10 Great Movies Where The Villain Actually Wins

10 Great Movies Where The Villain Actually Wins


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. Over the years, Marvel comics have seen plenty
of tragic endings and grisly cliffhangers, but the MCU itself has tended to prefer the
good guys to come out on top. But this trend has recently begun to change,
having kicked off in earnest when Captain America: Civil War pitted the Avengers against
one another, leaving a host of angry, PTSD-ridden superheroes behind in the process. This slide downhill only sped up with Thor:
Ragnarok, an otherwise fun movie that ended with Asgard destroyed and a small handful
of survivors setting out in search of a new home. But it was only during Avengers: Infinity
War that Marvel finally opened up a universe in which the villains really can win. This colossal crossover event finds the heroes
struggling to rise up and defend the universe against Thanos and his cronies, only for the
Mad Titan to finally pull off his cataclysmic finger snap and wipe out half the universe
in the process. “I am inevitable.” While much of Thanos’ mad destruction was
undone in Avengers: Endgame, Infinity War was nonetheless so focused on Thanos and his
story that his victory during the film’s closing moments was never anything but inevitable. Se7en follows detectives William Somerset
and David Mills as they investigate a series of murders by a mysterious criminal who uses
the seven deadly sins as his calling card. The movie gains speed as the duo uncover the
first five sins, but before the last two take place, the murderer, known as John Doe, turns
himself in to the authorities while covered in the blood of an unknown victim. As the movie wraps up, the growing sense of
impending doom becomes practically unbearable. Doe directs Mills and Somerset to the desert,
where he informs them that the last two victims will be found. Of course, they’re already present, as Doe
confesses to being envious of Mills’ idyllic life with his pregnant wife Tracy before a
box arrives on the scene, containing Tracy’s head inside. Mills then gives in to temptation and kills
Doe, who becomes the final victim of wrath. Aside from being messed up in so many ways,
Se7en’s plot is never in the hands of the movie’s protagonists, with Doe in total control
right up until the credits roll. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight delivered
more than just an outstanding performance from a greatly-missed actor since Heath Ledger’s
Joker was also one of the first superhero villains to have his way with the hero from
beginning to end. From the moment he enters that dramatic opening
heist sequence to his last laugh during the film’s climax, the infamous DC villain easily
steals the show. The Dark Knight revolves almost entirely around
the Joker’s schemes against Gotham and Batman many of which are pulled off without a hitch. As a result, this second film in Nolan’s epic
trilogy leaves Rachel Dawes dead, Harvey Dent warped into Two-Face and killed soon after,
Batman on the run after taking responsibility for Dent’s crimes, and the Bat-signal destroyed
by Commissioner Gordon. “See madness, as you know is like gravity. All it takes is a little push.” And sure, the Joker is eventually apprehended
and has his nihilistic philosophy thoroughly disproven by the people of Gotham at the same
time — but everything else went off about as well as he could have hoped. Christopher Nolan appears to have something
of a gift for letting the villains win. In this case, you’ve got Memento. The narrative follows Leonard Shelby, a man
who suffers from memory loss every five minutes. This is a recent affliction that has been
occurring ever since two men assaulted and murdered his wife. After Shelby killed one of them, the other
knocked him on the head and escaped, leaving him with his new mental handicap. Shelby is dead-set on hunting down the other
man responsible for his wife’s death, but plagued with short-term memory loss, he is
forced to use tattoos and Polaroid cameras in an elaborate system to remind himself of
what he discovers. The movie is filmed in both color and black-and-white
sequences, showing different angles of perception and giving a sense of bizarre confusion that
helps the audience relate to the film’s hero… except Shelby isn’t the hero. As the movie concludes, we find that he has
been cyclically hunting down and taking “vengeance” on innocent people for a year. Repressing this information, Shelby tampers
with his own photographic evidence, allowing his condition to wash all guilt away within
the next few minutes and permitting him to continue his villainous behavior. While Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s awe-inspiring Lord of the Rings
trilogy has many happy moments during its runtime, the ending of the first film, The
Fellowship of the Ring, isn’t one of them. As the film reaches its crescendo, the Fellowship
has already gone through the devastating loss of Gandalf, but things go from bad to worse
as the forces of Mordor close in on them. Boromir kicks things off by falling to the
lure of the ring and attempting to take it from Frodo. Unsuccessful and repentant, Boromir and the
rest of the heroes turn their attention to a sudden attack of Uruk-Hai soldiers sent
by Saruman to find the Ring. The attack splits the group up, with the villains
killing Boromir and successfully carrying off the hobbits Merry and Pippin. Frodo, meanwhile, leaves with Sam across the
river, and the two begin to work their way towards Mordor alone. All in all, this ending is about as chaotic
as it gets and doesn’t lead to any one of the protagonists actually getting their way. Though triumph lies ahead, the truth is that
Fellowship is a movie about the power of camaraderie that nonetheless tears its characters away
from each other during its final moments. And that’s about as bleak as it gets. Though it’s outside the canon of the MCU and
doesn’t have quite as catastrophic an ending as Infinity War, X-Men: First Class is another
Marvel movie that doesn’t reward its heroes with a happy ending. In this prequel to the original X-Men movies,
the storyline jumps back in time to the 1960s to explore the origin stories of its heroes
and villains. In particular, the film focuses on the development
of the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, which is the story
of a profound and meaningful friendship… right up until it isn’t. “We have it in us to be better men.” “We already are. We are the next stage of human evolution you
said it yourself.” While the movie itself brought a fresh spin
to a flagging franchise, its story ended on a dark note, with the rise of an iconic Marvel
villain: Magneto. As the film enters its final act, the differences
between Xavier’s and Lehnsherr’s views on mutant activism come to a head, with Lehnsherr
dramatically parting ways with the critically-wounded Xavier and his team. This sets him on his journey towards becoming
the franchise’s most notable villain, and begins a rivalry fated to go down in history. Like Valkyrie, Life is Beautiful is another
story that ends with the Nazis coming out on top. This classic Italian film was directed and
co-written by the incredibly talented Roberto Benigni, who also played the lead role alongside
Nicoletta Braschi, his wife of nearly thirty years. The first half of the film is almost entirely
light and comedic as it follows Guido, a Jewish bookshop owner in Italy who shamelessly pursues
the love of his life with a little slapstick clowning and a lot of Italian charm. But things take a drastic turn when the narrative
jumps forward several years to a Nazi-occupied Italy, where Guido, his wife, and their son
are sent to a concentration camp. Once in the camp, the bookshop owner uses
his incredibly resilient imagination to tirelessly shield his son from the horrors around them,
convincing the young boy that they’re on a strange kind of holiday. Despite the subject matter, the movie does
actually build toward a happy ending… until, in a gut-wrenching turn, Guido is gunned down
by Nazis just as the camp is liberated. And while Guido’s son’s innocence is preserved,
the loss of the film’s lovable protagonist is nonetheless a shocking note for the film
to end on. Just like the classic 1949 George Orwell novel
on which it’s based, the movie 1984 is about as depressing as it gets. From the infamous “Thought Police” to the
near-endless torture, brainwashing, and “doublethink,” this movie pretty much established all the
classic tropes of futuristic, dystopian horror. The film is set in a world where the single,
united super-state of “Oceania” is run like a well-oiled autocratic machine, in which
every move and thought of its inhabitants is scrutinized for any deviation from government-approved
behavior. The story follows Winston Smith, a supposedly
loyal worker at the Ministry of Truth. Smith “deviates” from the rules when he meets
Julia and begins to secretly pursue an affair with the daring fellow thought-criminal. Of course, government forces prove much more
powerful than two people, and the end of the movie shows the couple as they’re caught and
put through a system of “rehabilitation,” in which they are tortured and forced to face
their greatest fears in order to break their rebellion and ensure their future cooperation
with the regime. And that heart-breaking ending in the cafe,
in which Julia and Winston coldly admit they betrayed each other, leaves no doubt whatsoever
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  1. You missed
    1. Clover field movies
    2. Life (2018)
    3. Sixth sense
    4. Shutter island
    5. The Wickerman
    6. The usual suspects
    7. Primal Fear
    8. The Vanishing

  2. Am I the only one who thinks Star Wars: Episode III is the darkest movie in the entire saga? I mean not only do we see several Jedi die, but we also see the collapse of the Republic and the rise of the Galactic Empire. And we also see Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader.

  3. Please add Spiderman far from home Hereditary Midsommar Venom Joker psycho 1960 one flew over the cuckoo's nest 1975 and Paranormal Activity movies

  4. Wow this is a pathetic list, I wish one day this channel would actually put out a list with a bit of thought put into it. Thankfully this will be the last bullshit, I found everything on wikipedia list, I'll ever watch

  5. Xavier is NOT pronounced ecksZavier EVERY TIME an "X" is the first letter in a word it is ALWAYS pronounced as a "Z"… ALWAYS.

  6. I think the fact that TDK, Empire, Fellowship, and Infinity War are usually considered to be the best installments of their respective series proves that audiences really love a good dark ending.

  7. Here’s one no one will say: The Great Silence. Excellent spaghetti western where the “man with no name” type Silence gets brutally gunned down by bounty hunters at the end before they brutally gun down a couple of dozen people in a bar for the prices on their head. Brilliant film, and Sergio Corbucci’s (the director of the original Django) best work.

  8. No Repo Men or Upgrade? Repo men is a sub-par film, but Upgrade on the other hand caught me off guard the first time I watched it!

  9. Hitler didn't actually win in the end though….

    His army was over run, his generals were executed, his genocide secrets revealed and him and his whole army condemned ever since and for all time.

  10. Arlington Road is another one where not only the villains win but they managed to frame the hero for the terrorist attack on the FBI building.

  11. I am disappointed with films so often ending with such happy endings or late game success by the heroes or the good side. In real life, people driven to success often overcome their limitations with both good and not so good intent.

  12. Swordfish. Usual suspects. Wild things. Breaking bad. Captain America :Civil War (Baron Zemo turning the avengers into fighting each other was genius)

  13. 1984 is what SJWs seem to be doing in the world…. They're trying to ban everything from Formula 1 babes to Anime, all forms of Media in USA, and etc. They wanted to ban Joker while only allowing trash to be a thing. Consume garbage while shunning actual art…. They're even going after classic 1930's music being Christmas themed because its "sexist"………

  14. 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?

  15. 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."

  16. 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.

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