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List: Top 3 Movie Adversaries

List: Top 3 Movie Adversaries

This week on Episode 389 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by our review of Heat, we discussed our Top 3 movie adversaries. The adversarial spirit between Neil and Vincent in Heat is no doubt one of the most gripping we’ve ever seen in film, and it just made sense that this was our topic for the Top 3 this week. There are many, many great rivalries on the big screen, so this was challenging to narrow down, but we had a blast talking about some of our favorite movie adversaries. That said, here are our lists:

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) Baby Jane Hudson / Blanche Hudson – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
2) Caesar / Koba – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
3) Batman / Catwoman / The Penguin – Batman Returns


1) Clarice / Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs
2) Dave / Hal 9000 – 2001: A Space Odyssey
3) Rick Deckard / Roy Batty – Blade Runner

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Zodiac killer / Robert Graysmith – Zodiac
Bill / The Bride – Kill Bill
Hans Gruber / John McClane – Die Hard
Norman Bates / Marion Crane – Psycho
The Joker / Bruce Wayne/Batman – The Dark Knight
Annie Wilkes / Paul Sheldon – Misery
Nurse Ratched / R.P. McMurphy – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Darth Vader / Luke Skywalker – Star Wars Trilogy
Lord Voldemort / Harry Potter – Harry Potter Franchise
Otto Octavius / Peter Parker – Spider-Man 2
Buddy Pine / Bob Parr – The Incredibles
Kilmonger / T’Challa – Black Panther
Elijah Price / David Dunn – Unbreakable
Barbossa / Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
John Doe / Detective Mills – Se7en
Simba / Scar – The Lion King
Frollo / Quasimodo – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Frank Abagnale, Jr. / Carl Hanratty — Catch Me If You Can
Salieri / Mozart — Amadeus
Roxie Hart / Velma Kelly — Chicago
Bodhi / Johnny Utah — Point Break
Sean Archer / Castor Troy — Face/Off
Maximus / Commodus — Gladiator
Richard Kimble / Samuel Gerrard — The Fugitive
Marty McFly / Biff Tannen — Back to the Future Part II
Borden / Angier — The Prestige
Jim McAllister / Tracy Flick — Election
Crash Davis / Duke LaLoosh — Bull Durham
Shosanna / Col. Hans Landa — Inglourious Basterds

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. As is the case with a topic like this, depending on your tastes and criteria, your list could end up being very different than what we talked about. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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