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The Sharpest Villains

Posted: Aug 18 2015



Being a good guy works to an extent, but the saying 'nice guys finish last' wasn't invented over night. We're talking about the bad guys. The villains. We take a look at some of the sharpest dressed villains in film. 


1. Tom Ripley (The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1999)




The talented Mr. Ripley. Intelligent, deceitful and cunning Tom Ripley showed that you always needed to stay one step ahead. That applied to his fashion as the man was always sharply dressed. Set in the 1950s, this inspiration for mad men styling showed the beauty of ivy league fashion.  



2. Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Gangs Of New York, 2002)




How many butchers do you know that dress so well? The eccentric waistcoat, pocket chain, long red overcoat and top hat adds style and luxury, a scarce occurrence during the 1860s. It's not just his style that makes him one of the sharpest villains, he's a strong contender for best villain facial hair. Put the two together and you've got yourself a winner. 



3. Patrick Bateman (American Psycho, 2000)





Patrick Bateman. Arguably the most stylish villain to exist on screen. His perfection to detail and materialistic attitude summarised the YUPPIE generation. The pinstripe suits, the gold expensive watch and lets not forget about that bone business card. The lettering is something called Silian Rail.



4. John Dillinger (Public Enemies, 2009)




John Dillinger, the famous outlaw. In a time known as the Great Depression people still managed to look smart. He might of robbed a few banks to get the sharpest clothes around but he shapes up well. The classic pinstripe suits of the 1930s made this crook look like  a modern day stockbroker. Always dressed up, never letting anyone see him not looking his best. 



5. Gangster (Gangster No. 1, 2000)





Gangster No. 1. You don't get to number one without looking the part. A film about a mans rise to the top takes place during the swinging 60s and showcases some sharp suits. Floppy hair, cockney accents and slim cuts, nothing less expected from the era. Simply referred to as gangster, his tailored mohair and wool suits are memorable in this indie film. 



6. The Jackal (The Day Of The Jackal, 1973)




The Jackal. The codename for a professional British assassin hired by the OAS to assassinate the President of France General Charles de Gaulle. You would think an assassin wouldn't want to be noticed, the Jackal thinks otherwise. He draws attention to himself with his impeccable style and tailoring. Whether in Paris or Rome this assassin always looks sharp.  



7. Monsieur Calvin J. Candie (Django Unchained, 2012)





Monsieur Calvin J. Candie, a slave owner who gets his kicks from watching two men fight to death. Don't be fooled by the name of his plantation 'Candy Land' because he is anything but sweet.  His dandy western look of a maroon suit and silk ascot tie, as well as a maroon and gold waistcoat made the character stand out. The character dresses to his flamboyant rich lifestyle of the 1850s. Another strong contender for best villain facial hair.



8. Hans Gruber (Die Hard)





“Nice suit. John Phillips, London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there.” - Hans Gruber

The stylish terrorist Hans Gruber knew a thing or two when it came to selected his suits. Where else but in London will you find the sharpest suits? Compared to his counterpart's style it's fair to say Gruber's suit triumphs over McClane's wife-beater.



9. Mr Blonde (Reservoir Dogs, 1992)




Mr. Blonde. This guy made the black suit cool. A white shirt and slim black tie, he kept it simple and clean. As clean as you could while removing someones ear with a knife. His style accompanied with his swagger made him a cool cat amongst villains. This smooth jewel thief deserves a spot on the list.



10. Warden Norton (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994)




Warden Norton makes the list because of his sharp appearance. Sure he swindled the system and stole money from the state but who wouldn't if you could right? Those expensive suits and rimmed frames don't come cheap. 




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