Antiheroes: 10 films where the main character is still a villain

Times change, and so do anti-heroes in movies. They have modern professions – crimes on the screen are committed not only by born killers, but also by top managers, PR people, brokers. In this selection, we have collected interesting films where the main negative characters are a variety of villains with shocking and dissimilar stories.

The House That Jack Built (2018)

A pedantic and sophisticated serial killer considers brutal crimes a tribute to art, trying not to repeat himself and be inventive in his dirty deeds. The first time Jack took the life of a random fellow traveler in a fit of irritation, but quickly got a taste. Each new murder was overgrown with unique details and symbols, which allowed the criminal to go unpunished for more than 10 years.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
The House That Jack Built

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman…

Country:  
Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
18 +


Kill Your Friends (2015)

The action of the film about a completely immoral anti-hero takes place in London in the 90s, when the British music industry was at its peak of popularity. Young manager Steven is in charge of finding new talent and is ready to go over the dead for his own career. The guy understands that success in such a specific business largely depends on chance and cynical calculation, so he decides to take fate into his own hands.

Original title:
Kill Your Friends

Genre:
Thriller, comedy, crime

Actors:
Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, Georgia King …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort gets a prestigious brokerage position at a reputable bank, but the financial institution closes after a sharp drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. An enterprising guy gets a job in a small institution that deals with shares, and, thanks to his innate charisma, quickly climbs the career ladder. Jordan’s success proves to be overwhelming and draws the attention of the FBI agents .

Original title:  
The Wolf of Wall Street

Genre:  
Drama, crime, biography, comedy

Actors:  
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


Stringer (2013)

A thriller film with a negative protagonist – an unscrupulous sociopath who delivers media sensations. Louis Bloom is unsuccessfully trying to find a job, but one nighttime incident prompts the guy to a brilliant idea. A young man notices amateur reporters filming a road accident and decides to try out as a stringer. Luis’ videos are popular, but no one suspects what is behind the sensational footage.

Original title:  
Nightcrawler

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


Dirt (2013)

Bruce Robertson dreams of the coveted position of Detective Inspector, but several of his colleagues apply for the post. The authorities instruct the police to investigate the murder of a foreign student, and the best detective is guaranteed to advance through the ranks. Bruce realizes that successfully solving the case is his last chance, and proceeds to the insidious elimination of competitors.

Original title:
Filth

Genre:
Crime, comedy, drama

Actors:
James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan …

Country:
UK, Germany, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Choking (2008)

Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name is taken as the basis for the script of the film about a negative hero , so the ambiguous dramedy will primarily interest fans of the writer ‘s work . Victor Mancini left the theater school and does not regret his decision. The guy managed to learn the basics of skill and deftly depicts asthma attacks at dinner in prestigious restaurants, adding to the list of naive patrons. Victor changes women like gloves, but even to himself he is afraid to admit his loneliness and the meaninglessness of existence, hiding his fears behind impromptu performances.

Original title:
Choke

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


99 francs (2007)

Talented Octave Parango works as a publicist for a leading advertising agency, basking in money, cocaine and the attention of beautiful women. A man masterfully manipulates his environment and clients. The cynical playboy’s life changes after a fight with his girlfriend Sophie and an incident with customers at a meeting. The hero is covered by a crisis and Octave decides to go against the system that has fed him for many years, violating his own principles.

Original title:
99 francs

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Jean Dujardin, Joslin Kivrin, Patrick Millet …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Gangster (2007)

One of the best movies about villains is based on real events of the 60s of the last century. Frank Lucas works for the crime boss Bumpy Johnson, and after the death of his boss, he decides to create his own drug empire. The man is engaged in the transportation of heroin and considers himself an experienced businessman, but the police begin to take an interest in the illegal business .

Original title:  
American Gangster

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography

Actors:  
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor…

Country:  
USA, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


The Cable Guy (1996)

After breaking up with his girlfriend, Stephen moves to a new apartment and invites a master to set up television. Cable Guy Chip illegally connects a guy to pay channels in the hope of making friends . Stephen is glad to have a useful friend, and over time he begins to notice oddities in the behavior of the master. The guy is trying to put an end to the obsessive friendship, but getting rid of Chip is not so easy.

Original title:  
The Cable Guy

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, comedy

Actors:  
Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Bad Lieutenant (1992)

The corrupt policeman indulges in love pleasures during working hours, does not disdain the seizure of drugs for personal purposes and takes the loot from the bandits. A gambler , a murderer and a thief is not the most suitable portrait for a servant of the law, but everything changes with a new investigation. The lieutenant is entrusted with the case of the rape of a nun, and the negative traits in the hero gradually give way to humanity.

Original title:
Bad Lieutenant

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frankie Acciarito …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Rating
( No ratings yet )
Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

Leave a Reply

My Release Date - schedule of all popular series
Support Ukraine