Top 80 villains of the '80s: The Joker to The Kurgan
Playing a villain in the '80s was a good way to score an Oscar. Look over all 80 entries in the Top 80 Villains of the '80s list. You'll see tons. F. Murray Abraham. Michael Douglas. But no Clancy Brown. Oh, sure. Gordon Gekko just thinks greed is good, and that's enough for an Academy Award. But in The Highlander, the Kurgan rapes, kills, beheads his friends and taunts nuns. And no Oscar. He was robbed! There can be only one! And in 1986, it should have been Clancy Brown!
Today's big winner: John Kreese has made "Sweep the leg" one of the most menacing lines in '80s film history. When Billy Zabka thinks you're being too mean, that's not a good sign.
TOP 80 VILLAINS OF THE '80s (Nos. 1 to 10):
10. THE JOKER/JACK NAPIER (Jack Nicholson) in Batman (1989): "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?"
9. ALEX FORREST (Glenn Close) in Fatal Attraction (1987): "You won't answer my calls, you change your number. I mean, I'm not gonna be ignored, Dan!"
8. SGT. BARNES (Tom Berenger) in Platoon (1986): "Shut up! Shut up and take the pain! Take the pain!"
7. GORDON GEKKO (Michael Douglas) in Wall Street (1987): "When I get a hold of the son of a bitch who leaked this, I'm gonna tear his eyeballs out and I'm gonna suck his f---ing skull."
6. JOHN KREESE (Martin Kove) in The Karate Kid (1984): "Sweep the leg."
5. THE TERMINATOR (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in The Terminator (1984): "I'll be back."
4. J.R. EWING (Larry Hagman) in Dallas (1978-91): "All that matters is winning."
3. JACK TORRANCE (Jack Nicholson) in The Shining (1980): "Wendy, I'm home."
2. KHAN (Ricardo Montalban) in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982): "I've done far worse than kill you, Admiral. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her; marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet... buried alive! Buried alive...!"
1. THE KURGAN (Clancy Brown) from Highlander (1986): "Tonight you sleep in hell."