6.9/10
148,256
316 user 137 critic

Basic Instinct (1992)

Trailer
1:09 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
871 ( 86)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, David Thewlis
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen
Disclosure (1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Falling Down (1993)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey
Wall Street (1987)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Sliver (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A woman moves into an exclusive New York City apartment building, which she soon discovers houses tenants with all manner of shocking secrets.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger
Wild Things (1998)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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.

Director: John McNaughton
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A billionaire offers $1,000,000 to a young married couple for one night with the wife.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Gus
...
...
...
...
...
...
Hazel Dobkins
...
...
Lieutenant Nilsen (as Daniel Von Bargen)
...
Dr. Lamott
...
Harrigan
...
Bill Cable ...
Johnny Boz
Edit

Storyline

A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt. Written by Soumitra

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can't resist the danger. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for drug use and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

20 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Hurts  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,129,385, 22 March 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$117,727,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$352,700,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

| (France)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Leilani Sarelle was married at the time of the film's release to Miguel Ferrer, who had appeared in Paul Verhoeven's earlier film Robocop (1987). See more »

Goofs

The police would have requested a DNA sample from Catherine, as this would have proved she was with Johnny Boz when he was murdered. DNA has been used in criminal investigations since 1984. DNA evidence was used to secure a conviction in a rape case in Florida in 1986, and in January 1988 Colin Pitchfork was convicted of murder by only using DNA evidence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gus: Who was this fuckin' guy?
Nick: Rock and roll, Gus. Johnny Boz.
Gus: Never heard of him.
Nick: Before your time, cowboy.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #3.1 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue
Written and Performed by LaTour
Courtesy of Smash Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Great thriller which constantly gets reduced to it's nude scenes
1 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

The title says it all, this is one great thriller which I rate higher than "Se7en" or similar apparently top notch films in this category. It has loads of suspense, high tension, catchy and memorable dialogues, great actors, fabulous music score and an excellent director who didn't get scared off by protesters and other hypocrites. And yes, they are hypocrites in my mind, people who watch this movie are meant to be mature, thus denying sex is either hypocritical or prudish. If that's not your thing okay, then don't watch it but don't rate it low just because you can't handle it. Because the sex scenes are really just a few minutes long (I'm European and they're really aren't that strong) but make up a large part of Catherine's character and are a fundamental part of the plot. The film would be unthinkable without them but shouldn't be reduced to them either. Naturally don't watch it with your kids, but if you're not scared of some nudity and like thrillers you'll love this one since it keeps one on the edge right until the end.


78 of 112 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 316 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial