16. Boris Vaslov, Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Played by: Ernest Borgnine
There is no villain archetype more devious in cinema than the dreaded Soviet double agent, and in Ice Station Zebra Ernest Borgnine played one of the best ones we’ve ever seen, Boris Vaslov. In the movie, Vaslov is the trusted Russian dude along on the mission to save the scientists working at the Drift Ice Station Zebra near the arctic. But after a series of accidents and suspicious things happen during the mission, the crew suspects that a saboteur is aboard.
While it’s strange that it takes them more than five seconds to accuse the Russian dude, he’s finally revealed and wreaks even more havoc on the mission. And that’s why you never trust the good-natured Russian guy with the devious smirk during the Cold War.