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10 Movie Villains Who Totally Got Away With It

No justice for these scumbags.

Paramount Vantage

There are some pretty basic expectations that most people have when watching a movie, namely the presumption that the steely hero will eventually triumph over the villain, right?

Studios typically like to send audiences home happy and fulfilled, confident that balance has been restored to the world and the tyrannical antagonist has been killed, jailed, or otherwise foiled.

But that's not always the case, and every so often filmmakers will be given the creative green-light to actually let the bad guy get away with their heinous actions.

It's a risky strategy that's liable to divide audiences - especially the multiplex popcorn gobblers - but can also result in far greater dramatic satisfaction than a shoehorned, often unrealistically happy ending.

These 10 films dared to let at least one of their antagonists live to fight another day, whether a fly-by-night schemer, a degenerate criminal, or an outright murderous psychopaths.

Rather than have such riveting characters killed or captured, these films all left them free to continue their villainous pursuits, granting them a certain cinematic immortality in the process...

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