The nation's favourite film villains revealed!

“I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye.” These are the types of scenes and lines that have made Hannibal Lecter a legendary on screen villain. A recent survey conducted by Best Offers Bingo asked 2,000 people across the UK to vote for their favourite film villains.

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter secured over 20 percent of the vote. A huge testimony to the absolute quality performance that he provided in Silence of The Lambs. Yet what makes Hannibal Lecter the most worthy film villain of all time? Let's find out.

He’s a complex character

Hannibal Lecter has it all — brains, brawn and insanity. Anthony Hopkins' performance was chilling in every single aspect.  Hannibal Lecter is a cannibalistic psychiatrist, who mixes a razor-sharp brain with the savage qualities of a monster. He is both man and beast but it is the balance of these two aspects which creates a depth that still fascinates and horrifies film viewers to this day.

You can't decide whether he’s good or evil

Hopkin's skilfully navigated a character who really straddles the line between good and evil. Hannibal Lecter is a cannibal. A man that likes to kill and eat people which is a grotesquely scary idea for any mind. However on the other hand, he is also helping FBI agent Clarice catch a far more sinister serial killer. He is clever and fascinating. The split diversity of his performance is one of the reasons that Hopkins earned an Oscar for his outstanding acting.

He can scare you with his words

It’s rare that a film villain scares us with just the things he says, rather than the things he does.  Hannibal has a psychological presence. He can analyze a situation and say the just the right thing to set chills up someone's spine. If intelligence is the deadliest natural weapon then Lecter is the top of the food chain. Yet, for all his bestial qualities, Lecter also possesses characteristics that are also undeniably human.

Some of our favourite Hannibal Lecter quotes:

“Problem-solving is hunting; it is savage pleasure and we are born to it.”

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”

“Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?”

You may also be wondering what other villains topped the survey results too. Here is the full list, can you find your favourite film villain?


  1. Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of The Lambs (1991) 416 votes
  2. The Joker – The Dark Knight (2008) 260 votes
  3. Darth Vader – Star Wars (1977) 248 votes
  4. Terminator - The Terminator (1984) 244 votes
  5. Norman Bates – Psycho (1960) 171 votes
  6. Nurse Ratched – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 137 votes
  7. Tommy Devito – Goodfellas (1990) 123 votes
  8. Amon Goeth – Schindler’s List (1993) 105 votes
  9. Jack Torrance – The Shining (1980) 70 votes
  10. Lord Summerisle – The Wicker Man (1973) 68 votes
  11. Frank – Once Upon a Time in The West (1968) 54 votes
  12. Norman Stansfield – Leon: The Professional (1994) 54 votes
  13. John Doe – Seven (1995) 43 votes
  14. Little Bill Daggett – Unforgiven (1992) 42 votes
  15. Woo-Jin Lee – Oldboy (2003) 42 votes
  16. Noah Cross – Chinatown (1974) 38 votes
  17. Phyllis Dietrichson – The Double Indemnity (1944) 23 votes

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