The 10 Best Portrayals of Satan in Movies

It’s a character we can all identify with.   Though none of us will fully grasp or see the actual Devil we can all empathize with evil.  We can all related to a dark side out there.  And movies know this all too well.

Their portrayal of the devil has come in many forms but at least they all share the same quality:  that he/she is up to no good.  And however the film depicts this character will interpret how we as watchers will react.

Here are the 10 best portrayals of Satan in movies….

Elizabeth Hurley -Bedazzled


I talked about this last month.  Anyone who argues this as not being the number one is simply wasting their time.

Al Pacino – The Devil’s Advocate


I think the yelling alone constitutes a spot on this list.  This may very well be his number one yelling movie.  It’s either that or Scent of a Woman.  Pretty close regardless.

Trey Parker – South Park


Do we even need to have a discussion about this?  I didn’t think so. 

Tim Curry – Legend


Tom Cruise as a young man!  Mia Sara!  Come on folks.  Anyone who doesn’t remember Legend is just sucky.  What an awesome flick that has similarities to Labyrinth and Neverending Story.   And Tim Curry had the perfect voice.  Not to mention the actual costume here.  Pretty scary if you ask me.

Robert De Niro – Angelheart


Where some people are extremely over the top, De Niro is subtle-smooth in his portrayal of Louis Cypher (get it), the New Orleans bigwig who tempts Mickey Rourke in the wickedest way.

Vincent Price – The Story of Mankind


I will admit it.  I’ve never seen this movie.  But it’s Vincent Price.  Come on.  How can he not be amazing?

Viggo Mortensen – The Prophecy


You could see how cool he was as a bad guy in The Perfect Murder so you know Viggo’s got a dark side.  He took it to the limit in  The Prophecy.  Job well done.

Peter Stormare – Constantine


Come on.  It’s Stormare.  Guy is awesome in everything he’s in.

Gabriel Byrne – End of Days


By far the coolest part is when you first see him as the devil and he kisses that chick in the restaurant, feels her breasts, walks out, and the restaurant blows up.  Pretty awesome.

Bruce Payne – Switch


Whatever happened to this guy?  I used to like him a lot.  He had a very sinister way about him.  Unfortunately it was really only this movie and Passenger 57 where he was kind of badass.