Most Well Played Real Life Villains for TV

by stewiec85 | created - 03 Jun 2011 | updated - 03 Nov 2011 | Public

emmy and golden globe nominees and winners for playing the most evil people ever to have lived

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1. Small Sacrifices (1989)

159 min | Crime, Drama, History

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.

Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp, John Shea

Votes: 1,027

Diane Downs (Farrah Fawcett) -Best Actress Golden Globe Nominee

2. To Catch a Killer (1992)

Unrated | 182 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Dennehy, Michael Riley, Margot Kidder, Meg Foster

Votes: 2,312

John Wayne Gacy (Brian Dennehy) -Best Actor Emmy Award Nominee

3. Citizen Cohn (1992 TV Movie)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama

As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: James Woods, Joe Don Baker, Joseph Bologna, Ed Flanders

Votes: 1,287

Roy Cohn (James Woods) -Best Actor Golden Globe Nominee

4. Angels in America (2003)

TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Playwright Tony Kushner adapted his political epic about the A.I.D.S. crisis during the mid 1980s and centers the story around a group of separate but connected individuals.

Stars: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 25,304

Roy Cohn (Al Pacino) -Best Actor Golden Globe Winner

5. The Deliberate Stranger (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 185 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Mark Harmon, Frederic Forrest, George Grizzard, Ben Masters

Votes: 2,207

Ted Bundy (Mark Harmon) -Best Actor Golden Globe Nominee

6. The Bunker (1981 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, History, War

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's (Sir Anthony Hopkins') last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Richard Jordan, Cliff Gorman, James Naughton

Votes: 1,771

Adolf Hitler (Anthony Hopkins) -Best Actor Emmy Award Winner

7. Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods.

Director: Chris Gerolmo | Stars: Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 16,993

Andrei Chikatilo (Jeffrey DeMunn) -Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award Nominee

Richard Nixon (Beau Bridges) -Best Actor Emmy Award Nominee

9. The Final Days (1989 TV Movie)

PG | 150 min | Drama

Chronicle of Nixon's last months in the White House. A paranoid power-abuser, but also all too human--a confused, pathetic individual who cannot fully comprehend how, in less than one year, he can lose everything he has worked for in life.

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Lane Smith, Richard Kiley, David Ogden Stiers, Ed Flanders

Votes: 234

Richard Nixon (Lane Smith) -Best Actor Golden Globe Nominee

10. Stalin (1992 TV Movie)

172 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Robert Duvall, Julia Ormond, Maximilian Schell, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 2,251

Joseph Stalin (Robert Duvall) -Best Actor Golden Globe Winner

11. The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, History, War

The story of the 1960 hostile extraction of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, by the Mossad to Israeli justice.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Robert Duvall, Arliss Howard, Jeffrey Tambor, Jack Laufer

Votes: 678

Adolf Eichmann (Robert Duvall) -Best Actor Emmy Award Nominee

12. Conspiracy (2001 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" can be best implemented.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Clare Bullus, Stanley Tucci, Simon Markey

Votes: 17,936

Reinhard Heydrich (Kenneth Branaugh) -Best Actor Emmy Award Winner

Adolf Eichmann (Stanley Tucci) -Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Winnner

13. The Executioner's Song (1982 TV Movie)

Unrated | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The story of Gary Gilmore, a convicted murderer who lobbied for his own execution.

Director: Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Christine Lahti, Rosanna Arquette, Eli Wallach

Votes: 1,594

Gary Gillmore (Tommy Lee Jones) -Best Actor Emmy Award Winner

14. Holocaust (1978)

Not Rated | 475 min | Drama, History, Romance

The saga of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the horror of Nazi Germany's systematic marginalization and extermination of their community.

Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Tovah Feldshuh, Rosemary Harris, Tony Haygarth

Votes: 4,402

Erik Dorf (Michael Moriarty) -Best Actor Golden Globe Winner

15. Nuremberg (2000)

180 min | Drama, History, War

The dramatized account of the war crime trials following the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Stars: Alec Baldwin, Brian Cox, Christopher Plummer, Jill Hennessy

Votes: 5,495

Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring (Brian Cox) -Best Actor Emmy Award Winner

16. Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

A look at the life and career of controversial Louisiana governor Huey Long, whose nickname was "The Kingfish."

Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: John Goodman, Matt Craven, Anne Heche, Ann Dowd

Votes: 350

Huey P. Long (John Goodman) -Best Actor Emmy Award Nominee

17. Gotti (1996 TV Movie)

R | 117 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

John Gotti rises to head the powerful Gambino crime family before being convicted in 1992 of racketeering and murder.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Armand Assante, Anthony Quinn, William Forsythe, Richard C. Sarafian

Votes: 6,189

John Gotti (Armand Assante) -Best Actor Emmy Award Winner

18. Rasputin (1996 TV Movie)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Czar Nicholas II in Russia.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Alan Rickman, Greta Scacchi, Ian McKellen, David Warner

Votes: 3,323

Grigori Rasputin (Alan Rickman) -Best Actor Golden Globe Winner

19. Longford (2006 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 93 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Lee Boardman, Jim Broadbent, Tam Dean Burn, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 2,703

Myra Hindley (Samantha Morton) -Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Winner Ian Brady (Andy Serkis) -Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Nominee

20. And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 112 min | Biography, Drama, History

Hollywood makes a deal with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to film his war and recreate his life.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 3,029

Pancho Villa (Antonio Banderas) -Best Actor Golden Globe Nominee

21. Tail Gunner Joe (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 145 min | Biography, Drama

A dramatization of the life of Joe McCarthy, the alcoholic senator from Wisconsin whose tactics of accusing prominent people of Communist sympathies were initially designed to give him a ... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Peter Boyle, John Forsythe, Heather Menzies-Urich, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 150

Joseph McCarthy (Peter Boyle) -Best Actor Emmy Award Nominee

22. Raid on Entebbe (1976 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Drama, History

True story of a daring Israeli commando assault on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free hostages of a terrorist hijacking.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Peter Finch, Charles Bronson, Yaphet Kotto, Martin Balsam

Votes: 2,908

Idi Amin Dada (Yaphet Kotto) Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award Nominee

23. RKO 281 (1999 TV Movie)

R | 86 min | Biography, Drama

Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane (1941), despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.

Director: Benjamin Ross | Stars: Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, John Malkovich

Votes: 5,544

William Randolph Hearst (James Cromwell) -Best Supporting Actor Emmy Nominee



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