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Fifty Shades of competition: Who is the best erotic thriller star of them all?

The Fifty Shades Darker trailer ignited a debate: Is Dakota Johnson as good an erotic thriller heroine as Sharon Stone, Nicole Kidman or her own mother Melanie Griffith?

hollywood Updated: Sep 14, 2016 14:21 IST
HT Correspondent
Fifty Shades Darker
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the greatest erotic thriller star of them all?

Fifty Shades of Grey is polarising. Being indifferent towards the series isn’t easy, especially once you’ve seen it. You either love it or hate it. And now, after the first trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the worldwide blockbuster is out, the debate is only going to get louder.

If only to fuel that hot, hot fire, we decided to pit Dakota Johnson, who plays the willingly abused Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades movies, against some of the most iconic heroines of classic erotic thrillers.

You’ll notice that if you were born in the ’80s, you could probably make the case that it was the best time to be alive ever. That being said, the Fifty Shades series has rekindled the modern audience’s romance with erotic thrillers - even if most of them, like Christian Grey, don’t treat them too well.

But remember, this is not a ranking, just a list. So if you have any favourites, vote for them in poll down below.

Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct, 1992)

A violent, suspended police detective (Michael Douglas) investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.

Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, 1987)

A married man’s (we meet again, Michael Douglas) one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary, 2002)

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Kathleen Turner (Body Heat, 1981)

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut, 1999)

A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.

Melanie Griffith (Body Double, 1984)

A young actor’s obsession with spying on a beautiful woman (Twist! She’s played by Dakota Johnson’s mother - Melanie Griffith!) who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

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