Dangerous Women

The femme fatale is a staple in film noir: duplicitous, conniving, and of course, drop-dead sexy. She uses her looks to get what she wants. In the process, she wreaks havoc in the lives of men who are fully complicit in their own destruction. Here are just a few of the silver screen’s greatest portrayals of the ultimate dangerous woman.

Linda Fiorentino as Bridget Gregory in The Last Seduction (1994) (source)
Barbara Stanwyk as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944) (source)
Kathleen Turner as Matty Walker in Body Heat (1981) (source)
Jane Greer as Kathie Moffat in Out Of The Past (1947) (source)
Annette Bening as Myra Langtry in The Grifters (1990) (source)
Lana Turner as Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) (source)
Jennifer Tilly as Violet in Bound (1996) (source)
Mary Astor as Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) (source)
Charlotte Rampling as Margaret Krusemark in Angel Heart (1987) (source)
Claire Trevor as Helen Grayle in Murder, My Sweet (1944) (source)
Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood in The Big Sleep (1946) (source)
Jennifer Beals as Daphne Monet in Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) (source)