Played by: Steven Berkoff

The Rambo movies aren’t known for their complex and nuanced villains, and Colonel Podovsky from Rambo II is no exception. In the movie, he is working along with the North Vietnamese in a prison camp where American troops have been held since the war. He’s an evil communist through and through, and the scene where he insidiously tortures Rambo ranks amongst the franchise's most tense. This movie hit during the tail end of the Cold War in 1985, so communist baddies were in their last few years of relevance. Thankfully Podovsky would make Stalin proud before his type disappeared.