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1. The Blue Angel (1930)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti

Votes: 12,660 | Gross: $0.08M

2. The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

A German noblewoman enters into a loveless marriage with the dim-witted, unstable heir to the Russian throne, then plots to oust him from power.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser

Votes: 5,287

3. The Devil Is a Woman (1935)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young man is warned by a captain about a temptress; nonetheless, he finds himself falling in love with her.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill, Edward Everett Horton, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 2,737

4. The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Shanghai, dragon-lady 'Mother' Gin Sling operates a gambling house for wealthy patrons but she clashes with influential land developer Sir Guy Charteris who wants to put her out-of-business.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson

Votes: 2,364

5. Scarlet Street (1945)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 12,833

6. Out of the Past (1947)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming

Votes: 29,657

7. Hobson's Choice (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Henry Hobson (Charles Laughton) is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson

Votes: 5,996

8. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western

83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 14,182

9. The Maverick Queen (1956)

Approved | 90 min | Western

A Pinkerton detective goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of thieves whose boss is a feisty lady saloonkeeper. Complications ensue.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Scott Brady, Mary Murphy

Votes: 393

10. Lolita (1962)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell

Votes: 84,645 | Gross: $9.25M

11. Noviciat (1965)

17 min | Short

A peeping tom caught spying on a women's self defence class is taken captive by the class leader. At first the class uses to practice on, but his treatment steadily becomes more humiliating and fetishistic.

Director: Noël Burch | Stars: Frédérique Franchini, André S. Labarthe, Annette Michelson

Votes: 82

12. Of Human Bondage (1964)

Approved | 100 min | Drama

A medical student becomes obsessed with his faithless lover.

Directors: Ken Hughes, Henry Hathaway, Bryan Forbes | Stars: Kim Novak, Laurence Harvey, Robert Morley, Siobhan McKenna

Votes: 763

13. She (I) (1965)

Unrated | 106 min | Adventure, Fantasy

An Edwardian archaeologist and two companions stumble upon a lost city in East Africa, run by a beautiful queen whose love holds the promise of immortality.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, John Richardson

Votes: 2,701

14. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Comedy

65 Metascore

Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams, Ray Barlow

Votes: 12,877

15. Coffy (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott

Votes: 8,840

16. Maîtresse (1976)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

A common thief (Depardieu) breaks into the house of a professional dominatrix (Ogier), and begins to help her "train" her clients. Though this world is alien to his experience, he finds ... See full summary »

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, André Rouyer, Nathalie Keryan

Votes: 1,581

17. Xica da Silva (1976)

107 min | Drama, Romance

The romanced story of Xica da Silva, a slave that used her "feminine atributs" in order to get power.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Zezé Motta, Walmor Chagas, Altair Lima, Elke Maravilha

Votes: 464

18. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

NC-17 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 16,692

19. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

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

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 28,517 | Gross: $24.06M

20. Seduction: The Cruel Woman (1985)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

Wanda ist von Berufs wegen grausam. Ihre Spezialitaet: das Erfinden von Fallen fuer ihre Liebhaber/innen. Gregor, der romantische Schwaermer, wird aus seinem Traum gerissen. Justine, die ... See full summary »

Directors: Elfi Mikesch, Monika Treut | Stars: Mechthild Großmann, Udo Kier, Sheila McLaughlin, Carola Regnier

Votes: 152

21. Something Wild (1986)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

73 Metascore

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, George 'Red' Schwartz, Leib Lensky

Votes: 14,831 | Gross: $8.36M

22. Black Widow (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 8,071 | Gross: $25.21M

23. And Then There Was Light (1989)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

The film depicts daily life in an Senegalian village. The people sleep, eat, make love, pray for rain, et cetera, while civilization, by way of timber trucks and tree fellers, is slowly ... See full summary »

Director: Otar Iosseliani | Stars: Sigalon Sagna, Saly Badji, Binta Cissé, Marie-Christine Dieme

Votes: 257

24. Singapore Sling (1990)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A man searching for his long-lost lover is kidnapped by her killers, an insane, mother-daughter duo, and they force him to commit various sexual atrocities with them.

Director: Nikos Nikolaidis | Stars: Meredyth Herold, Panos Thanassoulis, Michele Valley

Votes: 1,944

25. Prime Suspect (1991)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.

Stars: Helen Mirren, John Benfield, Tom Bell, Jack Ellis

Votes: 6,018

26. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive novelist could be involved.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 159,349 | Gross: $117.73M

27. Ai no shinsekai (1994)

115 min | Drama, Romance

A look a the lives of two sex workers in Tokyo: Rei, who works as an S&M dominatrix, and Ayumi, in the more straightforward profession of call girl. In addition to their working life, the ... See full summary »

Director: Banmei Takahashi | Stars: Sawa Suzuki, Reiko Kataoka, Aya Sugimoto, Yôko Nakajima

Votes: 352

28. Bandit Queen (1994)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a ... See full summary »

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Rajesh Vivek, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 4,023 | Gross: $0.40M

29. The Last Seduction (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A devious sexpot steals her husband's drug money and hides out in a small town where she meets the perfect dupe for her next scheme.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman, Michael Raysses

Votes: 19,396 | Gross: $6.14M

30. Antonia's Line (1995)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive.

Director: Marleen Gorris | Stars: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir, Veerle van Overloop, Els Dottermans

Votes: 7,773 | Gross: $4.82M

31. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 66,451

32. Moonlight Whispers (1999)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

Two seemingly innocent school kids are obsessed in fetishistic s&m games.

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Tsugumi, Kôta Kusano, Harumi Inoue

Votes: 726

33. Rape Me (2000)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

35 Metascore

Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences.

Directors: Virginie Despentes, Coralie | Stars: Raffaëla Anderson, Karen Lancaume, Céline Beugnot, Adama Niane

Votes: 16,142 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Féminin, masculin (2007)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Sadaf Foroughi

Votes: 11

35. Venus in Fur (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

69 Metascore

An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric

Votes: 16,282 | Gross: $0.34M



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