A movie is only as good as its villain, or so the saying goes. HAL 9000, Darth Vader, Anton Chigruh, Nurse Ratched, The Joker, Thanos, Jason Vorhees - all of these characters are synonymous with all things villainy, and made their respective movies all the better simply by turning up.
It's goes without saying, then, that when a bad guy fails to to hit the right marks, chances are the film is going to be let down in the process.
This can happen because of poor writing or uninspired acting, or because the film around them isn't willing to take the risks needed to create a solid bad guy.
For this list, focus falls to those villains who simply weren't around as much as they should have been. For many of the following big bads, the movies they were in really were exceptional, but their presence, if spread out over more of the movie, could have elevated them to new heights.
For others, the films were lackluster at best, and needed the inclusion of a more inspiring villain to stop them sinking like they did.
Whatever the case, here are 10 movie villains who were truly spectacular, and should have have more time to show audiences what they were made of. Spoilers ahead.