The Top Hollywood Femme Fatales

January 27, 2014

1. Courtney (Rose McGowan/Jawbreaker)


Beginning with her cool handling of the police interview after her friend’s death, you know that Courtney is bad news. She just continues to pile on the offbeat seductions and twisted manipulations as she covers up the accident by faking a gruesome crime.

2. Evanora (Rachel Weisz/Oz the Great and Powerful)


For most of the film, this wicked femme fatale has everyone fooled. But, by the time Oscar and friends discover that she’s not the good witch she seems, she has already transformed her naive sister.

3. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey/Game of Thrones)


With seduction, she mostly keeps it in the family, unless she encounters someone else who has something that she wants.

4. Violet (Jennifer Tilly/Bound)


You’re never sure whether this lipstick lesbian bombshell is sincere or whether she’s taking Corky for a dangerous ride. As she crosses and manipulates the bad guys around her, you are guessing until the end whether she is going to grab the cash and jet.

5. Laura (Nora Zehetner/Brick)


Even though it’s set in a modern high school, Brick is one of the most classically noir offerings in years. Its sexy villainess Laura could have walked off the pages of a Raymond Chandler novel. She gets the boys in the story to do her dirty work while she profits.

6. Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams/Sherlock Holmes)


Irene Adler only shows up in two scenes of one Arthur Conan Doyle story. That hasn’t stopped newer Holmes artists from imagining new and devious adventures for the only woman who ever fooled the famous detective. As portrayed by Rachel McAdams in the Guy Ritchie film, she’s a cunning member of an international criminal syndicate.

7. Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker/Weeds)


She started the series as a somewhat innocent soccer mom getting by by selling a little weed. Within a few years, however, she was using both her cunning and her smoldering sexuality to bend people to her will.

8. Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams/American Hustle)


If you’ve only seen Amy Adams in sweet roles in films like Julie & Julia, Enchanted and The Muppets, her turn as a sultry British-accented con artist is a surprise. By playing her criminal boyfriend and an overzealous FBI man against one another, she hedges her bets in American Hustle.

9. Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling/Orange is the New Black)


At the start of the series, blonde and perky Piper insists that her role in a drug smuggling enterprise was minor and accidental, a youthful lark. But, as we see her play people off against one another and manipulate lovers on the inside and outside, we get the idea that she’s not as sweet and innocent as she seems.