10 Great Movies Where The Villain Actually Wins

  • Published on Nov 14, 2019
  • There's nothing quite like a good shock at the movies. And while everyone loves to see their heroes live happily ever after, sometimes audiences need a reminder that life isn't all sunshine and roses. Here are a few movies where the villain actually wins.
    The Star Wars universe is no stranger to a villainous victory or two, with warring space factions trading constant blows back and forth across various conflicts. Rogue One and Revenge of the Sith certainly end on some down notes, for example, but the series' most iconic Dark Side victory came in the middle chapter of the original trilogy. Following the first film, which left off on a Death Star-destroying high, The Empire Strikes Back came crashing back down to reality when it opened with the crushing defeat of the rebel forces on Hoth. While the movie splinters at that point, with various characters heading off to do their own thing, the paths of the protagonists ultimately lead back to Lando Calrissian's floating haven of Cloud City.
    Unfortunately, when Darth Vader and his minions show up in Calrissian's city, things quickly go south for pretty much everyone. Han Solo is tortured and used as a test subject for carbon freezing, leaving him in suspended animation. Calrissian loses Cloud City to the Empire. Meanwhile, Luke is lured into a trap and confronted with one cinema's greatest ever twists. Needless to say, there's no doubt that Empire's final act is a home run for Vader and the Empire from start to finish.
    The 2008 film Valkyrie is inspired by the failed assassination attempt made against Adolf Hitler in the summer of 1944 by a cabal of German officers aiming to overthrow the Nazi regime. Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg joins Major-General Henning von Tresckow and a number of other conspirators, who set up a plan to kill off the dictator and use the Reserve Army to maintain order and establish themselves as the new government. From there, they plan to use their power to negotiate favorable peace terms with the Allies, who at that point are on the clear path to victory.
    The film follows the story just as it actually unfolded, with everything seeming to move towards victory for von Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators. In fact, the movie does it so well it almost makes you forget that you already know what's about to go down. But alas, Valkyrie is ruthlessly tethered to reality. Initially, the assassination comes tantalizingly close to success, with the planted explosives going off successfully and Operation Valkyrie being put into action. But before long, reports surface that Hitler survived the explosion, and from there the whole plot collapses. The movie ends with Hitler still alive and the film's heroes executed for treason, which is about as bad as things possibly could have gone. Keep watching the video to see 10 great movies where the villain actually wins.
    The Empire Strikes Back | 0:14
    Valkyrie | 1:12
    Avengers: Infinity War | 2:21
    Se7en | 3:24
    The Dark Knight | 4:16
    Memento | 5:12
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring | 6:11
    X-Men: First Class | 7:09
    Life is Beautiful | 8:08
    1984 | 9:08
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Comments • 298

  • Looper
    Looper  20 days ago +51

    Who is your favorite movie villain of all time?

  • Raghav Varma
    Raghav Varma Day ago +1

    You forgot Ford V Ferrari.

  • Tushar Sharma
    Tushar Sharma 2 days ago

    You forgot The Great Gatsby

  • DualWielder
    DualWielder 3 days ago

    Where's 300?

  • kobe kolb
    kobe kolb 3 days ago

    Number one avengers eggame

  • Harry Deane
    Harry Deane 3 days ago

    No country for old men?

  • Samuel Furgiuele
    Samuel Furgiuele 4 days ago

    You forgot braveheart

  • 4rt3m1sF0wl
    4rt3m1sF0wl 4 days ago

    so to get into the list, the film has to have a successor or you lose to nazis. Wow

  • A Bender
    A Bender 5 days ago +9

    Me: sees title
    Me: Infinity War, obviously

  • Mick Kelsey
    Mick Kelsey 5 days ago

    Too much talking.

  • Tate Robinson
    Tate Robinson 5 days ago +8

    0:54 darth Vader and his minion? Cmon it’s boba fett, he’s no ones minion.

  • Jack Robertson
    Jack Robertson 6 days ago +2

    Seven has a really really sad ending I actually cried in the end

  • The Illumineddy
    The Illumineddy 7 days ago +1

    Why is Infinity war here? Thanos is the hero who did nothing wrong and brought balance to the universe.

  • Giorgio Boiteux
    Giorgio Boiteux 7 days ago

    Roberto Benigni💪❤️

  • Piotr J.
    Piotr J. 8 days ago +1

    Sean bean - The actor who has license to die lol :P

  • Yossi Yaari
    Yossi Yaari 8 days ago

    using movies with sequels is cheating :-)

  • alex wenn
    alex wenn 8 days ago +3

    You've forgotten about... Saw movies.. Bad guys wins after every movie!

  • Jensen George
    Jensen George 8 days ago +4

    Just realised Ghajani is taken from Memento

  • JøshDaNørwegianMøøse

    1) Revenge of the Sith
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  • Danu Brahmanta
    Danu Brahmanta 8 days ago

    In valkyrie, the true hero was Major Otto Ernst Remer who defeated Operation Valkyrie and prevented Stauffenberg and his allies formed a new government. In valkyrie, the true hero was Colonel Stauffenberg because he wanted to overthrow the Nazi government and established a new government. So it depends on each side's point of view.

  • Vincent Oliver
    Vincent Oliver 8 days ago

    How about Skyfall?

  • Jerrard
    Jerrard 8 days ago

    No Swordfish?

  • The gamin JELLYFISH 1767

    What about rogue one? Or gladiator?

    • Johannes Nauser
      Johannes Nauser 8 days ago

      The heroes win in both of them. They just pay with their lives for it.

  • Spark Sighs
    Spark Sighs 9 days ago +25

    Using a film that has a sequel where they actually win is kinda cheating

  • Barry Green
    Barry Green 9 days ago

    Arlington Rd. Do you guys even watch movies?

  • Juni Post
    Juni Post 9 days ago +3

    the movie falling down with micheal douglas comes to mind. Mainly with the line the main character has at the end of "am I the badguy?"

  • Daniel R
    Daniel R 9 days ago

    Valkyrie was great, but if you look on rottentomatoes, it was apparently really flawed. You just can't trust that site. It's miss as much as it is hit.

  • Topgun God
    Topgun God 9 days ago +5

    Who says the Empire were the bad guys?
    The rebels.
    Who says the Nazis were the bad guys?
    The small hatted Grabblers.

    • Topgun God
      Topgun God 8 days ago

      @Daryll Nijkamp
      All the "heros" made things worse.
      They never learnt this, or didn't care.

    • Daryll Nijkamp
      Daryll Nijkamp 8 days ago

      @Topgun God being evil doesn't mean you're the bad guy in a movie, a movie can be around evil characters which infinity war was

    • Topgun God
      Topgun God 8 days ago +1

      @Daryll Nijkamp
      Rather than kill off half of living things, why didn't he double the number of worlds that could sustain life?
      Because he was evil.

    • Daryll Nijkamp
      Daryll Nijkamp 8 days ago

      Who says Thanos was the bad guy in iw, to be fair it was Thanos with a course in the movie, and the Avengers actually were the villains to him

    JOPIA SPIEDER 9 days ago

    Silence Of The Lambs the villain wins

    JOPIA SPIEDER 9 days ago

    Fallen is a movie where the villain wins

  • BaleOfHay
    BaleOfHay 9 days ago

    Joker 2019?

  • SD T-rex
    SD T-rex 9 days ago +1

    Wait a sec, this is the undertales guy

  • VortexRL
    VortexRL 10 days ago +1

    Didnt see the video yet but im gonna say that Avengers IW is in there

  • Shruti Arya Mohapatra
    Shruti Arya Mohapatra 10 days ago

    The Usual Suspects
    Silence of the Lambs
    Nightcrawler (2014)

  • Ryan Shadpoor
    Ryan Shadpoor 10 days ago +2

    The Dark Night doesnt get first. Bruhhh?

    • Ryan Shadpoor
      Ryan Shadpoor 7 days ago

      @Hunter Smith lick my butt, nah. I was just trolling.

    • Hunter Smith
      Hunter Smith 7 days ago

      This isn't a ranking.

  • Austin Berndlmaier
    Austin Berndlmaier 10 days ago

    No Country for Old Men would fit here nicely.

  • 皇明
    皇明 10 days ago

    Jing wu men : Fist of Fury

  • Lilkitten 24
    Lilkitten 24 12 days ago

    Infinity war

  • who the Fuck is this
    who the Fuck is this 12 days ago

    The Ussual Suspects ,most Saw movies, Braveheart,Spartacus, Zodiac

  • Ikram Kukku
    Ikram Kukku 12 days ago

    This video was made just to show joker ..😎

  • johnmburt1960
    johnmburt1960 12 days ago

    I just hope the villain of the dystopian SF film *_Make America Great Again_* doesn't come out on top at the end.
    He's got to be one of the _LEAST_ sympathetic bad guys I've seen in years. No redeeming qualities I can think of.

  • Kirai
    Kirai 13 days ago +1

    Captain marvel

  • R.J. Jones
    R.J. Jones 13 days ago

    How is Rocky not on this list?

  • dissection39
    dissection39 13 days ago +1

    I hope they make a twist and ending as good as ESB in my era. So good.
    EDIT: Lord of War is a solid villainous potrayal, I feel he gets away wounded, but ultimately victorious, like when he quotes: They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they oughta say is, "Evil prevails."

  • yashwanth adloori
    yashwanth adloori 13 days ago

    name of soundtrack?

  • Ryan Pratama
    Ryan Pratama 13 days ago

    One Flew Ove the Cuckoo's Nest oooiiii

  • Lilamma
    Lilamma 13 days ago

    wheres swordfish?... srsly...

    ICE FLAME 13 days ago +2

    I expected no alternative ending in Valkyrie. would've been interesting though.

    • Druid1
      Druid1 9 days ago +1

      That's pretty much inglorious bastards

  • Abror Xayrullayev
    Abror Xayrullayev 13 days ago +1

    Watchmen ending

  • Gabee Moon
    Gabee Moon 14 days ago +2

    law abiding citizen, the villain wins

  • Milan Stamenkovski
    Milan Stamenkovski 14 days ago

    I love when willains win

  • Wordz Gaddafi
    Wordz Gaddafi 14 days ago

    Scarface, No Country for Old Men, Carlito's Way, The Founder, and just about every horror movie.

  • Just ME
    Just ME 14 days ago

    you got 1984 wrong you dummy

  • Darius Porter
    Darius Porter 14 days ago

    Upgrade should have been here.

  • Cristian Gomez
    Cristian Gomez 15 days ago

    Where is watchmen 😡

  • panicroomD
    panicroomD 15 days ago +2

    If Villain wins, they actually are a Hero.

  • Carl Hands
    Carl Hands 15 days ago

    Final Destination
    Cabin in the woods
    Urban Legend
    Phone booth

  • Snap Back Flipper
    Snap Back Flipper 16 days ago +119

    I feel like movies with sequels that resolved the protagonists issues shouldn't count

    • Jeff Dallo
      Jeff Dallo 6 days ago +1

      Meh they still won though so why not include it.

    • Habel Hisham
      Habel Hisham 8 days ago

      Apparently they should count, as the money generator through in-video ads for this channel, which is disgusting

    • Orgasm Donor
      Orgasm Donor 12 days ago


  • Der Deutsche-Scotsmen
    Der Deutsche-Scotsmen 16 days ago

    You're going to put a movie about the july 20th plot ((that actually happened mind you)) in with a list with a bunch fictional bullshit? Mein gott how much disrespect do you have looper?

  • Andrew Cutler
    Andrew Cutler 16 days ago

    The omission of No Country for Old Men is a crime.