Best of Modern Day Femmes Fatales in Film Noir

Femme fatale—is defined as “an irresistibly attractive woman, especially one who leads men into danger or disaster”. To me the most engaging semblance of a “femme fatale” is the stunning image of Lana Turner, as the camera pans from her ankles upward in that breathtaking shot from The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946.
(sequel to ''Greatest Femmes Fatales in Classic Film Noir'')
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Black Widow (1987)
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A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance. (102 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ Black Widow is a 1987 neo-noir film starring Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, and Dennis Hopper, about two women: one who murders wealthy men whom she marries for their money, and the other an agent with the Department of Justice who grows obsessed with bringing her to justice. It was directed by Bob Rafelson, from a screenplay by Ronald Bass. Black Widow is a late addition to the film noir revival of the 1980s, known as neo-noir. ” - lankalion
Body Heat (1981)
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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, and Mickey Rourke. It may be cited as an example of postmodern pastiche, as its sets are an intentional mix of visual eras. The plot of the film is heavily inspired by Double Indemnity.
A substantial portion of the film was shot in downtown Lake Worth, Florida; and in the oceanside enclave of Manalapan. Both communities are located in east-central Palm Beach County, Florida. Additional scenes were shot on Hollywood Beach, Florida[1] in southern Broward County, Florida.
The film launched Turner's movie career. Empire magazine cited the film in 1995 when it named her one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History. The New York Times wrote in 2005 that, propelled by her "jaw-dropping movie debut [in] Body Heat... she built a career on adventurousness and frank sexuality born of robust physicality." Turner would ultimately become one of the top box office draws and most sought after actresses in the 1980s and early 1990s. ” - lankalion
Shattered (1991)
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Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith... (98 mins.)
“ Shattered is a 1991 Hitchcockian neo-noir/psychological thriller starring Tom Berenger, Greta Scacchi, Bob Hoskins, Joanne Whalley, Corbin Bernsen and Scott Getlin. It was directed and written for the screen by Wolfgang Petersen, based on the novel by Richard Neely. ” - lankalion
Final Analysis (1992)
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A psychiatrist becomes romantically involved with the sister of one of his patients, but the influence of her controlling gangster husband threatens to destroy them both. (124 mins.)
Director: Phil Joanou
“ Final Analysis (1992) is an American neo-noir drama directed by Phil Joanou and written by Wesley Strick. It stars Richard Gere, Kim Basinger and Uma Thurman. The executive producers were Gere and Maggie Wilde. ” - lankalion
Basic Instinct (1992)
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A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved. (127 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Basic Instinct is a 1992 erotic thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.
The film centers on police detective Nick Curran (Douglas), who is investigating the brutal murder of a wealthy former rock star. Manipulative, attractive crime writer Catherine Tramell (Stone) may be involved and over the course of the investigation, Detective Curran becomes personally involved in a torrid and intense relationship with the mysterious woman.
Even before its release, Basic Instinct generated heated controversy due to its overt sexuality and graphic depiction of violence. It was also strongly opposed by gay rights activists, who criticized the film's depiction of homosexual relationships and the portrayal of a bisexual woman as a psychopathic serial killer. ” - lankalion
Thief (1981)
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Becoming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Thief is a 1981 neo-noir film written and directed by Michael Mann and based on the novel The Home Invaders by "Frank Hohimer" (the pen name of real-life jewel thief John Seybold). The film's cast includes James Caan, Tuesday Weld, James Belushi, Robert Prosky and Willie Nelson. ” - lankalion
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ L.A. Confidential is a 1997 American film based on the 1990 novel of the same title the third book in James Ellroy's L.A. Quartet. Both the book and the film tell the story of a group of LAPD officers in the 1950s, and the intersection of police corruption and Hollywood celebrity. The film adaptation was produced and directed by Curtis Hanson and co-written by Hanson and Brian Helgeland.
At the time, Australian actors Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe were relatively unknown in North America, and one of the film's backers, Peter Dennett, was worried about the lack of established stars in the lead roles. However, he supported Hanson's casting decisions and this gave the director the confidence to approach Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, and Danny DeVito. ” - lankalion
Blood Simple. (1984)
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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir crime film. It was the directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen and the first major film of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, who later became a noted director. The film's title derives from the Dashiell Hammett novel Red Harvest, in which "blood simple" is a term to describe the addled, fearful mindset of people after a prolonged immersion in violent situations.
In 2001, a "Director's cut" DVD was released. It #98 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills. The film also placed #73 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. ” - lankalion
Blue Velvet (1986)
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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. The movie exhibits elements of both film noir and surrealism. The film features Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern. The title is taken from the 1963 Bobby Vinton song of the same name. Although initially detested by some mainstream critics, the film is now widely acclaimed, and earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director. As an example of a director casting against the norm, Blue Velvet is also noted for re-launching Hopper's career and for providing Rossellini with a dramatic outlet beyond the work as a fashion model and a cosmetics spokeswoman for which she had until then been known. ” - lankalion
Lost Highway (1997)
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After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Lost Highway is a 1997 American psychological thriller film with elements of neo-noir. Written and directed by David Lynch, the film stars Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty and Robert Loggia. Lynch co-wrote the screenplay with Barry Gifford, who also wrote the novel that served as the basis for Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990). The film features the last film appearances of Richard Pryor and Jack Nance, as well as the most recent film to date for Robert Blake. ” - lankalion
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
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A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled. (135 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is a 1992 American psychological thriller film directed by David Lynch and written by Lynch and Robert Engels. The film can be viewed as both prologue and epilogue to the television series Twin Peaks (1990–91), created by Lynch and Mark Frost. The film revolves around the investigation into the murder of Teresa Banks (Pamela Gidley) and the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), a popular high school student in the fictional Washington town of Twin Peaks, of which these two connected murders were the central mysteries of the television series. Additionally, the film's convoluted narrative references and clarifies Agent Dale Cooper's (Kyle MacLachlan) fate in the series finale. Thus, the film is often considered a prequel, however, it also has features more typical of a sequel. ” - lankalion
Disclosure (1994)
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A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life. (128 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Disclosure is a 1994 thriller directed by Barry Levinson, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. It is based on Michael Crichton's novel of the same name.
The cast also includes Donald Sutherland, Rosemary Forsyth and Dennis Miller. Like so many of Levinson's films from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999), Ralph Tabakin appears, this time as an Elevator Attendant.
The film is a combination mystery and thriller about office politics and intrigue in the computer industry in the mid-1990s. The main focus of the story, from which the film and book take their titles, is the issue of sexual harassment. The film invites viewers to critically examine topics such as the ease with which allegations of sexual harassment can destroy one's career and whether a double standard exists when such allegations are levied by men or women. The Bollywood movie Aitraaz is heavily inspired by Disclosure. ” - lankalion
Fatal Attraction (1987)
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A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (119 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Fatal Attraction is a 1987 American thriller directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer. It is about a married man, who has a weekend affair with a woman who refuses to allow it to end and who becomes obsessed with him. The film was adapted by James Dearden and Nicholas Meyer from an earlier short film by Dearden for British television, Diversion (1980).
Fatal Attraction was a hit, becoming the second highest grossing film of 1987 in the United States and hugely popular internationally. Critics were enthusiastic about the film, and it received six Academy Award nominations, including that for Best Picture, Best Actress for Close and Best Supporting Actress for Archer. ” - lankalion
Entrapment (1999)
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An insurance agent is sent by her employer to track down and help capture an art thief. (113 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
“ Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. ” - lankalion
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
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The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband. (122 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1981 film adaptation of a novel by James M. Cain. This version, based on a screenplay by David Mamet and directed by Bob Rafelson, starred Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. The film was shot in Santa Barbara, California.
This film was originally released by Paramount Pictures, but they only distributed the film theatrically, and did not produce the film. Rather, it was produced by Lorimar, which retained ancillary rights to the film up until being sold to Warner Communications in 1989. At that point, all rights to the film went to Warner Bros. – which also owns the original 1946 MGM film, this one through its Turner Entertainment division. Incidentally, MGM actually handled the first video release of the 1981 version, through MGM/CBS Home Video, which had an output deal with Lorimar at the time, which later transferred to CBS/Fox Video when CBS made 20th Century Fox their video partner (Fox now distributes MGM titles on DVD). ” - lankalion
Against All Odds (1984)
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A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear. (128 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ Against All Odds is a neo-noir 1984 film, a remake of Out of the Past. The movie was directed by Taylor Hackford and features Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, and James Woods. Supporting players include Jane Greer (who had starred in Out of the Past), Alex Karras, Richard Widmark, and Dorian Harewood.
The movie's soundtrack, nominated for a Grammy Award, featured songs from Big Country, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Stevie Nicks, and Genesis breakout stars Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel, and Phil Collins. Collins sang the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award and was one of the top-selling singles of 1984. ” - lankalion
Jagged Edge (1985)
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San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack... (108 mins.)
“ Jagged Edge (1985) is a film starring Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, and Peter Coyote. Robert Loggia received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in this film. It is a courtroom thriller, written by Joe Eszterhas, and directed by Richard Marquand. It became a box office hit. ” - lankalion
No Mercy (1986)
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A Chicago detective, seeking to avenge his partner's death, travels to New Orleans, where he unexpectedly becomes involved in a cat and mouse game of survival. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
“ No Mercy is a 1986 film starring Richard Gere and Kim Basinger about a cop who accepts an offer to kill a Cajun gangster. ” - lankalion
House of Games (1987)
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A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men. (102 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ House of Games is David Mamet's 1987 film directorial debut. Mamet wrote the screenplay himself, from a story he devised with Jonathan Katz. The film's cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay, and J. T. Walsh. ” - lankalion
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
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Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia... (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Towne
“ Tequila Sunrise (1988) is an American crime thriller film written and directed by Robert Towne, and starring Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell, with support from Raúl Juliá, J. T. Walsh, Arliss Howard and Gabriel Damon.
The film, only the second (after Personal Best) to be both written and directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne, was commercially successful, making over $100 million at the box office worldwide, but critical reception was mixed. One author was of the opinion that, "perhaps because the elements were so irresistible — Robert Towne directing Gibson, Russell and Pfeiffer in a California crime film — an aura of disappointment settled over Tequila Sunrise, no matter how engaging, and profitable, it turned out to be."
Tequila Sunrise was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. ” - lankalion
Frantic (1988)
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In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Frantic is a 1988 thriller film directed by Roman Polanski starring Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner. ” - lankalion
The Morning After (1986)
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A washed up, alcoholic actress who is prone to blackouts wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she kill him and, if not, is she in danger? (103 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ The Morning After is a 1986 film starring Jane Fonda. The movie was written by James Hicks and David Rayfiel (uncredited). It was directed by Sidney Lumet. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress (Jane Fonda). Kathy Bates has a small cameo as a bystander. ” - lankalion
Slam Dance (1987)
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An artist, framed for the murder of a woman, is drawn into a web of corruption, blackmail and deceit. (92 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
“ Slam Dance is a 1987 thriller directed by Wayne Wang and starring Virginia Madsen, Tom Hulce, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. ” - lankalion
Masquerade (1988)
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A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain... (91 mins.)
Director: Bob Swaim
“ Masquerade is a 1988 film; a psychological thriller starring Rob Lowe and Meg Tilly. It is directed by Bob Swaim. ” - lankalion
Cat Chaser (1989)
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A Miami hotel owner finds danger when be becomes romantically involved with the wife of a deposed general from the Dominican Republic where he fought many years back. (90 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ Cat Chaser is a 1989 film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Peter Weller and Kelly McGillis, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard. It was adapted from the novel by Leonard and James Borelli. It was released in 1989. ” - lankalion
The Big Easy (1986)
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Set in New Orleans. Remy McSwain, lieutenant in Homicide finds that he has two problems, the first of a series of gang killings and Ann Osborne... (102 mins.)
Director: Jim McBride
“ The Big Easy is a 1987 American neo-noir crime film directed by Jim McBride and written by Daniel Petrie Jr. The executive producer of the motion picture was Mort Engelberg and the cinematographer was Affonso Beato. The film was later adapted for a television series for two seasons on the USA Network (1996–1997).
The film stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, and Ned Beatty. The action takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana and was shot on location. ” - lankalion
Internal Affairs (1990)
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An Internal Affairs agent becomes obsessed with bringing down a cop who has managed to maintain a spotless reputation despite being involved in a web of corruption. (115 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ Internal Affairs is a 1990 American crime-thriller film set in Los Angeles about the police department's Internal Affairs Division.
Directed by Mike Figgis, the film stars Richard Gere as Dennis Peck, a suave womanizer, clever manipulator, and crooked cop who uses his fellow officers as pawns for his own nefarious purposes while showing a tender side as a devoted father. Andy García plays Raymond Avilla, the Internal Affairs agent who becomes obsessed with catching Peck when he suspects that Peck is not the poster boy police officer that the precinct has made him out to be. ” - lankalion
The Hot Spot (1990)
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When the drifter Harry Madox reaches a small town in Texas, he gets a job as used car salesman with... (130 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
“ The Hot Spot is a 1990 American drama film directed by Dennis Hopper and based on the 1952 book Hell Hath No Fury by Charles Williams. It stars Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, and Jennifer Connelly, and features a score by Jack Nitzsche played by John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal and Roy Rogers. ” - lankalion
Wild at Heart (1990)
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Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor. (125 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Wild at Heart is a 1990 American film written and directed by David Lynch, and based on Barry Gifford's 1989 novel Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula. Both the book and the film revolve around Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) and Lula Pace Fortune (Laura Dern), a young, doomed couple from Cape Fear, North Carolina who decide to go on the run from her domineering, over-protective mother (Diane Ladd). As a result of her mother's plans, the mob becomes involved. ” - lankalion
Dead Again (1991)
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An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection. (107 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Dead Again is a 1991 psychological thriller/neo-noir directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Branagh and his then-wife Emma Thompson. Andy García, Derek Jacobi and Robin Williams are also featured. ” - lankalion
Mortal Thoughts (1991)
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The hairdresser, wife and mother Cynthia Kellogg is in police department being interrogated by the experienced detective John Woods and his partner... (102 mins.)
Director: Alan Rudolph
“ Mortal Thoughts is a 1991 mystery film thriller, based on the story of a woman, who is interrogated by the police about the death of her friend's husband. It was directed by Alan Rudolph and stars Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, and Harvey Keitel. Bruce Willis plays James Urbanski, the violent, drug-addict husband of Cynthia's friend Joyce (Glenne Headly), who is murdered one horrible evening at a nearby Feast of Saint Rocco festival. ” - lankalion
A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
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Realising his secret girlfriend Dorothy's pregnancy will sour her relations with her ultra-rich father... (94 mins.)
Director: James Dearden
“ A Kiss Before Dying (1991) is a British and American neo-noir film. It was directed by James Dearden, and based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin, whose book won the 1954 Edgar Award for "Best First Novel." It has been adapted for the cinema twice. The drama features Matt Dillon, Sean Young, and others. ” - lankalion
Unlawful Entry (1992)
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After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system... (117 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
“ Unlawful Entry is a 1992 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Kaplan starring Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta and Madeleine Stowe. Involving a couple who befriend a lonely policeman, only for him to develop a fixation on the wife (only she doesn't feel the same way, leading to chilling consequences). Ray Liotta was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in 1993 for his portrayal of the psychopathic cop. The film is unofficially adapted in Bollywood as the two movies, Takkar (1995) and Fareb (1996). ” - lankalion
Guilty as Sin (1993)
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A female lawyer takes an accused wife-murderer as a client, but finds herself morally compelled to betray him one way or another. (107 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Guilty as Sin is a 1993 film directed by Sidney Lumet. It stars Don Johnson and Rebecca De Mornay, and was produced by Hollywood Pictures. ” - lankalion
Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
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A womanizing, crooked cop on the payroll of the mafia is confronted with the reality of his double life after he is asked to kill a beautiful and ruthless Russian gangster. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ Romeo Is Bleeding is a darkly comic 1993 crime film starring Gary Oldman and Lena Olin, directed by Peter Medak. The film's title was taken from a song by Tom Waits.
Despite featuring established stars (Oldman had appeared in the starring role of Francis Ford Coppola-directed blockbuster Dracula only a year prior), the film failed to make a significant impact at the box office, and it received a generally unenthusiastic reaction from critics. In recent years, the film has gained a cult following despite its initially lackluster reception. ” - lankalion
Sliver (1993)
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A woman moves into an exclusive New York City apartment building, which she soon discovers houses tenants with all manner of shocking secrets. (107 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ Sliver is a 1993 film based on the Ira Levin novel Sliver about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York highrise apartment building. Phillip Noyce directed the film, from a screenplay by Joe Eszterhas. Because of a major battle with the MPAA (which originally gave the film an NC-17 rating), the filmmakers were forced to make extensive reshoots before release. These reshoots actually necessitated changing the killer's identity. ” - lankalion
China Moon (1994)
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Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues. (99 mins.)
Director: John Bailey
“ China Moon is a 1994 neo-noir written by Roy Carlson, directed by John Bailey, and starring Ed Harris and Madeline Stowe.
Femme fatale Rachel Munro hires a Florida police detective, Lamar Dickey, to follow her wealthy husband Rupert Munro and get evidence of him cheating on her. ” - lankalion
The Getaway (1994)
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Doc McCoy is put in prison because his partners chickened out and flew off without him after exchanging a prisoner with a lot of money... (115 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ The Getaway is a 1994 crime thriller and a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Michael Madsen, James Woods, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jennifer Tilly, and was directed by Roger Donaldson. ” - lankalion
The Last Seduction (1994)
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A devious sexpot steals her husband's drug money and hides out in a small town where she meets the perfect dupe for her next scheme. (110 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ The Last Seduction is a neo-noir 1994 film directed by John Dahl.
The movie features Linda Fiorentino as the femme fatale, Peter Berg as a small town man whose one night affair turns into more than he wanted, and Bill Pullman as Fiorentino's husband who is chasing her and running from loan sharks at the same time. Fiorentino's performance generated talk of a possible Oscar nomination but she was disqualified because the film was shown on cable television (HBO) before it was released to theatres.
The movie was produced by ITC Entertainment and theatrically released by October Films. The direct to video sequel The Last Seduction II followed in 1999 featuring none of the original cast and starring Joan Severance as the character Fiorentino originated. ” - lankalion
Jade (1995)
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A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves. (95 mins.)
“ Jade is a 1995 erotic thriller film written by Joe Eszterhas, produced by Robert Evans, directed by William Friedkin and starring David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, Richard Crenna and Michael Biehn. The original music score was composed by James Horner. The film was marketed with the tagline "Some fantasies go too far." ” - lankalion
To Die For (1995)
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An aspiring television personality manipulates a group of teenagers into killing her husband, who she sees as a threat to her career. (106 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ To Die For is a 1995 dark comedy film, made in a mockumentary format, directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Buck Henry, based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard, which in turn was based on the Pamela Smart story. It stars Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, and Joaquin Phoenix. Major supporting roles feature Illeana Douglas, Wayne Knight, Casey Affleck, Kurtwood Smith, Dan Hedaya, and Alison Folland. Kidman was nominated for a BAFTA and won a Golden Globe Award for her performance.
The film includes cameos by George Segal, David Cronenberg, author Maynard, and screenwriter Henry. It features original music by Danny Elfman. ” - lankalion
Blood and Wine (1996)
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A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes. (101 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ Blood and Wine (1996) is a neo-noir thriller directed by Bob Rafelson from a screenplay written by Nick Villiers and Alison Cross. It stars Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Lopez, Stephen Dorff, Judy Davis and Michael Caine. Rafelson has stated that the film forms the final part of his unofficial trilogy with Nicholson, with whom he made Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens in the 1970s. ” - lankalion
Bound (1996)
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Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar. (108 mins.)
“ Bound is a 1996 neo-noir crime thriller film directed by the Wachowski brothers. Violet (Jennifer Tilly), who longs to escape her relationship with her mafioso boyfriend Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), enters into a clandestine affair with alluring ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon), and the two women hatch a scheme to steal $2 million of mafia money.
Bound was the first film directed by the Wachowskis, and they took inspiration from Billy Wilder to tell a noir story filled with sex and violence. Financed by Dino De Laurentiis, the film was made on a tight budget with the help of frugal crew members including cinematographer Bill Pope. The directors initially struggled to cast the lesbian characters of Violet and Corky before securing Tilly and Gershon. To choreograph the sex scenes, the directors employed sex educator Susie Bright, who has a bit part in the film.
Bound received positive reviews from film critics who praised the humor and style of the directors as well as the realistic portrayal of a lesbian relationship in a mainstream film. Detractors of the film criticized the excessive violence and superficiality of the plot. The film won several festival awards, mostly at gay and lesbian festivals. ” - lankalion
The Rich Man's Wife (1996)
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A rich man's wife finds she has a bad prenuptial agreement with an even worse husband. Over drinks with a stranger... (95 mins.)
“ The Rich Man's Wife is a 1996 American thriller film written and directed by Amy Holden Jones. The title character becomes a suspect when her husband is murdered and the investigating detectives are suspicious of her alibi. ” - lankalion
U Turn (1997)
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A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. (125 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ U Turn is a 1997 crime film directed by Oliver Stone, based on the book Stray Dogs by John Ridley. It stars Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, Powers Boothe, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Nick Nolte. ” - lankalion
A Perfect Murder (1998)
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A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ A Perfect Murder is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Viggo Mortensen. It is a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film, Dial M for Murder, though the characters of Halliday and Lesgate are combined. Based on the play by Frederick Knott, the screenplay was written by Patrick Smith Kelly. ” - lankalion
Twilight (1998)
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A retired detective accepts a simple task, unaware that it will tear open old, forgotten, but deadly wounds. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ Twilight is a 1998 thriller/Neo-noir film directed by Robert Benton. It stars Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Reese Witherspoon, Stockard Channing, and James Garner. The screenplay was written by Benton and Richard Russo, and the original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein. ” - lankalion
Wild Things (1998)
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A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students. (108 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ Wild Things is a 1998 erotic thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards and Bill Murray. It was directed by John McNaughton. In some countries the film was released as Sex Crimes. An uncut version of the movie, adding seven minutes to its runtime, was released on DVD in 2004. ” - lankalion
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
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A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 drama film based upon the 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story), which was written by Arthur Schnitzler. The film was directed, produced and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, and was his last film. The story, set in and around New York City, follows the sexually charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated an affair a year earlier. He embarks on a night-long, sexually charged adventure, during which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an underground cult. ” - lankalion
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. (139 mins.)
“ The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. It is an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith 1955 novel of the same name, which was previously filmed as Plein Soleil (Purple Noon, 1960).
The film stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood, Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf, Cate Blanchett as Meredith Logue (a character created for the film), Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddie Miles, Jack Davenport as Peter Smith-Kingsley (a character expanded for the film), James Rebhorn as Herbert Greenleaf, Celia Weston as Aunt Joan, and Ivano Marescotti as Colonnello Verrecchia.
It was filmed mainly in Italy with landmarks in the cities of Rome and Venice being used as a backdrop for the narrative. An opera scene features the duel between Lensky and Onegin from Eugene Onegin. ” - lankalion
Reindeer Games (2000)
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After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist. (104 mins.)
“ Reindeer Games (also known as Deception) is a 2000 movie, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. It was Frankenheimer's final theatrically released film and received poor reviews. ” - lankalion
Monster's Ball (2001)
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After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (111 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ Monster's Ball is a 2001 romantic drama film directed by Marc Forster, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, and Heath Ledger, and written by Milo Addica and Will Rokos. It was produced by Lionsgate and Lee Daniels Entertainment.
The title comes from the custom in medieval England of calling prisoners awaiting execution "monsters". The night before their execution, their jailers would hold a feast known as a monster's ball as their farewell. Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Leticia Musgrove. ” - lankalion
Picture Claire (2001)
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A woman gets in way over her head when she's in the wrong place at the wrong time. (91 mins.)
Director: Bruce McDonald
“ Picture Claire is a 2001 thriller film directed by Bruce McDonald of a screenplay by Semi Chellas. The film stars Juliette Lewis, Gina Gershon, Callum Keith Rennie, Kelly Harms, Camilla Rutherford, Peter Stebbings, and Mickey Rourke. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and also appeared at Cinéfest in Sudbury, where the film received Best Ontario Feature Award.
Lewis stars as Claire Beaucage, who gets in way over her head when she's in the wrong place at the wrong time. ” - lankalion
Femme Fatale (2002)
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A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Femme Fatale is a 2002 French crime-thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars Rebecca Romijn as the femme fatale and Antonio Banderas. It was screened out of competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. ” - lankalion
Out of Time (2003)
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A Florida police chief must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. (105 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
“ Out of Time is a 2003 thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington. ” - lankalion
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne and starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. The film features many elements of the film noir genre, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama. It was released by Paramount Pictures.
The story, set in Los Angeles in 1937, was inspired by the historical disputes over land and water rights that had raged in southern California during the 1910s and 1920s, in which William Mulholland acted on behalf of Los Angeles interests to secure water rights in the Owens Valley.
Chinatown has been called one of the greatest films ever made. It was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning in the category of Best Original Screenplay for Robert Towne. In 1991, Chinatown was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
A sequel, called The Two Jakes, was released in 1990, starring Jack Nicholson, who also directed it, with a screenplay by Robert Towne. ” - lankalion
Twisted (2004)
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Jessica, whose father killed her mother and committed suicide, is a police officer. While investigating a murder, she finds herself in the center of her own investigation, when her former lovers start being murdered. (97 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Twisted is a 2004 American thriller film written by Sarah Thorp and directed by Philip Kaufman. It stars Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson and Andy García. The film is set in San Francisco, California. ” - lankalion
Derailed (2005)
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When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families. (108 mins.)
“ Derailed is a 2005 American thriller film based on the novel of the same name by James Siegel. The film is directed by Mikael Håfström and stars Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel, Melissa George, Addison Timlin, Giancarlo Esposito, RZA and Xzibit. This film is the first to be distributed by The Weinstein Company in the United States. The film is set in Chicago. ” - lankalion
Harsh Times (2005)
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A tough-minded drama about two friends in South Central Los Angeles and the violence that comes between them. (116 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ Harsh Times is a 2006 American crime film set in South Los Angeles. The film stars Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, and was written and directed by David Ayer, who wrote the script for the Academy Award-winning film Training Day. The film was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Pictures and Bauer Martinez Entertainment. Ayer says that the film's characters are greatly based on the people he knew when he lived in South Central. ” - lankalion
Shadowboxer (2005)
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When an assassin is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she decides to carry out one final killing, assisted by her lover and stepson, Mikey. (93 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ Shadowboxer is a 2005 thriller directed by Lee Daniels that stars Academy Award winners Cuba Gooding, Jr., Helen Mirren, and Mo'Nique. It opened in limited release in six cities: New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Richmond, Virginia. ” - lankalion
Brick (2005)
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A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (110 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ Brick is a 2005 American neo-noir film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It was Johnson's directorial debut and won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Brick was distributed by Focus Features, opening in the United States on April 7, 2006, in New York and Los Angeles. ” - lankalion
Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
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Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game. (114 mins.)
“ Basic Instinct 2, also known as Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, is a 2006 German/British/American/Spanish thriller film, being the sequel to 1992's Basic Instinct. The film was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels, and Andrew G. Vajna. The screenplay was by Leora Barish and Henry Bean. It stars Sharon Stone, who reprises her role of Catherine Tramell from the original, as well as David Morrissey and David Thewlis.
The film follows novelist and suspected serial killer Catherine Tramell, who is once again in trouble with the authorities. Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her after a man in Tramell's presence dies. As with Detective Nick Curran in the first film, Glass becomes a victim of Tramell's seductive games. ” - lankalion
The Black Dahlia (2006)
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Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation. (121 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ The Black Dahlia is a 2006 crime film directed by Brian De Palma. It is based on the novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential. The story is based on the murder of Elizabeth Short. The film had its world premiere as the opening film at the 63rd Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2006. The film's wide release was on September 15, 2006. ” - lankalion
Hollywoodland (2006)
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A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series Adventures of Superman. (126 mins.)
Director: Allen Coulter
“ Hollywoodland is a 2006 biopic/docudrama directed by TV alum Allen Coulter (his feature directorial debut) about a down-on-his-luck private investigator, Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), investigating the suspicious death of actor George Reeves (Ben Affleck), the star of television's Adventures of Superman. Toni Mannix (Diane Lane), the wife of MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins), had been in a long romantic relationship with Reeves, who had ended the affair and had become engaged to a younger woman, aspiring actress Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney). ” - lankalion
Lonely Hearts (2006)
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Based on the true story, two homicide detectives track Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, a murderous pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through the personals. (108 mins.)
Director: Todd Robinson
“ Lonely Hearts is a 2006 American film directed and written by Todd Robinson. It is based on the true story of the notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers" of the 1940s, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez. The story of Beck and Fernandez was also the subject of the 1970 film The Honeymoon Killers, directed by Leonard Kastle and the 1996 film Deep Crimson, directed by Arturo Ripstein. ” - lankalion