12 movies about femme fatales that break men’s hearts

It doesn’t matter how she looks – a sultry brunette or an irresistible blonde, she will rip a man’s heart out of her chest, step on it with a hairpin and watch it tremble until the last knock. Femme fatale easily falls in love with men and just as easily throws them out of her life, having played enough. The heroes of films about femme fatales need only one glance to lose their heads. And we only need a couple of minutes of viewing to immerse ourselves in the heady atmosphere of temptation and serious passions.

Memories (2021)

The film is set in the near future when Miami is half underwater after climate change. In these troubled times, people have an attraction that allows you to return to moments dear to your heart. The protagonist Nick Bannister works as a guide through memories – he helps to get from the subconscious what has long been forgotten. One day, a new client appears on the threshold of his agency. Their meeting becomes fatal and develops into a stormy romance, and then the woman disappears.

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Original title:
Reminiscence

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Tandive Newton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Promising Girl (2020)

This modern film about femme fatales is a foreign thriller with a non-trivial feminist plot. Cassandra is 30 years old. She is single, works in a coffee shop and lives with her parents. This is during the day. And at night, the woman goes on a raid on entertainment establishments, pretending to be drunk and looking for men who are not averse to taking advantage of the situation. At some point, she changes the rules of the game, turning predators into defenseless victims. A kind of “hobby” appeared after the incident at the medical college where Cassie studied, and now the heroine is ready to take revenge on all male bastards.

Original title:
Promising Young Woman

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Love Them All (2019)

The heroine of the film, the swindler Vera, skillfully manipulates other people’s desires. The kept woman has something to offer to all the men who fell under her spell – tenderness, passion, innocence, lightness, the opportunity to feel young again. Victims are ready to pay, buy expensive gifts, accept love, not knowing that this is just a game. A young woman is confidently chasing her million, prudently planning every move. Is it possible to buy love and freedom?

Genre:
Drama, Thriller

Actors:
Alena Mikhailova, Alexander Kuznetsov, Sergey Garmash …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
18+


London Fields (2018)

Nicola Six is ​​the woman that books are written about: a fatal beauty who can drive any man crazy with just a glance. In addition to the devilish charm, Nikola has the gift of clairvoyance and anticipates his imminent death. Once in a bar, she meets two men at once – a scoundrel and a gentleman. She is sure that one of them will become her killer, but still starts a dangerous game of cat and mouse, portraying either an innocent sheep or the devil in the flesh. But who is she really?

Original title:
London Fields

Genre:
Thriller, crime, detective

Actors:
Amber Heard, Jim Sturgess, Theo James, Billy Bob Thornton …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 3.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Ultimate (2017)

The next in the list of the best films about fatal beauties is a neon noir with a dynamic plot, a touch of trash and an unexpected ending. Cute waitress Annie is not as simple as it seems. At night, she transforms into a sexy stripper, and in her heart she dreams of becoming a hired killer . The girl is playing a dangerous game with two representatives of the criminal world of England. At first glance, nothing connects them, but Annie knows something more and has already come up with a plan to play off the bandits .

Original title:
Terminal

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher …

Country:
Ireland, UK, Hong Kong, Hungary, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Fatal Attraction (2015)

The film, based on a true story that hit the crime reports of France in 2011, tells about the forbidden relationship of the head of a women’s prison with one prisoner. The director of the state institution, Jean Firmino, at the first glance at the new ward is captured by a hurricane of passion. Despite the fact that these feelings defy common sense and can destroy a man’s family and career, he is ready to plunge into them headlong, and the young beauty is not averse to playing along.

Original title:
Éperdument

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Adele Exarchopoulos, Guillaume Gallienne, Stephanie Cleo …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Fatal Beauty (2006)

One of the best femme fatales movies is a highly rated French comedy starring Audrey Tautou. Graceful brunette Irene hunts wealthy men in fashionable hotels. Due to a misunderstanding, the adventurer finds herself in bed with Jean, an employee of the hotel, mistaking him for a rich guest. Having learned the truth, the girl runs away, because she is accustomed to luxury and money, and he does not have a penny for his soul. A man in love follows the beauty, and by chance he himself falls into the care of a middle-aged but wealthy lady. So Jean and Irene become allies.

Original title:
Hors de prix

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Carmen (2003)

Quiet, calm guy Sergei, who works as a security guard in a women’s prison, meets love there – a fatal beauty, swindler and criminal Carmen. Unpredictable and wild, she completely captures the heart of the hero, making him a slave to these feelings. The fateful meeting changes Sergey’s life forever, forcing him to cross the line of the law more than once and turn from a kind person into a cruel jealous, possessive and murderer.

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Igor Petrenko, Olga Filippova, Yaroslav Boyko, Alexei Gorbunov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Fatal Woman (2002)

The film tells about a woman who not only drove men crazy, but also managed to swindle several criminals. The cunning and beautiful Laura Ash is involved in the theft of jewelry, and then disappears along with the loot. Years passed, the former accomplices never found a traitor who managed to stage a suicide and escape from the country. But the deceived friends do not leave hope to get even with Laura. One day, the American ambassador arrives in France with his wife, who diligently avoids the paparazzi and looks damn much like our fraudster.

Original title:
Femme Fatale

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote …

Country:
France, Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Temptation (2001)

The film, included in the top ten best erotic films, tells the story of crazy passion and fatal love. Cuban merchant Luis very strangely chooses an American woman for his bride, whom he has only seen in a photograph. However, another, more beautiful woman comes to the meeting, explaining the deception by the fact that she does not want to be an object of only desire. Sensual, smart and treacherous, Julia captivates Louis at first sight, ready to lose his head and everything he has.

Original title:
Original Sin

Genre:
Thriller, drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Jane…

Country:
France, Mexico, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Heartbreakers (2001)

The heroines of the film in the comedy genre – Max and Paige – are very specific activities. Mother and daughter skillfully deceive wealthy men, quite legally clearing their wallets and accounts of banknotes. This could go on and on, but Paige meets a simple guy and falls in love with him. Her mother cannot allow her daughter to make a fatal mistake and connect her life with a beggar. And in general, love is an unforgivable oversight that can hurt. Will a girl in love listen to the advice of a relative or will Max have to take matters into her own hands?

Original title:
Heartbreakers

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Basic Instinct (1992)

The legendary film about a seductive beauty introduces the viewer to the predator and manipulator Katherine Tramell. A woman is the prime suspect in the murder of a former rock star who was stabbed to death with an ice pick during sex. The fact is that Katherine is a writer, and recently released a novel where she described in detail a similar crime. Detective Nick Curran, who is leading the investigation, will have to try not to fall under the spell of the insidious seductress and get to the bottom of the truth – is the beauty a killer or someone wants to set her up?

Original title:
Basic Instinct

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza …

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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