Played to bone-chilling perfection by Javier Bardem, Anton Chigurh is one of the scariest villains to ever blast his way across the silver screen. He's an unstoppable force of destruction — evil, death, time, fate, chance, or however you want to interpret him — who severs a deputy's artery with a pair of handcuffs, guns down a distraught Woody Harrelson, and corners Kelly MacDonald at the end of the film. (Sure, she stands up to the guy, but we're pretty sure her brains end up on the bad guy's boots.)
But really, if you're looking for tension so thick you could stun it with a cattle gun, look no further than the coin toss scene. The most famous moment in the movie, Chigurh has wandered into a Texas gas station where the elderly clerk (Gene Jones) tries to start a conversation. Big mistake. Suddenly laser-focused on the clerk, Chigurh begins asking aggressive questions about the man's personal life, even dropping some vague threats about coming paying the old man a late-night visit. When the clerk is completely confused, the assassin puts a quarter on the counter.
"What's the most you ever lost on a coin toss?" Chigurh asks. At first, the clerk is baffled, especially when the evil Beatle insists he call heads or tails. But when Chigurh explains the old man stands to win "everything" by making the right call, it becomes clear what's about to go down. This coin, this clerk, and this killer have been hurtling toward each other their entire lives, and what happens next hinges on one lucky guess. Fortunately for the clerk, he calls it correctly, and Chigurh slips out the door wearing an eerie smile, headed for whatever fate puts in his path.