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15 Movies About Obsession, Ranked By How Obsessed You Should Be

'And I was like, why you so obsessed with me?' —M. Carey

It's one thing to be completely enamored with someone and so deeply in love that you see them through emoji heart eyes, but it's a whole other thing if that infatuation morphs into a dangerous obsession.

As a society, we often say "omg I'm obsessed," when referring to a celebrity or a new Netflix show because we LOVE to exaggerate and we LIVE for the drama. (Okay, fine, maybe that's just me.) But most of the time, we don't mean it lit-er-al-ly because obsession can be pretty unhealthy, if it means you're thinking about something or someone constantly, intrusively, to a troubling extent.

Obsession can be extremely dangerous. And no, I'm not coming @ you about your cheese addiction, although if you're anything like me, then it might be borderline unhealthy. The toxic obsession I'm talking about is when a person is so consumed with someone else that they go to freaky lengths to get close to them. Maybe it's not a coincidence that obsessed rhymes with possessed, hmm...

All that being said, movies about obsession definitely have an allure—it's that mixture of excitement and terror, similar to the suspense of a quality scary movie. Movies about neurosis and infatuation have always been popular, dating all the way back to the early '60s, when the novel Lolita became a major motion picture. So if you're looking to stream something thrilling tonight, check out this list of the best movies about obsession, in order of how obsessed you'll be. Enjoy.


15. Twilight (2008)

Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) may not be a full-blown sociopath with violent sexual fantasies, but! If the countless bad-boyfriend-alert red flags Cullen exhibits (kidnapping, prohibiting his girlfriend from seeing her friends, watching her sleep every night) over the course of the fan-loved first film have not caught your eye, then you are blinded by Robert Pattinson's cheekbones, and possibly also by Taylor Lautner's abs.

14. Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

A surprise inclusion! It may not be a thriller about obsession, but it's about obsession nonetheless. Nice-but-not-necessarily-noticed guy Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry) is obsessively in love with the most popular girl in school, Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt)—so much so that he memorizes her schedule, her eating habits, assorted likes and dislikes, and writes her a lengthy letter detailing his obsession, which he also memorizes. The fact that this otherwise textbook stalker behavior is somehow overlooked and interpreted to be adorable and wonderful to Amanda is, well, kids today! Jeez.

13. The Crush (1993)

Lemme tell ya, you're not alone if you ever crushed on a houseguest when you were a kid. But I bet your harmless crush never turned into a full-blown psychotic obsession, like 14-year-old Adrian in The Crush. Alicia Silverstone's breakout role (yes, before she was Cher) takes a cute lil girl crush to a wholeeeee other (low-key scary and high-key creepy) level.

12. The Perfect Guy (2015)

I don't know about you, but whenever the word "perfect" is followed by the word "guy," my eyebrows immediately raise and my bullsh*t antenna goes on red alert. I'm not cynical, I'm sensible, and I know that no human being is perfect except for maybe Ryan Reynolds or Michael B. Jordan. Case in point: Carter Duncan in The Perfect Guy. Played by the smoldering Michael Ealy, Duncan checks all the boxes at first (charming, gorgeous, attentive) but then turns out to be a lil too perfect AKA possessive, obsessive, AND aggressive.

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11. The Boy Next Door (2015)

First of all, pretty much everything you need to know about The Boy Next Door is in the film's well-crafted trailer. Second, Ryan Guzman (of Step Up Revolution) does a great job of taking charge and seducing J.Lo, before things get real violent and ridiculous. Lesson learned: Don't have sex with hot young neighbors. Or at aware of the risks.

10. Gone Girl (2014)

Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery-thriller, adapted for the big screen by the visionary David Fincher? Yes, please. So many unexpected twists and turns in this film, full of surprising, deeply flawed characters and anchored by a stellar cast, including Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, and the crazy-compelling, Oscar-nominated Rosamund Pike. Even more interesting: No one really "wins" in the end.

9. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015)

Did you expect this to be a lil closer to number one? Sorry. Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) is a stone-cold fox, but cold is the operative word. (Forgive me for saying "stone-cold fox," but it was in service of making a point, okay?) Worse: His instantaneous fixation on a "plain Jane" Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) is an unsettling turn-off. Don't let his hotness distract you from his sociopathic red-flag behavior.

8. Lolita (1962)

Don't let this black and white film that's over 50 years old fool you: it's freakin' freaky. Adapted from Vladimir Nabokov's disturbingly infamous 1955 novel of the same name, Lolita is about an older man who becomes completely infatuated with a 14-year-old girl that he'll go to the most extreme (read: illegal, psychopathic, pedophilloic) measures to stay close to her. It's so disturbing and problematic you won't even realize it's not in color.


7. Sleeping With The Enemy (1991)

The nerve of director Joseph Ruben to put America's newest sweetheart, a then post-Pretty Woman Julia Roberts, in a film that required her battered wife character Laura to fight, swim, and run for her life. Laura is terrified that her husband is going to kill her eventually, so she fakes her own death to get away from him. It works, for a while…

6. The Girl On The Train (2016)

This is one of those movies that's best to go into without a lot of backstory so you can experience its full effect. All I'm going to say is prepare to board the non-stop train to utter mind-f*ckery, featuring an awesome cast that includes Emily Blunt, Laura Prepon, Justin Theroux, and more of your faves.

5. Single White Female (1992)

Sweet, unsuspecting Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) thought she'd find the perfect roommate when she placed an ad in the classifieds. Instead, she got "Hedy" (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a whole bunch of terrible behavior. Hedy's dirtiest deed? Impersonating Allison and then sleeping with her boyfriend Sam (Steven Weber) in an attempt to break them up. Feel free to watch the Minka Kelly/Leighton Meester version, The Roommate, instead. It's not technically a remake, nor is it nearly as good, but it's a "college years" take that is entertaining nonetheless.

4. Fear (1996)

Oh, David. Pretty, chiseled David (played by Mark Wahlberg, at age 25). I'll never forget "Wild Horses" and that rollercoaster ride, but must you handle your breakup with too-young-for-you-at-the-time Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) by losing your damned mind? So much violence, which included: the beating up of friends and cars, the building of creepy shrines, and the carving of names into chests.

3. Fatal Attraction (1987)

A Best Picture nominee and legendary movie. Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) engages in a passionate weekend fling with Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) that, when broken off, triggers a series of psychotic events and acts that lead to one of the most memorable scenes in cinema. Boiled rabbit, anyone?

2. Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman won her first Academy Award for her performance in Black Swan and rightly so, given that anytime you mention this movie, you're 100% guaranteed to hear audible gasps and murmurs about how brilliant(ly f*cked up) it is from anyone whose seen it. A chilling reminder of how obsession materializes not only psychologically, but also physically.

1. Obsessed (2009)

Is this the best movie on the list? LOL, no. But it stars Beyoncé. And Idris Elba. The icing on the deliciously entertaining cake is proven cinematic temptress Ali Larter, in the role of unhinged obsessed lover (and totally inappropriate working professional) who wreaks all kinds of havoc upon Queen Bey's peaceful, domestic existence. Could this happen IRL? Never. Nope. Not to Beyoncé.


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