The 25 Most Memorable Communist Villains In Movies

12. Irina Spalko, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Played by: Cate Blanchett

We all know how dreadful this fourth, and hopefully last, Indiana Jones installment was, but the film’s failures have nothing to do with Cate Blanchett, who plays a great Soviet villainess. Her thick accent and straight-cut black bangs let audiences know right away that whatever Spalko is up to, it isn't good.

A master swordswoman, Spalko was that rare combination of physicality and cold, Russian logic. Of course, she was surrounded by an aging Harrison Ford, an overmatched Shia LaBeouf, and an army of CGI gophers, so Blanchett’s performance will always get lost in a sea of mediocrity. Hopefully this list gives her the attention that she deserves.

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