The Cinematic Mode of Seduction

by org1andrew | created - 21 Dec 2011 | updated - 21 Oct 2012 | Public

Work in progress... so far I've been mainly focusing on male seducers: Don Juans, lotharios, and womanizers.

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1. Foolish Wives (1922)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Thriller

A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.

Director: Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, Maude George, Mae Busch

Votes: 2,648 | Gross: $0.40M

2. Cruel Intentions (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair

Votes: 168,304 | Gross: $38.33M

3. Wedding Crashers (2005)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

64 Metascore

John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Christopher Walken

Votes: 312,888 | Gross: $209.22M

4. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone

Votes: 434,854 | Gross: $84.35M

5. Blind Husbands (1919)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife.

Director: Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington, Erich von Stroheim, Gibson Gowland

Votes: 1,239

6. Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A psychiatrist must cure a young patient that presents himself as Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world.

Director: Jeremy Leven | Stars: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Géraldine Pailhas

Votes: 45,581 | Gross: $22.15M

7. Adventures of Don Juan (1948)

Passed | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The great lover Don Juan comes to the assistance of his queen.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas, Alan Hale

Votes: 2,488

8. The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

What do women want? Don Juan is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a 20 year absence. His wife Dolores, whom he hasn't lived with in five years, still loves him. He refuses to ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Merle Oberon, Bruce Winston, Benita Hume

Votes: 478

9. Don Juan (1926)

Passed | 110 min | Adventure, Romance

In 16th Century Italy, devil-may-care playboy Don Juan runs afoul of the despotic Borgias.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Jane Winton, John Roche, Warner Oland, Estelle Taylor

Votes: 678 | Gross: $1.92M

10. Mozart's Don Giovanni Juan (2010)

105 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The successful artist and playboy Juan is a notorious seducer of women, through his ability to be just what a woman dreams of: Charming, charismatic, strong, sensitive, sexual. Driven by a ... See full summary »

Director: Kasper Holten | Stars: Christopher Maltman, Mikhail Petrenko, Elizabeth Futral, Maria Bengtsson

Votes: 210

11. Broken Flowers (2005)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

79 Metascore

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Julie Delpy

Votes: 91,835 | Gross: $13.74M

12. Spread (2009)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A sex comedy centered on a serial womanizer and his jilted lover.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche, Margarita Levieva, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 36,298 | Gross: $0.25M

13. We Need to Talk About Kieran (2011)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

Turning down an offer from Harvard, bumbling genius Kieran Edwards opts to follow his true love Juliet to The University of Nottingham. Within days of arriving, he finds her in bed with a ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Murphy, Daniel Smith Rowsey | Stars: Dan Morgan, James Wilby, Linda Robson, Christopher Parker

Votes: 28

14. Let the Game Begin (2010)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Tripp is an average frustrated chump, who comes up with a golden idea. He partners with Gary, a Wall Street wheeler and dealer, and brings his cousin, Rowan, on-board to help with his ... See full summary »

Director: Amit Gupta | Stars: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Adam Rodriguez, Lisa Ray, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 571

15. Car Date (2011)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Short

Explore the psychological warfare of the first date, and see what happens when you give an average Joe $500 and send him on a date with two porn stars. Watch the highs and lows, the triumphs and failures as he tries to seduce the girls in their escapade across the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Lacy Burke | Stars: Lacy Burke, Victoria White, Charlie Laine, Jeannie Galarza

16. Monaco Franze - Der ewige Stenz (1983– )

45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Franz Muenchinger, called "Monaco", is married to Annette von Soettingen. But he can't take his eyes of young girls and as a police officer he often goes out for "Fahndung". Always at his ... See full summary »

Stars: Helmut Fischer, Ruth-Maria Kubitschek, Christine Kaufmann, Erni Singerl

Votes: 653

18. Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)

106 min | Drama, Romance

Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both have sexual affairs with others and share their experiences with one another. But there ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe, Annette Stroyberg, Madeleine Lambert

Votes: 1,090

19. Untold Scandal (2003)

124 min | Drama

73 Metascore

In late 1700s Korea, Lady Cho challenges the playboy Lord Jo-won into seducing and sleeping with her husband's coming young, virgin concubine. Lady Cho agrees to sleep with him if he succeeds.

Director: Je-yong Lee | Stars: Mi-sook Lee, Yong-jun Bae, Do-yeon Jeon, Hyeon-jae Jo

Votes: 2,028 | Gross: $0.06M

20. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 59,687 | Gross: $34.70M

21. Valmont (1989)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

France before 1789: When a widow hears that her lover is to marry her cousin's daughter, she asks the playboy Valmont to take the girl's virginity. But first she bets him, with her body as prize, to seduce a virtuous, young, married woman.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Meg Tilly, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 11,648 | Gross: $1.13M

22. Dangerous Liaisons (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

59 Metascore

In Shanghai, an aging socialite's infatuation with her ex-boyfriend manifests itself as a risky game, where her former lover agrees to seduce, then abandon a naive young woman.

Director: Jin-ho Hur | Stars: Cecilia Cheung, Dong-Gun Jang, Ziyi Zhang, Shawn Dou

Votes: 1,684 | Gross: $0.05M

23. Cruel Intentions 2 (2000 Video)

R | 87 min | Drama

This takes place several years before Cruel Intentions (1999), back to when Kathryn first meets Sebastian, their sexual attraction to each other and their enjoyment in destroying the lives of their peers.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Robin Dunne, Sarah Thompson, Keri Lynn Pratt, Amy Adams

Votes: 14,114

24. Cruel Intentions 3 (2004 Video)

R | 85 min | Drama

Two guys at a college prep school make wagers on seducing naive young girls, and then meet their match when they agree to see which one can seduce the most popular and devious girl who has her own agenda to everything.

Director: Scott Ziehl | Stars: Kerr Smith, Kristina Anapau, Nathan Wetherington, Melissa Yvonne Lewis

Votes: 7,411

26. Don Juan (1950)

124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Don Juan, pursued by the Justice, is finally pardoned and returns to his natal city Seville leaving Venice. He finds his father has died and has left him a condition to inherit his fortune : to marry Doña Inés and lead an honorable life. He will not hesitate to figure out a plot to get the money, while he continues seducing women and dueling with rivals. He will not hesitate either to make love ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Sáenz de Heredia | Stars: Antonio Vilar, Annabella, María Rosa Salgado, Enrique Guitart

Votes: 51

27. The Devil's Eye (1960)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Don Juan is sent from Hell to Earth with a highly important mission - to seduce a 20-years virgin for spoiling her pure wedding. The mission becomes crazy when Don Juan falls in love for the first time in his centuries-old lover's career.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Jarl Kulle, Bibi Andersson, Stig Järrel, Nils Poppe

Votes: 3,038

28. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 29,861 | Gross: $3.37M

29. Choose Me (1984)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Several lost-soul night-owls, including a nightclub owner, a talkback radio relationships counseller, and an itinerant stranger have encounters that expose their contradictions and ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Geneviève Bujold, Keith Carradine, Lesley Ann Warren, Patrick Bauchau

Votes: 2,375 | Gross: $2.49M

30. The Last Seduction (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

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.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman, Michael Raysses

Votes: 18,892 | Gross: $6.14M

31. The Man Who Loved Women (1977)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bertrand Morane's burial is attended by all the women the forty-year-old engineer loved. We then flash back to Bertrand's life and love affairs, told by himself while writing an ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Charles Denner, Brigitte Fossey, Nelly Borgeaud, Geneviève Fontanel

Votes: 5,531

32. The Man Who Loved Women (1983)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A womanizing sculptor named David goes to seek help from a psychiatrist, Marianna, to cure him of his obsession with women.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews, Kim Basinger, Marilu Henner

Votes: 2,002 | Gross: $10.96M

33. Teorema (1968)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Mystery

A mysterious young man seduces each member of a bourgeois family. When he suddenly leaves, how will their lives change?

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti, Anne Wiazemsky

Votes: 10,316

34. The Room (2003)

R | 99 min | Drama

9 Metascore

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Director: Tommy Wiseau | Stars: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman

Votes: 71,264

35. All the Real Girls (2003)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend's sister.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson, Shea Whigham

Votes: 9,953 | Gross: $0.55M

36. Roger Dodger (2002)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex.

Director: Dylan Kidd | Stars: Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Berkley

Votes: 16,316 | Gross: $1.27M

37. The Beguiled (1971)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

66 Metascore

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris

Votes: 14,057

38. The Seduction (1982)

R | 104 min | Thriller

A popular anchorwoman, Jaime Douglas is stalked by an obsessed fan with a camera who wants more than just her picture.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Morgan Fairchild, Michael Sarrazin, Vince Edwards, Andrew Stevens

Votes: 827 | Gross: $11.38M



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