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The Best Femme Fatale Movies Ever Made

“What are the best Femme Fatale Movies?” We looked at 134 of the top Femme Fatale films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 33 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Femme Fatale” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 100+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 33 Best Femme Fatale Movies Ever Made



33 .) Born to Kill (1947) directed by Robert Wise

	Born to Kill (1947)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Churn Blog
  • IMDB
  • IPPL

Helen Brent (Claire Trevor) has just received a Reno divorce. That night, she discovers one of her neighbors, Laury Palmer, and a gentleman caller murdered in Palmer’s home. The killer is her neighbor’s other boyfriend, Sam Wilde (Lawrence Tierney), an insanely jealous man who won’t abide anyone “cutting in” on him.



32 .) Fatal Attraction (1987) directed by Adrian Lyne

	Fatal Attraction (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Telegraph

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



31 .) Game of Thrones (2011-2019) directed by

	Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entertainment
  • EW
  • Sabotage Times



30 .) Inception directed by Christopher Nolan

	Inception

Lists It Appears On:

  • Starburst Magazine
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Cinemaholic

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a thief who steals corporate secrets from sleeping minds. Now he must be the first to pull off the reverse: planting an idea in exchange for his freedom.



29 .) Kill Bill (Vol. 1) directed by Quentin Tarantino

	Kill Bill (Vol. 1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entertainment
  • EW
  • Softonic

An assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle – but she lives to plot her vengeance.



28 .) Kiss Me Deadly (1955) directed by Robert Aldrich

	Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that “something big” is behind it all, decides to pursue the case.



27 .) Mildred Pierce (1945) directed by Michael Curtiz

	Mildred Pierce (1945)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • WH Smith

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.



26 .) Murder, My Sweet (1944) directed by Edward Dmytryk

	Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • IPPL

Gumshoe Philip Marlowe is hired by the oafish Moose Malloy to track down his former girlfriend. He’s also hired to accompany an effeminate playboy buy back some jewels. When the exchange results in the playboy’s murder, Marlowe can’t leave the case alone, and soon discovers it’s related to Malloy’s. As he gets drawn deeper into a complex web of intrigue by a mysterious blonde, the detective finds his own life in increasing jeopardy.



25 .) Species directed by Roger Donaldson

	Species

Lists It Appears On:

  • EW
  • Softonic
  • Starburst Magazine

In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye.



24 .) The Big Heat (1953) directed by Fritz Lang

	The Big Heat (1953)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague’s suicide and his fellow officers’ suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters’ payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster’s spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland’s insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth. ×



23 .) The Big Sleep (1946) directed by Howard Hawks

	The Big Sleep (1946)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.



22 .) To Die For directed by Gus Van Sant

	To Die For

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • EW
  • Taste Of Cinema

Suzanne Stone wants to be a world-famous news anchor and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with relentless focus, she is forced to destroy anything and anyone that may stand in her way, regardless of the ultimate cost or means necessary.



21 .) Who Framed Roger Rabbit directed by Robert Zemeckis

	Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Lists It Appears On:

  • Reel Rundown
  • Starburst Magazine
  • Taste Of Cinema

’Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.



20 .) Body Heat (1981) directed by Lawrence Kasdan

	Body Heat (1981)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hollywood Intoto
  • Reel Rundown
  • Screen Queens
  • Taste Of Cinema

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.



19 .) Cruel Intentions directed by Roger Kumble

	Cruel Intentions

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entertainment
  • EW
  • Softonic
  • Starburst Magazine

Slaking a thirst for dangerous games, Kathryn challenges her stepbrother, Sebastian, to deflower their headmaster’s daughter before the summer ends. If he succeeds, the prize is the chance to bed Kathryn. But if he loses, Kathryn will claim his most prized possession.



18 .) Detour (1945) directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

	Detour (1945)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Churn Blog
  • IMDB
  • Starburst Magazine
  • Taste Of Cinema

Al Roberts, a New York nightclub pianist, hitch-hikes to Hollywood to meet his girlfriend Sue. The gambler he’s riding with, Charles, unexpectedly dies. Afraid the police wouldn’t believe the truth, Al takes the man’s identity. In a gas station, he gives a lift to Vera, a woman that knew Charles and blackmails Al with tragic consequences.



17 .) GoldenEye directed by Martin Campbell

	GoldenEye

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entertainment
  • EW
  • Starburst Magazine
  • The Cinemaholic

James Bond must unmask the mysterious head of the Janus Syndicate and prevent the leader from utilizing the GoldenEye weapons system to inflict devastating revenge on Britain.



16 .) Laura (1944) directed by Otto Preminger

	Laura (1944)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • IPPL
  • List Challenges

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.



15 .) Out of the Past (1947) directed by Jacques Tourneur

	Out of the Past (1947)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Taste Of Cinema

Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.



14 .) Scarlet Street (1945) directed by Fritz Lang

	Scarlet Street (1945)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Churn Blog
  • IMDB
  • IPPL
  • Taste Of Cinema

Cashier and part-time starving artist Christopher Cross is absolutely smitten with the beautiful Kitty March. Kitty plays along, but she’s really only interested in Johnny, a two-bit crook. When Kitty and Dan find out that art dealers are interested in Chris’ work, they con him into letting Kitty take credit for the paintings. Cross allows it because he is in love with Kitty, but his love will only let her get away with so much.



13 .) Sunset Boulevard (1950) directed by Billy Wilder

	Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Taste Of Cinema

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.



12 .) The Killers (1946) directed by Robert Siodmak

	The Killers (1946)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Sabotage Times

Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called “the Swede”. When the killers find the Swede, he’s expecting them and doesn’t put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life insurance policy, an investigator, on a hunch, decides to look into the murder. As the Swede’s past is laid bare, it comes to light that he was in love with a beautiful woman who may have lured him into pulling off a bank robbery overseen by another man.



11 .) The Killing (1956) directed by Stanley Kubrick

	The Killing (1956)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Taste Of Cinema

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.



10 .) The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) directed by Tay Garnett

	The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Reel Rundown
  • WH Smith

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.



9 .) Chinatown (1974) directed by Roman Polanski

	Chinatown (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Lounge
  • Flick Chart
  • List Challenges
  • Sabotage Times
  • Taste Of Cinema

Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.



8 .) Gone Girl (2014) directed by David Fincher

	Gone Girl (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entertainment
  • EW
  • Screen Queens
  • Softonic
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Waterstones

With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.



7 .) The Maltese Falcon (1941) directed by John Huston

	The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Lounge
  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Telegraph

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.



6 .) Vertigo (1958) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

	Vertigo (1958)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Telegraph

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.



5 .) The Last Seduction (1994) directed by John Dahl

	The Last Seduction (1994)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • EW
  • Hollywood Intoto
  • List Challenges
  • Sabotage Times
  • Starburst Magazine
  • Taste Of Cinema

Looking to escape her unhappy marriage, villainous femme fatale Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino) convinces her husband, Clay (Bill Pullman), to sell cocaine, then steals the profits and runs out on him. She stops in a small town en route to Chicago, where she ensnares her next conquest, insurance man Mike Swale (Peter Berg). After getting a job at his insurance company, Bridget convinces Mike to run a scam – but things take a deadly turn when she recruits him to help get rid of her husband. ×



4 .) Gilda (1946) directed by Charles Vidor

	Gilda (1946)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • Flick Chart
  • Hollywood Intoto
  • IMDB
  • IPPL
  • List Challenges
  • Reel Rundown
  • Telegraph

A gambler discovers an old flame while in Argentina, but she’s married to his new boss.



3 .) L.A Confidential directed by Curtis Hanson

	L.A Confidential

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entertainment
  • EW
  • Flick Chart
  • Hollywood Intoto
  • List Challenges
  • Starburst Magazine
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Cinemaholic

Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.



2 .) Basic Instinct (1992) directed by Paul Verhoeven

	Basic Instinct (1992)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Lounge
  • Entertainment
  • EW
  • List Challenges
  • Sabotage Times
  • Screen Queens
  • Softonic
  • Starburst Magazine
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Telegraph
  • The Cinemaholic

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.



1 .) Double Indemnity (1944) directed by Billy Wilder

	Double Indemnity (1944)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • Daily Lounge
  • Entertainment
  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • IPPL
  • List Challenges
  • Starburst Magazine
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Waterstones
  • WH Smith

A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental.




The 100+ Additional Best Femme Fatale Films



# Movies Directors Lists
34 Batman Returns   EW
Flick Chart
35 Blue Velvet   List Challenges
Starburst Magazine
36 Brick Rian Johnson Flick Chart
Taste Of Cinema
37 Dead Reckoning (1947) John Cromwell IMDB
IPPL
38 Decoy (1946) Jack Bernhard Churn Blog
IMDB
39 Derailed   EW
Softonic
40 Firefly (2002)   EW
Sabotage Times
41 Gun Crazy (1950) Joseph H. Lewis IMDB
List Challenges
42 House of Cards   Entertainment
EW
43 Leave Her to Heaven (1945) John M. Stahl IMDB
IPPL
44 Mulholland Drive   List Challenges
The Cinemaholic
45 Pickup on South Street (1953) Samuel Fuller Flick Chart
IMDB
46 Pitfall (1948) André De Toth IMDB
IPPL
47 Swordfish   Entertainment
EW
48 The Lady from Shanghai (1947) Orson Welles Flick Chart
IMDB
49 The Paradine Case (1947) Alfred Hitchcock Daily Kos
IMDB
50 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Lewis Milestone IMDB
Taste Of Cinema
51 The Third Man (1949) Carol Reed IMDB
List Challenges
52 Too Late for Tears (1949) Byron Haskin Churn Blog
IMDB
53 A Touch of Death   WH Smith
54 Aeon Flux   EW
55 American Beauty   Daily Kos
56 Angel Face (1953) Otto Preminger IMDB
57 AUDITION   Starburst Magazine
58 Batman vs Superman   The Cinemaholic
59 Being John Malkovich)   The Cinemaholic
60 Big Heat   IPPL
61 Big Sleep   IPPL
62 BLADE RUNNER   Starburst Magazine
63 Body Double   Daily Kos
64 Cape Fear   Waterstones
65 Casino Royale   Daily Lounge
66 Chuck   EW
67 Criss Cross (1949) Robert Siodmak IMDB
68 Crooked House   Waterstones
69 Dark Passage   IPPL
70 Disclosure   EW
71 Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) Roy Ward Baker IMDB
72 Dream Lover (1993)   Screen Queens
73 Ex Machina   Hollywood Intoto
74 Fallen Angel (1945) Otto Preminger IMDB
75 FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!   Starburst Magazine
76 Femme Fatele   Hollywood Intoto
77 Force of Evil (1948) Abraham Polonsky IMDB
78 FROM DUSK TILL DAWN   Starburst Magazine
79 GOLDFINGER   Starburst Magazine
80 High School Confidential! (1958) Jack Arnold IMDB
81 Human Desire (1954) Fritz Lang IMDB
82 I Wake Up Screaming (1941) H. Bruce Humberstone IMDB
83 In a lonely place   IPPL
84 Key Largo   IPPL
85 Killers   IPPL
86 La Femme Nikita   EW
87 Lady from Shanghai   IPPL
88 Lady in the Lake (1946) Robert Montgomery IMDB
89 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider   Softonic
90 Macao   IPPL
91 Maltese Falcon   Daily Kos
92 Mata Hari   List Challenges
93 Memento   Hollywood Intoto
94 Miss Sadie Thompson   Hollywood Intoto
95 Mr. and Mrs. Smith   EW
96 My Cousin Rachel (2017)   Telegraph
97 Niagara (1953) Henry Hathaway IMDB
98 Night and the city   IPPL
99 Nikita   List Challenges
100 Odds against tomorrow   IPPL
101 One Girl’s Confession (1953) Hugo Haas IMDB
102 Play Misty for Me   Daily Kos
103 Postman always rings twice   IPPL
104 Pulp Fiction (1994)   Telegraph
105 Red Sparrow   Softonic
106 Romeo Is Bleeding   List Challenges
107 Sons of Anarchy   EW
108 STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT   Starburst Magazine
109 Strange love of Martha Ivers   IPPL
110 Sudden Fear   IPPL
111 The Avengers   The Cinemaholic
112 The Blue Angel (1930)   Sabotage Times
113 The Blue Dahlia (1946) George Marshall IMDB
114 The Bride Wore Black   WH Smith
115 The Crocodile Bird   Waterstones
116 The Dark Knight Rises   EW
117 The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) Robert Siodmak IMDB
118 The Lara Croft Movies   EW
119 The Last One Left   Waterstones
120 The Long Kiss Goodnight   EW
121 The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956) Raoul Walsh IMDB
122 The Strange Woman (1946)   Churn Blog
123 The Woman in the Window (1944) Fritz Lang IMDB
124 The Woman on the Beach (1947) Jean Renoir IMDB
125 They Drive by Night   List Challenges
126 This Gun For Hire   IPPL
127 Transporter 2   The Cinemaholic
128 UNDER THE SKIN   Starburst Magazine
129 Wild Things   The Cinemaholic
130 Woman in the window   IPPL
131 X-Men   EW


20 Best Femme Fatale Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Churn Blog Great Femme Fatales: 6 Underappreciated Film Noir Villains
Daily Kos Saturday Night at the Movies – “Body Heat” and Other Femme Fatale
Daily Lounge And Then SHE Walked In’: Hollywood’s Best Femme Fatales
Entertainment 10 of the best and most deadly femmes fatales in Hollywood history
EW 25 of the Greatest Femme Fatales
Flick Chart The Best Femme Fatale Movies of All Time
Hollywood Intoto Top 5 Movie Femme Fatales – Hollywood in Toto
IMDB Greatest Femmes Fatales in Classic Film Noir
IPPL Great Movies: Dangerous Women in Pivotal Roles: Infamous Femme
List Challenges Top 25 Femme Fatales in Film – How many have you seen?
Reel Rundown The Greatest Femme Fatales in the History of Film
Sabotage Times The 9 Most Devilish Femme Fatales – Sabotage Times
Screen Queens Modern Femme Fatales
Softonic 8 Best femme fatale movies 2018
Starburst Magazine Top 20: FEMME FATALES
Taste Of Cinema The 20 Greatest Femme Fatales in American Cinema
Telegraph Femmes fatales in movies
The Cinemaholic 10 Best Femme Fatale Movies of All Time
Waterstones Peter Swanson Picks his Five Favourite Fictional Femme Fatales
WH Smith Ultimate Femme Fatales

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