. (113 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ Sean Penn makes the team playing gangster Mickey Cohen -- only the second actor to earn admission playing a real-life scum (following Eric Bana in CHOPPER). In addition, he makes the special "Toys-R-Us" subdivision with flying colors, joining such luminaries as Dennis Hopper, Kevin Spacey, Eric Roberts, Javier Bardem and Michael Madsen. ” - Art Snob
 
52.
The Riot Club (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening. (107 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
“ Sam Claflin vents his sadistic urges against the proletariat with all the glee and carefreeness that his upper class aristocratic wealth entitles him to. He has a scene that makes Malcolm McDowell's "Singing in the Rain" number from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE look like a Disney production. ” - Art Snob