Welcome to the Psycho Hall of Fame—a carefully curated list of leading ladies who have played the most certifiably crazy, not-your-run-of-the-mill psychopathic girlfriends (and not-quite girlfriends) to ever hit the silver screen.
If there's one thing you take away from this roundup, it's that pretty doesn’t hide stark-raving mad for long. Also, you can use this as a check list of sorts; if your girlfriend resembles any of these women, you're probably dating a sociopath.
Disclaimer: Some of the scenes in these videos are NSFW (due to violence and sexual content).
Gloria Cleary - Wedding Crashers
Wedding Crashers has become somewhat of a cult classic for many reasons. But nothing leaves as lasting an impression as Isla Fisher’s character Gloria Cleary, who takes the term 'clingy girlfriend' to new heights. Lets reminisce with the famous bathroom scene:
Cameron Diaz takes the cake for the scariest, most dramatic girlfriend—who isn’t really a girlfriend—as Julianna Gianni in Vanilla Sky. Even though things have fizzled between her and her partner David Aames (Tom Cruise), Diaz’s character can’t seem to let things go; especially when she finds out another woman (Penelope Cruz) is in the picture. So, she takes the mature, logical route, which you can watch (and cringe at) here:
What’s worse than an oversexed, power-hungry man in upper management? A dangerously ambitious woman, who uses her sexuality to consolidate power, then threatens your job. That woman is Meredith Johnson (played by Demi Moore) in Disclosure. Michael Douglas’s character tries desperately to thwart her advances, but…we’ll just let you see for yourself:
Michael Douglas stars opposite yet another crazy in Fatal Attraction. Douglas plays the role of Dan Gallagher whose one-night stand with former colleague Alexandra Forrest (Glenn Close) comes back to haunt him. Big time. She attempts suicide, tells him she’s having his baby, stalks him, spies on him, pours acid on his car and even boils his daughter’s pet bunny. Which brings us to this boiling point:
The 90's were very good (or very bad, depending on how you look at it) for Michael Douglas. The actor should be an expert on relationships or in need of a shrink after all the terrifying women he’s starred opposite. In Basic Instinct, Douglas plays Nick Curran, a detective in charge of investigating a murder that novelist Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) may be involved in. Spoiler alert: Stone is the murderer and she killed her parents, though no one can prove she’s done it—because every man is constantly seduced by her—as is the plotline of Basic Instinct 2, which stars Stone once again and David Morrissey. You’ll get the gist from watching the trailer from Basic Instinct 2:
This recent psychological thriller had every man questioning if he really knows the woman sleeping next to him. What’s she thinking? What’s she capable of? Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl has such a detailed, deep-seeded neuroses and sense of vindication that she’s even more disturbing than some of the more physically dangerous ladies on this list. She starts off as husband Nick Dunne's (Ben Affleck) "cool girl," but things don't stay cool for long. Take a look at the trailer; we don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
It takes a lot to make Lindsay Lohan look sane, but Rachel McAdams is a doozey of, well, a mean girl as Regina George in Mean Girls. You probably have no interest in watching this movie (if you haven’t already been forced to watch it), but it is an interesting commentary on high school life that's still relevant today even though the movie came out over a decade ago. Yes, this move came out over a decade ago and yes, that should make you feel suddenly older.