You've seen my Top Twenty Animated Villains, Twenty Favorite Comic Book Villains, and Top Twenty "Gargoyles Universe" Villains. Well, and I'm surprised I didn't do this long ago here are my TOP THIRTY film villains. Why top thirty? It was going to be top twenty, and I tossed a lot of names onto a list, about thirty six and I ended up with ten I really did not want to lose. So, enjoy.
30. Angela Baker ("Sleepaway Camp")
I hate slasher movies. Really, I do. I only even know about this character because of the Robot Chicken Sketch, the Cinema Snob's review, and Creepy Kitch's podcast. Something about this felt... real. Okay, the movie and the killings are as outlandish as anything, that's not what I'm saying. But, I guess I don't want to spoil the twist. Considering the circumstances behind this character's background, how she was raised, and what twisted her into a killer... this sort of thing exists. Don't get me wrong, the movie is shit... but she just stuck with me after the Cinema Snob's review and even though the movie was not my thing, I checked it out anyway. You could easily take this character and transplant her into a more dramatic film and still make it work. She has that intangible element. The makers of the first "Sleepaway Camp" caught lightning in a bottle when they dreamed Angela up. For sheer power of the concept and creation, Angela makes this list.
28. Tom Powers ("The Public Enemy")
Wow. Where do I start? We all go through a phase where we're embarrassed or ashamed or just flat out hate our families. While Michael never hated his family, it was clear early on that he wanted to pursue a life apart from the family business. But fate and circumstances interfered and Michael not only was forced into the family business, but he soon became the head of the family... and it soon destroyed any semblance of the life he could have otherwise had. From war hero to brutal criminal to losing his family all culminating in the murder of his brother. Michael Corleone became exactly what he tried hard not to become.
"It's not personal, it's just business." While that was true most of the time, a lot of the time he was just kidding himself. It was the greatest performance of Al Pacino's career, and the greatest film Francis Ford Coppola has ever directed. To this day, everything stands the test of time and it will continue to do so for generations beyond.