My top 10 movie psychopaths

According to Wikipedia psychopaths have three common traits: boldness, dishinhibition and meanness as well as a tendency towards criminality, violence and sexual offending… all born from a lack of empathy for others. Whether they channel their belief that the rules are irrelevant to them into violent murder sprees or ruthless business success there’s no doubt that some of our favourite movie villains are psychopaths. These are the ones that really give me the willies.

American psycho

Patrick Bateman
Played by: Christian Bale
Film: American Psycho (2000)
Most twisted moment: Naked chainsaw
“Patrick Bateman: There are no more barriers to cross. All I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem I have caused and my utter indifference toward it I have now surpassed. My pain is constant and sharp, and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape. But even after admitting this, there is no catharsis; my punishment continues to elude me, and I gain no deeper knowledge of myself. No new knowledge can be extracted from my telling. This confession has meant nothing.”

DK

The Joker
Played by: Heath Ledger
Film: The Dark Knight (2008)
Most twisted: His confession that there is literally no motivation for his destruction.
The Joker: I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know… You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!
[Joker hands Two-Face a gun and points it at himself]
The Joker: Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!”

gordon gekko

Gordon Gekko
Played by: Michael Douglas
Film: Wall Street (1987)
Most twisted moment: When he screws over his protege without even the glimmer of a second thought.
Gordon Gekko: The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It’s bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you buddy? It’s the free market. And you’re a part of it. You’ve got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I’ve still got a lot to teach you.”

hannibal

 Hannibal Lecter
Played by: Anthony Hopkins
Film: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Most twisted moment: When he escapes from prison
“Hannibal Lecter: Why do you think he removes their skins, Agent Starling?
[sarcastically]
Hannibal Lecter: Enthrall me with your acumen.
Clarice Starling: It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.
Hannibal Lecter: I didn’t.
Clarice Starling: No. No, you ate yours.”

Kevin

Kevin Khatchadourian
Played by: Rock Duer/Jasper Newell/Ezra Miller
Film: We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Most twisted moment: When he burns his little sister’s eye out with chemicals
“Kevin: It’s like this: you wake and watch TV, get in your car and listen to the radio you go to your little jobs or little school, but you don’t hear about that on the 6 o’clock news, why? ‘Cause nothing is really happening, and you go home and watch some more TV and maybe it’s a fun night and you go out and watch a movie. I mean it’s got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they’re watching TV. What are these people watching, people like me?”

Misery

Annie Wilkes
Played by: Kathy Bates
Film: Misery (1990)
Most twisted moment: The hobbling
“Annie Wilkes: [turning to Sheldon] And don’t even think about anybody coming for you. Not the doctors, not your agent, not your family. ‘Cause I never called them. Nobody knows you’re here. And you better hope nothing happens to me. Because if I die… you die.”

mr blond

Mr Blonde/Vic Vega
Played by: Michael Madsen
Film: Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Most twisted moment: When he announces to the cop that he’s going to torture him no matter what
“Mr. Blonde: Listen kid, I’m not gonna bullshit you, all right? I don’t give a good fuck what you know, or don’t know, but I’m gonna torture you anyway, regardless. Not to get information. It’s amusing, to me, to torture a cop. You can say anything you want cause I’ve heard it all before. All you can do is pray for a quick death, which you ain’t gonna get.
[He removes his razor]
Mr. Blonde: You ever listen to K-Billy’s “Super Sounds of the Seventies” weekend? It’s my personal favorite.”

nightcrawler

Lou Bloom
Played by: Jake Gyllenhaal
Film: Nightcrawler (2014)
Most twisted moment: When he beats the police to a crime scene and decides to film it
“Lou Bloom: [repeated line] You have to make the money to buy a ticket.”

s7en

John Doe
Played by: Kevin Spacey
Film: Se7en (1995)
Most twisted moment: What’s in the box?
“John Doe: [interrupts] A woman… so ugly on the inside she couldn’t bear to go on living if she couldn’t be beautiful on the outside. A drug dealer, a drug dealing pederast, actually! And let’s not forget the disease-spreading whore! Only in a world this shitty could you even try to say these were innocent people and keep a straight face. But that’s the point. We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it’s common, it’s trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I’m setting the example. What I’ve done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed… forever.”

schindlers list

Amon Goethe
Film: Schindler’s List (1993)
Most twisted moment: Taking potshots off the balcony
“Amon Goeth: Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it. Six hundred years ago, when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great – so called – told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. They came with nothing. And they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.”

giphy

India Stoker
Played by: Mia Wasikowska
Film: Stoker (2013)
Most twisted moment: Having a wank over killing her high school suitor
“India Stoker: He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse.”

16 Comments

  1. Great minds think alike! 🙂

    http://cindybruchman.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/psychopaths-in-film/
    I rewatched Bale in American Psycho and thought the humor and tangents were similar to The Wolf on Wall Street. I thought Leo and Bale were both brilliant.

    1. Abbi

      Can’t believe I missed your posts. Excellent performances from both. I really found it hard to stop at 10!

  2. Oh wow, certainly not an easy list to put together I am sure, but great work!

    1. Abbi

      I could have had 20 on here easily.

  3. I could not agree more about Christian Bale’s character in American Psycho, I watched the movie and had nightmares. Christian Bale has given me the heebie jeebies every since, haha.

    1. Abbi

      He is remarkably good at playing creepy characters.

  4. I’m glad that Lou made the list! Awesome. I cannot actually think about any that I disagree with here. The Kevin movie sounds interesting. Never heard of it being Goggling it now!

    1. Abbi

      I would highly recommend this book for We Need to Talk About Kevin too. Lou Bloom blew my mind. One of my clear favourites of 2014.

  5. Ooo, nice list here, Abbi! John Doe in Se7en is so creepy! That GIF of Hannibal Lector is scary!!

    Looks like I seriously need to check out this Lou Bloom character, eh?

    1. Abbi

      I LOVED Nightcrawler but it seems not everyone did. I’d really like to hear your opinion.

      1. Looking forward to sharing it after i see it today!

  6. Great choices as always! 🙂 Hey… Wait. No Jack Nicholson? Oh wait! You’ve not seen The Shining!!!! I’d say Heath Ledger’s Joker is my favorite here. 🙂

  7. johnscottcomedy

    http://wp.me/57zz1 Yup these are good choices.

  8. What a great list. I always read yours and go darn I wish I had thought of that! Ledger’s Joker would probably have to be my fave.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! Would love it if you did one of your own 🙂

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