The Best Bad-Girl Beauty Movies of All Time

Amanda Seyfried, Lindsay Lohan, and Lacey Chabert in Mean Girls
Amanda Seyfried, Lindsay Lohan, and Lacey Chabert in Mean Girls

Anne Bancroft in The Graduate
Anne Bancroft in The Graduate

Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, and Selena Gomez in Spring Breakers
Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, and Selena Gomez in Spring Breakers

Ava Gardner in The Killers
Ava Gardner in The Killers
Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road
Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road

Demi Moore in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Demi Moore in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

Emma Watson in The Bling Ring
Emma Watson in The Bling Ring

Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde
Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde

Gene Tierney in Laura
Gene Tierney in Laura

Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction
Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction

Greta Garbo in Mata Hari
Greta Garbo in Mata Hari

Honor Blackman in Goldfinger
Honor Blackman in Goldfinger

Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet
Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet

Julie Benz, Rebecca Gayheart, and Rose McGowan in Jawbreaker
Julie Benz, Rebecca Gayheart, and Rose McGowan in Jawbreaker

Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers
Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers

Kathleen Turner in Body Heat
Kathleen Turner in Body Heat

Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface
Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface

Pam Grier in Coffy
Pam Grier in Coffy

Patricia Arquette in True Romance
Patricia Arquette in True Romance

Rachel True, Neve Campbell, and Fairuza Balk in The Craft
Rachel True, Neve Campbell, and Fairuza Balk in The Craft

Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct
Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise

Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction

Winona Ryder in Heathers
Winona Ryder in Heathers
This week, it was confirmed that Heathers will be made into a television series, inspiring us to revisit the cult 1988 film and its girl gang of four—particularly Winona Ryder’s Veronica character, who, with a swingy bob, just-pinched cheeks, and powerful glare, is foreboding from the moment she steps on-screen. In spite of her nice-girl past, it’s an infallible beauty equation that means trouble. “Do I look like Mother Teresa?” asks Kim Walker, who plays the film’s meanest Heather. No offense to Mother Teresa, but she doesn’t. In fact, a look back at film classics proves that no bad girls do. We already know the Heathers will destroy everything in their path, because if hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, the world knows no trouble like a woman who understands her allure.

Pam Grier’s hourglass waistline (in Coffy) and Sharon Stone’s mile-long limbs (in Basic Instinct) help them appear so heavenly that they seem incapable of the havoc they wreak. It’s a tactic that makes Spring Breakers so unsettling: How could bikini-clad, blowout-touting pretty young things ever rob or kill? But beware of a woman who is beautiful enough to get what she wants, Emma Watson nonverbally warns in The Bling Ring as she applies another layer of lip gloss—because she will take it. It only requires a few sunny highlights for Anne Bancroft to cleverly distract from her character’s darkness in The Graduate, and an optimistic swipe of pink lipstick to make Susan Sarandon look like she’s on the right side of the law in Thelma & Louise. Here, a look back at 26 women who prove that while good girls may go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere—and look unapologetically fantastic while they’re at it.


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