This list curates the greatest 10 movies with criminally insane villains.
These guys should definitely be institutionalized but if they’re not cackling away in solitary confinement, you can probably find them out and about committing some kind of unimaginable atrocity. Seriously, everybody on this list is warped beyond all hope or reason.
The list of movies and tv shows feature common themes such as female supervillains, serial killers, Insane characters, take over the world villains, and terrorist kidnappers.
The Top 10 Criminally Insane Villains in Movies
1. Justice League (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Duration: 23 min.
Considered one of the best Batman films ever made. The story of a superhero and a crime-ridden city with corrupt people, a love triangle, and tragedy.
The Dark Knight is the sequel to “Batman Begins.” And this time the superhero faces his biggest enemy – Joker the green hair character and a dangerous psychopath who tries in every cruel way to destroy Batman and rule the city using crime, terror, destruction, and anarchy in the city.
2. The Suicide Squad (2021)
Movie Duration: 133 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-F
The “Anti-Avengers” is an all-female superhero team. A group of low-ranking Marvel supervillains (The senior supervillain Harley Quinn, Batman’s antagonist), with ridiculous powers, are forced to embark on suicide missions sponsored by the US administration. The 2016 film directed by David Ayer was not a bad financial success but was slaughtered in reviews and is considered one of the lowest points of the genre. Gann returns to the concept but directs it indefinitely on the verge of violence (R rating instead of the previous PG-13) and with the ability to go with his criminally insane ideas as far as possible.
3. Norsemen (2016)
TV Show Duration: 30 min.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
The series takes place in Norway in the 790s when different characters take the lead role in the development of the series.
Norsemen covers the lives of the Vikings in the town of Norheim and they deal with everyday life and conflict to varying degrees.
As the series progresses, conflicts with neighboring villages arise, including a Vikings vs Vikings rival tribe led by the criminally insane Jarl Varg, who wants to avenge his hair loss.
4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Movie Duration: 118 min.
Clarice Starling, an FBI cadet, is sent on a mission to visit a dangerous mental patient. She is tasked with interviewing Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a genius psychiatrist and extremely dangerous serial killer, to try to understand his motives. At the time, the FBI is conducting an extensive manhunt for another serial killer, known as “Buffalo Bill,” Dr. Hannibal Lecter is trying to extract from Sterling details about the investigation into the ongoing murders and about herself. The young investigator finds herself confronted by one horrible killer to stop another horrific killer, while the relationship between her and the genius psychiatrist becomes more complicated, in a crazy race against time and against “Buffalo Bill”.
5. Glass (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Movie Duration: 129 min.
Director and screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan combines his two spectacular and original stories – “Unbreakable” and “Split” into a new comic book thriller: “Mr. Glass”. Following the Split events, the film follows Dunn’s character as he pursues Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities, in what becomes a series of violent encounters, while Price’s vague presence is revealed to be pulling the strings, and the one who keeps the two men’s critical secrets.
6. The Shining (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Movie Duration: 146 min.
Jack Torrance is a frustrated writer and alcoholic in rehab. He travels with his wife and son to cold Colorado to work as a security guard of a secluded, desolate hotel, thus securing and achieving peace to immerse himself in his work. But the hut syndrome, and the same claustrophobic disturbances of isolation are beginning to show in him, and the presence of the spirits of the murdered past the hotel is haunting him, and he is slowly losing his sanity.
7. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ( 1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Movie Duration: 95 min.
In 1967, the mythical secret agent Austin Powers chase his arch-criminal villain who has since disappeared, Dr. Evil. Thirty years later, the dangerous insane doctor returns and goes to war against the aging serviceman, now retired. Our protagonist is surprised to discover that the days of psychedelia and free sex have passed and have been replaced by gender equality and absolute loyalty to family values. The bad guy also reveals that his values have gone out of fashion. Austin Powers is a satire on space trash films like Barbarella, it is combined with hysterical humor, a lot of physical humor, and the witty presence of Mike Myers, the two set out to fight for the future of the world.
8. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
Genre: Superheroes, Action, Sci-Fi, Comics
The Marvel universe has a lot of characters. And while they are scattered among multiple film production companies at the moment, their DNA can still be identified. There are complex but fun characters, violent but light-hearted. There are the funny characters, who almost always appear with a wink to the audience – red superhero characters like Deadpool, Spider-Man, and even Venom, the murderous psychopath.
9. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama, Thriller
Movie Duration: 99 min.
Reservoir Dogs is no ordinary crime movie. Most movies in the genre, are divided into two types – movies in which the criminals are portrayed as evil, and movies in which they are quite sympathetic characters. Few films portray criminals as human beings, trustworthy people, and also murderous, dangerous insane beings, who live by completely different moral rules from those of the common man. This film, however, does it well. Criminals, in the world of Quentin Tarantino (and probably in the real world as well), are people who eat fast food and talk about the music on the radio and in old movies. But they are not likable types.
10. Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Movie Duration: 122 min.
Jake Hoyt is a police detective who aspires to join the Los Angeles Police Department’s special anti-drug unit. The entrance exam includes a day together with the person in charge of the unit – the undercover cop Alonzo Harris. A charismatic type, Harris has a glorious history of fighting crime. However, during the training day, it turns out that beneath the positive image hides a sadistic criminal type who enjoys more than once or twice bending the rules.
Best Movies With Criminally Insane Villains – Faceoff
Harley Quinn vs Sideshow Bob
In a strange new government program, ex-convicts are chosen to host children’s TV shows. Which of the below is the more disturbing choice to host a kid’s TV show? Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad or Simpsons’ Sideshow Bob?
Kevin “The Beast” vs Buffalo Bill
Who is the more awkward third wheel for your date? Your mom has bullied you into a date with someone you hate and you’re dead set on making it fail. Who do you bring along with you to cause the utmost awkwardness? Kevin “The Beast” from Glass or Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs?
The Joker vs Dr. Henry Edward Jekyll
You know these insane people will cause chaos if they’re ever released. It just so happens that you want a bit of chaos. Who do you choose to set free? The Joker or Dr. Henry Edward Jekyll from the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?
Hannibal Lecter vs Garland Greene
You’re hunting a murderer who is clearly a psychopath and you need to understand how he thinks and what his next move will be. Who do you visit in the asylum? Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, or the criminally insane Garland Greene from Con Air?
Jack Torrance vs Ted Bundy
If those neighbors that blast their karaoke sessions all night would just disappear…Would anyone care? You can trap them inside with one of the below. Who do you choose? Jack Torrance from The Shining, or Ted Bundy from Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile movie?