Tom Ripley, as characterised by Patricia Highsmith, is a psychopath and is devoid of any conscious. The role was first portrayed on the big screen by French actor Alain Delon in the French-Italian film ‘Purple Noon’ (1960). British filmmaker Anthony Minghella brought his version of the character on the big screen, titled ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ (1999). A psychological thriller set in late 1950s New York, the film follows Tom Ripley, Matt Damon, a young underachiever who is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, essayed by Jude Law, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the task fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. The film is built upon the character of Ripley and delves deep into his sociopathic tendencies.
For this article, I have taken into account films that are led by psychopathic characters and are thematically similar to this wild classic. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Fatal Attraction (1987)
Based on English director James Dearden’s short film ‘Diversion’ (1980), ‘Fatal Attraction’ follows Dan Gallagher, essayed by Michael Douglas, a married man who has a weekend affair with a co-worker named Alexandra “Alex” Forrest, portrayed by Glenn Close. However, things start turning problematic when she refuses to allow the affair to end and becomes obsessed with him, going to extreme lengths to fulfill her desire.
The highest grossing film of 1987, ‘Fatal Attraction’ is built upon an engaging premise which is expanded by Dearden’s screenplay with dexterity. Director Adrian Lyne brings forth an engaging narrative and develops upon the screenplay with patience and thus executes a thrilling story. In addition, Michael Douglas shines as the flawed but victimised man while Glenn Close completely steals the show with her portrayal of the psychotic woman. A subject of heated feminist debate, ‘Fatal Attraction’ is a good example of what might happen if one treads a foot wrong and tries to commit infidelity. The film went to bag a couple of nominations, including six Academy Award nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and three BAFTA nominations, winning one for Best Editing.
9. Donnie Darko (2001)