10 Movies Where the Villain Wins in the End

Movies often depict the hero overcoming impossible odds to defeat the villain, but what about when the tables are turned? Redditors shared that in these ten movies, the villain emerges victorious, leaving audiences questioning the traditional narrative of hero vs. villain.

From psychological thrillers to science fiction, these films challenge the audience's expectations and provide a fresh perspective on the classic battle between good and evil.

1. Fallen (1998)

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Fallen is a supernatural thriller film directed by Gregory Hoblit and written by Nicholas Kazan. The film follows detective John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) as he investigates a series of murders that seem connected to a demon. However, Hobbes soon discovers that the demon has become a serial killer who can possess different people. “Tiiiiiiime is on my side. Yes, it is.”

2. Seven (1995)

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Seven is a crime thriller directed by David Fincher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. The film follows detectives David Mills (Brad Pitt) and William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) as they investigate a series of murders committed by a serial killer who is using the seven deadly sins (gluttony, greed, sloth, pride, envy, wrath, and lust) as inspiration for his murders.

3. The Usual Suspects (1995)

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The Usual Suspects is a crime thriller directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. The film follows a group of criminals brought together for a heist, only to discover that a mysterious criminal mastermind, Keyser Söze, is manipulating them.

The film stars Gabriel Byrne as the group's leader, Benicio del Toro as a criminal, and Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, and Chazz Palminteri as other group members.

4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

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Based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel of the same name, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a drama film directed by Miloš Forman and written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman. It stars Jack Nicholson as Randle Patrick McMurphy, a man who feigns insanity to avoid prison but ends up in a mental institution where he clashes with the tyrannical Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

5. In The Mouth of Madness (1994)

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In the Mouth of Madness is a horror movie written by Michael De Luca and directed by John Carpenter. The film follows John Trent (Sam Neill), an insurance investigator sent to a small city to investigate the disappearance of a horror novelist, Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow). Alongside Neill and Prochnow, the film stars Julie Carmen as Linda Styles and Charlton Heston as Jackson Harlow.

6. Upgrade (2018)

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Upgrade is a science fiction action film about a man who receives an experimental computer chip implant called “STEM” that gives him superhuman abilities after a violent attack leaves him paralyzed. It stars Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, and Harrison Gilbertson.

7. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

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The Cabin in the Woods is a horror comedy film about five friends who go to a remote cabin in the woods and discover that they are part of a sinister experiment with an unexpected ending that keeps viewers talking about the film's greatness. It stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, and Jesse Williams.

8. Watchmen (2009)

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Based on the 1986 graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons of the same name, Watchmen is a superhero film in an alternate 1985. Here superheroes are real and follow a group of retired and disillusioned heroes who must come out of retirement to stop a catastrophic event. It stars Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, and Matthew Goode.

9. Arlington Road (1999)

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Arlington Road is a psychological thriller film about a man becoming increasingly suspicious of his new neighbors and suspecting that they might be involved in domestic terrorism. It stars Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, and Joan Cusack.

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10. Megamind (2010)

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Megamind is an animated superhero film about an alien who becomes a superhero and must stop his arch-nemesis from destroying the city. It stars the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill.

We hope you enjoyed this Reddit recommendations list of films where the villain wins. Do you have any great ones to add to this list? This article was inspired by the internet and did not necessarily reflect the views of Finance Quick Fix.

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