Throughout the vast history of hero flicks one thing remains a key ingredient to being a success – the champion of the film is only as good as his bad guy movie counterpart. And while throughout cinema there have been a lot of truly tasty twisted dudes, only a very few have actually carved groundbreaking new territory in the role of ying to a hero’s yang. It’s these roles that we salute here – five sinister, calculated and conniving characters who dared to slip on the mask of malevolence and lovingly gave the movie world a whole new definition of bad guy. Listed by year, beginning way back in 1947 and moving all the way to 1993, here are the…'Top 5 Game Changing Movie Bad Guys!'
("Kiss Of Death" – 1947)
Way back in 1947 before being a wacko was in vogue, actor Richard Widmark made a remarkable debut as a grinning, sadistic and all around oddball villain who displayed his relish for evil like a badge of honor. As unrepentant criminal Tommy Udo in "Kiss of Death," Widmark tapped into a creepy psychosis that lingered long like his maniacal laugh and unsettled audiences who had never witnessed such a bold display of malevolence personified. So that when Udo famously pushed a helpless old lady down a full flight of stairs the atrocious act itself almost became secondary – the shock of joyful cruelty rates slightly higher on the scoundrel scale.