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Poll: Actresses So Good at Being Bad

The expression 'good at being bad' has often been used for the likes of Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, Hugo Weaving... in other words: "actors". But ladies also had their share of fun playing the bad ones, from the horrible and scary to the grandiose and funny, from the flamboyant witches to the manipulative (well, the word that rhymes...). While they also garnered acclaim by playing good characters, all these distinguished actresses elicited strong responses by playing villains - at least four memorable cinematic villains.

Which of these 'villain' actresses is simply the best at being bad?

After voting, you might discuss the list here

*Oscar-nominated performance

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Bette Davis in The Little Foxes (1941)

    BETTE DAVIS: The Letter*, The Little Foxes*, Of Human Bondage*, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane*, Beyond the Forest...
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    Faye Dunaway in Network (1976)

    FAYE DUNAWAY: Network*(WIN), Bonnie and Clyde*, The Three Musketeers, Mommie Dearest, Dunston Checks In...
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    Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

    GLENN CLOSE: Fatal Attraction*, Dangerous Liaisons*, 101 (and 102) Dalmatians, The Stepford Wives...
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    Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

    MERYL STREEP: The Devil Wears Prada*, Into the Woods*, The Manchurian Candidate, The Giver...
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    Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer (2013)

    TILDA SWINTON: Michael Clayton*(WIN), The Chronicles of Narnia, Snowpiercer, Moonrise Kingdom...
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    Gale Sondergaard in Christmas Holiday (1944)

    GALE SONDERGAARD: Anthony Adverse*(WIN), Road to Rio, Christmas Holiday, The Letter, The Black Cat, The Spider Woman...
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    Charlize Theron in The Fate of the Furious (2017)

    CHARLIZE THERON: Monster*(WIN), Hancock, 'Snow White' movies, Young Adult, 'Fast & Furious' movies...
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    Angelina Jolie in Maleficent (2014)

    ANGELINA JOLIE: Girl, Interrupted*(WIN), Original Sin, Beowulf, Maleficent...
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    "Double Indemnity" Barbara Stanwyck 1944 Paramount **I.V.

    BARBARA STANWYCK: Double Indemnity*, Ladies They Talk About, Baby Face, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, The Furies, The Man With a Cloak, The Violent Men, The Maverick Queen, Crime of Passion, Forty Gun...
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    Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

    ANGELA LANSBURY: The Manchurian Candidate*, The Harvey Girls, If Winter Comes, State of the Union, Kind Lady, Please Murder Me...
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    Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct (1992)

    SHARON STONE: Casino*, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, Catwoman, Diabolique...
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    Jennifer Tilly in Bound (1996)

    JENNIFER TILLY: Bullets Over Broadway*, Bound, Liar, Liar, The Getaway, 'Chucky' movies...
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    Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Female (1992)

    JENNIFER JASON LEIGH: The Hateful Eight*, Single White Female, Georgia, Kansas City...
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    Anjelica Huston in The Grifters (1990)

    ANJELICA HUSTON: The Grifters*, EverAfter, The Witches, Daddy Day Care...
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    Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl (1988)

    SIGOURNEY WEAVER: Working Girl*, The Cabin in the Woods, Vamps, Happy N'ever After, Holes...
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    Julianne Moore in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

    JULIANNE MOORE: Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Carrie, Eagle Eye, Kingsman: The Golden Circle...
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    Joan Crawford in The Caretakers (1963)

    JOAN CRAWFORD: The Women, The Damned Don't Cry, Queen Bee, The Caretakers, Straight Jacket...
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    Helena Bonham Carter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

    HELENA BONHAM CARTER: The Heart of the Dove*, 'Harry Potter' movies, Alice in Wonderland, Les Misérables...
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    Cate Blanchett in Cinderella (2015)

    CATE BLANCHETT: Hanna, Cinderella, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystall Skull, Thor: Ragnarok...
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    Isabelle Huppert in Ma mère (2004)

    ISABELLE HUPPERT: Violette Nozière, La Céremonie, La Pianiste, Ma Mère...

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