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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Oct 2021 5:27 a.m. PST

Nazis have provided movie audiences with perfectly hateful villains going back to the late 1930s. They were the go-to bad guys up through the '80s, and they've even managed to play a role in the biggest modern superhero series…

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Major Mike22 Oct 2021 5:38 a.m. PST

Not a bad selection but I disagree with their 6th and 8th choice. For a Hitler I'd have picked Bruno Ganz from Downfall and my other replacement would be Ralph Fiennes in Schindlers List.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Oct 2021 6:58 a.m. PST

I have to seriously disagree with #4, Maj. Strasser.
Sure was he a Nazi character? Of course!
Did he do anything actually truly evil or vile in the movie? Not at all. His most harshest act was ordering Ricks to be closed down.

Oddly (and ironically) enough Conrad Veit, escaped Nazi Germany with his Jewish wife, and commented once that "It was ironic that he ended up playing the same type of character in Hollywood that had forced him to flee his homeland in real life".

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Oct 2021 6:59 a.m. PST

And I agree with Major Mike on Bruno Ganz as Hitler in "Downfall". Truly an amazing film.

John the OFM22 Oct 2021 7:03 a.m. PST

About half of those choices are from comic book or superhero movies. They are caricatures.

Amon Goth from Schindler's List should have been there. He was a real Nazi villain.

Hans Lada is a perfect example of the "banality of evil". He is an overworked bureaucrat, tirelessly hunting Jews and threatening peasants.

Even more brutal, any of the Einsatzgrupen from "Come, see".

The list really dropped the ball, concentrating on hissing Snidely Whiplash villains.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2021 7:09 a.m. PST

That was the whole purpose of this list. The compiler deliberately avoided historical figures, such as those from "Schindler's List" and other historically based movies.

Of course, there are some brilliant movies that feature brutal and real-life Nazis like Amon Göth in "Schindler's List." We'll skip those true-life criminals on this list and stick to the imaginary bad guys that have fueled some of our favorite movies.


Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2021 6:34 p.m. PST

"Downfall" is an amazing film. Had to watch it over a number of hours one night as I could not handle it all at once. It was a long night.

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2021 8:20 p.m. PST

It said they were just going after imaginary Nazi villain's

genew49223 Oct 2021 11:54 a.m. PST

We may not see Major Strasser "doing" any evil but he speaks evil, fluently

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Oct 2021 6:38 p.m. PST

Elsa Schneider?

Oh come on, there are plenty of female movie nazis to choose from.

Why isn't Ilsa- She Wolf of the SS on this list.

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2021 5:04 a.m. PST

Kurt Stage played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the 12th Man.

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2021 5:06 a.m. PST

Oberst Berghof in The Forgotten Battle is also a bit of a b*****d.

JRR Tokin27 Oct 2021 4:36 a.m. PST

Malcolm McDowell in The Passage was pretty creepy.

Ed Norton from American History X

Also, that guy from the Alec Baldwin version of Neuremberg who made the offhand comment about rat catchers and rats..

alexpainter08 Nov 2021 6:43 a.m. PST

Effectively they should've included Malcolm McDowell's Capt. Von Berkow, he is one of the worst/best baddies in pre-80s movie era. Another mention is for Maximilian Schell's Captain Stransky (Cross of Iron) and Eduard Roschmann (The Odessa File)

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