Cinema's Hottest Bad Guys

Denzel, Tupac and more villains we hate to love.


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Cinema's Hottest Bad Guys - Everybody loves a good villain, but when the bad guy in the movie is also the hottest thing on the screen, it sometimes leaves us rooting for them more than we should. In honor of Idris Elba bringing the bad boy heat in No Good Deed this Friday, here's our list of the most smoldering evil-doers in movies, from Denzel to Tupac. (Photos from left: Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)


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Wesley Snipes in New Jack City - Even Nino's fly ensembles, gold chains and Wayfarers couldn't distract us from the fact that the drug-dealing character was one of the most ruthless villains we've seen on screen. Snipes played the crime boss to cool perfection, drawing us into his world only to — metaphorically, at least — pump us full of bullets. (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)


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Vin Diesel in Pitch Black - As prison escapee Richard Riddick in this action/sci-fi flick, Diesel's gift was his ability to see in the dark. To anyone watching the film, however, his biggest assets were obviously those chiseled muscles and that smooth, gravelly voice.   (Photo: Universal Pictures)


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Blair Underwood in Madea's Family Reunion - It wasn't easy to see the typically smooth, charming and put together Underwood play abusive fiancé Carlos in this Tyler Perry classic, but the actor so effectively portrays a hateful and controlling bad guy that we momentarily forgot he's one of the best looking actors in the business. (Photo: Lions Gate Films)


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Denzel Washington in Training Day - Does it get any better — or, should we say, worse — than Detective Alonzo Harris in Training Day? We'd be hard-pressed to find a character who is so bad to the bone, that we enjoy watching more. Washington uses a strange kind of seduction to bring us over to the dark side in Antoine Fuqua's cop corruption drama. Often, he had us forgetting that he was the bad guy. (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Scarface - Al Pacino starred in the 1983 remake of Scarface and had (and still has) fans everywhere quoting the movie and screaming out, "Say hello to my little friend!" Now, just to school everyone, this movie is a remake of a movie by the same name based on the life of Al Capone. The original hit theaters in 1932.  (Photo: Universal Pictures)

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Al Pacino in Scarface - Leave it to Pacino, an actor who built a career playing bad guys, to make a villain seem actually likeable. As Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee with his own, twisted way of achieving the American dream, Pacino rocks a three-piece suit and chains like few we've ever seen.  (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Tupac Shakur, Juice - Tupac's brilliant, chilling turn as arch-villain Bishop in Juice immediately established him as a credible actor, helping him later land roles in films like Poetic Justice and Above the Rim.  (Photo: Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection)

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Tupac Shakur in Juice - Don't get us wrong, we recognize that Pac's character, Bishop, in this urban crime drama was pure evil — we see him go from robber to downright murderous sociopath — but it was still hard to keep our eyes off him.  (Photo: Paramount Pictures)


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Chiwetel Ejiofor in Serenity - Long before he brought the world to tears as the resolute hero of Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Ejiofor played a resolute bad guy in Serenity. The actor earned rave reviews as the Operative, an assassin who plots to kill a young crew member aboard a futuristic ship in Joss Whedon's sci-fi hit.  (Photo: Universal Pictures)


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Mark Wahlberg in Fear - The actor formerly known as Marky Mark (and known for posing in his underwear for the world to see) has a hard time turning off the boyish charm, even when he's playing a character like psycho stalker David in Fear. Wahlberg uses his good looks and free-flowing affection to get into Nicole's (Reese Witherspoon) heart — and pants — but his attentions quickly become unwanted when it's clear he knows no boundaries. (Photo: Universal Pictures)


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Michael Ealy in For Colored Girls - This handsome star is used to playing the romantic lead in films — you don't need to look beyond his baby blues to know why — but Ealy packed on the pounds, grew a beard and tatted himself up to convincingly portray abusive husband and father Beau Willie in Tyler Perry's drama. We can't say Ealy doesn't still look good despite his make-under, but his stank attitude in the film would be enough to keep most women away. (Photo: Lions Gate Films)