Thriller queens: 10 actresses who created vivid images of the dark genre

Female beauty is a terrible force, and it’s especially scary for men when they don’t understand who is hiding behind an attractive appearance: an angel or a devil? In our selection of thrillers with women in the title role, you will find stories where the intrigue is twisted to the limit, the suspense is brought to the maximum, and the seductive stars of world cinema appear in unusual and controversial roles.

Last Night in Soho (2021)

A young girl, fascinated by the era of the sixties, comes to London to become a costume designer. The eternal bustle of the student hostel did not please the creative nature, so Eloise had to move to a rented apartment. There, the heroine begins to be haunted by incredibly realistic visions from the sixties, blurring the line between dream and reality.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Last Night in Soho

Genre:
Drama, thriller, horror

Actors:  
Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith…

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


Promising Girl (2020)

The once talented student now works in a coffee shop and lives with her parents. Secretly from everyone, a 30-year-old woman visits cereal establishments in the evenings, where she pretends to be drunk, and catches men who are trying to take advantage of her helplessness. Every potential rapist will be punished. The heroine of the film embarked on the path of revenge , having experienced a terrible shock in her youth.

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+


A Simple Request (2018)

The heroine of the comedy thriller, agreeing to sit with her friend’s child , did not even suspect what problems she had brought on herself. The unlucky mother disappeared without a trace, so you have to join forces with the husband of the missing woman and seriously start searching, and at the same time talk about the intricacies of the investigation to the ever-increasing and incoming audience of the video blog.

Original title:  
A Simple Favor

Genre:
Thriller, comedy, crime

Actors:  
Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding…

Country:  
Canada, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


Under cover of night (2016)

A highly rated neo-noir stylish thriller based on the best-selling book by American writer Austin Wright, where two stories are nested into each other like in a nesting doll. A gallery owner receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s book. Frustrated by life’s troubles, a woman plunges into reading, unexpectedly discovering the true meaning of events, both those left in the distant past and those taking place in the present.

Original title:
Nocturnal Animals

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Girl on the train (2016)

Screen adaptation of the sensational detective thriller by British writer Paula Hawkins. An unemployed alcoholic rides the train every day past the house where a near-perfect couple lives. Nearby is the cottage of the ex-husband of a drunk who started a new family. One day during a trip, she sees something that disturbs her peace of mind. The girl decides to get off the train, which leads to unpredictable and tragic events.

Original title:  
The Girl on the Train

Genre:
Thriller, detective, drama

Actors:  
Emily Blunt, Hayley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


Neon Demon (2016)

One of the most stylish and beautiful thrillers of recent years will show how creepy the world of haute couture can be . A 16-year-old provincial comes to conquer the catwalks of the capital. The young beauty is accompanied by success. Necessary acquaintances, photo shoots and parties pave a direct path to fame, but envious rivals, filled with hatred, are plotting evil.

Original title:  
The Neon Demon

Genre:  
Horror, thriller

Actors:  
Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves…

Country:  
USA, Belgium, Denmark, France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


Gone Girl (2014)

The action-packed thriller is based on the bestseller by American writer Gillian Flynn. A wife from a prosperous family mysteriously disappears on the eve of her wedding anniversary . Traces of violence were found in the house, as well as a chain of clues – the lady had a penchant for puzzles and riddles . A husband who has fallen under suspicion is trying to get to the bottom of the truth and find his wife, who has started a game that is disastrous for him.

Original title:  
Gone Girl

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:  
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Before I Sleep (2014)

The protagonist of the heartfelt dramatic film suffers from a rare form of amnesia . In the morning of every day, a woman completely forgets the events of the last twenty years of her life. A loving husband explains to her that these are the consequences of a car accident. But can you trust his words? On the advice of a doctor who is overly interested in the patient, Christina keeps a video diary, hiding the camera from her husband in a shoebox.

Original title:  
Before I Go to Sleep

Genre:  
Thriller, detective, drama

Actors:  
Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong …

Country:  
UK, USA, France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


White bird in a snowstorm (2014)

A respectable housewife mysteriously disappeared from her own house. The worried husband files a police report and demands an investigation, but the teenage daughter is not particularly worried, believing that her mother simply ran away from an unhappy marriage. Only a few years later, the girl realizes the essence of the tragedy that has occurred and will try to get to the bottom of the truth.

Original title:
White Bird in a Blizzard

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni…

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Black Swan (2010)

The sensational psychological thriller , balancing on the verge between reality and madness, was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress. A young promising ballerina gets the part of the Black Swan in a new production of the famous Tchaikovsky ballet. Hard pressure from the choreographer and outright hatred from less successful competitors are gradually driving the rising star crazy.

Original title:  
Black Swan

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


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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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