7º – Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell, 1947)An army captain begins a personal investigation to find out why a fellow escaped shortly before receiving a medal of honor. In the investigation, little by little, the man will realize that the life of this companion was much more obscure than it seemed, entering to a not very pleasant routine and, still, falling in love with the strange figure of his ex-girlfriend: ‘Dead Reckoning’, another noir in this list, has an irresistible model of fragmenting his concise history, bringing the figure of one of the most distinct “femme fatales” of the seventh art, interpreted by actress Lizabeth Scott.
6º – Wild Things (John McNaughton, 1998)In the plot, an irascible policeman tries to unravel the motivations of two students who had drawn up a plan against him. Raising an aura of suspense quite assertive, ‘Wild Things’ even has some negative moments and a script that forces the bar, but, it must be said, his dynamic rhythm and the surrounding theme completely capture the viewer’s attention. Good option of the final straight of the 1990s, getting even better with his good cast, counting with names like Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Theresa Russell and Neve Campbell (actress who was in evidence at the time for her participation in the great franchise “Scream”).
5º – Pitfall (André De Toth, 1948)Tired of his professional life, at the head of an important company, and private, with a good marriage and a small son, a man ends up getting involved in a romance with a young woman he had met by virtue of his work. However, not everything is as simple as it seems, and the man will find himself involved in a situation not pleasant with the companion of the young woman who is imprisoned and, also, another man who nurtures an inexorable obsession for her. A masterpiece, ‘Pitfall’ takes advantage of the irresistible noir atmosphere of the time to debate some of the social paths and certain concerns found in ordinary individuals. Dick Powell and Lizabeth Scott command the central characters, both with fabulous and very intense performances. Lizabeth Scott is undoubtedly one of the great actresses to embody the traditional “femme fatales” of the noir of the 1940s, usually with memorable performances. And here, in this film, it’s no different.
4º – Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne, 1987)After committing adultery with an attractive woman, a man will see his life take on cruel contours when this woman becomes completely obsessed with him. Now it will be up to the man to save his marriage and get rid of that unpleasant woman. ‘Fatal Attraction’ is one of the greatest successes of the suspenseful gender of the 1980s. Even containing some typical errors of the genre and a predictable ending, this film is still worth the 119 minutes invested. The direction of Adrian Lyne and the good participation of Michael Douglas and Glenn Close are still worth mentioning.
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