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6 Movies like Basic Instinct: Thrills & Spills

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tom_cropperBasic Instinct is one of those movies which attempts to hide its inadequacies with oodles of nudity, which is fine if you like that sort of thing. Here are a few others which do the same thing including Sliver, Killing me Softly and Fifty Shades of Grey.~ Tom Cropper

Killer Looks

“A brutal murder, a brilliant killer; a cop who can’t resist the danger…”

Michael Douglas is a cop trying to solve a murder which has one very obvious prime suspect. The trouble is, she’s ridiculously good looking and, if he plays his cards right, there’s a fair chance she might be willing to sleep with him.

Can he keep his hormones in check long enough to solve the easiest murder mystery in movie history? Of course he can’t.

Movies like Basic Instinct tend to rely on a simply formula: a pretty obvious plot, one very sexy female villain and… boobs.

If that’s your thing, here are a few others to check out.


Movies Similar to ‘Basic Instinct’…

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2015)

“Mr Grey will see you now…”

The book that started out as fan fiction and became an international best seller gets the inevitable movie treatment.

Dakota Johnson plays a woman in love with a handsome, but tormented, billionaire. Together, they have lots of kinky sex and it all seems to work out reasonably well in the end. It’s just like Cinderella. Kind of.

Similarity Match: 95%
Basic Instinct was a pretty dreadful movie, which got where it did by drumming up lots of outrage about sex. Fifty Shades of Grey did pretty much the same thing.

‘Killing me Softly’ (Kaige Chen, 2002)

“Love can be deadly…”

Heather Graham is in a boring hum drum relationship… until she meets an exciting exotic stranger who’s into all sorts of strange things in the bedroom.

They have lots of wild passionate sex, but she can’t escape the nagging suspicion that he may have murdered all of his previous girlfriends.

Similarity Match: 90%
Like Basic Instinct, this explores the relationship between danger and sex. Like Michael Douglas, she’s torn between her passions and her basic sense of self-preservation.

‘Sliver’ (Phillip Noyce, 1993)

“You like to watch…. don’t you?”

Sharon Stone plays a writer who moves into what seems to be a lovely apartment. The trouble is, it comes with its own resident serial killer.

Could it be the good looking owner of the building who has secretly installed video cameras into all the apartments and has been monitoring the movements of all his tenants? Quite possibly. Will it stop her from sleeping with him? Probably not.

Similarity Match: 90%
As with Basic Instinct, sex and danger mix freely here. The main difference is that the plot line is probably a little more developed.

‘Blindfold: Acts of Obsession’ (Lawrence L Simeone, 1994)

“How far will she go?”

Let’s delve into TV-movie land for this one.

When Shannen Doherty finds her marriage turning stale, she seeks the help of a psychiatrist played by Judd Nelson. His solution – kink and lots of it.

However, while things work pretty well at first, she soon starts to like it too much. Worst still, rumours abound about a serial killer on the loose with a penchant for handcuffs and blindfolds. Could that be what her husband has been doing with his evenings?

Similarity Match: 85%
This went straight to TV for a good reason. However, it’s in the same mould as Basic Instinct in that it asks the question: how much danger is too much?


If You Like ‘Basic Instinct’, You Will Like…

Let’s face it – if you choose Basic Instinct, you’re there for one reason – to see something saucy.

However, sometimes, the most erotic scenes can be found in the most unlikely of places…

‘Don’t Look Now’ (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)

“Pass the warning…”

Donald Sutherland plays a father grieving after the death of his child. Together with his wife, he’s heading to Venice to try and piece things back together. However, things take a sinister turn when he encounters a psychic with an eerie message from the beyond.

This is one of the greatest movies, but it’s included here for one of the most erotic sex scenes ever committed to film. To this day, rumours abound whether Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland actually ‘did it’ on screen.

‘Basic Instinct 2’ (Michael Caton-Jones, 2006)

“Everything interesting begins in the mind…”

It seems like bad form to talk about a sequel in this kind of article. However, Basic Instinct 2 deserves a mention simply for comedy value.

Sharon Stone is up to her old antics again. This time, she’s in London and the cops are almost certain they’ve got her bang to rights for murder. They commission a hard-nosed psychiatrist to evaluate her, but pretty soon, he, too, is being drawn into her web.

This film includes a cameo from Stan Collymore as a murder victim, which gives you an idea of how seriously the director was taking this film. Coincidentally, he was working on Shooting Dogs at the same time– a movie about the Rwandan genocide – which was actually very good.


Death Becomes Her

Films like Basic Instinct are seldom complicated or high-brow, and nobody wants them to be. They’re hot and steamy, but little else. They’re unlikely to win any awards, but who really cares?

These are the films which spring to my mind when thinking about Basic Instinct. If I’ve missed your favourite, my apologies.

Feel free to enlighten us all in the comments section below. 

These days Tom Cropper is normally found writing about money and ethical issues and finance for people like Go Compare and the Guardian. However, he started his career many years ago writing about film for a small and sadly defunct indie paper called the Soho Independent. Since then he’s written for various movie websites and, when he’s not trying to explain the nuances of insurance to people spends his time trying to dig out obscure movies from far flung parts of the world.
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