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Top 10 Craziest Movie Characters Of All Time

by Angel C|September 30, 2013|in Best & Worst Lists, News|

Top 10 Craziest Movie Characters Of All Time

There is crazy in all of us. We use it to keep up with all the insanity around us. In the movies as well in real life however, there are some that got to the overdrive mode and became horribly crazy, mentally-troubled characters who aspired to mess with our brains and even our lives, and sending chills in the spine…regardless if this was done belligerently or quietly. Nothing excites and unsettles us more than the crazies in the movies that either actually lived amongst us or were fantastically conceived and written to be played in movies.

Whether they were portrayed as ordinary people with secret personas or the outright demented criminals and mentally-deranged, the following characters are high-up in mostly everyone’s list. Such roles also allowed actors to leave their lasting mark in the entertainment business with their memorable portrayals of these bizarre offbeat characters, and even winning awards on the side. Here now are the lunatics, the freakish nuts and slice-and-dice antisocial beings that were personified by the following characters:

Top 10 Craziest Movie Characters Of All Time

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#10 Martin Riggs - Lethal Weapon movie series

Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), a suicidal and maniacal cop meets up with the steady Sergeant Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover). Riggs didn’t think twice in taking on crazily dangerous chases with the goons in this movie and all his reckless moves constantly distressed Murtaugh, who only wanted to spend his last few weeks in the force as quietly as possible.

#9 Patrick Bateman - American Psycho (2000)

Immaculately groomed businessman in one place and a psychopathic killer in another. In the cutthroat world of business, he was an expert in mergers and acquisitions. And of murders and executions, in the same breath. This is what extreme alter-egos are made of. Christian Bale was more than successful in his portrayal of a cold, homicidal maniac.

#8 Tommy DeVito – Goodfellas (1990)

In this critically acclaimed film directed by Martin Scorcese, Joe Pesci was a standout and won an Oscar for his portrayal of Tommy De Vito. As was de rigueur in mob films, DeVito was its resident psycho, he thought nothing of killing his victims, and he coldly executed and buried them like he was just doing an ordinary chore.

#7 John Doe - Se7en (1995)

Kevin Spacey portrayed the sadistic serial killer, who only appeared in the remaining 90 minutes of the movie. Although the character was seen doing his symbolic murders of the Seven Deadly Sins of Christianity, his insanity was reflected in each crime that he enjoyed doing, while playing games with Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) and Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman).

#6 Norman Bates – Psycho (1960)

That chilling murder scene in the shower symbolizes this movie, in which Anthony Perkins as the killer Norman Bates stabbed his victims whilst wearing his mother’s clothing. Schizophrenic Bates brought horror to the visitors of their motel, the iconic Bates Motel. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this classic horror film spawned many sequels, remakes and even a current television series.

#5 Max Cady - Cape Fear (1991)

In this remake, Robert De Niro is a vengeful ex-con who sought and viciously terrorized lawyer Sam J. Bowden’s (Nick Nolte) and his loved ones, aiming to get even with Bowden who didn’t defend Max to the best of his ability. While incarcerated, Max used the time to study the law and its loopholes. And also to get those tattoos.

#4 Jack Torrance - The Shining (1980)

The menacing Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, a humble writer and family man. In the film, Jack’s son has a telepathic ability which is called “shining” (hence the title), and has a terrifying premonition. Eventually, Jack was adversely influenced by a supernatural presence while they were staying in a hotel, causing him to go on a rampage, killing hotel staff and going after his own family.

#3 Garland Greene - Con Air (1997)

Also known as ‘The Marietta Mangler,’ Steve Buscemi effectively portrayed the role of a perfectly insane serial killer. His creepy lines in a series of conversations with Cameron Poe (Nicolas Gage) on the plane truly made us sick. Let’s not forget how he scared us while he was talking to a 7-year old girl, and later sang “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."

#2 Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist and a cannibalistic killer, aided CIA agent Clarice Starling in locating an active serial killer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill.” One of the most mesmerizing crazies on film, particularly because of the 'ththththth' noise he made with his teeth, the way he listened to classical music after he ate off his victim, and his terrifying cold stare.

#1 The Joker - The Dark Knight (2008)

Joker consistently drove Batman batty and furious with his convoluted games and evil wrongdoings. Heath Ledger’s performance brought in a darker, uglier, and more perverse version. The role that he would be mostly remembered. He was let like loose-cannon in his portrayal of the role, since crazy has no limits. Kudos to Jack Nicholson, too.


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