Live Poll: Top Ten Hitchcock Villains

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"Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders."

With such a stylish -and delightfully cynical- motto, the villains of Alfred Hitchcock could only be as appealing as romantic leads... and integral to the cinematic stature reached by the Master of Suspense. It's said a film is as good as the villain, then you know why Hitchcock movies are great... on an iconic level.

These are the ten villains from Hitchcock movies nominated for the American Film Institute's Top 5, only two made it (the first of the list) but that's not diminishing the others' value, one of them might even be your favorite villain.

Which of these ten Hitchcockian villains is your favorite?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls024912455/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Bd7E9235uZU/
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Posted 1 year ago

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No by NW
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ElM,

My vote, the first name that occurred to me before reading your list of villains:
BRUNO ANTONY - Strangers on a Train
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The first thing in my mind is BATES
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My prediction: Bates will lead this one with a big gap. :D

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Popularity can be a double-edged sword, the more you watch a film or you hear about it, the more it can encourage you to adopt 'gourmet' tastes and try something new.

That Bates would win I would bet on it, not so sure about the gap though... See, if the poll was about every Hitchcock villain, a voter would think "why of course, Bates", but if you reduce the list to 10, he or she might think "well, let's see the other nine before I make up my mind".

Psychology works in mysterious ways.
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Maybe Norman was the real victim.
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ElMo

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Why he wouldn't harm a fly...

(more seriously, this got to be one of the simplest but smartest theories I've read, that's some good food for thought)
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James Mason and Martin Landau in North by Northwest 1959

With a shout out to an excellent menacing henchman...
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PHILLIP VANDAMM

Titles: North by Northwest
People: James Mason,
This is my absolute top character dialogue exchange in cinema.
Only James Mason could deliver these lines. I CANNOT imagine any other actor doing it. NONE!
  • Phillip Vandamm : Mr. Kaplan, you are quite the performer. First you're the outraged Madison Avenue advertising executive who claims that he has been mistaken for someone else. Next, you play the fugitive from justice supposedly trying to clear himself of a crime he knows he didn't commit. And now, you're the jealous lover spurned by love and betrayal.

    Roger Thornhill : Apparently the only performance that will satisfy you is when I play dead.

    Phillip Vandamm : Your very next role, and you'll be quite convincing, I assure you.



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THE BIRDS
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M,

When you said "American Film Institute's Top 5", don't you mean Top 50?
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ElMo

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That was the thought yeah :)
Thanks, I fixed it.
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'Great poll, ElMo. I'd vote for Norman but I was thinking about what's really interesting about Thornwald: He doesn't even really have a speaking part in the film (with almost none of his speech being audible) and yet the role and dynamic is so effective. He seems so menacing and creepy and is a full-fledged villain. 'Just one of so many examples of Hitchcock's genius. 'Credit to Burr, too, of course, as well as Stewart, Kelly, and Thelma Ritter, whose projections work so well to vilify Thornwald. 

May I suggest two small edits? (changed one comma to a semi-colon and another to a colon)

These are the ten villains from Hitchcock movies nominated for the American Film Institute's Top 50; only two made it (the first of the list) but that's not diminishing the others' value: one of them might even be your favorite villain.
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