A Guide to the Best Stalker Thrillers in Movie History

'Fatal Attraction' Spawned a Horror Sub-Genre

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Ever since 1987's "Fatal Attraction," the "fatal attraction"-obsessed stalker movie has been a bountiful niche that has produced dozens of love-crazed scenarios like the ones in this list. If you're up for that kind of scare, you'll find a few of these will fit the bill.

'The Boy Next Door' (2015)

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Jennifer Lopez plays a high school teacher whose one-night stand with a student gives birth to his jealous obsession.

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'The Crush' (1993)

The Crush
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When the 14-year-old daughter (Alicia Silverstone) of his landlord develops a crush on him, a journalist (Cary Elwes) soon realizes how far she'll go to get what she wants.

 

'The Fan' (1996)

The Fan
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Robert DeNiro stars as a disturbed baseball fan whose obsession with his favorite player (Wesley Snipes) turns dangerous.

 

'Fatal Attraction' (1987)

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A married man (Michael Douglas) attracts unwanted attention after a fling with a psychotic colleague (Glenn Close) in this benchmark for all "fatal attraction" films.

 

'Fear' (1996)

Fear
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A protective father (William Petersen) must defend his teenage daughter (Reece Witherspoon) from her violently obsessed boyfriend (Mark Wahlberg).

 

'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle' (1992)

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
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Rebecca De Mornay plays a nanny who lost her child and subsequently attempts to usurp the position of a new mother (Annabella Sciorra).

'Misery' (1990)

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Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her performance as the deranged "No. 1 fan" of a novelist (James Caan) whom she rescues from a car accident and proceeds to keep a prisoner in her home.

 

'Mother's Boys' (1994)

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Jamie Lee Curtis is a mother who abandoned her husband and children and then tries to worm her way back in, bumping off anyone who gets in the way of reuniting her family.

'Obsessed' (2009)

Obsessed
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A temp (Ali Larter) becomes infatuated with an executive (Idris Elba) in her office and refuses to take no for an answer, much to the chagrin of his wife (Beyonce Knowles).

'One Hour Photo' (2002)

One Hour Photo
© Fox Searchlight

Robin Williams stars as a lonely photo technician in a department store who develops an unhealthy obsession with a family whose pictures he routinely develops. He sees them as the perfect family and devises a plan to become part of their lives.

 

'Play Misty for Me' (1971)

Play Misty for Me
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In this ahead-of-its-time thriller, Clint Eastwood, in his directorial debut, plays a radio DJ who's stalked by a female fan with whom he had a brief fling.

 

'The Resident' (2011)

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A young doctor (Hilary Swank) becomes the target of unwelcome attention from her landlord (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

 

'The Roommate' (2011)

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A "single white female" college freshman's (Minka Kelly) assigned roommate (Leighton Meester) develops an obsession with her. 

 

'Single White Female' (1992)

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A young woman (Bridget Fonda) places an ad for a new roommate but becomes concerned when the applicant she chooses (Jennifer Jason Leigh) begins to emulate her to an excessive degree.

 

'Sleeping With the Enemy' (1991)

Sleeping With the Enemy
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Julia Roberts is an abused wife who flees her husband and assumes a new identity, only to have him track her down.

 

'Unlawful Entry' (1992)

Unlawful Entry
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The lives of a wealthy couple (Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe) are turned upside-down when a policeman (Ray Liotta) who responds to an attempted burglary at their home becomes infatuated with the wife. 

 

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